Extended Discussion
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26 / M / Scotland, Aberdeen
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Posted 2/28/10
I would like to make a complaint regarding how people conduct themselves in ED.

First and foremost, there is a great abundance of posts violating ss.1, 3, 5 and 6 of the 'Extended Discussion Guidelines'.

I am aware of the fact that a number of persons may wish to participate in the discussions offered under ED, however, there is no purpose to ED if the quality of the posts is generally laughable, with a few decent ones that adhere to the Guidelines. Derailment of discussions is all too common. Members hardly capable of arguing with discipline just throwing in additional problems and the cattle just follows. Statements of opinion do also crop up no infrequently contributing absolutely nothing to the discussion and in no way supporting or attacking arguments. And this brings me to my second point.

No one seems to give a damn. The clear violations of the Guidelines are not taken care of. They're just left there to 'mature' and are, then, forgotten altogether. While it may seem like I have nothing better to do here than to complain, it should be made clear that I have a very strong interest in having a decent 'Extended Discussion' section of the forums for the purposes of my own entertainment and enjoyment, as is the case with all members and all sections of the forum. ED does not function in accordance with its intended purpose and certainly not in line with the Guidelines. Please mend it.
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Posted 2/28/10
Now, there was a reply here that I wanted to respond to. Where is it now and why did it disappear?
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30 / M / Japan
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Posted 3/8/10
To be honest, the ED section was created solely for the purpose of granting disgruntled users (such as yourself) a place for having some form of an educated discussion. Needless to say, however, that so long as the said section remains within the general proximity of everything else "uneducated" (in this case, the official CR forums, at large), you can and will expect to find senselessness permeating into the threads like cancer unabated. Although it's not as if to say this is an excuse for anything - for all intents and purposes, it's more of an issue of WHY so much crap winds up in the ED in the first place, despite the fact that there are clear guidelines. My theories include...

1. People don't give a damn.
To them, it's just another forum section. Give or take a few scholarly regulars, but that's just about it.

2. Mods don't give a damn.
Because they have to deal with crap in the larger part of the forums. Frequency of posts in the ED is relatively small compared to other sections, so the mods might tend to "neglect" this section at times.

3. ED is "special"
It's one of the only sections in the forum that has a special set of rules JUST for itself. Even if we give the general user the benefit of the doubt of having read the general CR forum rules, it's an added hassle for them to read another separate set of rules JUST for this section. And though we may argue that it takes little less than a wink and a little common sense with regard to how to conduct one self in the ED, it's clear that some people are just that clueless.


If you were to ask me, ED is exclusive in nature, and tends to restrict itself to a minimum standard. Though I agree such standards are expected of civilized people, online, such a level of standards are too much to ask of from a bunch of users that average within the 13-15 year age group. It's a question of tolerance... but I can't blame you for actively wanting to do something about it. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally for everything you've said - I'm just worried about how sustainable such changes can be given the milieu of which the ED is set in - namely the CR forums.
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