I would like to see a close this thread option given to the person who opens a new thread. This way, if the posts get off of the topic that was originally intended or things get out of hand, the original poster can close the thread, if they wish, and block future comments from being posted. Then, if someone trys to post a comment after that, there will be a message displayed something like, "Sorry, this thread has been closed by the original poster."
My guess is that if people still have something to say, they'll just open a new thread. The best way to put a stop to a thread that has spun out of control is to take the high road and just stop posting yourself. Getting in the last word doesn't mean you've won.
As a moderator action I could see some utility to having the ability to close a thread, as it would be an easy way to send the message that the discussion has gone on long enough. Of course, this still wouldn't stop a new thread from being opened or the argument from spilling over into other places.
I can see it now.... Good Christian, God fearing folk could create a nice, wholesome thread that in no way encouraged anorexia in young girls, delete or modify any offensive or anti Christian statements and then close the thread if things got out of hand or people started contradicting them and their beliefs. I like it !
What a wonderful suggestion mommy. Thanks for this idea, I will certainly be encouraging the hubpages' tech team to get started on this right away.
Jesus' blessings be upon you.
p.s. - I have resisted the temptation to post a link to my latest pornography hub because I in no way wish to promote that sort of thing - I have now seen the light.
Having been the visitor of countless forums, member of far too many, moderator of several and admin of a few I must say that it's only because I've been an admin that I am aware that such a feature does exist.
I have seen it available as a modification that can be hacked into phpBB. But have never seen it in action in the wild. I'm unsure about vBulletin.
punBB, which is what powers the HubPages forum, doesn't have that many features and the backend of the vanilla install is somewhat lacking in comparison to vBulletin and phpBB. So the implementation such a feature, if a person were to write it themselves, would require a fair bit of work and trial and error.
We actually just used the some aspects of front end design from punBB (html/css), everything on the backend is custom and as you noted minimalist. We did it this way so that it was fully integrated with the rest of HubPages (and in some ways easier to maintain). The downside, of course, is that to add any feature you don't see would be some work.
This is the first forum that I've been a part of that didn't have moderators. And, as already said, the close a thread is a moderators job...
Paul, you would think that people would just start new threads continuing the topic, but I've never seen that happen on a forum once a mod closes the topic. Usually, the discussion just ends. But, I have seen here, on this forum, that people will start new threads to continue an old thread that was closed (by I assume you guys) by request of the starter of the thread.
There are moderators, but our primary role is to keep the forums free of spam and open for discussion.
Usenet is one of the biggest and oldest collections of unmoderated forums (a small percentage are moderated). There are still thousands of vibrant usenet communities, although spam is an ever increasing problem there. You can browse a nearly complete archive of usenet with google groups.
I like a good discussion as well, maybe even with a touch of debate. What I don't like is when the name calling and insults start. I think people have the right to state their beliefs and to give reasons why they believe them. I think that topics can discussed and debated while keeping cool and level headed. It's doesn't seem right when a person opens an innocent topic and has to quit posting to their own thread because of the risk of an argument. There is a big difference between debating, discussing your topic and taking strong stands, and calling names, throwing insults, and attacking a person's character. We should be able to show reasons for our beliefs and respond with an intelligent reply when someone disagrees with us.
Ironically, this thread is titled 'Close this thread', its already on page 2 which has nothing to do with the initial post, the thread starter isn't even responding, heads are arguing and the thread desperately needs closing...
Meanwhile an onlooker gives commentary on the situation, when he could well be doing another great hub that no one will read, except for the thousands of search engine visitors that gleefully browse the content feeling....content....they've found what they were looking for.
Or maybe, I'll hang around to see how this one ends.
Or maybe not...might be days and 10 pages longer...
(and yes, it's another movie reference to the japanese movie of that name also remade as an american film) it's also a reference to another film which was a broadway play - "The King and I" gotta love old musicals :heart: