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Seriously, Mods? You make great librarians, but otherwise..

jasondmzk  
14 Feb 2012  #1

How about you stop this autistic need of yours to see posts filed according to topic, and actually MODERATE something? You make great librarians, but otherwise, your standards are lacking.

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14 Feb 2012  #2

Exactly! If you were to borrow a book from a library about plumbing, you would not expect it to change to knitting and sewing half way through chapter one.
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14 Feb 2012  #3

Not quite the same this, though, is it? A reader is a passive recipient; on a forum it's more like a conversation, and digression is a part of all natural conversations. You know all that, of course. I guess what the OP is unhappy about is that mods are sometimes a little trigger-happy.

"Keep on topic, for God's sake!" Isn't that what women complain about when their men insist on a strictly linear progression while talking?
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14 Feb 2012  #4

If you were to borrow a book from a library about plumbing, you would not expect it to change to knitting and sewing half way through chapter one.

But if you borrowed a book from a library about computer programming and after two chapters it turned into a cracking bird with a pizza on one hand, a bottle of single malt whiskey in the other and not a shred of clothing anywhere, would you go back to the library to complain?
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14 Feb 2012  #5

Not quite the same this, though, is it?

I don't agree, if a guest came to PF to find information about a bus route in Krakow for example, then the best place to look would be a thread titled "Bus routes in Krakow". He or she would not expect to find the answer in a thread about food..

would you go back to the library to complain?

I would probably complain about their filing system. In my opinion "computer programming" and " the arts" should be filed separately.
OP jasondmzk  
14 Feb 2012  #6

I've worked in a few libraries. The one in Savannah, Georgia was my favorite, and is perhaps the most fitting example for the PF analogy. We were near downtown, and like most public libraries, we were often a daytime sanctuary for the city's homeless population. Most of them were quiet, and caused few problems, even the ones who thought there were government chips implanted in their arms, or the ones whom showered so seldom that they made entire sections of the library stink like burnt onions and cheese. We served them all. However, when the eventual unmanageable elements came in, the ones whom we would discover hunched over behind the atlas case pleasuring themselves, or furtively ripping pages out of the Georgia Congressional Record; then it was time for them to go.
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15 Feb 2012  #7

Exactly! If you were to borrow a book from a library about plumbing, you would not expect it to change to knitting and sewing half way through chapter one.

Well I think that sometimes you could allow discussion to flow freely in the direction posters want,sooner or later it will go back on track.
JonnyM Activity: 12 / 2,634
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15 Feb 2012  #8

discussion to flow freely

Remember it's a fine line between a discussion taking an interesting direction and a discussion returning to various themes that have been done to death in other threads.
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15 Feb 2012  #9

Oh,come on,this way you can easily close at least half if not more of the existing threads.What I am refering to is my exchange with this Lyzko dude about differences between occupied Poland and collaborating Denmark in the thread "Jewish roots of Poland" or something.I don't know why mods closed it when I was in a process of proving how ignorant this Lyzko dude is.
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15 Feb 2012  #10

.What I am refering to is my exchange with this Lyzko dude about differences between occupied Poland and collaborating Denmark in the thread "Jewish roots of Poland"

That's probably on the edge of being relevant. If it started to dominate a thread, it might be better to move it to a new one.

I was in a process of proving how ignorant this Lyzko dude is.

I think it would need to be a very long process indeed. He comes across as being very far from ignorant.
SeanBM Activity: 35 / 5,825
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15 Feb 2012  #11

A reader is a passive recipient; on a forum it's more like a conversation, and digression is a part of all natural conversations

I thought that was a chatroom?

i thought that a forum, based on a particular topic like Poland, would be an accumilation of knowledge so that when someone wants to find out something they can look it up and and get the relevant information rather than the rants of people who are addicted to such a forum?
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15 Feb 2012  #12

then the best place to look would be a thread titled "Bus routes in Krakow".

Bus routes, yes; complex social, political or historical issues, no. There should be a little leeway allowed instead of cutting people off at the knees for a little digression. Some mods are notorious for this.

i thought that a forum, based on a particular topic like Poland, would be an accumulation of knowledge

Wikipedia can be useful for that.

Remember it's a fine line between a discussion taking an interesting direction and a discussion returning to various themes that have been done to death in other threads.

I have no problem with what you say. Mods and Admin do, however, have a big problem with a discussion taking any direction other than strictly within the letter of the OP's remit. Boring.
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1 Jul 2016  #13

Merged: Thin skinned hypocritical mods

Just got a warning for pointing out scuzzy behavior by the mods... again!
Someone asked why off topic comments were being allowed to stand and I said it's because the poster in question gets preferential treatment.
That comment got moved to random.
I posted again that moving my comment to random was proof that this poster was being treated more..... delicately than others.
And then I get a warning. Hypocrisy much?



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