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    ***Edit by Bugbyte*****
    This thread was created from posts in Odyssey's Thread in the off topic section and is intended for discussion and feedback on the existence of threads similar to My Thread, which was recently closed by me.
    **** End Edit *******


    I think its funny that no mod thought to close the bad ideas thread until Enforcer said it should be closed. Why isn't he a mod yet??

    I think its even funnier that DP (who is a mod) "fueled the fire" with his homemade bomb/napalm recipes. And HE IS A MOD?!?
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  • #2
    That thread had a topic and most of the posts were about that topic. As Enforcer noted, it was getting to the point that there were enough posts on the thread that someone might take encouragement to try some of those ideas and could get hurt.

    You're not children and mods aren't parents. Why can't a mod participate and post in that thread?

    I just happened to think Enforcer's suggestion made sense, so I closed it.

    Now, I'm considering closing this thread but want some feedback from you all about it before I do anything.

    The reason for closing it is that it doesn't have a very focused topic. It's an open ended thread that veers from here to there. Most threads, even in OT have a topic and a few people post on it, it lives a short life, then the posts die out because most everyone who is inclined to say anything have already had their say.

    Tidder's Suncrap Whoring Thread is in the same vein.

    What do you all think?
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    • #3
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      • #4
        I think these guys (us) need a place to vent, a place to communicate... a place with no real topic, just a way to touch base & bull****.... off topic should be good for that I would think.....

        my thread was the perfect place for that, the "topic" was anything goes.... sure there have been "some" questionable things there, & I don't blame you for closing the last one that was spamming other forums, it was all in good fun though, & no real harm done, but I do understand you not being able to sit idle & not stop it I guess...

        what's the harm in meaningless threads by a few regulars to bull**** in ot? this is nothing new....
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        • #5
          My opinion for what it's worth is:

          You are going to either have lots of threads which follow a similar vein, ie become complete nonsense, or you can have one thread that does that. That was the whole point of MT.

          Now, I can understand why that was closed and although I briefly participated in the events that closed it down actually agree as to why it was closed.

          However you have options

          1. Have one thread which is just going to be random crap, and those that enter it, enter it knowing full well what it is.

          2. Have many threads crapped all over, coz that is what will happen.

          3.Close OT to prevent threads being crapping threads. Which will cause it to spread to the rest of the forum.

          4.Ban all members who you think might crap over threads and find out that you have also banned some major contributers, but still have crapping from other members, and some Mods.

          This is just my opinion.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
            You're not children and mods aren't parents. Why can't a mod participate and post in that thread?

            I just happened to think Enforcer's suggestion made sense, so I closed it.?
            But there are legal / health and saftey questions here and as mods leaving that info for public view if some one was to use it and then point to your site knowing the good ol' US of A I guess you'd get sued... so yes your not our parents how ever you have a reponsibilty.

            Re this thread - I'd like Zip Lock's take my self - in the past the 'MT Maffia' have stayed in on area, had OT posts un counted, closed @ 2500 as requested and so on.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
              Tidder's Suncrap Whoring Thread is in the same vein.

              What do you all think?
              It is, and I've already posted a request to have it closed/locked. It's not a joke or whatever it might be viewed as, I really want you guys to close it off, or delete it.
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              • #8
                I apologise for suggesting such behaviour which got the last thread closed.
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                • #9
                  Dunno really BB, if you're considering closing a thread in off-topic where the title of the thread bears no relation to the subject matter, or the subject matter has no common theme, then it defeats the object of having an off-topic category. The mere fact that you are closing, or thinking about closing, threads that stray further off-topic seems to indicate that mp3car have changed their policy on off-topic threads and would now prefer to retain on-topic threads that are more related to their core business.

                  Sadly, it seems that there is a certain amount of sterilsation going on in order to keep the overwhelming majority of threads related to carpc's and not a lot else. This denies the regular users a place to shoot the breeze and have a bit of relaxation in between posting useful and helpful advice that does contribute to the core theme of the site. Furthermore, this 'recreation' area keeps members on the site so that they can contribute. Admittedly, it does become a bit of a playground sometimes but generally this is confined to the off-topic section where it belongs and does not detrimentally affect the more sensible areas of the forum.

                  There is far more damaging stuff going on in on-topic threads by people that should be nurturing newcomers. That has a profound effect on all concerned and should be addressed. It is recognised by the very people that post in off-topic and is something that has been mentioned quite a lot but never seems to get resolved.

                  Finally, there is a time and a place for everything. Most of us know what threads are appropriate for what we want to post. If off-topic threads are removed prematurely, or just plain removed to satisfy the core strategy of the site owners it is likely to encourage thread jacking, postwhoring in on-topic threads and above all resentment. OT threads have a place on this forum and they should, as far as possible, remain unmolested.

