I'm very much with Wocca on this one. I have as usual participated on a daily basis in nearly all the threads, but I will admit to feeling that most of them were just taken over in recent times with chat that could have happened in the chat room. I'm not excluding myself here, just to clarify.
Sorry to resurrect what looks like a settled topic, but I'm once again seconding Eve! I came in to 250-some-odd post notifications this morning (concerning only about 10 different topics) - and didn't/couldn't read through most of them. It's kind of a slippery slope thing - a topic gets going and then turn corners that are surprising and insightful... and sometimes things become a sort of "actuel" (meaning "in-the-now") conversation.
I enjoys these and the people I meet in these conversations very, very much. Such wonderful people are to be found here every day! In the big picture, though, the thread gets lost and a lot of posts are "yesterday's news".
However, to reiterate another post which I've lost track of now, we can choose to view or hide Off-Topic forums and I can and have been unsubscribing to posts that tend to ramble. I guess my feeling is just that something has been "lost" somewhere - although I stress that this is my opinion only and I agree that none of these posts go against the rules. And the people here are great! That deserves repeating!
It's kind of a victim of success thing here. When I first came here (not that long ago), I used to be able to keep up with every forum. I didn't read every thread, but I knew what new threads were added or what ones had continued, and would read and contribute to those that interested me.
Now, however, there are more users, and more and more threads getting started. It's become impossible for me to read every forum now. So I have dropped most of the forums off my list to check. Now I just check a few forums (where I think I can assist my fellow travellers). I have completely stopped even looking at the off Topic forum, unless I am having an UNUSUALLY slow day at work, and even then I only skim the first page of threads to see if there is something that I want.
Unfortunately, I think that feeling bogged down by the amount of posts is just something that us old-timers are going to have to learn to live with.
I know what you mean Greg, I actually usually never look at the off topic forum but the last week got caught up in few threads that got out of hand quite viciously ....
What dictates my posting and which threads I visit most is the RSS feed of all the new threads (for those that don't use RSS yet, I'd really recommend it as an easy way of keeping track of only the newest threads being started) as well as the 'all threads' forum, with off topic not visible by the way.
Oh, and never subscribe to an off topic thread if you don't want to flood your inbox
Is it too bold or ludicrous to suggest that postings to the off-topic forums NOT be recorded in the statistics? By this I mean that the TP member does not increase his / her number of postings through non-travel related comments.
The posts in the off-topic forum already aren't counted when calculating user's member titles. I don't really care so much about the post count. It reflects quite well what a user's participation is like I think.
I was actually thinking of this exact same thing earlier this evening.... I'll have a bit of a chat with Pete about it tomorrow as I think we have a skype session planned. It would be a better way of measuring contribution in terms of travel related information sharing, but of course doesn't really reflect accurately how busy a member has been on the forum....
Definitely food for thought though, thank you for thinking so proactively (there's been a few good suggestions over the past few days/weeks)!
Hey, I just came across this thread, and am truly surprised at what I've been reading.
I must admit that I've never been even slightly offended by anything that I've read in the off-topic forum, whether it was directed to me or to someone else.
I'm also not bothered when threads evolve into something that has nothing to do with the original topic.
Further, I'm not bothered when threads turn into a "conversation" between what may appear to be a "closed group".
I'm of the opinion that you come to this site out of your free will, and so you are able to leave this site out of your free will. I also hate rules.
Finally, I'm happy to take the blame for anything and everything if it means that we just move on and forget it.
I like all of you!
You could also just dump all titles and post counts, hence no competion or tall poppys