Why is it that so many people here feel that they need to state their opinions about which forum a thread should have been placed in before they respond to the OP, if they answer it at all?
It seems to me like there’s a lot of overlap as to which forum a thread could be placed, and that reasonable people could have different opinions about which forum is the ‘correct’ one for a particular thread.
Unless you’re a moderator, why should the forum the thread is placed in matter to you? Why do you care??
Well, if someone explains why the thread should be moved, then it saves the moderators a little bit of time. In my experience, by the time the moderators get there, if it’s clear why it needs to be moved, they’ll just say, “I’m moving this thread,” and not, “I’m moving this thread and here’s why…” Now, I think that if someone says the thread will probably be moved, and then it’s not, they should think twice about making such claims in the future, since it probably confuses things. If they do that sort of thing consistently, they really should knock it off. IMHO.
Unless you’re talking about threads in MPSIMS or IMHO, there’s not really that much of an overlap of opinion as to which forum is best for a thread.
If I do see a thread started in the wrong forum, I’ll offer my opinion, then usually answer the question or whatever. I agree that posts simply saying “Oh, this should be in Great Debates” or whatever are annoying.
My “classic / Cecil-worthy” Straight Dope questions slip off the first page of General Questions so quickly, only to be replaced with “Why can’t I install Adobe Power Lift v10.3” ? and “Does anybody know of a good Irish Bar in Boston?” .
I can’t define what makes a “classic” Straight Dope question, but I know when I see one! And the SDMB is getting cluttered with non-Cecil worthy questions!!!