I did like OT a lot. BUT it was seriously degrading the image of the site.
It was generating a seperate community from the "real" HWC, and a lot of people there didn't care about what HWC really is (i.e. a Hardware site).
It was designed as a "chill-out" room for all members. However, it turned into a seperate wing which was ruining the image of the site - with Spam, Violations of the AUP, etc. With certain rogue members really p***ing off the Admin/Mods.
At the end of the day, it need to cool down for a bit. HWC will regain it's old rep, and OT will probably make a re-appearance, hopefully in better character.
Please don't flame me, I know that a lot of you will object to this, I'm a bit annoyed with it suddenly closing too, but it is in the best interests of the site.
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From a couple of messages here and elsewhere, I guess I need to clarify that neither Krusty nor any other moderator was involved, consulted, had anything to do with closing the OT Forum -- it was my decision, with Housen's agreement, period. If you disagree, well, here we are in Feedback; the only messages H. has deleted are those that take the opportunity to troll or advertise other sites.
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I disagree with the decision to close Off-Topic. I don't think it was a "blight" to this site, nor do I think it drove anyone away, or gave it a bad image. People intersted purely in hardware would click the forums for the hardare they've got a question about, and wouldn't bother with Off-Topic unless they were bored. And if they're bored, well, Off-Topic is a great place to kill some time Heck, I was here for nearly a year before I even realized it existed! In the month or so since I found it, it's been the forum here I visit most. Why? Because it's hard to find a "general" discussion forum with people like me- and lets face it, despite all our differences, you're not going to frequenting a place like this unless your a tecnhosavvy geek. Not having to explain what a "T-Bird" is, and being able to discuss relativistic effects on matter without being flamed is a very good thing. I dont know if you noticed, but there was never a single "A/S/L??" on here, and that alone makes it almost unique.
FYI, for anyone who misses wdeep's posts, go to http://www.ilovebacon.com/ which is the internet garbage bin for joke pictures and stupid news
But please, reconsider, and bring back Off-Topic!
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I'm not at all surprised to see OT go; it used to be a fun place to hang out. Lately it seemed a place where anything went. If one was still able to search OT's posts, compare posts lately to those of a year ago. People were much friendler back then it seems...just an observation.
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Off-topic was a place where u could actually joke around with people that were of like mind=computer geeks
Am i now to go on chat1 and joke about the P4? all over are a bunch of ignorants computerwise, cept here, now thats gone, sweet,this site is getting better and better, you guys with links to other forums in your sigs better watch out, you may be next
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I will not miss the Off Topic forum very much. I do hope that some of the people that hung out in OT will contribute to the remaining forums, some of these guys are very bright.
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