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Mint Sauce
BRONZE Member since Sep 2003

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Location: Lancs England

Total posts: 1453
Posted:Ok people I know this is covering old ground redface it is just this is really starting to get me down frown I cant even be bothered to go to the chat section cos of this sort of thing. frown
There is a full discussion going on in a thread by linden rathen on post whoring wink

I just wanted to get your opinion on some of the game threads in chat this is a list of all the ones I came across on the first page. eek

Ok ok some of them arent strictly games but they all contain one or two word posts.
Now I havent picked out just the ones I dislike because I actually think one or two of these threads are quite enjoyable and some even funny ubblol.

So if you dislike a thread or want it locked or deleted vote for it. If you like a thread or think its funny simply dont vote for it. biggrin

I dont want to stir up bad blood just gauging an opinion poll.. ubblove

Thanks all smile hug


before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

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TinklePants
GOLD Member since Jul 2005

TinklePants

Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr, Unit...

Total posts: 4217
Posted:I'd say a fair number of my posts have contributed to the annoying threads (oops) but the majority as helped making friends, and as joining up is still fresh in my mind, I remember that it was rather daunting at first and people seemed cliquey (??? that right?), But of course I had a really friendly welcome (and hopefully built bridges of friendship) which made me feel all kinda fuzzy inside!
So I think some good has come out of it.


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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:Fair points, but then us "old skoolers" got to know each other very well without reosrting to pointless post-whoring and meaningless threads (you could argue we know each other better because of this...)



Also, as it tends to be the same people posting in these pointless threads this is creating more of a clique than there might have originally been.


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TinklePants
GOLD Member since Jul 2005

TinklePants

Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr, Unit...

Total posts: 4217
Posted:like I said in the post-whoring thread, many people, like myself cannot travel too meets due to whatever reason, so i think posting random whoopsies tends to become a more of a habit than an actual conscious decision to become a post-whore.



Yes I'm guilty.

I was also bored at the time I bumped the fancy a cuppa thread!



my bad!spank


Always use "so's your face" and "only on Tuesdays" in as many conversations possible

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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

Total posts: 4145
Posted:hmmmmmm... I'd like to keep the song games, I like music games. Please?

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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Total posts: 4437
Posted:If you like it Birgit then rate it positively, thats the most you can do smile

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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

Total posts: 4145
Posted:Was trying to... It's gone already frown or otherwise I can't find it. Am much confused today, stress on all fronts... might have to start a new game to relax, p!ss everyone off and get stress from here as well wink wish I could go to Play and chill out.

"vices are like genitals - most are ugly to behold, and yet we find that our own are dear to us."
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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Total posts: 4437
Posted:You can, you can always go to play

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

"Will's to pretty for prison" - Simian

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Arty Farty
BRONZE Member since Jul 2005

Arty Farty

I wear yellow on monday
Location: Farnham Ahoy, United Kingdom

Total posts: 551
Posted:So far ive avoided on commenting on this topic, but i feel i want to now, so here goes.



Yes there is a lot of sh*t in the chat forum, ive noticed the increase and ive only been here just over a month. And yes ive posted in a fair amount of it, as a sence of unity and socialism is gained from this. And being fairly new, this helps the 'settling in' process. But i am too getting bored of the useless chaff thats keeps appearing.



However, many of you guys know each other, and for people like myself, this is a life-line to the world of poi, and more importantly, to you lot, actual real poiers and staffers. My point is that its not all that bad. The 'crappy' threads have established links with people. I now know Mynci by his first name, and ive been PMing with a guy from Glasgow (yes all those miles away). This wouldnt have happened without some of these threads. It is clear that the majority of 'crappy' threads have been posted by newbies (see the link im making), just to get in on some of the social action, because for the moment thats all we have...poiers replying to threads.



It feels like weve all been naughty kids, and anyone with 10million posts or a registered date from 3yrs ago is showing us the back of their hand. I do not deny you the freedom to comdem these threads, but do not punish us for wanting to feel part of the circle.



I know action has to be taken, and its great that actual HoPers (not just moderators) are taking part in keeping the place in ship shape. Thumbs up to you all.



Some threads are essential to adding an ounce of hilarity into the forum, and threads that allow you to learn something about someone are very important too, just not 25 of them.



I guess what im saying is that i know a lot of anger, stress and frustration has come from all these threads, but so too have new, friendships, bonds, laughter and chance meetings. its like a little light in a storm.



Thats all, thank you *politely bows and exisits, remembering to rate each thread (thanks Will) *


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Akashla
BRONZE Member since Jul 2005

Akashla

member
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Posted:Arty Farty (which makes me smile when i type it today for some reason) i see your point, but these posts must alienate as many newbies as they encourage. I have moderated forums in the past, and know that a lot of new people will go nowhere near a thread that has more than a few pages

I have less than fifty posts, and know no-ones first name, but feel no need to post inane one worded replies to daft and pointless posts. I feel much more comfortable getting to know people by discussing subjects with them on the discussions board as i feel you get to know people better that way.


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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Total posts: 4437
Posted:Written by: Akashla

I have less than fifty posts, and know no-ones first name, but feel no need to post inane one worded replies to daft and pointless posts. I feel much more comfortable getting to know people by discussing subjects with them on the discussions board as i feel you get to know people better that way.



clap clap Well said!! clap

Ive noticed an argument for the existence of these threads has been 'Oh it helps newbies feel welcome'

Well guys i was a newbie once, as were about 15000 other people, and we all managed and felt welcome, things havent changed, if anything i think its got slightly worse simply cos almost due to these threads people seem to take this site for more of a piss about site rather than a mix of fun AND serious stuff, this is also proved by the fact ive noticed a lot of newbies pretty much stay in the intros or social chat, i dont believe we need all these stupid game threads for HoP to remain a welcoming place for newbies, I think its terrible if this place relied on those crap threads to make ppl feel welcome, ive had ppl make me feel welcome in every single forum on this site, even the moves section, if we did rely on them, what would that say about us, make newbies feel welcome in introductions, thats what its meant for.

Rant over

Willy out


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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:Written by: WilIy


The way i see it, deleting these threads does no harm, if people feel passionate about it they can create it again, however leaving these threads around seem to be creating so much tension, why cant we just bump them off





Why is it creating tension?

Because you don't like it?



People will start it again, they always have. So how is deleting it going to make it any better?

This thread is a good example of things coming back up again.

There is already a thread discussing this very topic.

A simple search, or a look back two pages or so would have popped it up.

It is *chat*. It *is* fun for others. And just because you do not like it does not give anyone the right to insult what others find entertaining. Obviously, if these were not of interest to someone, they would have died...as *many* have in the history of this site.

As long as there is conversation (a give and take more than smilies), and it follows the rules of conduct I don't see a reason to shut anything down.



There are TONNES of threads that have gone through social discussion which have been far more controversial or annoying, and we managed to keep them peaceable.

I am disappointed greatly that anyone on here would think it important enough to squash someone else's fun while all they have to do is not click on the thread to avoid it. It is very sad to me, and I don't even participate in those threads but I recognise that they spark conversations, allow people to connect over things they do and do not like, allow people to get to know one another (likes, dislikes, how their brains work) and they keep this type of stuff from bleeding into other forums.



Personally, I find this entire debate very sad and think in general people need to find more important things to split hairs over than pointless threads.



Written by: Akashla


Arty Farty (which makes me smile when i type it today for some reason) i see your point, but these posts must alienate as many newbies as they encourage. I have moderated forums in the past, and know that a lot of new people will go nowhere near a thread that has more than a few pages









And yet alot of them are encouraged and not everyone sees things as alienating. It is better to have both available than to severly limit people more than we already have. This is also why we have social chat and social discussion...to accomodate both.



Again I say, I am really disappointed in all of this and if you don't like it, then don't look. It is really very easy to do (I know, I do it all the time. wink )




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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali, Australia

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Quite true that to avoid a thread, just don't click on it... I haven;t been near Chat in ages... nor hyperantigravityflowerspindoanythingjustdon't moveyourfeetland either for that matter...

but if bandwidth/cost/speed are a problem, and 'chat games' are a currently enjoyable resource without much historical value (as compared to technical stuff)..then it would be possible/desirable to delete them once they haven't been used for a while no? If it's a fun game they could easily be restarted later, without people having to deal with 40, 50, 150 pages? Not in anger, just to make things easy...


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Pyrolific
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Total posts: 3289
Posted:We originally split the Social chat from the Social discussion so that those who wanted to participate in mindless games didnt get in the way of people who want to use their brain cells for intelligent discussion. I think it was a very good idea and still works remarkably well. If people are thinking that social chat is boring and mindless, thats great! thats what its for! Come join the ranks of social discussion hug

Or perhaps we need a few gradations of forum between social chat and social discussion? perhaps we need a forum called 'completely mindless' and maybe one called 'injokes', another called 'not completely mindless creative games' but I think there would be a lot of argument put up by different people as to which threads should be in which forum.

My advise to everyone who is upset by social chat, is to let it go. You are now standing exactly where we were when it was decided to create social chat in the first place.


