Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

391
Banjo Lovers Online


Want to hide these Google ads? Join the Players Union!
Apr 1, 2020 - 8:37:07 AM
687 posts since 8/30/2012

I'm wondering what the rules are for duplicate posts, in general.

Are topics that have been discussed previously, allowed to be discussed again? Is there a time frame for how long we must wait until rehashing an old topic?

Regarding thread drift. Is thread drift and thread jacking allowed? Or would it be better to start a new topic when a tangential side conversation starts in an existing topic?

Is reposting a topic reply, that was previously buried by other discussion, allowed?

Just trying to understand the rules, in general.

Apr 1, 2020 - 8:44:41 AM

10671 posts since 6/2/2008

I write with no authority, but as far as I know nothing that you mention is against any established rule.

If someone posts an actual duplicate topic at the same time in two or more forums, a moderator will typically lock the duplicate(s) and post a message referring people to the remaining live version.

But duplicate in the sense of posting a topic discussed before -- no matter how recently -- happens all the time. Same with thread drift and hijacking. It happens. Some people might comment or complain about it. If a discussion goes too far off the rails, a moderator may lock it as a way to maintain order. Occasionally someone will start a new topic and reference in their opening message how it springs from another discussion that veered.

Reposting a buried reply just seems to me to be quoting useful points, which is part of how conversations work.

Have you encountered forums where these types of things are specifically against the rules?

Edited by - Old Hickory on 04/01/2020 08:47:21

Apr 1, 2020 - 8:45:44 AM
likes this

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24225 posts since 8/3/2003

Sounds like you may be staying home and be bored and looking for something to do with your spare time. I understand completely. Many of us are getting cabin fever.

If there are duplicate posts on the same subject within the same time frame (say a day or so), then they are duplicates and all but the OP thread are locked with an URL to the original.

Topics that have been previously discussed are generally allowed to be discussed again.... and again but as per the above, not within the same time frame. Otherwise, we'd be locking/hiding/deleting most posts made by beginners who are looking for help/guidance, etc.

Thread drift can't be helped. We've all been guilty of it (me, too), but usually it'll get back on the subject fairly quickly. We're all human and sometimes it just happens. Occasionally someone will start a new topic when a thread drifts too far or too long.

If the quoted reply concerns the thread that's being posted now, I see no problem as long as the reply is not breaking rules. Many times people will quote what someone said in another thread a long time ago because it is still pertinent today.

I think you're overthinking the rules. They are general rules, not set in stone, and are to be interpreted by the administration and the moderators if need be.

Apr 1, 2020 - 8:54:10 AM
likes this

KCJones

USA

687 posts since 8/30/2012

Thank you for the clarification of rules.

Because it is also against the rules to discuss moderator actions, I will not speak further on specific enforcement of duplicate post rules. However, with this clarification, I think it has now been shown that certain previously locked topic should not have been locked.

Apr 1, 2020 - 11:14:17 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24225 posts since 8/3/2003

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Thank you for the clarification of rules.

Because it is also against the rules to discuss moderator actions, I will not speak further on specific enforcement of duplicate post rules. However, with this clarification, I think it has now been shown that certain previously locked topic should not have been locked.


May I sincerely suggest that you leave the moderating duties to the moderators since we've been at it for years and, as far as I know, Eric is happy with the way we handle our duties/job.   It's our job/duty to interpret as we choose, not as you think we should. 

Apr 1, 2020 - 11:23:11 AM

KCJones

USA

687 posts since 8/30/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo
quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Thank you for the clarification of rules.

Because it is also against the rules to discuss moderator actions, I will not speak further on specific enforcement of duplicate post rules. However, with this clarification, I think it has now been shown that certain previously locked topic should not have been locked.


May I sincerely suggest that you leave the moderating duties to the moderators since we've been at it for years and, as far as I know, Eric is happy with the way we handle our duties/job.   It's our job/duty to interpret as we choose, not as you think we should. 


So basically, despite the fact that a mistake was obviously made, and an acknowledgement that no rule has been broken, there will be no admission of the mistake and the topic is officially off limits.

How hard is it to just admit that a mistake was made? I can't believe I actually spent money to support this place in the past. Glad I waited to renew my membership, won't be doing that again. 

Edited by - KCJones on 04/01/2020 11:26:12

Apr 1, 2020 - 12:04:16 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23415 posts since 6/25/2005

You can always contact a moderator privately and ask why something was done. Mods are always willing to answer civil inquiries. But we don’t want a general discussion of things; that always means posting chaos. We do make mistakes and will rectify them when called to our attention. But judgment calls may not, as the NFL would say “be subject to review.”

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.203125