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GM

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Message Posted: May 3, 2006 12:16:32 PM

There are three major things that will get a thread closed:

1) The number one thing that will get a thread closed is that it turns into another “us vs. them” thread.

The moderators have to read every topic reported on this board. Some of us have been here for years. That means we've read the Iraq argument about a thousand times. Threads on this forum have a tendency to break down into “us vs. them” (Liberal vs. Conservative, Bush supporters vs. anti-Bush supporters). To be honest, that gets boring as hell and accomplishes nothing. The very best discussions on here are the ones where people avoid automatically falling into the political boxes. Those are the ones that will not be closed. Automatically turning the thread into an “us vs. them” thread is like giving a 15 year old the keys to your car and a case of beer. It might be okay, but most likely there is going to be a wreck.

The platonic ideal of a thread would be one where people can discuss what THEY think without resorting to sound-bites or standard positions.

2) The thread turns into a different thread.

If the subject is apples and suddenly we are talking about Iraq, the thread is probably going to be closed, unless we are talking about apple imports in Iraq.

3) The thread turns ugly.

Moderating is a pain. If people start bordering on breaking the rules and it looks like we are going to have to start issuing warnings, we'll probably - to quote Deputy Phife- "Nip it in the bud.".

A thread never gets closed because the moderators are trying to win some imaginary political game. Nowhere is there a big scoreboard where the liberals and conservatives are battling to break 100 first. Threads get closed more or less for the reasons above.

Posters can insure the long and happy lives of their threads by avoiding these pitfalls.

4) The initiation of any Wal-Mart based threads, Bell-ringer threads, pit bull, and or Pro/Anti-smoking topics. They are not allowed.

5) Bumping old, inactive topics. If a topic has been dead for two months or more, please do not post to it.

[Edited by: GM at 9/4/2008 6:59:02 PM EST]
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ododriver
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Message Posted: May 10, 2007 1:18:55 PM

As a person new to the site, are abusive people blocked? I think there's no need for rudeness in any aspect of life. Yet on my first day registered with the site, I was called stupid for something that I admittedly said I didn't know much about. Just seems strange that people are so mean to others over ridiculous things.
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Czarcaztic
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Message Posted: May 7, 2007 9:03:18 AM

Sooooo....what about these purorted apple imports into Iraq?
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Peejer
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Message Posted: May 6, 2007 10:12:53 PM

I wonder how many will read this and obey the rules ??
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Takeshi
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Message Posted: May 6, 2007 9:20:36 PM

Your wisdom is exemplary.
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SMA1
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Message Posted: May 3, 2007 7:08:51 AM

Thanks for the guidelines.
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SanDiegoMOMof5
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2007 6:54:54 PM

Ha.....reading the posts was quite amusing. This topic definitely got everyone going!
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Teddybear1950
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2007 10:22:08 AM

Walmart thread ????????
Is that when you get like 50 spools in a bag for $2.00
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la1brat
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2007 11:20:25 PM

got it
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Bau
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2007 12:05:58 AM

Name calling??? By this you mean one race calling another race names but if the other race calls the first race or even insinuates anything towards that person and it could be interpreted as a reflection of their race it is considered raciest. Imaagine that!!!
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portmich2000
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2007 10:57:30 PM

I will honor these rules.
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PICKLEHIMER
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2007 1:15:38 PM

AIGHT THEN!
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mckenzi01
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2007 7:25:41 AM

So there are a bunch of "Wal-Mart" threads out there?
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shepherds
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2007 3:26:30 AM

People who resort to name calling and profanity only do so because they have nothing more intelligent to contribute.
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memory_of_max
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2007 8:44:27 PM

I'm kind of new - what is a Wal-Mart-based thread?
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zqtchas
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2007 5:40:01 PM

Well O K pilgrim.
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Travelpet
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2007 5:38:20 PM

I'm curious...I can see the reasoning behind the first 3 ... I think a blind man could see that. I don't get the reasoning behind #4 unless you are assuming (and we all know what that means) that they will turn into a shouting, name calling match (like they may well). But isn't that judging the situation before it happens. There really are people who can discuss those topics without calling those who disagree with them names. I've seen it go both ways, and I have to say...when they are real discussions, they can be both interesting and informative.
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gas345
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2007 4:23:15 PM

got it as well i am new
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skybid
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2007 10:41:27 AM

got it!
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GasFaerie
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2007 11:45:45 PM

Wow this topic turned into a different topic like 5 times! I think this topic already broke at least 3 of the rules!! What's that saying? Oh yeah: "Rules are meant to be broken". But I agree with all of them..
I like Wally World (Wal-Mart)!
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ont69
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2007 1:38:01 PM

I couldn't agree more.
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Donio
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2007 10:34:07 AM

I don't get the thing about wal-mart. I shop there for a lot of things.

