Do you Favor Increasing the Topical Content of Threads? (Read OP 1st)

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Would You Support a Requirement for MORE Topical Content in Every Post ?

  1. Yes -- Sign Me Up --- I Hate Trolls

  2. No Way -- It Would Stunt My Trolling Style

  3. I Plead the 5th -- Not gonna get me to incriminate myself

  4. It's Fine the Way It Is.

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  1. flacaltenn
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    Keep this conversation on the topic of the poll. It's NOT a gripefest about moderation or your opposing political team. The reason for this poll is to get membership feedback on a possible means to reduce the troll population. Let's be frank. BOTH sides are bitching about out of control trolls. That's a fact. Frustration levels are high.. That's NOT a USMB Moderation fault. It's the way the 2 tribes have polarized this country that is the problem.

    All Zone2 and 3 rules are focused on TOPIC CONTROL. If you respect the topic -----

    1) You'll hardly ever hear from moderation.
    2) You're not trolling.

    So if you want to REDUCE the troll population, folks need to up their up their "topical discussion" game. Currently, too many only use token references to the specific topic before they haul off and WHACK someone personally or go off onto a thread diverting rant. We could easily just change the requirement to be MOSTLY topical discussion.. That would spell doom for all trolls right there.

    THINK before you vote. Every one would be focusing more on topical discussion, much less on trolling or personal flaming. So YOU are making a PERSONAL commitment with your vote.

    This is NOT been discussed as a Staff Issue. There are NO PLANS to change the way we judge posts and content. So it's my neck hanging out asking the question...
     
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    I think of trolling as sort of the price of posting freedom. I think too much focus on a strict adherence to a thread's OP would stifle good discussion. There have been many threads I've been involved in which went away from the main topic, yet were also good discussion/debate. I think that having to create a new thread any time a discussion goes on a tangent (which too much regulation of OP content might do) would prevent those sorts of conversations.

    Of course, the specifics of how any sort of change like this would be applied might alter my opinion. If tangents or expansions about details can still constitute "topical discussion," then of course reducing trolling is a laudable goal. :dunno:
     
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    I'll only vote if you swear on your mothers grave that all threads and forums adhering to 'topical content' rules won't have a ukulele playing in the background and you'll immediately resign if the software starts playing Don Ho.
     
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    Bummed about the "Tiny Bubbles" rule, but OK.. I guess i should have included "Pineapple" as a choice for the Don Ho fans.
     
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    Flac, my heart tells me to make it more topical content to cut down on trolling, but my head realizes we already have too many rules, that sometimes innocent comments would get swept up with trolling and that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Yeah, some people troll way too much, but a lot of it leads to worthwhile side discussions. Leave it alone.
     
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    Everything I post is so profound till the subject should automatically adjust to align with my thoughts.
     
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    Change for change sake? no way...didn't Obama try that? :biggrin:
     
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    There should be at least some hint of rebuttal or support for the topic of the thread in each post.
     
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    Would it be trolling if I pointed out that one tribe leader brags the he is responsible for the polarization in this great country, and the trolls knowing they can't deny their tribe is responsible, simply claim both sides do it???

    March 22, 2010
    RUSH: I'll tell you, I'm going to be very honest. I largely blame myself for this. I do, I'll tell you why I think I'm responsible for this, this partisan divide. It's a good thing, don't misunderstand, but I'm responsible for it

    November 19, 2007
    RUSH: we in talk radio have this thing called polarization. It's not required that everybody love us.
     
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    And have even more of my posts deleted? Hell no.
     
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