"massive slackening of rules" was terrible wording on my part. More an adjustment of moderation style to account for different or more varied content, if that makes sense. I agree necroposting and spam will not help anything, and I'm definitely leaning more to increasing quality by removing trash/spam threads altogether.
I completely agree. I believe what made the old Off Topic great was the real sense of honesty and integrity while allowing a wider range of content. I've used the word conversation
in this thread a few times already, but that's what made the Off Topic forum so charming between 2006 and 2007. Greater tolerance of more types of threads would make Off Topic a more diverse place with more types of posters.
I feel gimmicks and trash threads, however, do not belong. I am opposed to the posting of suggestive or vulgar images, and I do feel, in particular, "game threads" need to be more heavily moderated. I do not
want Off Topic to be flooded with the types of threads we currently see in White Noise; if game threads are to be made, I feel each should be significantly
different in premise, or else they should be locked for being a duplicate thread.
I recall, in 2007, we had 2 or 3 game threads in Off Topic, each of which required a few moments of thought in order to contribute. One of them, for example, was a riddle thread; members would answer a riddle, then post the next one. We certainly do not need a 4 or 5 threads each asking users "What is your favourite _____?" The simpler
games, such as the ones asking posters to "count to _____," or "post when ______," "this or that," and "ask _____" need to be eliminated entirely; those are trash threads with little substance. Trash threads would need to be locked. Trolling attempts, likewise, should be locked.
Perhaps the culture has changed, but I don't think things have changed enough from 2007 to make a combined Off Topic/White Noise less successful. A more diverse approach to Off Topic, a greater tolerance for more types of threads and "banter", as well a greater crackdown on duplicate threads and trash threads would make Off Topic a great place for everybody to visit and contribute.
I think, if we were to merge White Noise and Off Topic, it shouldn't be a literal merging of the two forums. I would rather we incorporate some of the aspects of White Noise, but actually delete/lock the current White Noise and start over. This would prevent the mess that merging the two forums would cause.
Edited by WeatherWise, 12 May 2012 - 12:01 PM.
The greatest segue into a weather segment.