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."
I really like this idea... that way we avoid 150 post long threads with only 4 or 5 people contributing...
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.
Actually, it was 157 posts and 19 contributors. Which, if you think about it, is only 8.26315789 posts per contributor.
Of course... some people contributed more than others.
Sorry guys, couldn't resist.
Actually, I think this is a great idea.
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.
Out of probably hundred or so forums I'm familiar with, I can't recall a single one using such a feature. It is always the privilege of moderators...
There is a reason why people do it this way, probably...
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.
power and control issues, how nonsurprising.
I haven't had anything surprise me all day so far even after reading the headlines.
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.
Paul, I didn't mean for that to sound rude, if it came across that way.
I mean moderators in the sense of closing topics, moving topics, calming firey topics, sending warnings to rule breakers, etc. In addition to deleting spam and such.
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.
Actually, I do not see any use of this feature, if this same person who opened original thread and closed it and her supporters will open numerous other threads to continue arguments
*laughs* I saw that one coming Misha
But yes, I really don't see the need personally. I can quite happily ignore anyone who insults my beliefs (not that I have any worth mentioning).
In reference to misha... I'm wondering why you've decided to disregard reality, by continuing to refer to me as a female?
As mommy would say, "if the shoe fits".........
Has Misha referred to you being a female in this thread?
Politico, you don't have any forum skills, and time after time you set yourself up for beating. It's boring to argue with such a weak opponent, and I just choose to ignore you from now on...
Misha... you're response is both predictable and pathetic. You've proved nothing and resorted to calling me a girl... its quite sad really.
Dear Mr Politico,
Please go make a thread called The Politico Pit or whatever you please and fling as much muck as you want in there.
You don't need to drag one thread fight into another.
For your information, Misha didn't refer to you being of the female persuasion in this thread.
Yes he did... he was talking about me in his second post.
Or atleast thats how I took it... If he wants to clarify that it wasn't directed at me then I'll be perfectly willing to retract my response... even delete it.
*Observes* There's an argument on almost every thread this Politico guy is on. Why?
Quite agree with Misha.
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...
Interesting... I was thinking the exact same thing.
That and the fact that the answer has been given...
If we read between the lines I think we can safely say, it ain't happening.
Poll Capsules are far more important!
Once again, you cut straight to the important part - Poll Capsules.
In for the Poll Capsules (again) !!! Viva la Polls!!! We NEED these things!
as in, the ol' NASA saying: HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
I actually got that one. but then I'm american and a film fan.
Why? The thread is dead, and we are dancing on its remains
In that case check out my favorite movies hub
John Woo's The Killer and My Top 5 Foreign Films
Misha, shall we dance?
(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:
See now, if I'd said that, there would already be a thread whinging about being kind to one another. Hypocrisy is rarely so amusing as when dictated by estrogen.
Have to agree, but it's bedtime over there. Wait and see what happens. And seeing as this is the third or fourth line of attack, I would be surprised if I didn't have the same problem.
I think a few of them are too busy eating crow at the moment.
As for the topic, a close thread option wouldn't be a bad idea - but a close mouth option would be better.
I really liked the diminishing font. that way settles everything.......
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