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PyroMonkey
GOLD Member since Jan 2005

PyroMonkey

b...bal...lence?....
Location: Northern Beaches, Sydney, Aust...

Total posts: 370
Posted:Well said.
clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap


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Loewan
BRONZE Member since Aug 2005

Loewan

and behold!
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Total posts: 464
Posted:LOL! This is absolutely incredible! From all my time on chat forums, I have never seen anyone make a vote for which is the worse thread. I mean, whats the point?

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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:Written by: Pyrolific

We originally split the Social chat from the Social discussion so that those who wanted to participate in mindless games didnt get in the way of people who want to use their brain cells for intelligent discussion. I think it was a very good idea and still works remarkably well. If people are thinking that social chat is boring and mindless, thats great! thats what its for! Come join the ranks of social discussion hug

Or perhaps we need a few gradations of forum between social chat and social discussion? perhaps we need a forum called 'completely mindless' and maybe one called 'injokes', another called 'not completely mindless creative games' but I think there would be a lot of argument put up by different people as to which threads should be in which forum.

My advise to everyone who is upset by social chat, is to let it go. You are now standing exactly where we were when it was decided to create social chat in the first place.



I agree completely.

I'm also a bit concerned with voting for deleting threads. Woulnd't that only empower the hurtful cliques and those with multiple logins and personalities?

I don't 'chat' much because I often find it a bit juvinile BUT when I do, it's often the smaller, less popular threads that I enjoy.

Yeah, I think the idea of rating ANYTHING on HoP that is based on opinion and cliques (rather than usefulness of technical advice which is useful) is only setting people up to use it as a way to bully people. I'm generally someone who doesn't mind exerting myself so it wouldn't affect me as much as it would affect those who might get swept under the rug.

If there's a movement to split 'chat' into:
-Informal Conversation
and
-Innane Nonsense

I guess I'd support that.


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Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

Total posts: 4145
Posted:Written by: WilIy

a lot of newbies pretty much stay in the intros or social chat.




True true... but then I can somewhat understand that. For a newbie, you can't really post much in the moves sections: If you have a question about a move, someone will have asked it before, so if you post it again you'll get at least one "DO A SEARCH!".
You're much likely not at the point yet where you can discuss technicalities with people who've been poiing for years. I've been doing it for nearly a year now, and I think I'm ok for the time I've invested, but if I go and look at most of the threads about advanced moves I don't understand half the terminology, and sometimes I think it's more or less friends discussing and showing off things they'll only get between them, even a very decent poier who's not been on HoP wouldn't get it.
If you post "I've learned the reverse 3 beat weave" in the "I've learned a new trick" thread you'll not get any acknowledgement from anyone, because most people don't look at it, and the ones who do and look for new tricks will just yawn at another newbie.

Social Discussion is often quite heated and can be intimidating, also people tend to comment either less or more critically on posts of people they don't know.

So I can understand why lots of people stick to "safe" things like chat and introductions, it's really hard to get involved in the more serious stuff on the page.

Maybe a "poi moves for newbies" section would help, where beginners/newbies can help each other out, not be moaned at for asking the same questions again, and where more experienced people can give advice if they want to and get to know the newbies better, too?


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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Total posts: 4437
Posted:Written by: Birgit

Written by: WilIy

a lot of newbies pretty much stay in the intros or social chat.




True true... but then I can somewhat understand that. For a newbie, you can't really post much in the moves sections: If you have a question about a move, someone will have asked it before, so if you post it again you'll get at least one "DO A SEARCH!".
You're much likely not at the point yet where you can discuss technicalities with people who've been poiing for years. I've been doing it for nearly a year now, and I think I'm ok for the time I've invested, but if I go and look at most of the threads about advanced moves I don't understand half the terminology, and sometimes I think it's more or less friends discussing and showing off things they'll only get between them, even a very decent poier who's not been on HoP wouldn't get it.
If you post "I've learned the reverse 3 beat weave" in the "I've learned a new trick" thread you'll not get any acknowledgement from anyone, because most people don't look at it, and the ones who do and look for new tricks will just yawn at another newbie.

Social Discussion is often quite heated and can be intimidating, also people tend to comment either less or more critically on posts of people they don't know.

So I can understand why lots of people stick to "safe" things like chat and introductions, it's really hard to get involved in the more serious stuff on the page.

Maybe a "poi moves for newbies" section would help, where beginners/newbies can help each other out, not be moaned at for asking the same questions again, and where more experienced people can give advice if they want to and get to know the newbies better, too?



