suggestions for a NEW moderated/regulated OT forum.
going through some of the threads. I see a resurgence of "Slightly OT or OT" postings again.
I don't know, some of the topics really are valid and worth talking/posting about... like that guy asking about taking the PSAT in the General forum. or what about all the commentaries on MS?
Here's a suggestion. Take it anyway you want to.
1. Open the OT forum again.
2. Make new rules for the OT forum.
a. only members with a certain number of posts can post/reply in the OT forum. this way you eliminate 1-post flamers and the likes (that's where a lot of the trouble cam from anyway). let's say a minimum of 100 posts. surely, not many people would waste posting 100x to screw it all up by causing trouble in the OT. 1 warning and then 2nd warning gets you banned from the OT forum.
b. add more moderators from diff. time zones. that way there's a better chance of a moderator being on top of OT 24 hours a day. I mean we already all come from everypart of the world.
c. enforce the rules. no more warnings on controversial topics/pics, or merely letting them get locked. DELETE them from the get go. this works well in other forums.
*yeah, someone will have something to say about these suggestions...but its better than nothing IMO. Besides, I remember when this board was still very good and people in CCO would complain about OT posts being in that forum.
I'm sure there are others out there who could add/improve on these suggestions.
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[This message has been edited by Chairman Mao (edited 09-08-2001).]
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i agree with the chairman. bring back ot, but make sure that the rules are strictly enforced, and make sure they are highly visible. if this were to happen, i would gladly try and help with enforcing rules
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[This message has been edited by GOSHARKS (edited 09-08-2001).]
Sorry, I appreciate the Chairman's thoughtful approach, but the vast majority of the OT offenders were veterans, not single-digit posters, and your own proposals suggest that it takes a massive, even worldwide, labor-intensive moderating and policing effort to keep the few admittedly great aspects of an OT forum from being overwhelmed by the garbage that seems inevitably to appear in one. I still don't feel it's worth it.
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