View Full Version : Why Is GD for "Testifying"? Also, What About MPSIMS and IMHO?
01-28-2004, 08:07 AM
For long-running discussions of the great questions of our time. This is also the place for religious debates and (if you feel you must) witnessing.
But why is GD for "testifying" (i.e., testifying your faith in God, for those of you who don't use that term)? I've never had to do it. But wouldn't MPSIMS be better for that. I guess the "mindless" and "pointless" part may throw some people. But compare:
Mundane Pointless Stuff I Must Share. For general chatter, great thoughts, etc.
"General chatter" and "great thoughts". See what I am getting at? And while we are at it, what exactly is the In My Humble Opinion section for? Doesn't MPSIMS pretty much take that role on the boards?
(For those of you who are interested in what the header to the IMHO section says:
In My Humble Opinion
ďWhat's your favorite ...?Ē For frank exchanges of views on less-than-cosmic topics. This is also the place for polling.)
And, as long as I'm asking, something has vexed me (a little) for a while now. If I say "Should Senator Smith be reŽlected?" that goes in Great Debates. But what if I just want to say "I think Senator Smith should be reŽlected!" (i.e., sharing a simple opinion--end of discussion) where exactly does that go :confused: ?
Well, I think I have asked enough questions for now. Thank you to all who reply :) .
01-28-2004, 08:12 AM
As for the "testifying" one, I think it's just a confusion between terms. The board uses the term "witnessing," which in my experience, usually means that you are attempting to convince other people to believe what you believe. Thus it's a GD. Testifying sounds more like you are just sharing your experience, which I think could probably be safely put in the IMHO or MPSIMS. As for the difference between them... If you said "Senator Smith should be elected!" I would think that would fit IMHO, since you're expressing your opinion. If you said, "I haven't brushed my teeth in 3 days and nobody's noticed!" then it'd be MPSIMS, since it's really just a story that you felt like telling.
01-28-2004, 09:26 AM
The word "witnessing" as used there has a very specific meaning - it's limited to "Come to the Lord," type posts. We want those initially placed in GD, because in our experience, that's where they'd all end up anyway given the contentious nature of religion. It's not necesarily that MPSIMS is unsuited to witnessing OPs, but rather that the replies which are typical of a witnessing thread are better suited to GD. Also, over the years, GD has evolved some rulesóformal ones enforced by the staff, and some informal ones to which a poster is expected to conform by the GD denizensóthat are particularly suited to threads about religion, so it's better suited for those topics. Note please that wherever the word "religion" has been employed above, it could likely be replaced by "politics" with little difference.
MPSIMS is more for light banter; the phrase "great thoughts" is kinda misleading. While the over all tone of is general chatter, there are many topics which are anything but. I'm thinking of things like remembrance & memorial threads, the threads where the community comes together to help members (and sometimes others, or specific causes) in need, and things similar to that. Not things that are necessarily "great thoughts," but things that are certainly above the level of light banter and humor. Maybe we need to consider changing the MPSIMS forum description.
IMHO was initially set-up as a place to put things that we saw falling between Great Debates and MPSIMS. It was intended to take some of the load off both of those forums. Hence, it's the designated place for polls. It hasn't worked exactly as we anticipated, but it does provide a place for some unique topics. As is obvious, Great Debates would be the place for something like arguing the merits of Mahayana vs. Theravada Buddhism. IMHO would be appropriate for asking the members preference between Miracle Whip or Hellman's.
As for your specific example of "I think Senator Smith Should be Re-elected," my best guess is that it might be okay in IMHO, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was moved in rather short order to GD. That would likely depend on, as I noted in my first paragraph, the responses engendered. In any case, however, one can never go wrong by writing to the mods of the forum(s) for which you think any proposed thread might be appropriate. Also, the mods of the three forums with which you have expressed concern, know that there are topics that may cross over the boundaries. We don't get too testy if we have to move a thread. It's the forums which have clear boundariesóGQ and the comments on the columns, where we get more exasperated at finding misplaced topics.
I hope this helps and if you have more questions, please ask. We'll do what we can to answer 'em.
01-29-2004, 10:17 AM
And, as long as I'm asking, something has vexed me (a little) for a while now. If I say "Should Senator Smith be reŽlected?" that goes in Great Debates. But what if I just want to say "I think Senator Smith should be reŽlected!" (i.e., sharing a simple opinion--end of discussion) where exactly does that go :confused: ?There's just such a thread going on right now in IMHO: Dump Chaney (sic)? (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=236783) The OP framed it as a "whaddya you guys think?" so that's why it's there. If the OP was more along the lines of: "I think Bush should dump Cheney because...", it would likely be more suitable for GD.
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