But we never shout or have a go at newbies simply cos we know that they arent too aware of how the site works etc so we will always give newbies a polite answer to their question and just remind them in future to do a search next time, witha helpful smiley of course smile


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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Total posts: 4437
Posted:And Pele i do understand your argument for the 'If you dont like the thread dont click on it' But for me who used to besomeone who went in social chat a lot simply cos there were lots of funny stuff on their to relax my mind with, now its hard to find those funny pages simply cos the game threads take up half the first page, thats the problem, anything that people post just gets lost in the ether so quickly, i remember it used to be u could post something in social chat and it normally wouldnt sink to page 2 till after a day at least, now things go so quickly, but i guess thats due to the growing size of our community

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Akashla
BRONZE Member since Jul 2005

Akashla

member
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Total posts: 72
Posted:Written by: Pele


Written by: Akashla

Arty Farty (which makes me smile when i type it today for some reason) i see your point, but these posts must alienate as many newbies as they encourage. I have moderated forums in the past, and know that a lot of new people will go nowhere near a thread that has more than a few pages





And yet alot of them are encouraged and not everyone sees things as alienating. It is better to have both available than to severly limit people more than we already have. This is also why we have social chat and social discussion...to accomodate both.





As i said they must alienate as much as they encourage. Meaning they do both, depending on the type of newbie involved.
You will notice that i didnt say the chat forum should be removed.
It is impossible to keep everybody happy all of the time. Different strokes and all that. I prefer social discussion, so thats normally where you will find my replies. I dont like mindless games (especially if i miss the beginning) so dont post to those. But the fact remains that it is my choice. By extension it remains your choice whether or not you pay any attention to any thread that upsets you, as i am sure that it is not the intent of the people discussing it. We just tend to be argumentative...


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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

Total posts: 4145
Posted:Written by: WilIy

But we never shout or have a go at newbies simply cos we know that they arent too aware of how the site works etc so we will always give newbies a polite answer to their question and just remind them in future to do a search next time, witha helpful smiley of course smile



Hmmmm... I've seen it happen, though there was a discussion about it at the time and it's much better now. But it's still got the same effect, you come to a forum about poi and can't actually post about much to do with poi (except on page 246 of "which type of poi do you prefer), so you go to the social threads instead. I wasn't having a go at anyone here smile But I've seen people come up with arguments like "so what are you doing in the discussion forum anyways? I've just looked at your posts and you haven't posted anything to do with poi or staff, so I wonder what you do on the forum". Admittedly it was as a response to a post of debatable quality, but the fact remains that for newbies there's not many poi/staff-related threads to post in.


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onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

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Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3252
Posted:Written by: Birgit




Social Discussion is often quite heated and can be intimidating, also people tend to comment either less or more critically on posts of people they don't know.



So I can understand why lots of people stick to "safe" things like chat and introductions, it's really hard to get involved in the more serious stuff on the page.







Social discussion is for serious discussion- anyone can post there, however new, as long as they're respectful of the board rules and mindful of the need to phrase certain things in a way that won't lead to flaming.



Also bear in mind that the emphasis is on the discussion rather than welcoming people- just because a newbie posts something and then feels a bit ignored because no-one seems to address their post doesn't mean anything negative- that will happen however long you've been here.



'Success' in discussion is nothing whatsoever to do with post count; IMO it's about the minority of threads you start/contribute to, that actually go onto an interesting group discussion, and it's about trying to handle controvertial points in a diplomatic and non-inflaming manner.



As for chat, I don't go there, but it's apparent that a substantial portion of its regulars are dissatisfied and feel the need for changes; when it comes to voted post deletions vs. a new sub-forum, personally I'd go for a new sub-forum giving a total of three social boards.



Lastly, I've been getting the impression that those who feel 'chat' has gone downhill have been migrating to 'discussion'. I feel that it's important for those who do to respect the rules; recently several threads have been started in 'discussion' that were not appropriate, and been moved to 'chat' (and, if 'chat' is split or otherwise improved, it is similarly down to the regualrs there to contribute to keeping it on track by politely commenting when they see abuse, or reporting inappropriate threads to the mods).


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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

Total posts: 4145
Posted:I do think there is a difference in how people respond to the threads of old "respected" members and ones that post for the first or second time on discussion. It may have to do with knowing the older members better, and knowing how to interpret what they say. I've just listed what I have observed there, I know it's not about welcoming people, I'm just trying to point out why they may feel tempted to post nonsense in the chat forum as opposed to useful/sensible things in discussion or technical rolleyes

I'm NOT challenging how the discussion forum works, or that postwhoring in the social chat is annoying people.


