Not sure if this is really necessary. Guests who start “inappropriate” pit threads are usually ripped apart pretty quickly (and thoroughly) by the membership at large.
2. No more “whooshes” or deliberately wrong answers in GQ.
I find myself agreeing with you here: whooshes and drive-by bullshit answers are distracting and don’t really contribute anything useful to GQ. Does every forum *have *to be turned into a clone of MPSIMS?
Gotta agree with Uvula Donor.
I enjoy watching guests get torn apart, but no more so than members.
It’s not like all guests get lured into the pit so the jackals can feast on their young tender flesh. It’s the ones with an attitude, that has nothing to do with them being new, that get into the heated conversations.
On a more practical note, the whole point of a guest membership is so guests can decide if they like it here. Cutting out a couple large chunks of the board is gonna result in them crying “I didn’t know people here were so mean!” when they’re finally let loose on us, and us on them.
I see no real harm in the rule as there’s plenty of other places to screw around on the boards. However IMHO it’s only the real subtle jokes that cause a problem. Sometimes screwing around in GQ has been really funny. I do think the same etiquette guidelines that apply to hijacking should be used because it almost is hijacking sometimes. That’d be common courtesy. i.e. don’t screw around when the OP’s question is still awaiting an actual answer.
I disagree with the first. Let 'em have at it. What’s the harm?
As for the 2nd, I’d say that at least people should use smileys if their post isn’t serious. It’s really annoying to have to sift through everybody’s attemps at comedy to get to a real answer. Having smileys would alleviate a lot of the problem. I wouldn’t be totally opposed to an outright ban on whooshes or deliberately wrong answers, but I don’t think that the solution needs to be that drastic.
This is what I usually try to do if I have a joke answer. I realize that GQ is serious and all, but the temptation to be Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares is too great to resist. I don’t mind seeing funny answers in GQ at all; it makes it more fun. But not at least attempting to point the OP in the right direction when doing so isn’t a good thing, unless the OP’s question is a really, really good straight line.
I am opposed to too many rules. The pit is annoying to me and I stay away from it. I can’t imagine why others can’t too, if they find it annoying. Sometimes joke responses are annoying, sometimes they are funny. It is a social board as much as anything. I say leave things alone, lest you drive people away by being over-regulated.
Since I’m a moderator in General Questions, I want to express my opinion of what I consider good behavior in that forum.
I don’t want too many rules. I’m against making a new, restrictive rule. Hell, sometimes the OP is such a good “straight line” that I have been known to respond with a less than helpful post. That kind of thing is gonna happen. I try to resist, and I hope others do. I know it’s pretty hard. As Khadji said, this is a social board. Hell, even Cecil would probably post one liners in GQ.
But where I draw the line is posting something that can be misconstrued. That’s what happened in your example. While I’m sure the poster didn’t mean for it to confuse, only posting in jest, it resulted in many people reading it the wrong way. And when a doctor, Qadgop, reads it the wrong way, in a thread which was designed to help someone understand a recent term, “Restless Leg Syndrome,” and posts that this is one reason he doesn’t post as much in GQ anymore, then it’s time to say enough!.
I agree with samclem that we don’t need more rules. Mods can intervene when folks misbehave. If someone’s post is misleading, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate for the forum, let the mods deal with it on a case by case basis. The masses are pretty good at policing each other, too.
I also agree with Khadaji’s views on the various forums. I’ve been a member for 8 years, and I don’t ever stray into the Pit, or any forums other than GQ and ATMB. I suspect I’m not the only member with that preference. I do think that too many people feel the need to practice their standup routines with lukewarm one liners in GQ. While I’m sure some folks believe that this fosters an atmosphere of collegiality, I think it dilutes the value of the GQ forum. The percentage of posts in GQ that don’t address the OP is much higher than it ought to be.
Yeah, GQ is not MPSIMS but in the midst of serious sometimes humor works. OTOH, it is clear when it isn’t appropriate or derails a really serious thread and leaves people dismayed ( QtM, for example ).
I cannot see a hard rule making that any better- it will alter the tones of the Forum in a fundamental way. Sometimes a wiseassed remark drives a thread in a new direction. No I don’t have a cite, but since this post is proof that I love a good yuk and a decent answer in the same post as much as the next schlub, I’ve seen some threads that go hightailing off in new directions and sometimes it is because of a smarmy post.
What were those wise words from Jedi Moderator Samclem Kenobi? " Think twice, post once ! "
Ah, but I was not saying don’t let them post there, I was asking for them not being able to start new threads, and only in those two forums. But I can see this isn’t all that popular.
But what I am hearing is that the majority (including Staff) think that my suggested GQ “rule” is a Good idea, but not as a hard and fast"rule"- maybe more or a guideline?
Maybe it can be added to the GQ sticky, as a Guideline? As opposed to a rule?
And I got no problem with the “Hollywood Squares” format for GQ, after all, some question scream for a one liner. If you whip out that bit of snappy repartee, but follow it with a solid answer, that is a winner, as far as I am concerned
I think it’s up to them. Newbies have to follow the same rules as anyone else. If they are able to follow the rules of the pit or GD, let them do what they want within the rules. If they can’t follow the rules, chuck em out.
Look at it this way. Guest status gives someone a trial period, to see if he and the Dope are right for each other. Their posting style should be tested in the free period, to see if they are suitable members. Any potential problems with someone’s posting style should be seen during their guest membership.
Oh, but some whooshes are just too tempting to resist. Such as this or this.
I’d really hate it if I wasn’t allowed to post stuff like that. And at least a few people appreciate my sense of humour.
Rules are not needed. The only rule that we have is the simplest and easiest to follow and enforce: Don’t Be A Jerk.
Well, maybe not the SIMPLEST to follow…
In any event, whooshes in GQ are inevitable. What are you going to do to someone who insists on posting them, ban them? Get real.
If someone persists in making things difficult for people around here, they will be attended to. <doom music>