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Can we PLEASE implement a rule against bumping old threads?

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Sgt Floyd, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    I apologize for my first reply. I was upset about something else that happened earlier that day and I should have waited a little longer to reply. Now I realize your true intentions. My goal with my second reply was an attempt for a 'teachable moment' when maybe it wasn't called for. I'm not upset with you and I hope there's no hard feelings.
  2. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Yeah, though a small guideline would be nice, you're right, I'm not sure it's possible. There are just too many different circumstances. It would be like, you shouldn't bump a thread in which you're answering a question that is common knowledge that the person probably already figured out, but you can if you're answering a question no one ever figured out. But how would you determine the difference?
    Yeah, it kind of makes you want to add a link to a sound file after each sentence so the spirit can come across.
    Agreed. I kind of think it's impossible for someone who loves the Muppets to be very mean.
    I haven't noticed it today, either. Maybe everyone read this thread and realized that if people filled up two pages about it, it must be pretty important to some people.:)

    But anyway, I think the most that we can do about the unnecessary bumping of threads would be to encourage people to look at the date of the thread their posting in, and make sure that they are in some way contributing to the conversation.
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I believe it is still in the rules to be thoughtful of others. Reviving old threads with nothing new to say or misleading other members would go against that so it's kind of covered. I think the issue really is one of enforcement since such things are usually done by the same offenders. Don't be afraid to report posts, but the moderators do work hard so also be mindful of them. :)
    panmanthe2nd likes this.
  4. CountFan1998

    CountFan1998 Active Member

    It is me! I'm sure of it! :D
  5. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Its ok. No hard feelings :)
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    The funny thing is, it IS an unwritten rule of forum conduct. Some just refuse to follow it, so it isn't so much of an implementable act, but rather something that is to be gently discouraged. If you can gently pull someone aside in a conversation and say, "can you please be careful of that next time" and said member agrees to those conditions, there's nothing to deal with. Like you said, it is the actions of those who continuously do that that that is the real problem.

    It is first and foremost an issue of politeness and thoughtfulness, especially if it's about a long abandoned project. Especially if we're particularly cheesed off the project didn't happen.

    Let's say a noob posts something about the Muppet Reality Show pitch from a few years back. We'd immediately assume... NEW POST?!?! Gasp! That can only mean that A) something's come out of it, B) someone has details or even better C) someone has footage that was leaked... only to click on the link to see an entire quoted text for a whole screen, and a typo filled "i lieks da ice creems" message.

    Wouldn't you feel the need to throw the keyboard at the computer screen?

    However, I've come to a realization... maybe it's other message boards to blame. Some have a VERY strict policy about multiple threads, causing new threads on the same topic deleted or blockedby moderators, sometimes who link them to other threads. I've been on one forum that did that, and it's apparently a huge pain for their mods... so in a way, maybe these guys are conditioned to actually do something like that with old topics. So maybe it isn't quite their fault after all.

    Again, we come to the question of which is more acceptable... bring back an old thread or creating multiple ones? Now, I think if there's anything older than a couple years, that means the conversation has long since ended, and no one has added anything to say. In that case, there's nothing wrong with starting a new topic. We've probably forgot we even had that thread in the first place.
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  7. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Honestly, that's not usually my first thought, lol. I just assume someone wants to talk about the topic. If it really was some big new development, it would have been mentioned elsewhere on the forum already as well. So I guess the bumping old threads thing just doesn't bother me that much.
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    "Okay" or "Yeah" isn't talking about a subject. Like I said, the key to internet conversation IS conversation. If someone were to bump it up and say... "OH man! How come this didn't happen?" or "Is this thing actually happening, because this is the first I'm hearing of it." That leads to conversations, insights, opinions... "Yeah" and "I agree" don't.

    And like I said, from time to time we'll have an insider or someone that just so happens to leak footage or anyone that has information that even us seasoned Muppet fans aren't prithee to. It is a tad misleading... some find it a small inconvenience, others find it quite disappointing and annoying.

    But then there are the topics that should ALWAYS be in play and somehow aren't "sticky-ed" to the top of the boards... stuff like "what Sesame Street sketches scared you as a kid" or "what's your favorite Muppet" or "What's your favorite episode?" Those always have conversations, even if one word ones. Though, trust me, I know of a forum that won't let you list anything unless you have a reason and opinion for it. Not as a rule, but it's frowned upon, and none of the members let you forget it.

    Again, the key is conversation, insight, and thought filled passion. That's what makes conversation interesting... "um" "Yeah" "Yay" and that's it are just interjections that add nothing. It's... it's kinda like sitting next to someone and talking to them and having them nod their head like they're barely paying attention. It's almost rude.
  9. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I don't know...I know everyone here means well. But all this reminds me of when I was in school and a kid would go up to the teacher and say, "Could you tell Jason to stop laughing when nothing funny is happening?" Maybe that kid didn't see anything funny but that doesn't mean he should ask the teacher to order "Jason" to stop laughing. Most teachers would just say "just ignore him and move on" and rightfully so. ;)
    Beauregard likes this.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Ignoring's probably the best option, as the guy's doing it again... :rolleyes:
  11. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    I think that after half a decade if no one contributes than they should just close it, THAT IS if it's something that could eaisly be found out nowadays, like if someone made a thread in 2002 called "Is MT on DVD?" and no one knew, then in 2008 that thread should've been locked and no longer open to any more replies. Though, if it's something like "MT: Will it Ever Hit DVD?" then it should be left open for further replies. That's my 2 cents.


    Sorry for bumping a two-year thread, I just had to say that.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Someone bumped a 10 year old thread about potential Muppet Show Action Figures to list random characters they'd like to see.

    Too many were listed. The characters were all trifling 5th stringers that no one would buy. And did I mention the company that made the figures has been bankrupt?

    If that doesn't prove we need rules about thread drudging, I don't know what will.
    galagr likes this.


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