WANT: Shining Clock

Good. This is at least the 4th thread you’ve posted where your title said nothing but “WANT” and the OP consisted of nothing more than a link.

For obvious reasons I’m disinclined to comment on the merits of any particular post and/or its title.

But I would like to express my disappointment at not being led to the Shining Cock promised by the thread title.

No offense was taken. My tone was all eyeroll, zero ire.

And I could list from here to eternity the things that are more important to me than whether this or that random passerby wants to click on my OP. I maybe click on 5% to 10% of Dope threads, and I can’t imagine that the OPs I’m thus neglecting care about this any more than I do.

If the sole justification for moderator intervention is so the thread draws more readers, well I don’t see that as any kind of justification at all. I’ve had more than one thread slip off the page unread, and I haven’t started cutting myself over it yet.

The rule is quite clear:

Yeah, I missed the “l” too, and thought it had to do with buffing.

(And I happen to like the “WANT” threads.)

The point is, as SpoilerVirgin just pointed out, that it’s one of the rules of MPSIMS. Also, lest you try it elsewhere, it’s also in the “Guidelines and Etiquette on the SDMB” FAQ:

It’s a matter of courtesy to your fellow Dopers.

And if you have a complaint about my moderation, take it to ATMB for discussion. Don’t do it here.

Is it a Stephen King/Stanley Kubrick kind of “Shining” clock? Does it say “Here’s Johnny!” as its default alarm sound?

The link says that it will anounce “Here’s Johnny” on the hour and Then the Shelly Duval figure screams.

Shining clock isn’t descriptive enough? Duh… it was for me…

That’s because “Shining Clock” is what was added to the title. Duh…

Lissener didn’t put “Shining clock” in the title. I did. As explained in the post where I asked him to please follow the rules:

I am getting that for my son. He will love it. We used to watch ‘The Shining’ all the time and he is a big Jack Nicholson fan. Thanks for the link!

I am always getting him gag gifts and this might be the best one yet!:smiley:

We can only hope.

So getting asked to “please” do something, with an explanation of why, and no warning, is getting “dinged” now, is it?

My tone here is all rolleyes, if you’re wondering.

Please read more carefully. I didn’t say I was dinged. I suggested that the policy should be to “ding” someone if they post an actual NSFW thread, rather than change a thread title because some people might incorrectly ASSUME it contains NSFW links.

So we have two possible scenarios: the one that happened here, that contained no ding but does contain a change to a thread title; or, leaving the thread title as is, and whoever doesn’t want to read it doesn’t have to.

These things should be allowed to police themselves, as long as there no actual NSFW links, or whatever. If the thread title is too vague for too many people, the thread will slip off the bottom edge of the page very quickly. See? Self-policing, no need for moderator intervention.

Please write more carefully. Many people would think that this

implied that you thought you’d just been dinged. Obviously I am glad of the clarification.

And I, for one, am content to encourage your threads to slip off the bottom edge of the page.

I found “WANT: Shining Clock” more misleading. I thought you were talking about a lighted clock of some sort.

I would have clicked on “WANT” out of curiosity – given who was posting.

And “WANTED” probably would have been very clear and maybe encouraged others to post their own hankerings.

I’m old and I think WANT was clear enough. It’s not really our responsibility to entice dopers with our titles – just to convey what the threads are about.

Well, that was largely my reasoning. “WANT” is like a present you have to unwrap; the surprise is part of the fun. “Cuckoo clock with scene from the The Shining” is no fun at all, and renders the post itself anticlimactic.

I’ve done several of these. I’d assumed it was clear to most people that “WANT” as a thread title translates to, “Here’s a very cool gadget that I wish I owned.”

If someone doesn’t want to open it because they assume it’s a rickroll, or NSFW, or this, well I see that as their prerogative. Their loss, as it were.

I think that as long as the link is NOT NSFW, it should be allowed.

wrong thread.

Don’t want.

I thought it was going to be the clock as described in the book: a mechanical wind-up clock that on the stroke of the hour has a male and female dancer come out and arms go around each other & they dance then separate… on second go-around the male dancer flips the female upside down and buries his head beneath her skirt while she buries her face in his trousers.

“Eww”, thinks 5 year old Danny, “they’re kissing pee-pees!”