Rune (I think) made a point that I've run into many times. I find a thread on page 2 or 3 that maybe I would have liked to post in, but I don't bother because I don't know if it's become uninteresting to people or just gotten lost in the trash.
Yeah, I definitely agree. I mean, personally I do look at page 2 and I do try to post meaningful threads that can have a productive discussion. They disappear naturally of course, some after page 8, others page what 23? I'm not sure, but they do generally have some nice discussion going on in them. I think that's kind of the point of the off topic forum really, being able to have long discussions about a topic, not just:
"OHHH I AM KEWLER THAN YOU"
Etc -- you know what I mean.
As for the stealth modding comment, yeah I personally appreciate that you close threads rather than delete them. It's hard to give someone a warning if you just delete it, and it leaves room for democracy. e.g. discussing with you your decision for the closure, rather than, "Oh, well... I guess you're right, too bad though. It's already deleted." you know?
Anyways, just keep doing what you're doing.
I think "stealth modding" is okay if you're not closing the thread because of its content, but because of its lack of content.
A thread generating too much flaming should be locked, but a thread not generating anything should be deleted.
These pointless "props 2 me" and "lollercopterz ur kewl" threads are stupid, and don't deserve the spot of the thread they pushed off the first page just by existing. That's what I think, anyways.
Heh, at the risk of taking the entire page with stickies... you could make a sticky of deleted threads names, creators, and reasons.
If you have too many, you could make a sticky of links to important threads rather then having each notable thread (RL pic, youtube) stuck.
Maybe give thread creators the right to comment if they think it should be restored, but otherwise keep it clean? (I.E. don't continue the discussion in the sticky on penalty of death)
The community lounge has a sticky, "Threads of interest". You could do a "Games" and some sort of serious debate thread. It would just have the links to threads that "qualify" as one of those. That way a new person could find one of the threads if they happen to dip slightly off the radar.
That would keep lower, the amount of stickied threads.
EDIT= So what he said ^
Maina Kitty. Random Benevolence Society [HELP]There was a young diva from Tyria, who wished to become somewhat merrier.She danced and she drank, she gave gifts, they cried 'thanks'.And they all loved that diva from Tyria.Sig by=ValdaRhian- Be a Pal! (Zero still has "dibs" on my stuff)
That's a good idea. I think a "Games" sticky with links to all the games here would be great.
Hmmmm....I'll do that in time, it's a good idea. I don't need too many stickies up but right now, there are only three.