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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:Written by: WilIy

And Pele i do understand your argument for the 'If you dont like the thread dont click on it' But for me who used to besomeone who went in social chat a lot simply cos there were lots of funny stuff on their to relax my mind with, now its hard to find those funny pages simply cos the game threads take up half the first page, thats the problem, anything that people post just gets lost in the ether so quickly, i remember it used to be u could post something in social chat and it normally wouldnt sink to page 2 till after a day at least, now things go so quickly, but i guess thats due to the growing size of our community




And you have the power to find it and bump it.
Start a thread and see where it goes if you want something entertaining to relax your brain.
I think this whole relying on other people, and blaming other people, for taking away your fun is not a very strong excuse quite frankly when you have the power to click a button and control it on here.

I am also with NYC on the whole voting for social chat threads. I do not support nor agree with it at all. I agree that it is just another way for the cliques to become more cliquey and find that sad as well.

This is how I view HoP as it is currently..
It's like a house.

Intro forum is like the front porch where you introduce yourself and let those here know more about you.

Social Chat is the foyer, where you take off your coat, feel things out and get comfy.

Social Discussion and Help are like the Living Rooms/Lounges to me. It is where reality creeps in and anything can happen, but it is okay because at this point you have your shoes off and your feet up and you feel safe.

Technical...the entire section remind me of the kitchen, the bathroom and the laundry room. In there is where you cook stuff up, work crap out and clean it up.

Events, Performances and Gatherings is like the back deck...it's where you are invited to come out and play and have a good time.

And this house went through alot of rennovating over the years to where we actually got it to work, and other than tidying up...I don't see that major rennovations are necessary. And what is being discussed here will make one of the steps to getting into this house a bit more unwelcoming.

I find it interesting that the "old skool" members have been called out as being unwelcoming and yet it is the relatively new members who are the ones complaining here, and several of the older ones recognising the usefulness of many of the threads in dispute, or at least the fact that there is no point in getting rid of them. Huh.


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onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3252
Posted:I agree with willy that it isundesirable that really silly threads push others off page one- I don't see it as being just a whining complaint cos he's got a good point (it's a fundamental rule of onlinity, that one click is better than two) and, after all, this is a discussion board and he's simply expressing his opinion and commenting on how, in his view, things could be better.

I agree with Pele and NYC that the voting for deleting threads is bit dodgy.

I still think that the best solution is a third chat section for inane stuff- clearly there's a demand for it, and it avoids the potential problems that voting for thread deletions involves.

Pele, with your house/HOP analogy, I feel I must apologise for bypassing the front door, foyer and hallway, and climbing in through the window then remaining in the living room for my entire time here:)


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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester, England (UK)

Total posts: 1365
Posted:I agree with akashla that actually some of the threads are very daunting to newbies, as they can be really cliquey. I think Birgirt also has a good point about the technical sections, maybe a sticky for newbies or something could help. I think chat is definately important, but said before I and many others don't look in there anymore, because there are too many nonsence threads, meaning that there definately is a case for maybe splitting the forums or limiting these threads down, but not eliminating them. It can be very difficult finding the good threads in there now, its not just a case of avoiding them, as you can only find out in some by actually clicking on them which is a time consuming process.

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dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

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Sethis
BRONZE Member since May 2005

Sethis

Pooh-Bah
Location: York University, United Kingdo...

Total posts: 1762
Posted:Written by: onewheeldave

Pele, with your house/HOP analogy, I feel I must apologise for bypassing the front door, foyer and hallway, and climbing in through the window then remaining in the living room for my entire time here:)



ROFLMAO ubblol

I've posted in just about every section, but the Intro thread is actually where I feel *most* alienated. There are people there with Intros 40+ pages long, and I feel uncomfortable talking to them, because they seem to have more "turf" marked out. It's like everyone knows them, and when other people post their intros, they get like a dozen posts and then sink without trace...

I think I probably looked in the front door, decided it was too crowded, and followed Daves idea of shuffling into the living room... ubbrollsmile


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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:Well, you know...all houses I have been in have a back door! wink

Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
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Arty Farty
BRONZE Member since Jul 2005

Arty Farty

I wear yellow on monday
Location: Farnham Ahoy, United Kingdom

Total posts: 551
Posted:"Social Chat
Chat, stuff, nonsense & daftness"

-nuff said


You'll find me on the dance floor

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Lemonkey


Lemonkey

Stalking amidst the desert, carrying an oversized scalpel...
Location: Huddersfield + Hull Uni... UK.

Total posts: 1019
Posted:Written by: arty farty

"Social Chat
Chat, stuff, nonsense & daftness"

-nuff said



ubblol

Owned. smile


Willy - is bad for your health...

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