THE ISSUE: To Stay On Topic, Or Not

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  • #589215

    squeak
    Participant

    The mods have been enforcing this for a while already, but now it is in the official rules: All posts must be kept on topic.

    Why?

    Most discussions lead into another discussion. If we’re discussing going to camp, and someone says they don’t go to camp because they go to the “kohntree” instead, isn’t it natural for the discussion to turn to bungalow colonies (assuming the camp discussion is finished, as most discussions are after the first two posts).

    Must we artificially engineer our conversations here? I know that Obama is President of the US, and Big Brother may well be on his way to power, but can’t the CR remain independent for as long as possible?

    #634923

    i dont get it -what does it have to do with obama?

    #634924

    notpashut
    Member

    So what do you think about Bloomberg’s chances of re-election?

    #634925

    areivimzehlazeh
    Participant

    squeak- so tell me, are you annoyed, upset, frustrated at the turn of events? At the setting up of these rules? You can confide in me- I’m your psychologist after all

    (is this off topic?)

    #634926

    YW Moderator-72
    Participant

    please feel free to discuss whether of not a topic should stay on topic or be allowed to stray off topic however if this topic strays from the topic of allowing topics to stray or not stray then the moderators will have to decide if the stray was still in someway connected to the topic or if the stray strayed to far from topic to allow continuation of the thread

    have fun :o)

    if there was ever a post that should be deleted for grammatical reasons, this is it – but… it is on topic :o)

    #634927

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    mod72: yes, horrible grammar.$

    i think that if all threads were to stay on topic, then the CR wouldn’t be fun.$just my opinionn.$

    #634928

    areivimzehlazeh
    Participant

    squeak- they can’t do this to us, I won’t allow this bullying

    (this is on topic because I vote that topics should not HAVE to necessarily stay on topic)

    #634929

    beacon
    Participant

    Mod72- 🙂

    And squeak- I’m with you all the way

    #634930

    oomis
    Participant

    So how about them Knicks??????

    #634931

    moish01
    Member

    moderator-72

    i think i’m exempt from that rule whatever it was. why? because i speak english. and hebrew and a coupla yiddish and spanish words here and there. but that post isn’t even remotely related to any of the above languages.

    #634932

    squeak
    Participant

    qwertyuiop, my thoughts exactly.

    On those lines,

    How many ADD kids does it take to change a lightbulb?

    Wanna go bike riding?

    #634933

    Joseph
    Participant

    there should be some leeway in allowing off topic posts; but it should not be allowed to stray completely into high school chatter.

    #634934

    Qawertyuiop: agreed!!!!

    #634935

    SJSinNYC
    Member

    I have no problem with the natural progressions, but sometimes the topic strays far from anything close to the original topic. I would say maybe within 1-2 standard deviations is fine…more than that…eh.

    #634936

    skates
    Member

    notpashut…you gave me a good laugh!!

    #634937

    jphone
    Member

    If you wear a hat and jacket when blogging, it is muttar to stray as far from the original topic as you’d like.

    #634939

    moish01
    Member

    SJS – more than that is borderline “mental retardation” or “gifted”?

    #634940

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    qwertyuiop is right!!! then the cr would’t be fun anymore!!! i’m just sayin……

    #634941

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    i mean it wouldn’t be much fun discussing beetles all day, would it.$

    #634942

    Phyllis
    Member

    For those of you that think its fun when discussions dont stay on topic, are obviosly not interested in a good discussion. You are just in the mood of writing whatever comes to mind. I enjoy a GOOD lengthy heated discussion, especially where no one knows who I am so I can say what I REALLY think. When they get off topic then u dont get a complete thought with EVERYONE’s opinion.

    #634943

    Nobody
    Member

    Squeak it’s really quite clear why the moderators have enforced these rules. No-one ia talking about artificially engineering converations. It is about staying within the boundaries of the topic.

    I, as well as many people who log onto the Coffeeroom do not want to continuously read personal information about people or some of the sheer rubbish being posted. Nor do I wish to engage in childish banter befitting of kids. The moderators have waited until now in the hope that it would settle down. But it hasn’t and of late the Coffeeroom has lost the way slightly and people need to be brought back on track.

    The YWN Coffeeroom is not a central meeting room for bloggers. It is a site where people can and should be encouraged to express views on different aspects of life and where we can freely reply and debate without engaging in school like nonsense.

    I am not saying you cannot engage in humor or lightweight topics – just keep the personal back and forth chit chat and childish nonsense out of the equation.

    #634944

    squeak
    Participant

    OK, Nobody, take the CoffeeRoom and subtract the personal conversations and sheer rubbish. What do you have left? Might as well cancel those advertising contracts now.