                  Oh, and thanks for asking before deciding what to do. It is nice to be asked................. and you do get a better response
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                  • #10
                    maybe there should be an off topic section in the off topic section, for really off topic discussions
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                      You're not children and mods aren't parents. Why can't a mod participate and post in that thread?
                      I just think its funny that my thread got closed because members started there and talked about messing with the gerbil forum and that was looked down upon. But the bad ideas thread was about going out in real life and harming/hurting people. So its bad to **** around over the internet with another forum, but its ok for me to throw a napalm molotov cocktail at someone?

                      Now, I'm considering closing this thread but want some feedback from you all about it before I do anything.

                      The reason for closing it is that it doesn't have a very focused topic. It's an open ended thread that veers from here to there. Most threads, even in OT have a topic and a few people post on it, it lives a short life, then the posts die out because most everyone who is inclined to say anything have already had their say.

                      Tidder's Suncrap Whoring Thread is in the same vein.

                      What do you all think?
                      Do you think everyone who posted here or My Thread will just go away? I think its better to allow us a thread so we can discuss topics we feel like discussing at that particular moment. Otherwise, we'll all turn into LGBR style OT users. Useless threads about nothing, constantly being started.
                      The great thing about My Thread was you could go in and say something that doesn't warrant its own thread being started.
                      As nice as it is to be asked if we want our threads closed () what kind of answer do you expect? Do whatever the hell you'd like and we'll do the same.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Spaghetti View Post
                        I apologise for suggesting such behaviour which got the last thread closed.
                        Sorry BB....
                        Hey Spag

                        I had a hand in it too and admit it wasn't the most sensible thing to do. I guess at the time it was a (naughty) way to relieve some of the recent tensions, just the wrong forum to talk about it.

                        Apologies from me too.
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                        • #13
                          You've complained that nobody listens and that we act unilaterally. I asked for feedback about what to do with threads that are not generally centered around a particular topic. Here's why I'm asking.

                          Topics that are in the LCD or Power Supply or FAQ thread get closed or the poster is told to get back on topic if they're wandering off. That's how a thread works. Its a thread of conversation between users on a particular topic. Before you produce a list of threads from this forum that wander like a drunken sailor, don't. I already know they're out there.

                          Off topic posts are called off topic because they rarely have anything to do with car computing. But they do have a topic. New Zealand people, Jokes, Funny Videos, Digital Voice Recorders, etc. Off topic is the place to post these because they don't belong in the main forums. The GPS forum just isn't the place to ask how many people are Kiwis.

                          It's a place for topics that are off topic, the topic being car computing. It doesn't make sense to me to have a thread there that is a nearly stream of conciousness chat-room style conversation. At least, not on a car-pc forum. There's rarely a point to a lot of the OT threads but there's even less of a point to an OT thread with no topic at all. That's a chat-room.

                          I'm not making a judgement about the value of the conversation, the friendship, or whether some topic is more important than another. I just don't see how it fits into the mp3car OT forum. If the answer is that there would be dozens and dozens of off topic threads started, then I'd question whether the OP's are all that interested in car computing.

                          If it would keep threads from being gummed up by people making off-topic remarks in those threads, then maybe they ought to concentrate on staying on topic or not making those remarks.

                          I'm all for a little fun and games, and I think I'm pretty relaxed about letting others go on as well, so I'm not talking about sucking all the air out of the room with some strict moderation about what is or isn't on topic. I just don't see how threads with no topic fit in to a forum on car computing.
                          Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                          I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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                          • #14
                            Well, if you are asking for my opinion, then here it is: Whether you understand it or not, like it or not, or want to participate in it or not, doesn't really matter. What matters is that there are people here, people that are part of this carPC world, people that use carPC's on a daily basis, people that have generously contributed thier time in other parts of the forums helping build the hobby of car computing to what it is today, and people that have bought things from Ziplocks store and reccommended others do the same, and they like, understand, and want to participate in a thread that is not of a single topic but relating to all topics. A place where they can talk, vent, change topics on a whim, and not get in the way of the rest of the forum.
                            Just because you don't see the point in something doesn't mean it should be censored. I always thought it was funny when people would go in to My Thread and complain about its existence. No one is making anyone else read it. Its like going to a concert and complaining about loud music.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                              I just don't see how threads with no topic fit in to a forum on car computing.
                              Think of it like this.

                              Assume the Forum is like a 24/7 ongoing convention. Convention for what? doesn't really matter. There will be loads of break out rooms for discussing different categories related to the subject area of the convention. However there will be a bar when the visitors will take a break from the main subject matter and just hang with others talking about whatever comes to mind, changing subjects whenever the mood dictates.

                              Off Topic is that bar. And My Thread made sure the most raucous members kept the rowdy behaviour in one small corner of that bar.

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