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  1. shmessy

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    Thank you for the kind words. However, I still think Pony is on to something constructive though when it comes to the Game Day threads. I put it out there as a possibility (don't know if Ian can do it regarding space/bandwidth and all those other tech things I cannot comprehend) about separate forums for each regular season game where threads would never be merged. Perhaps there are new, budding Patfankens/Zeus's/Robos out there that we are stifling?
     
  2. Galeb

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    If they'd just try bacon, they would understand...
     
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  3. Ian

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    That unfortunately affected not just us but the Seattle Times, among many other major publications, although it at least forced all the ad networks to start being more careful about monitoring things better.

    But yeah, I'll agree with you, that sucked and I felt - and still feel bad - that we were part of that mess :(
     
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    I'm going to be re-organizing this place anyway and I think that's actually a good idea. The tricky part is just trying to make it so we're not moving around dozens of threads and having good ones get lost in a "Week 1" forum...I'll have to brainstorm a little bit and see what we can come up with.
     
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    PF is free.

    If someone had to click on adds there are worse things in the world.
     
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  6. Galeb

    Galeb Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    Is it possible to merge posters?
     
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    My 2 cents: There are competing issues. Having too many threads that things get lost, and having such enormous threads that you just don't want to spend the time to read through them. This is much easier said that done.
     
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    Please, whatever happens, I beg that nothing happens to "the Official" Jets suck thread. Pure comedy gold in that there thread. :cool:
     
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  9. Galeb

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    If there is no mechanism for rating threads in your toolkit, would it be possible add a rating (like, agree etc..) option like "promote" to individual posts? If the OP gets enough of that specific rating, the thread could earn a promotion to the main forum.
     
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    I can only speak for myself. The reason that I have remained as a moderator is to be a tyrant, abuse the power given to me, and to aggrevate as many people as I can. This makes life worth living.

    Maybe tonight we can go without the "official game thread" for the last pre-season game. We can have many threads commenting on the game, knee jerk reactions threads, and those who have insightful observations during the game can also have their own threads. We can just delete any thread started that is a game thread. Worth a try?
     
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    The problem with this idea is that Ian would have to purchase more bandwidth after a loss.
     
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    This sounds right to me. I'd add that the Original Poster be burdened with distinguishing why their thread of a matching topic is differentiated in the title, and then follow up with a substantively differentiated post.
     
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    speaking from experience on other forums, anytime you start the "official" thread of different subjects it turns into a giant clusterfunk and people start to leave because they have to sift through so much junk just to find the posts by the people they enjoy talking to.

    Obviously things get a little messy when something big happens and three people create a post within a few seconds of each other, but the forum members should get to choose which thread they want to participate in instead of being forced together, resulting in most cases non stop arguments and dick measuring.

    I'm not a fan of "official posts" but I do think thread starters should at least exercise caution when creating a duplicate thread.
     
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    Why have multiple threads on the same exact topic? Because you want to exclude what others say and focus on what a select few do? I'd much rather skim through a single thread than jump from one to the other searching for where someone posted. If people are that interested in what some posters have to say, just follow them from their profile page. You'll get notified when they do post.
     
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    I don't see why you should make more work for yourself. Just delaying most (not even all) of the post-game thread mergers would accomplish essentially the same thing, and it wouldn't require new forums being made all the time.
     
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    Single broad threads with several merges results in frequent pissing contests. These pissing contests often stifle the development of new ideas or angles. As others have said, there is a balance. Gigantic threads suck.
     
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    Fwiw I like how this forum doesn't have redundant threads, I think the mods do a good job merging
     
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    There would only be 16 subforums created each year. It could result in queries (searches) being much more focused and not pounding the main database.
     
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    I know what you're saying. So you think the pissing matches will subside if there are a lot more threads? Threads get derailed by them because of the content of the posts not the length of the thread. I usually just skim by the crap that I don't care about.

    Regardless, Ian said there'll be changes coming, though I don't know what they are. It's simply my preference to have a cleaned up forum and long threads versus clutter and jumping from one thread to another.
     
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    The funny thing is....I didn't even know Preseason Game #4 was tonight. I've been too mesmerized/engrossed by these touchy feeling sharing sessions. I personally can't wait for real football so I can rip into fumbling Ridley...or Glassendola. And if Mallett doesn't hold his clip board on the sideline with proper technique, I might have to go all PatsFanKen and list my ten deepest thoughts regarding the goofy Razorback :)
     

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