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Should There Be An Off Topic Forum?

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A member recently posted an off topic thread despite the rules saying up front "Please keep threads and posts on topic. Off topic posts may be moved or deleted without warning." Well, I did just that and the person got upset and requested their account be deleted, which I promptly did.

So I got to wondering, am I being to draconian with the whole thing? I have no interest in changing the policy, but I could create an "Off Topic" forum where off topic things can be moved to or posted because they would no longer be violating the policy! Then people could have a go at whatever things they wish. The catch is it would be unmoderated unless I received specific serious complaints, as I have no desire to get involved in or even read lots of what people seem to love to argue about on the internet. That being the case it would be "Enter At Your Own Risk".

Anyway, it might be a solution for those who think I am too strict. Thoughts, advice, and opinions are not only welcome but extremely important to me on this issue.

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I need to think on it a bit..

Sounded good right off the bat.. Then I started remembering some flame wars from times gone by..

Suddenly it didn't sound quite so good anymore..

Swamp

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Steve on another forum a few years ago they had a unmoderated off topic  area and it was a complete disaster.   In my opinion, that way lies damnation

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Well Steve as you know there are lots of prospector forums on the net and I still do look at them from time to time, the reason I really like  yours is its on topic most of the time. I belong to several forums that are on topics I have an interest in and really don't care too spend a lot of time to read on why Trump did this or Russians were involved in that when I am looking for the best skid plate for a detector. If I wanted to know about Trump or the Russians I would join a forum for those type of topics. This is why I like it hear, good information in the shortest amount of time.

 

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Yeah I think you are just going to make more work for yourself Steve, there are plenty of rant forums out there is people want to go down that path.

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I like the forum as it is Steve....if it ain't broken why change it. I'd rather talk detectors and nuggethunting than politics with my fellow forum members. 

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I am very pleased the way things are here. Would not change a thing. Steve, you have more than a forum. You have caused many of us to become friends.

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I'm in agreement with the others.  This is a site about metal detectors and prospecting.  And the level of posting is quite high, thanks in major part to your moderation and setting a good example.  You didn't say what the topic was, but if it was just another complaint about the world, well... (no comment needed.)  My personal opinion is that you've been pretty lenient with people getting out-of-line.  I trust that if you deleted a post it deserved it.

 

 

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