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Postby dishley » Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:15 am

Have you ever seen the movie scanners?
Where the dudes head just explodes?....................
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Sorry a Waynes world quote i am suddenly reminded of...

So the question is how radical does my off topic thread have to be to get deleted?
I am literally going grey here people, i am only 28, this is my one relaxing outlet and it continually has non related political threads.
So can we shamelessly canvass the site asking all to support our causes? or should we leave these sort of threads to another forum?
I would personally like to see the off topic thread have a few restrictions. This is something i am willing to leave up to the infinite wisdom of our moderators.

Ahh if you look at my survey score you will see how i loathe to do this.
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby Shufoy » Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:28 am

LAND RIGHT'S FOR GAY WHALES!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby dishley » Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:43 am

That is what i needed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Awesome.
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby YakN00b » Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:43 am

I think the words Off Topic say it all.


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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby Dodge » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:02 am

It is Off Topic dishley, so just ignore the topics you don't like....the existing level of moderations is good with still plenty of freedom to comment.
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby dishley » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:33 am

Lets ignore it huh? That's your solution? Each to their own? Yeah right, til it interferes with your way of life then you'll squash it quick smart.
I tend to believe that the lack of personal responsibility people feel these days is one of the things that is contributing to our social decay.

Screw it i'm out.
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby Snoskred » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:00 am

Forum moderation is no easy thing.. I am the admin of an American Politics forum, so you can guess how often discussions turn into arguments there.

Our rules are a little bit stricter than the rules here, but the most important one is this and I would suggest it might be worth adding to any forum rules.

Forum members must treat fellow members, moderators and administrators with respect and politeness. We embrace the spirit of civil disagreement. We agree to agree and to disagree - as strongly as need be - without crossing the boundaries into personal attack, rudeness or disrespect for each other.


Unfortunately if that rule were in place, I think Dishley would have been considered to have broken it in the dog thread. It is one thing to tell people that you don't agree with something they are doing, but it seemed to me that a line was crossed between argument and outright attacking someone for their perfectly legal actions.

There really are not many forums in Australia where one can discuss politics without it turning into complete kaos and I would expect this would be no exception.

If it were me, I would say politics are not on the list of things it is ok to discuss, but then that has ramifications which would possibly not work out here - eg nsw govt reconsidering the life jackets rules, a council changing the rules about where yaks can launch, all that stuff would be things you would have to delete.

Government is a part of our yakking/fishing lives no matter how much we would like it to be otherwise. I think the important thing is for everyone to agree to keep it civil and discuss the issues, not attack each other for where we stand on the issues.

That's just my 2 cents - I have not been a member here for long, I think the mod/admin team do a brilliant job and that is coming from someone who knows just how much work it can be. ;)
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby Snoskred » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:17 am

Actually having just read through another sign the petition thread, maybe sign the petition threads are something we don't need here on the forums. They seem to cause major arguments. ;)
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby koich » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:55 am

dishley wrote:Lets ignore it huh? That's your solution? Each to their own? Yeah right, til it interferes with your way of life then you'll squash it quick smart.
I tend to believe that the lack of personal responsibility people feel these days is one of the things that is contributing to our social decay.

Screw it i'm out.
You either stand for something, or life life on your knees.
Bye!


You missed his point Dishley.

If something posted on here is going to rile you up to the point where you have grey hairs; turn your computer off and watch tv.

Ps: Don't mess with the offtopic section, it's the last bastion of free speech on this forum. You just get yourself into trouble because you're overly emotive. Seperate debate from emotion and you'll be fine.
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby blahger » Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:23 pm

Sometimes you can't help but watch the soap opera that is the sexual tension between some of the members of the site. All camouflaged as a debate around deepsea fishing...... :lol:

If your like me and hit the "Show new posts" link constantly, then the lively discussions are at the top all the time, it's kind of hard to ignore the firey off topic topics
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby Buff » Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:49 pm

dishley wrote:I would personally like to see the off topic thread have a few restrictions.

And it Does its called the "AKFF Acceptable Use Policy" viewtopic.php?f=37&t=26458 :D
Within it is one of the best suggestions I have seen on a forum ;-)
Act like a reasonable human being

This is something we may all need to be reminded of from time to time (I know I have on occasion), as not everyone belief's in the same things and overlooking this golden rule can lead to people forgetting that others have a right to there opinion and beliefs too :D .
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby Alster99 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:12 pm

dishley wrote:Lets ignore it huh? That's your solution? Each to their own? Yeah right, til it interferes with your way of life then you'll squash it quick smart.
I tend to believe that the lack of personal responsibility people feel these days is one of the things that is contributing to our social decay.

Screw it i'm out.
You either stand for something, or life life on your knees.
Bye!

Anyone seen "Falling Down"?..
Cheers!

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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby Ranger » Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:13 pm

dishley wrote:I would personally like to see the off topic thread have a few restrictions.
Yeah me too!

When anyone starts throwing unjustified accusations, and turns a sensible and well handled discussion/debate into an emotive slinging match and attack on another forum member, they should be shut down or removed!

This would also serve to prevent them having to go back in the sobering light of day to delete all their outbursts!

I was disgusted with some of the emotive and abusive drivel I saw directed at an innocent site member in that dog thread last night, and I was surprised that staff allowed it to continue.



dishley wrote:Screw it i'm out.
You either stand for something, or life life on your knees.
Bye!
I recon if we stand for something, how about things like respect, civility, integrity, honour and sensibility?

Bye!
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby wopfish » Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:33 pm

Leave it exactly as it is - if you cant debate without resorting to written intimidation or by being impolite then you shouldnt be on here. Off topic is a great area a place where we can discuss anything from the trvial ( my post on steak and wine :D ) to the serious stuff ie racism when that Michael Jackson Skit was discussed. If you dont like it then dont bother reading it. :D
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Re: How off topic can the off topic go?

Postby grinner » Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:17 pm

if its ok, i'll post my next trip report in off topic (that would seem an off topic for off topic)
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