In the Cafe Society, there is a new rule about bumping your own threads. In the sticky allowing discussion of these rules, I made a point that was slapped down a bit. I typed out a response, and then decided better safe then sorry and elected to put it here in the pit instead of that thread. Really, this isn’t pitworthy, but I’m starting to wonder about the mental state of the Cafe Society mods, so the Pit it is.
Here’s the relevant discussion:
Ouch. I guess I was looking for more of a “there are of course exceptions to every rule” type of response, as opposed to this hostility. You said:
“If you start a thread and get no (or few) responses, you may re-post to it once (ONCE!) to put it back on the front page.”
Of note is the “(or few)” part, which you backpedaled on to say, in obnoxious all caps, “if NO ONE ELSE IS POSTING TO THE THREAD”. So which is it? No responses, one bump only, or few responses, one bump only?
My point in bringing up the other thread was that maybe, just maybe, this new rule should be similar to every other friggin’ rule on this board, (except the copywrite rule, of course) in that vague wording allows wiggle room for the mods to interpret on a case by case basis. That’s all I was trying to point out. But hey, clearly Cafe Society is a different animal, where the mods can’t be bothered to make judgement calls.
You also seem to be missing the point of that thread. It’s not that I want a surrogate website. It’s simply that I want the info for myself, and would happily compile my numbers on a spreadsheet at home and have that be that. But when I started, I figured I’d put it on the SDMB and see if anyone else was interested. The second week, I surmised that instead of cluttering the SDMB with 14 individual threads, I could do it more efficiently in a single thread. Of note is the fact that I was torn between MPSIMS and Cafe Society when I first posted it, and as it turns out I’m glad I picked MPSIMS. But as I said, I could imagine doing it in Cafe Society.
Say, for instance, I started posting weekly threads about a show that only a few other posters were into. We’ve seen the flipside in countless Deadwood and Lost threads, so the concept shouldn’t be foreign to you. But let’s say that only a couple other people are into it, so I post each week’s episode writeup to a single thread to consolidate. You are saying, in effect, that if I wanted to consolidate, fuck off and get my own website. But if I break it up into a separate thread for each week, then it’s all good. That’s just silly.
Understood. But interest isn’t always accurately measured by number of responses. Number of views might factor in, and so may the content of the few responses.
My point to you, C K, is that there are exceptions to every rule, and Cafe Society would be well served to understand this concept in much the same way the other forums do. Issue guidelines, not hard and fast requirements THAT YOU EMPHASIZE BY USING ALL CAPS.