    I’m not saying you can’t express views on different aspects of life, but since those views are few and far between why enforce silence in between?

    SJS, if you allow plus or minus 1.96 standard deviations then you’ve covered 95% of all topics of conversation.

    Joseph, I agree with you that limits should be set. I just think that the bar is too low.

    #634946

    squeak
    Participant

    …er, update: Assuming that conversations are normally distributed, that is.

    #634947

    Nobody
    Member

    There is personal and personal. The point I was trying to make was quite simple.

    A topic personal to someone i.e shidduchum, the weather or anything on a mundane level is fine but when the chat gets personal i.e The back and forth banter between two people then that’s not fine.

    Why would advertisers cancel their contracts? because there is no personal interaction between two bloggers, Please, give me a break. These companies advertise on YWN because of the people who log onto the entire site and for no other reason.

    The Coffee Room never has an enforced silence there is plenty to talk about – it just doesn’t have to be on a personal level

    #634948

    SJSinNYC
    Member

    Squeak, but one would only be 68.27% 🙂

    The truth is, 95% is sort of ok. I agree that its the back and forth banter (that doesnt really involve actual conversations) is what the problem is.

    #634949

    areivimzehlazeh
    Participant

    Phyllis- are you enjoying this long, heated, on topic discussion?

    #634950

    Phyllis
    Member

    “I, as well as many people who log onto the Coffeeroom do not want to continuously read personal information about people or some of the sheer rubbish being posted. Nor do I wish to engage in childish banter befitting of kids.”

    Nobody, I agree with u 100%, in fact couldnt have written it better myself.

    #634951

    moish01
    Member

    areivim – good one!

    #634952

    squeak
    Participant

    In fact, nobody could have written it better. Hey, she did!

    ______________________________________________________________________

    There is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

    There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

    Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

    Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

    Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

    It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

    #634953

    squeak
    Participant

    Yes, ames. I hereby declare that no one is allowed to post in any of MY threads, without obtaining prior written permission from me, signed in triplicate.

    That goes for you, too, mods!

    Mazal, I don’t remember giving you permission.

    #634954

    areivimzehlazeh
    Participant

    Nobody is a she?

    #634955

    mazal77
    Participant

    but what if that person, starts a thread and just can’t be around to decide if it should go off topic?? The Mods’ do try for the most part but some of the banter does get though. All guilty parties know who they are!!

    #634956

    moish01
    Member

    what’s the sentence? i need to know how i should plead.

    #634957

    teen
    Member

    Joseph: im in high school (well..kind of) what do u have against high school banter?

    a conversation can only last so long before people run out of things to say…then u switch the topic

    #634958

    moish01
    Member

    guess what, everyone? (sorry squeak, we need an exception to the rule now – i have a new revelation) all teen said so far was about three sentences but i have a feeling we’re gonna be REALLY good friends… for the next day till i get my cast off… then it’s football time! 😉

    #634959

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    moish01: ya better visit us in the cr after thursday!!!!

    #634960

    moish01
    Member

    oh i probably will. but i’ll be busy getting back into shape 🙂

    so excited i can’t WAIT! basketball thursday night!

    #634961

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    moish: wow, that’s great but it’s no excuse for you to leave the CR.$

    #634962

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    moish01: you got lots of pounds to loose after all those millions of milkshakes!!!

    qwertyuiop: yes no excuse for him to leave us!!!!

    #634963

    moish01
    Member

    asdfghjkl – na – maybe one or two. but i’ll lose them as soon as i’m back to normal – i’m not too worried

    #634964

    teen
    Member

    what happened to moish?

    #634965

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    teen: he broke his leg, was in bed for weeks, ate million of milkshakes, got addicted to the cr……….

    moish: was that a good summery????

    #634966

    moish01
    Member

    broke my leg. or rather, had my leg crushed by another guy. tackle football.

    #634968

    qwertyuiop
    Member

    teen: he broke his leg.$

    ames: i saw no warnings from mod72, so i guess it’s on topic.$

    #634969

    beacon
    Participant

    Phyllis and Nobody is going to have all your heads tomorrow..

    #634970

    teen
    Member

    ames: shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh lol 🙂

    #634971

    moish01
    Member

    ames, of course this is on topic. we’re experimenting with this on topic vs. off topic idea

    to quote you:

    😉

    #634972

    moish01
    Member

    i thing you’ve got it down-pat, asdfghjkl

    #634973

    YW Moderator-72
    Participant

    Looks like I have get my delete key fixed afterall…

    #634974

    moish01
    Member

    NOOOOOOOOOO!

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