Here's a pretty civil forum dealing with controversial subjects:
Here's a pretty civil forum dealing with controversial subjects:
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CE is open for a test group of participants. It will be available soon for other members.
Am I too assume that I'm not among the chosen few as my browser doesn't list it...
That's the conclusion I came to as well...
"The number of threads by one poster in the OT is getting a little out of hand, IMHO. "
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[QUOTE=doitagain;2980560]The trick is balancing quantity with quality, of course.
CE is open for a test group of participants. It will be available soon for other members.[/QUOTE
Think it would be a mistake, you'll be back to violations and suspensions within a week.
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So, in 10 yrs., I've been on 3-4 racing forums- here, 7G, OC, and, briefly, SpudNut. The 7G to OC example seems relevant, if not instructive, here. 7G had a politics/OT forum. For awhile, it was interesting and civil, though tilted somewhat left in this case (perhaps why, as a lib. myself, I enjoyed it, at first). Upon reflection, though, no matter how thoughtful it may have been, by the end, it became an insane asylum on all sides. Poor Anita (the mod.) couldn't keep up.
Eventually, the whole site went away, and many of us 7gers migrated to OffCamber. OC, from it's creation, was an explicitly NO POLITICS board. Many of us who came over initially challenged this, esp. since it was 2004, a political yr. But it wasn't our place, so we had no right to overturn it.
For OC, it's worked out well. I think it's vital that, from day one of it's '03 launch, it banned politics, so other than us interlopers, it was never an issue. Here, though, we've always had political discussion. Banning it now might be tough.
Further, one problem OC faces is drawing the line between interesting discussion and politics. For discussions on the US auto industry, "Arab Spring," etc., this is thorny to navigate. That said, most members can now self-police on this b/c we/they know what's expected.
Now, OC is a much smaller community than TF. Post-unification, even moreso. OT, but I'm still a member there, even though my racing views today are not terribly sympatico w/ most members. With CC gone, others left or just lurk.
Point is, smaller communities are easier to police, but they're... smaller. Take CE away here, and will "lurkers," who come mostly for that be gone? Would that be good, bad, or neutral?
My thought: Ban it in principle, though give some leeway on SELECT OT topics. A thread started for politics? Gone. One that evolves into a political ELEMENT, though not the entirety of it? See where it goes.
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Not sure the OC / 7G comparison is valid, though, since as I understand it 7G was basically unmoderated for a period of time there at the end. It wasn't that she couldn't keep up, so much as she couldn't access the site at all. Plus, has OC ever had the volume of membership or activity that 7G had?
Someone else may correct me if I'm wrong.
I suspect what we end up with will be a good solution for most
OC was/is always meant to be a smaller community. I'd guess on the unification rumors/stories/finality, it had a high volume. Otherwise, 7G had more. Point is, small or not, the no politics worked really well for it.
The website owners are in the business of selling boating supplies and equipment and decided they no longer wanted this as part of their image. The moderators were given the instruction, clean it up if you can, shut it down if you can't. It took some heavy moderator work but they eliminated banned subjects and the OT forum still exists. Those few who couldn't live without politics moved on. Downside is it takes a lot of work by a lot of moderators.
I'm on several other forums where politics have been forbidden from the outset. My experience is that if politics are allowed, a lot of the threads will go ugly at some point and the banhammer will have to be swung. Just my opinion, I could be wrong.
Politics and religion, not counting sex, are the two most popular subjects in history...trying to avoid them is simply inane...
So, those of us posting here in Feedback are among the unchoosen. That is unfair. My rights are being violated.
Looking forward to the CE forum being back on line.
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I like Doc's suggestion.
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My fear is that the Off Topics forum will become overrun and usurped as the new Current Events forum. I hope that does not happen, but I fear that it will (with the Zimmermann thread being the first step in that direction).
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I have absolutely no fear of that happening.
The OT is a cool forum for interesting unconventional fun mostly light-hearted topics. I don't want to see it polluted by partisan bickering about politics and economics.
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There is another kind of post that I think should be "LOSERED." It is not prohibited by the rules, but perhaps could be. This is the "Trackforummed" post that is just often a pointless denigration of an idea or news bit, without anything contributed along with it. That is pretty pointless and should also get the "LOSER" treatment.
And in addition to the big red LOSER, the background could be made darker or something, so people scanning will know to just skip right over it.
The user agreement is all about promising not to overdo the capability.
TF's CE site has always been a poor reflection (IMHO) of TF.
I believe it divides the fan base. The reality is that TF is Indy Car's #1 fan site. Why bother have have a forum that is a poor reflection of the fan base?
It would be interesting to know what the lock thread, post removal count is on all the forums and how they compare.
Personally speaking I think they should have a link to a non TF site and let them play in that puddle of muck.
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