I understand the benefit of having a Cafe Society forum.
However, when I have a specific, factual question to ask about something that happens to be in the world of entertainment, it’s frustrating to put it into Cafe Society, because of all the ‘man, that book bit’ or ‘the movie was mega-awesome’ drivel that becomes allowable once it’s in that forum.
It seems to me that having a clear, answerable question outweighs whether or not the OP has to do with the arts in any way.
Given the kinds of questions that we tend to get, the “classification” of a particular question isn’t always clear. And all the Moderators know that the categories have a fair amount of fuzziness around the edges. No big deal, usually.
I don’t know. In my experience, moderators will do just what the OP says, if it involves one of the four topic-based forums (Cafe Society, About This Message Board, Comments on Cecil’s Columns, and Comments on Staff Reports). If it’s appropriate to one of these four, it won’t stay in General Questions.
Is it presumptuous of an OP to ask that a thread not be moved to Cafe Society?
The logic is generally that a question that best relates to a different forum (for instance, a comment on Cecil’s column) will get more attention in that forum than it will in GQ. A question about the arts will get more attention in CS then it will in GQ, even if it’s a “factual answer” question. That is to say, a question about Kurt Corbain in CS will probably be more likely to be seen by Kurt Corbain experts/enthusiasts, and thus answered, than it would if it were in GQ.
However, as noted, the logic is fuzzy around the edges. It’s usually no big deal if a mod decides a question is best put in a different forum, it’s not like you get demerits or anything for misplacement.
I can see this, but I can also see the flip side. It’ll get more attention, but it may be the wrong kind of attention.
To take this as an example, it’s appropriate in Cafe Society to talk at length about how you feel about Kurt Cobain, even if that’s not what the OP asked. Not so General Questions. (At least, that’s the impression that I get.)
While GQ is not totally safe from such hijacks, it’s a bit more conducive to answering factual questions, no matter the subject, than CS. I can certainly understand how moving the thread might encourage them.
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::: shrug ::: Sure, there’s several different ways to argue this. With the questions and topics we get, there’s no way to set up forums that would always be perfectly clear where everything belongs. We’ve adopted a given logic as a guideline, that helps us decide what to do with fuzzy situations, and that’s where we are.
I mean, we could have forums based alphabetically on the third letter of the second word of the title of the post, and then it would all be clear. We’ve opted for forums that sometimes have overlap, so we’re stuck with some ambiguity.
It’s not a big deal if someone posts in the wrong forum. Especially if it’s one of those dubious or border-line cases. We did have a situation with a member who continually posted in absolutely wrong forums (like witnessing in ATMB), after several warnings, but that’s a one-off case. It’s not like we score demerits against people who post in the wrong forum. And, of course, we prefer that you post any given question only in one forum.