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Michael Uplawski 11-08-2016 12:29 AM

Temporary Forum Space
 
Would it be possible to create sub-forums “on the fly” and to remove them, once the topic becomes obsolete?

I would warmly suggest something like that for all US presidential elections specific content.

syg00 11-08-2016 12:36 AM

Gawd no .... aggghh.

ardvark71 11-08-2016 12:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Michael Uplawski (Post 5628238)
Would it be possible to create sub-forums “on the fly” and to remove them, once the topic becomes obsolete?

I would warmly suggest something like that for all US presidential elections specific content.

Hi...

Just my opinion but I think something like that would set a bad precedent. :twocents:

Regards...

Michael Uplawski 11-08-2016 05:55 AM

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Originally Posted by ardvark71 (Post 5628242)
Just my opinion but I think something like that would set a bad precedent. :twocents:

Good reasoning.

But isn't there some way to concentrate and keep all those (actually just 1) discussions in one place for me to ignore? Let's say: One thread? You could name it: “My candidate is good, yours sucks” and everybody would immediately be informed.

Take each one of theses topics and imagine that they put a precedent for the discussion of all the important elections that I am aware of. Felicitations. Worlds in the rear-view mirror may be bigger than they appear.

Choose wisely

fatmac 11-08-2016 06:52 AM

There should be no politcs, sport, or religion on a Linux Forum - end of debate! ;)

rtmistler 11-08-2016 07:52 AM

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I do not believe a temporary forum would be a good idea for the LQ site.

I feel it would cause a great deal of confusion.

jeremy 11-08-2016 09:30 AM

Keep in mind you can permanently exclude fora from your search, so if you don't want to see the content in General it is very easy to avoid.

--jeremy

Michael Uplawski 11-08-2016 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 5628371)
Keep in mind you can permanently exclude fora from your search, so if you don't want to see the content in General it is very easy to avoid.

--jeremy

Jeremy, thank you for your support. ;)
Because, why would I block the General forum, as there are plenty of good threads in General. Your backup is appreciated.

... Come on. You saw that coming.

Michael Uplawski 11-08-2016 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by fatmac (Post 5628310)
There should be no politcs, sport, or religion on a Linux Forum - end of debate! ;)

That is actually my own opinion. Minus the “end of debate” of course.

dugan 11-08-2016 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Michael Uplawski (Post 5628238)
Would it be possible to create sub-forums “on the fly” and to remove them, once the topic becomes obsolete?

No, the whole point of this forum is that stuff that's posted here stays here.

And I know for sure that people behave differently when they know that what they write will disappear permanently after a set shelf-life.

rtmistler 11-08-2016 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 5628371)
Keep in mind you can permanently exclude fora from your search, so if you don't want to see the content in General it is very easy to avoid.

I think for any forum we need to be judicious in what we subscribe to or choose to react too. A big concern I have about entirely avoiding the NON-NIX->General forum is that some members post their actual technical questions there. My reading of tea leaves is because they tend to post in that forum a lot, hence they post all new threads in there. Still, if a question is a legitimate Linux technical one, I feel the thread should be moved, and am rapidly adopting the stance that I'll use the Report button to request a thread be moved from that non-technical forum to a correct place. Meanwhile I feel we do still see mis-placed questions even in the technical forums, just that they live a far briefer lifespan or they get moved to General quickly.
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Originally Posted by dugan (Post 5628390)
No, the whole point of this forum is that stuff that's posted here stays here.

And I know for sure that people behave differently when they know that what they write will disappear permanently after a set shelf-life.

The first part was my thoughts exactly, and I fully agree with the second part about human behavior.

rokytnji 11-08-2016 02:08 PM

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I would warmly suggest something like that for all US presidential elections specific content.
Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy. Don't click on them or subscribe to them. All others. Take up residence and occupy my ignore list.

Besides: One sometimes likes to look back so they can try to remember on why they dislike a certain member.

frankbell 11-08-2016 08:38 PM

I see no upside to this suggestion.

There are plenty of places to discuss politics where such discussions are the purpose of said places.

There's a reason I try--not always successfully--to avoid the occasional political thread here at LQ. I spend my days with politics; I prefer to spend my evenings with something that makes sense.

It is one thing to tolerate occasional political discussions.

It would be quite another to encourage them. And attempting to quarantine them would be futile and likely counterproductive.

Afterthought:

I do understand why persons who might consider LQ their "online home" would want to discuss parochial political issues at their online home. (As LQ is an international forum, discussing local US politics is ipso facto parochial.) I also must note that the political threads could set a good example for the general discourse, as they are generally civilized in nature.

And, as an "online home," it beats Facebook and Twitter three ways to Sunday.

hazel 11-12-2016 09:59 AM

Linux Forums excludes both politics and religion, presumably to avoid rancour. There's a Coffee Lounge for general discussions, but not about those two subjects.

This forum seems to have done a pretty good job corralling religious discussion into one megathread without having to create a subforum for it. Perhaps politics could be treated in the same way.

dugan 11-12-2016 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Michael Uplawski (Post 5628238)
Would it be possible to create sub-forums “on the fly” and to remove them, once the topic becomes obsolete?

Wait a sec...

Isn't this exactly what's being done for the yearly Member Choice Award forums?


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