Guys, you may have noticed many Limbo topics being cut down or entirely deleted over the past days. It's not that all of the erased posts were off-topic
, but in their entirety (is that even a word ?) they were just too much.
You know, the typical course a Limbo thread takes is as follows:
- there's 2-3 pages of interesting comments and posts
- then someone makes a provocative statement
- someone else lets themselves be offended by that and tempers flare
- 1-2 pages of fighting and arguing
- after the dust settles, the topic gets hijacked for off-topic comments, complaints about other threads, lame jokes, whitty banter and in-jokes between a select group of the same 4-6 people
- quite soon 20-30 pages are filled with that stuff, and even if someone tries to get back to the original topic, the random posts continue
Seriously, guys, that can't be it. I know you can be better than that. It shouldn't be the case that it's only at the random nonsense level that you all can get along. Additionally, the purpose of this section of the board is "to get to know your fellow posters". However, with that sort of behavior, you actually alienate any newcomers. Do you really think they want to sift through 30 pages of questionable content to find the 10 % of posts that are really interesting ? As it was, I guess it can have only left the impression of a sworn-in community where newcomers won't get what the veterans are talking about. Please keep that in mind in the future.
Some more general advices:
- make sure that you post on topic, either go to the correct thread or make a new one (if your "idea" is really something that needs to be shared with the others)
- be aware that this is a comic-book related website, with many minors visiting the forum. If you have to talk about "adult" topics, do so with taste and also issue a warning at the beginning of a thread/post.
- if it's only you and one or two others left still posting in a thread, ask yourself if there's really any sense in continuing, or if you can sort out whatever argument you have with private messages between yourself
- use some common sense! Think first, post later!
- this is not a chatroom, but a message board. Every single post, no matter how short, stays online and takes up space and bandwidth on the site's server.
I do have a very loose trigger finger when it comes to this section of the board, and I won't hesitate to further clear this section and purge more threads of the redundant aspects. As explained several times in the past, the UXN.Net is first and foremost a ressource site. The forum was only a by-product of that website, and where the site staff is concerned, the Limbo section is the appendix of this forum. We realize that you guys want to have such a place, and that's why we keep it open (even though it often causes us some extra-work, like now), so in return, we ask you to respect the board rules in general and the aforementioned limitations on Limbo, in specific.
Let's make sure that the topics stay interesting, so only post when you have something to say. It's not about how often you post, nor who gets the last say... - it's only of importance WHAT you actually say.
Long-time popular topics such as the Music thread or the GLTBQ one will keep running their courses as they did before, but be prepared that after every 20-30 pages, they'll be cut down to approximately only the latest 1-2 pages of material, just like now. It's not like anyone will go back to re-read 600 posts anway.
Thanks for reading and understanding.
Edited by Peter Luzifer - 30-Aug-2008 at 4:11am