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Author Is laffen PoWeR-TripPiNg with his thread closing?
EddieAdams
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Posted: 2009-08-03 23:45
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By closing threads the don't meet the "laffen seal of approval." Way to get new users to the site by closing first time poster's threads asking for help before they even get a single response because their "title wasn't descriptive enough" for the mighty laffen....seriously.. even if they're getting help here comes laffen for the kill...

http://www.esato.com/board/viewtopic.php?topic=188034

http://www.esato.com/board/viewtopic.php?topic=188097

http://www.esato.com/board/viewtopic.php?topic=188186
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Posted: 2009-08-04 00:00
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The forum search engine could be improved and it is on my to-do-list. But having a forum where most topics look like this does not make it easy for newcomers to find what they are looking for. At the same time, it is mostly new members starting topics with titles like this.

The four lines of text on top of the New Topic page says:

  • Try to write a descriptive subject of you post. Help!, X1, W910 is not good enough.
  • Avoid using special characters (****~~ Help ~~****) in the subject line
  • Try to avoid abbreviations. This makes it easier to search later.
  • DO NOT USE CAPITAL LETTERS ONLY. NO NEED TO SCREAM

Is this so difficult to follow these guidelines?
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Posted: 2009-08-04 00:36
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i think that this is a good move to improve the quality of the forum
some members just need to learn it the hard way
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Posted: 2009-08-04 06:49
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What's been annoying many posters in the regional threads of late have been the Moroccan posters. They are known to flood a thread even if their discussion has nothing to do with said thread. Ppl need to read up on the rules because if they don't it makes the esato experience bad for other folks.
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Posted: 2009-08-04 07:24
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as many members will confirm, I also often edit topic titles to improve their description of the topic. If its in a language I don't fully understand, I remove the post and send the contents of the post to the member and ask them to re-post with a more descriptive title.

Thats my way of doing it. laffen's way it to be a little more visible, which may seem like power tripping, but it gets the point across to more members. This is a standard moderator job on any forum! if we didn't do this we'd end up with many topics each day titled "help", or "help me" or "k850" or "driver" etc. etc...

Still, its a thankless task and I guess not alot we do gets appreciated and members will always find something we do to complain about

Also, believe me that the issue with the Moroccan members is not slipping us by. Brix25, I'm sure you have noticed that I have been removing such discussions that take over topics as you describe, including the South African topic (and others). Sometimes I have had to remove a page or more of posts! Other action is also taken to control their bad behaviours so it is improving (slowly)
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Posted: 2009-08-04 07:38
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Don't worry Masseur, I think the majority of us are thankful for the work you guys put in round the place.
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Posted: 2009-08-04 10:39
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It is his forum. He pays all the costs of it and manages it all, so its only fair that he gets to choose what is and is not allowed here.
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Posted: 2009-08-04 11:19
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^^^ Seconded.

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I think you'll retain your most loved member title. We greatly appreciate your efforts.
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Posted: 2009-08-04 11:39
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See that? Us New Zealanders know.
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Posted: 2009-08-04 11:47
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@EddieAdams

BTW, the thread you are complaining about turns out to be a continuation of the issues you have in this thread. Couldn't you have just carried on in the first thread? I think you've created the whole problem yourself.
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Posted: 2009-08-04 11:53
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aw shucks!

anyway, hopefully this topic has brought more awareness of the need for good topic descriptions
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Posted: 2009-08-04 21:32
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i agree. if you were a regular forum member you soon learn to hate the people who do write 1 word titles. it gets to be a pain in the bottom after a bit
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Posted: 2009-08-04 21:49
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Muhammad-Oli
Too bad you cant the say same about your rugby team. 31-19.
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Posted: 2009-08-04 22:13
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@Eddieadams

I'm sure laffen was acting in the best interest of the forum as a whole.

Please don't take it personally. I've had some of my overtly smutty threads deleted completely! (With good reason by masseur).

If you haven't felt the strong arm of masseur before, let me tell you, you haven't lived!
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Posted: 2009-08-05 02:44
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On 2009-08-04 21:49:26, GUCCI.011 wrote:
Muhammad-Oli
Too bad you cant the say same about your rugby team. 31-19.





Haha. Nah the All Blacks have been rubbish lately. Kind of given up on them myself!
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