For the very same reasons Brian laid out, I also voted yes, topics should be locked.Originally posted by Geno Munari:
A forum is defined as: 1. place to express yourself: a medium, for example, a magazine or newspaper, in which the public may debate an issue or express opinions.
In the light of free speech without flaming anyone, should the topics be locked?
True, but the problem with locking down a thread because someone is either uncourteous, irrational, or unreasonable, is that all of us who are not, are locked out as well - and the discussion ends there. Just lock out the individuals who are causing the problem and let the discussion continue. As it stands, if someone other than the moderators wants to shut down a particular thread, I guess all they have to do is make a few asinine posts or veer the discussion off topic and this will result in the locking down of that particular thread. So who's in controll here afterall? Occasionally a thread will be locked down on the grounds that it has "run it's course". This also seems unnecessary. By definition, if it has indeed run it's course, then there is little left to say and the topic will die out on it's on. But mabey someone will come along with an original thought, that will spark the thread back to life. I say let each individual be his own moderator, and in effect lock down those threads that no longer interest him, by simply not continuing to follow them. Anyway, when one of the moderators locks down a particular thread - those who are intent on keeping it alive, always seem to resurrect it somehow.... this is a private discussion group, open to those who behave by the rules of common courtesy, rational discourse and general reasonableness.
Er, when that happens, just open up a new (and hopefully more on topic) thread. With a new thread, the conversation can be continued quite readily.Originally posted by Brad Jeffers:
True, but the problem with locking down a thread because someone is either uncourteous, irrational, or unreasonable, is that all of us who are not, are locked out as well - and the discussion ends there.
I know, but I like the idea of an exit poll. "What" is rarely as interesting as "why".Originally posted by Geno Munari:
Remember, you can vote without leaving a message or reveal how you voted.
I just realized something, Jon -- you are Number 6!Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer:
We quite agree.Originally posted by Brad Jeffers: What's going to be different? At least with one continuous (unbroken) thread, you are able to conviently view what is currently being said, in the context of what was previously posted.
This has a very different meaning in the UK. Just let me say, often some tissues are involved. ;)Originally posted by Brian Wendell Morton:
If I acted up in his living room, he'd have the right to toss me.
If I went to his office and acted up, he'd have the right to toss me.
Try handing out tracts or propaganda in a shopping mall. They'll toss you.
Of course, Senor Wences is the only guy who could give himself a h**djob and a b**wjob at the same time. While smoking a c**arette and having a dr*nk.Originally posted by Asrah:
Do you think that's how Senor Wences got started? Imagine if your hand could talk dirty to you while... nevermind. Sorry.