Post Reply Why do pointless threads get deleted?
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Posted 10/5/14 , edited 10/6/14
I'm yet to see a single thread on this site that I would call useful or in anyway more than pointless. ( I don't mean this in a bad way)
I checked the site rules and there is no mention of pointless threads or how to measure the weight of "Who is more popular in this series?" in the anime forum vs "What do you order at McDonalds?" in the general forum.

So this question is important to me because it's gives precedence to arbitrary reasons.
I did a search and didn't find a thread covering this so I am asking here.

So why delete them?
Is it to conserve the internet in the chance the future will never have more servers or some other way of passing information?

I can appreciate how you are within your power to dismiss any content you wish, as former RL mod I was also in the position of removing content and customer from areas and would need to consider the pros and cons of doing so and the chance I will never seeing that customer's money again.

So I want a mod to answer this and your response or lack there of is as important to me as as the deletion of content.
Posted 10/6/14 , edited 10/6/14
poll 1: 2 or 3

versus

poll 2: ka ching
option 1: pow
option 2: tick


both are pointless threads, but at least poll 1 makes sense and can generate deep philosophical discussions, whereas the second one doesn't really do anything.
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Posted 10/6/14
All threads here are dumb and some get noticed and some don't? They play favorites? I dunno.
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Posted 10/6/14

Sir_jamesalot wrote:

I'm yet to see a single thread on this site that I would call useful or in anyway more than pointless. ( I don't mean this in a bad way)
I checked the site rules and there is no mention of pointless threads or how to measure the weight of "Who is more popular in this series?" in the anime forum vs "What do you order at McDonalds?" in the general forum.

So this question is important to me because it's gives precedence to arbitrary reasons.
I did a search and didn't find a thread covering this so I am asking here.

So why delete them?
Is it to conserve the internet in the chance the future will never have more servers or some other way of passing information?

I can appreciate how you are within your power to dismiss any content you wish, as former RL mod I was also in the position of removing content and customer from areas and would need to consider the pros and cons of doing so and the chance I will never seeing that customer's money again.

So I want a mod to answer this and your response or lack there of is as important to me as as the deletion of content.

Good observation and good questions. While the word "pointless" doesn't currently appear in the Site Rules it is a terms mods use when we're discussing policy, and it could be it was used specifically in some long ago version of the rules, that was later revised. While the term isn't there, the policy still exists and falls under this rule:

9.1 Type Legibly
Illegible posts that don't make sense are easily misinterpreted as spam, and therefore are subjected to removal without warning.


To be honest, I don't like the words "legibly" and "Illegible" used here--to me, old person that I am, they have a connotation closely associated with handwriting (who writes anything by hand these days! ). But I think when interpreted in terms of comprehensibility it's a valid concern.

Now, a new thread itself, unless repeated over and over, doesn't itself constitute spam in my interpretation, no matter how pointless or nonsensical it is. However such threads tend to become spam magnets, which would be one reason we include newly started threads under this rule.

The other practical reason for drawing a line about "pointless" threads is that if we allowed them, more people would make them, and that would make it more difficult for users to find threads of more substance in the pile of "pointless" threads.

I know, I know, "one man's trash is another man's treasure." And I mostly agree. It's been my impression that we've become much more welcoming of "frivolous" threads over the past year or so--they are fun and give folks a way to stay connected through small talk and lighter conversation.

I admit it's not always easy to judge where the line between allowable "fun and frivolous" and that which should not be allowed, but as mods that's a call we're called upon to make. If you honestly feel that a thread of yours has been closed unreasonably, do contact the mod, or customer support to discuss it. With regard to the last thread of yours that I closed, I was charmed by its dadaistic quality, but in the end decided it was a bit too far over the line for CR masses.

In closing, your point is well-taken, by me at least, and on reflection I think using the word "pointless" as shorthand when providing a reason for closing a thread is something I'll be trying not to do in the future. After all, most of what we do and discuss in life is pretty pointless in the bigger scheme of things (What's truly important is checking for spiders. )
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Posted 10/6/14
The way I see it is that we enjoy the pointless threads such as What do you order at Mcdonald's? because they are just simple and fun. They are also very simple conversation starters. I try to post a variety of forum topics. I've posted a topic that I thought would be a good discussion( Define Story), but I got only two posts. I've posted simple topics and they seem to do okay and end up with some responses. I've also tried extremely silly and off the wall and it didn't do well. From this I've learned it's all about keeping it simple, but not to simple. I understand why most may not really respond to an extended definition topic, but will respond to What do you order at McDonald's?.
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Posted 10/6/14
I'm not surprised to hear about an older set of rules, my first hint was from something said before on the number of quote pyramids.

And I'm not targeting you, I have had this same thing happen before with other mods.
And I did submit a formal complaint, The mod said he was powerless but I think he was apathetic so I bypassed him this time.

I still don't approve of shutting down a conversation before giving the users a chance to decide they don't want to join in.

...And now I have an idea I should have thought of before.
I will submit my idea in the form of a complaint.

Lock this if you want, I have nothing more to say on this matter here.
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