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31. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting Hien

So, is it okay to delete the duplicates?

I think this is somewhat of a case-by-case basis, but in principle I'd say yes

Like I said though, it's been a while since I've been in that forum, so a lot of what you're talking about sounds like French to me (and no, I don't speak French....)

FYI, if a thread has gotten very long, and there are a lot of duplicates and it's keeping the rest off that page, I'd be happy to look at closing a few threads too. I'll let you off topic mods make the suggestions of which to close

32. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Sorry, just came across this so excuse me if I sound dumb....

By "continue threads", you mean those ones such as, "anyone for a quick game of..." type of threads?

I'm one of those that don't like those threads. They are always at or near the top of the list, and when there's four or five of them going, Off Topic just looks like one big list of continue threads, with other threads, even quite recent ones, being bumped.

33. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Just sharing my opinion on this thread:
Personally, I don't care about the post counts and the member status so what you include/don't include to make up that count is fine with me. So, Hien, it will not bother me one bit if you delete all the off-topic post counts from the total counts for TP members.

On the topic of deleting continue threads in 'off topic', I think 'off topic' must have been started for any off topic (continue threads and duplicates inclusive), (Sam can correct me, if I am wrong here). It is open to the members to choose to contribute to them or not. When members get tired, they are automatically going to stop and the thread is going to fall away from the first page. I don't think it is right to delete the continue threads, just because a couple of threads run along the same line. Or, is TP going to follow dictatorial lines and let the preferences of some members rule and curb the natural flow of 'off-topic'?

And, hey, I just took a break of a couple of days away from 'off-topic' and already there is a revolution going on...

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 3, 2007, at 5:41 PM by Ahila ]

34. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

If there are really a lot of people, that are bothered by the fact, that continue-threads are pushing away new discussions (and I see, that they have a point), then wouldn't it be easier to make a Off-topic "playground'' or ''games-section", where the games can be played. How easy that can be done is due to the structure of the website, and that's too difficult to see for me.

In response to why there are more than one: I like it that there are a number of association-threads, in that way you can play a quick round in a couple of minutes, without the need to wait for someone to respond.

The continue threads also tend to be the ones that new members start with because it's quick, easy and they "get their feet wet" in OT. They may be off-putting to regular/older members but they do attract newer ones. (Ahila and Herr Bert are good examples.)

I came to TP, because of a link on another travel-website, and the first thing I do when I visit, is the Europe, and the General talk topics, and not because I can play a game of association here, but I like the concept, of a serious bit, and a non-serious part, and a little game every now and then, to get the mind of work every now and then is OK.

I am not sure that deleting posts is the way to go. (except, when somebody crosses the line, in a comment being racist, or something like that). It is up to everybody to keep serious threads serious (of course you can make a joke, but don't go introducing penguins.) I think it is a better way to send somebody a PM, this way people take notice of the rules.

35. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

If there are really a lot of people, that are bothered by the fact, that continue-threads are pushing away new discussions (and I see, that they have a point), then wouldn't it be easier to make a Off-topic "playground'' or ''games-section", where the games can be played. How easy that can be done is due to the structure of the website, and that's too difficult to see for me.

In response to why there are more than one: I like it that there are a number of association-threads, in that way you can play a quick round in a couple of minutes, without the need to wait for someone to respond.

Rene, you have put your opinion across nicely and diplomatically.

I also thought about it after my immediate reaction in my earlier post on this topic and decided that if there are many bothered by the continue threads, I will refrain from going into the 'continue threads' or 'off-topic' for that matter and stick to the travel forums, which was my primary reason for joining TP. 'Off-topic' subsequently became a place I relaxed in, after a stressful day and 'continue threads' were fun word games that didn't require serious responses. I still feel that deleting threads is not the right step to take by TP, until and unless as Rene pointed out, they contain racist or sexist comments.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 5, 2007, at 4:05 PM by Ahila ]

36. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

I just re-read my above reply and I wanted to specify that I was specifically referring to NEW duplicate threads that are created and that the moderators could delete those.

I don't see any reason old ones should be deleted, although I might consider closing a few of them if there are really so many that the front page is always full of them and enough people want this.

Put it a different way; thread hijacking in the actual travel related forums is a much bigger problem in my opinion

37. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

REAL travel gurus don't read or post in OT, unless it is to post a cool link to George Bush singing Sunday, Bloody Sunday.... ;)

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