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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The problem with some of these threads is that there is too much cross-referencing with other threads. This creates confusion to anyone reading one particular thing in isolation. Not all topics would interest everyone, so a "holistic" approach can tend to create a clique ... a small group of people, often with shared interests, who associate closely and exclude others from their group.

I'm sure this is quite unintentional. Sometimes, there are replies made too quickly, without adequate consideration beforehand. Hence the appeal for an "EDIT" button for users. Some replies give the appearance of merely being attempts to pick up a "loose" thread, and run around in circles with it.

Now that those involved have all clocked up quite a credible number of postings, perhaps quality can be considered

BTW Sarcasm is said to be the lowest form of WIT .

2. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Yes, it is...we have been quite inconsiderate in that regard . Now that all bets are off, we will try to stick to the issue at hand. Could you post 20 more topics so we can start fresh?

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

hmmmm....but who created most of the 'topics' in our Off Topic forum?

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

hmmmm....but who created most of the 'topics' in our Off Topic forum?

I think he is referring to getting "off track" with the TOPIC at hand...;)

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Ohhhh..I understand.....we are not allowed to deviate from what the person who started the thread posted. I get it;)

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

hmmmm....but who created most of the 'topics' in our Off Topic forum?

A very subjective response there, Cupcake.

I've been rather busy in my professional life lately, however I received a number of TP emails / messages asking me to post some more threads.

When I first joined TP, I looked at the variety of topics being discussed and felt that it needed "livening up a bit" to sustain at least, my own attention.

My purpose has been to stimulate thought and discussion; not to just present personal comments / opinions in a vain attempt to either find my "true" self or to get others to see things from one only perspective.

Some TP'ers may have noticed that I periodically move in and out of the threads that I "create". When they start to fall a bit flat, I try to inject some new life into them. It is quite noticeable when I see some of my older threads being rehashed. This would normally require some degree of dedication on the part of the reader, because s/he may need to scan over a fair amount of material to select & address the particular point of interest to him / her.

Let's imagine for a moment - that not all TP'ers want to indulge in flippancy (the act of not showing sufficient respect or seriousness). One reason why is because flippancy can make it very difficult to have a decent online forum discussion.

Chat rooms are more suitable for chatting. And, there are plenty of chat rooms from which to choose.

The TP Off-Topic forum has the potential to attract a member's interest in between giving/receiving comments in the other travel-related forums. There's no fun in watching a still computer screen, but at the same time, we don't want to be digging ourselves into a rut.

We have the opportunity to steer the Off-Topic Forum in a positive direction. Why not sieze that "creative" opportunity and do something worthwhile with it?

Wocca

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

Ohhhh..I understand.....we are not allowed to deviate from what the person who started the thread posted. I get it;)

Comments such as the above, provide sufficient incentive to devote more of my efforts to other websites

8. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Wocca, I don't mean to be sarcastic or anything, but is that not what you are saying, to stick to the topic initially posted and not stray away from it?

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

That's too bad that you feel that way Wocca. You made have" created" the threads, but we ran with them. (and had a pretty good time doing so;)) I am sorry they aren't entertaining enough for you, then again I wasn't posting to entertain you.

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

Quoting Cupcake

hmmmm....but who created most of the 'topics' in our Off Topic forum?

I think he is referring to getting "off track" with the TOPIC at hand...;)

Yes Anne, Wocca is referring to that but it is not the whole of his comments. Even a polite spanking is still a spanking. And yes, though there is credibility to his observations, it is also easier to comment after the fact when one has not been a participant - proverbially or otherwise.

I understand that Wocca has been unavailable of late, leaving us to our own devices - and we have failed to uphold certain standards from his point of view. Accepted, but not apologized for and definitely not totally agreed upon either.

Unintentionally creating a clique? Yes, as will happen when (as Wocca stated) common ground is found. But if one does exist, which may or may not be the case, Wocca has unintentionally placed himself at the center of it wth his threads. If I recall, he has been called upon, during his absence, to make an appearance so insightful discussion can take place. What was received were threads about Pinocchio's nose, clothes lines, pot bellies, dawn breaking, secret lives and running noses. Yes, there were some thought provoking ones also, and yes, I did respond to some of both types, as did the rest.

As far as sarcasm and wit - I think there's a saying about "throwing stones" somewhere. I do apologize if I have offended someone - like the rest, it was unintentional and i am sorry. The only apology I will offer.

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