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Apr 30, 2008 17:43 |  #1

Rant...

Is it me or is General Chat getting a little out of control?

Barking dogs? Lesbians? American Idol?

What happened to the policy of all threads had to be photography-related? Hell, it's even written in the forum description:

"An area for subjects not appropriate for the other forums. Keep it related in some way to photography even if only in the abstract. Political and religious discussions are absolutely prohibited."

Pekka even made a comment, in the lesbian thread, about keeping topics photography-related.

I understand and support the community-focused idea of POTN. However, I think it's time to start enforcing the rule about maintaining this a photography website - not a "just about anything goes" forum.

The forum can still maintain the same focus as a community but let's keep it on photography subjects.

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Apr 30, 2008 17:58 |  #2

There is a lesbian thread? I'll be back in a minute. Edit: not what I thought. Oh well.

You know, I don't mind ones like the barking dog. It at least started out seeking/receiving assistance. I haven't looked at that in a few days but I have a feeling it got of topic.

The Lesbos thread...what's the point? I set up my Yahoo and Google homepages to get crappy news items like that.

And who cares about American Idol.


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May 01, 2008 05:27 |  #3

I hope it does not get enforced. I like reading about random stuff.

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May 01, 2008 07:35 as a reply to  @ Stefan A's post |  #4

Well it is general and you don't have to read it. Seems fairly easy to me, if it's not something that you really care to visit don't hit that little button.


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May 01, 2008 10:13 |  #5

Travisj wrote in post #5439520 (external link)
Well it is general and you don't have to read it. Seems fairly easy to me, if it's not something that you really care to visit don't hit that little button.

I agree with you which is why I don't read threads with titles unappealing to me. However, there are plenty of other forums to read non-photography threads/info.


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May 01, 2008 15:08 as a reply to  @ Karl C's post |  #6

Here's my take.

For all intents and puposes I am a stay at home mom. I don't get much contact with someone over 4 ft tall and with people who can hold a conversation that doesn't revolve around Littlest Pet Shop and Star Wars.

I could go to a forum for Stay at home moms, but honestly I would be bored to tears. I love this place. I've learned so much from other peoples ideas, comments and experience. It's nice to be able to pop into General Chat and talk about a few other things now and then. It keeps me sane (as I can be). If I had to choose between the photo related stuff and GC, I would choose photo, but I would probably be alot more gripey than I am now.

I appreciate everything Pekka gives us here and I hope it doesn't change too much.


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May 01, 2008 15:35 |  #7

Well said, Lucy.

The vast majority of the forums here are photo-specific, but having the oddball general board where folks can go and are allowed to be off-topic can really help build the sense of community on a site.

Think of it like a local camera club. Sure, the majority of your activities with the club will be photography-related, but it can't be all shop talk all the time. =)


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May 01, 2008 15:51 |  #8

alduin wrote in post #5442096 (external link)
Well said, Lucy.

The vast majority of the forums here are photo-specific, but having the oddball general board where folks can go and are allowed to be off-topic can really help build the sense of community on a site.

Think of it like a local camera club. Sure, the majority of your activities with the club will be photography-related, but it can't be all shop talk all the time. =)

Exactly! We're like the worlds biggest camera club. Only difference we can participate in our undies. Never try that with the local clubs, they get a little uncomfortable.


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May 01, 2008 16:00 |  #9

That would make for an interesting photowalk, to be sure.


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May 01, 2008 16:02 |  #10

LucyRoberts wrote in post #5442200 (external link)
Exactly! We're like the worlds biggest camera club. Only difference we can participate in our undies. Never try that with the local clubs, they get a little uncomfortable.

Your undies..... or the club....?
I don't mind the odd rant or OT discussion but sometimes they can get lengthy and longwinded and go on and on and on and well you know.

So I try to keep it photo or photog related and if it drifts a smidge it's ok we have GPS.


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May 01, 2008 16:06 |  #11

alduin wrote in post #5442261 (external link)
That would make for an interesting photowalk, to be sure.

Truly.

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Your undies..... or the club....?
I don't mind the odd rant or OT discussion but sometimes they can get lengthy and longwinded and go on and on and on and well you know.

So I try to keep it photo or photog related and if it drifts a smidge it's ok we have GPS.

Depending on the location of the walk, both.

I understand about the veering so far off the path thing. When it happens though I just don't go back.

I would just hate to see it get too regimented here. I belong to another forum that revolves around a soap opera :o, well, they were so anal about OT that I got an infraction for mentioning Lost. That's just insane.


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May 01, 2008 21:56 |  #12

LucyRoberts wrote in post #5442296 (external link)
I got an infraction

Hmmm, lessee ...

You're a mom, they gave you a time out. Sounds like karma to me.

Heh.


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May 02, 2008 23:42 |  #13

LucyRoberts wrote in post #5442200 (external link)
Exactly! We're like the worlds biggest camera club. Only difference we can participate in our undies. Never try that with the local clubs, they get a little uncomfortable.

:lol::lol::lol:

I think unless things get way out of line, GC should be left alone.

'Nuff said ;):D


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May 03, 2008 00:12 |  #14

Maureen Souza wrote in post #5451201 (external link)
:lol::lol::lol:

I think unless things get way out of line, GC should be left alone.

'Nuff said ;):D

Do I detect some disagreement in Mod-land?

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May 03, 2008 09:30 |  #15

Karl C wrote in post #5451315 (external link)
Do I detect some disagreement in Mod-land?

:p

Do I detect someone just trying to stir up trouble? :p


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