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LRPharm54
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2007 5:58:25 PM

I couldn't agree more. I find many times, however, when a person is adamant about a topic and feels strongly about an issue that name calling and finger pointing can occur. It is the right of every person in the forum to express their opinions, likes, dislikes, and observations and that specifically applies to each person on what they view as acceptable. The cornerstone of good debate and civil argument must impart the avoidance of profanity, mud-slinging, and being insulting.

Each person is entitled to their opinion as long as that opinion is not expressed in a manner inconsistent with good behavior and not being hateful or destructive in delivering that opinion.

Rules are rules, and sometimes people have strong feelings on such topics as smoking, the right to not wear seat belts, and disliking pickups. I have a feeling that there will always be one person at least who will come back with guns going off and screaming evil metaphors at the person who has simply stated their opinion.

The Terms of Service of this forum is fine with me and I have learned to keep my comments on a civil level and it has created a more useful and enjoyable process. Each to their own I say, and individuals will always be different in their views and observations, so let it be. I enjoy the comments in any event.
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ohyeah537
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2007 9:06:40 PM

I like the day you posted this Mr. Moderator....it's my birthday !
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kauzi
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2007 5:16:04 PM

Freedom of speech???????
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MsDrPepper
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2007 5:20:42 PM

Ooops I noticed Coke vs Pepsi is not allowed. But what about me? Am I banned just because I used to drink DrPepper (still love it but I'm too fat to drink it now, I drink water now.)? Or is it just understood that from now on, DrPepper rules, forget about Coke vs Pepsi? ;-) I'm just kidding!! ;-)

Go Dallas Cowboys!! Time to go put my Cowboys shirt on and head off to my mom's for the pre-bowl Festivities and food.

MsDrPepper
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Rizzo
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2007 7:38:54 PM

Go Target!
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ClancyME
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2007 6:56:05 AM

Thought the only apples Iraq had were road apples?
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sarge57
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2007 8:01:51 PM

Understood.
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YKnot05
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2007 12:35:21 PM

Sometimes a topic is created so many times it becomes ridiculous. Those topics almost always end up being contentious. WalMart threads are a classic example of this. It has been done to death and beyond and always ends up in a virtual pssing match. Topics about pitbulls, smoking, Coke vs Pepsi, handguns and Iraqi apples are all verboten for the same reasons.
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Tamas2evil
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2007 10:17:50 AM

Yeah... why is that about the Walmart thing... we can talk about so many more things and yet not Walmart why?
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waylane
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2007 11:24:31 AM

thanks
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renodave
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2007 12:27:29 PM

I don't shop at Wally mart but why are Wal Mart topics off line??
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deejai
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2006 12:52:06 PM

Tis the season to lock Christmas topics
Fa La La La Laaa La La La La Laaaaaaaa!
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Slant6
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2006 11:04:34 AM

That's good cuz our dog is Rottweiler and Lab mixed. I would hate to be banned from talking about my own dog. 'Sup with that?

I refuse to shop at K-mart and the "W" store is my favorite. I can't talk about it though.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2006 8:18:19 AM

Thanks for the info
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Glasman
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2006 10:45:51 PM

why the anti smoking thread in the off topic category.
thought they were supposed to be locked.
With all due respect.
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HokieHeel50
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2006 9:35:22 AM

Huge task you mods undertake. Thank you!
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ZZTop2559
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2006 4:15:27 PM

I noticed a couple of topics I started and they have been locked. One is in the memory of John Lennon. I was wondering why this is.
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kcindallas
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2006 5:13:41 PM

wow, what a huge job moderating all these topics! Keep up the good work!
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Bill Poster
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2006 8:45:41 AM

Why Anti-smoking topics ?
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Service66
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2006 5:19:33 AM

Why are these threads -- the ones that always locked at the top of page 1 -- now at the bottom of page 1?
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Traciekl
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2006 11:19:21 PM

Sorry GM, SO was trying to help me out yesterday, and posted in the wrong thread :(

;)



[Edited by: Traciekl at 11/20/2006 11:20:46 PM EST]
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yz450moto
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2006 7:47:37 PM

what is wrong with wal mart????
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Scotty69mets
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2006 12:18:30 PM

Though you would really be creative if you could use all 4 no-nos in one post.
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2006 8:53:08 AM

we appreciate you guys
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plastic
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2006 7:37:41 AM

Accepting comments from the peanut gallery now? <EL>
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TigKargman
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2006 3:20:23 PM

Just curious why rule #4 is there.

# 2 explains why FL-girls "I'm going to NYC" got closed.

[Edited by: TigKargman at 11/1/2006 3:21:09 PM EST]
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LilBlueElement
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2006 5:05:08 PM

K-mart and rottweilers are OK though?

;)
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