Length and Age of Topics. (feedback)
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Posted 5/4/12
I'm finding while reading threads in this forum it is problematic. I find a topic that should be interesting only to find out that the original poster created the thread 4 years ago, and may not even be a member any more. And then to top it off its 50+ pages long.

Threads that also have been untouched for months should go stale and go into a state where they cannot be bumped to the top. This will allow the posts on the forum to remain "fresh" with topics consisting of active participants and fostering conversation.

Endless threads poses a problem because the threads are no longer about talking about anything, they are noting more than a soap box for you to stand on for your meaningless post. You don't have a conversation with anyone and you really never form any bonds with your fellow forum posters. You are nothing more than a voice among thousands. We can all honestly say that if a thread is 50 pages its tl;dr, and you skip to the end. At that point are the first 40 pages even needed?

Forums are about community and communication, at this point the forums are tantamount to a hoarders house. There can be a lot of treasure buried in all the crap, but no one can come in and join. You just throw your 2c on the top of the pile and leave.

In recap my 2c, have a dead topic that hasn't been touched in 30/60/90 days go into an "archive" state where the info may not be pruned but new posts require a new thread, full of active and relevant posts. Also cap the length of a thread to some earthly number. 250/500/1000 posts. After this point the op likely isn't even present and the topic has just turned into a soap box. This obviously could be circumvented by mods/admins for stickies and news posts.


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If you want intellectual and rewarding forum discussions where you get the feeling that your opinion matters, I would advice you to seek out smaller and more exclusive groups/societies. On CR that can be group forums or some times forums for specific animes.

CR is far from one of the largest communities out there, but its still pretty huge. And the quality of discussions outside of the Premium Forum can cause seriuosly adverse effects to your emotional and mental health.

Spending time in the poll-forum has been known to cause periods of aggravated thoughts of elitist extremism, which can lead to trolling and in the most severe cases; even death.
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I agree with hitachi on this. These forums need some love. Old and irrelevant posts need to be locked or better yet removed. There is far too much trash in here that makes it difficult to actually communicate with others. For example, this post will likely not get read by any staff for the simple fact that this forum is such a mess. Simple moderators can take care of all of this. I am unsure if there are any forum moderators here or not. I was just looking for a recent suggestions thread and found a jumbled forum to try and make sense of. Please do something about this.

I admit it is a big task to clean up what is here, so here is my suggestion. Update the forum software, let everyone know that they will go down on a certain date, and then re-launch them so that it will be easier to get a handle on to begin with. Whether they are updated or not, re-launching them will help tremendously. Don't forget to back up and or repost your important stickys.
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Noted. I'll send this feedback along to development and design.
I believe that the forums will be getting an overhaul soon (much like the site did).
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Kjelke wrote:

If you want intellectual and rewarding forum discussions where you get the feeling that your opinion matters, I would advice you to seek out smaller and more exclusive groups/societies. On CR that can be group forums or some times forums for specific animes.

CR is far from one of the largest communities out there, but its still pretty huge. And the quality of discussions outside of the Premium Forum can cause seriuosly adverse effects to your emotional and mental health.

Spending time in the poll-forum has been known to cause periods of aggravated thoughts of elitist extremism, which can lead to trolling and in the most severe cases; even death.

I don't know if this is a problem for any one else, but in any of the group forums that I try and post in I end up getting stuck in whatever thread I click on first. I should be able to click on "Back to All Topics" and go back to the topic list but the page just refreshes and I get stuck in the same thead. One would also think that you could click on the "Forum" tab and just go back by default, this does not work either and the page just refreshes again. This makes posting in group forums infuriating.


Bjaker wrote:



Noted. I'll send this feedback along to development and design.
I believe that the forums will be getting an overhaul soon (much like the site did).

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Posted 5/8/12
The only argument there is it would counter what CR is asking of it's users: to search out such threads rather than make new ones of such.

You lock that thread, user finds it locked, makes a new one and therefor clutters up the forums worse than it may already appear to be on such. If they necro-thread, at least it's within one thread rather than creating multiples and encouraging users to just make multiple new threads on one subject instead of searching out the original.

Not sure if that makes sense.
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Posted 5/8/12

LynnTerra wrote:

The only argument there is it would counter what CR is asking of it's users: to search out such threads rather than make new ones of such.

You lock that thread, user finds it locked, makes a new one and therefor clutters up the forums worse than it may already appear to be on such. If they necro-thread, at least it's within one thread rather than creating multiples and encouraging users to just make multiple new threads on one subject instead of searching out the original.

Not sure if that makes sense. :)


I understand what you are explaining. The issue is when you stuff so much content into one thread it loses its meaning. If a post has a 1000 replays that have been off and on over 3 years is anyone really participating in that thread or are we just saying our piece and walking away. If we are not building conversations, building a community, then all we are doing is fostering a revolving door of uninterested patrons.


I am not saying that we hold no one responsible for trying to prevent unneeded duplicate posts, but on the same hand can we say anyone is having a conversation on a post they made 3 years ago? By them creating a new post adding to the community and allowing them to have a vested interest in the conversation you allow something meaningful to happen.


What it really boils down to is it really a forum when all of the content could be the comments at the bottom of a blog post?


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