Silly games and role playing threads.

Discussion in 'POLLS AND ELECTIONS' started by Maljonic, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. Maljonic Administrator

    Is it a good idea to have a silly games and role playing forum (nothing to do with actual role playing D + D style), for 'first thing that springs to mind' type threads to go in? Also any normal threads that evolve into one of these can be moved there.

    This would keep such foolishness out of the main discussions, and allow the people who want to take part in such tomfoolery to do so without annoying anyone. :)
  2. Silmaril New Member

    Considering recent events, that seems a sensible idea.
  3. prettybutterfly New Member

    i think so, and then people who want a bit of harmless fun can do so without much risk of annoying others who prefer more mature discussions.
  4. Cat New Member

    Although it seems like a good idea, I'm not sure it would work. Some threads clearly start out silly, or as a game. Those could be in this cathegory. But there are lots of threads that either start out silly and become more serious, or vice versa. Putting them in the 'silly threads' forum would mean that the serious content could be overlooked.

    Still, if it would be a game thread-only forum, it could work. But there are bound to be threads that won't fit into either cathegory.

    We also have to be careful not to create too many formus, I think. I rather have some big 'general' forums where I click on the threads I want to read up on, then have to seach all kinds of different specialised fora. (this is a generalisation and I am not saying this Board has too many fora at the moment, but I did want to point it out at this stage).

    I am undecided at the moment and will postpone my vote.
  5. Maljonic Administrator

    I see what you mean Cat, but did you know you can also split a thread in two? If it started out serious for instance then went loopy half way through, we could move the loopy part to the loopy threads forum and leave a note behind to say where it went. This would also work visa versa. I think we may not have to move stuff very often though, members could nip sillyness in the bud by saying something like, take it to the loopy forum (or whatever we call it.) :)

    P.S. If they don't fit into either we could just leave them wherever they are.
  6. Cat New Member

    Ah, I see. That changes things. And gives the mods something to do. :)

    In that case it sounds good to me.
  7. Roman_K New Member

    I disagree with this idea. More than that, I disagree with splitting threads. Giving the mods something to do? I'm sorry? So the mods, from deleting spam and banning trolls, now move on to making the forums just a bit more orderly?

    I'm sorry, I'm not that orderly a person. Total Chaos isn't nice, but the way this is going so far, total Order, is not the way I would like it.
  8. Electric_Man Templar

    Oooh, oooh, can we have a forum to talk about when we have haircuts too?

    The moderators only need to delete spam, stop trolls. Getting them to split threads, move threads etc just stinks of Big Brother type controlling of everyone, and will only move the moderators further away from the 'normal' posters.

    In case you're wondering, I voted no :roll:
  9. Maljonic Administrator

    Okay, can any further voters keep in mind that the moving of threads was an 'also' and not the topic of the poll. The voting is on whether or not we should have a section for silly games threads, we can decide on moving things or not as a group decisions as and when the occasion arises. :)
  10. Electric_Man Templar

    Mal, it is a part of the thread. From what I can see Cat only voted yes because of the fact that you can split threads, so it a part of the vote, and you made it part of the vote yourself.
  11. Maljonic Administrator

    I never mentioned anything about Moderators, so:

    [quote:0939eaef92="Maljonic"]Okay, can any further voters keep in mind that the moving of threads was an 'also' and not the topic of the poll. The voting is on whether or not we should have a section for silly games threads, we can decide on moving things or not as a group decisions as and when the occasion arises. :)[/quote:0939eaef92]
  12. Electric_Man Templar

    Mal, please, you're contradicting yourself, unless you intend some magical fairy to split the threads, you indirectly mentioned mods. They are surely the only people who can split a thread.

    The issue of splitting threads could be a whole other thread, yes. But if you are going to use the argument of 'We could split and move threads that turn silly' to persuade people to vote for a 'silly threads forum' then they [b:4111479656]are[/b:4111479656] interlinked.

    It's fair enough that you think we should have a silly threads forum and I don't, that's a difference of opinion. But if you are going to use an argument to persuade people, and then say that that argument has no bearing on the vote, then you're lowering yourself in my estimation.
  13. Maljonic Administrator

    Well if you're going to be pedantic about it, yes it [i:67dc51725e]is[/i:67dc51725e] a moderator that would have to finally move or split a thread. But it is [b:67dc51725e][i:67dc51725e]we[/i:67dc51725e][/b:67dc51725e] who will decide whether or not we want to move or split a thread, and [b:67dc51725e][i:67dc51725e]we[/i:67dc51725e][/b:67dc51725e] who tell a moderator to do it if we want them to. Assuming we decide to let a moderator have that power in the first place. :)
  14. Rincewind Number One Doorman

    I guess a worry with that is how many people does have to want a thread split to become a 'WE'. What, If for some reason, One wants it spilt but another doesn't? Or does the person who created the thread get the choice if it spilts or not.

    I can see a point in it. But I think that the fine details need to be worked out before people can make an informed vote.
  15. Maljonic Administrator

    You are right of course, but I was really just thinking about the idea of having a seperate place for being foolish at the moment. The idea of splitting threads is something we could do on the spot votes for if it became clear that it might make sense, though I can't see it being very likely that it would come up very often, especially if there was a place to act the fool in the first place. :)
  16. Marcia Executive Onion

    I think it is usually pretty obvious whether a thread is silly or not. If someone starts an intentionally silly thread, they can start it in the Silly Forum. If a thread starts out serious and gets hijacked to silliness, I don't think a vote to move the silly part of the thread to the Silly forum will take very long.

    I don't think we've ever had a situation where one person argued that a post was silly, and another person argued that it was serious.

    edit: The only silly-related arguments on the HC board have been about whether people should be posting silly stuff at all. A separate forum should eliminate this.
  17. Rincewind Number One Doorman

    I woudn't mind a serperate forum for silly role playing games like 'werewolf' or what ever.

    But would like to see silly hi-jack threads like 'sctoland' stay in the main forum, though would be happy enough for hi-jacks to be spilt into separate threads.
  18. TamyraMcG Active Member

    I think you should let silliness happen where it will. There is something sad about relegating fun to specific times and spaces, for example the Joke of the day thread in the original board, jokes that don't get laughed at because no one wants to look that silly are just wasting away.

    The best humor is the stuff that happens when you least expect it, the phrase that says a thing so well everyone wants to use it, the opening that cannot,just cannot be let go. It might be okay to have a Hall of fame type place for particularly hilarious stuff, but I would hate for people to be continually chided for not posting in the "proper" forum for having a funny thought.
  19. Marcia Executive Onion

    The problem is that what some people find amusing, other people might find stupid and annoying. A potential poster would be turned off if all threads they might find interesting are lost among threads they perceive to be stupid and annoying.
  20. Lieutenant-Fatman New Member

    I see no harm coming from having an extra board for games threads. Although it depends on how many people would be interested in using it. It does sound interesting. I think I will vote yes.
  21. Buzzfloyd Spelling Bee

    Ben, I think you overreacted here. I thought Mal was just giving relevant information to be helpful. From what we have all seen of Mal in the past, he's the kind to muse on both sides of a subject, not to try and subtly push an argument and manipulate people.

    I think what Marcia said is true - most consistently silly threads are clearly identifiable. A thread like the question & answer one or the word association one are the kind I imagine we're talking about here? Or if people wanted to whack each other with whifflebats, they could go and do so in a place where it wouldn't spill over into other threads - the original objection in the Wackings thread on the main boards.

    I think there is a question to consider over borderline threads, though - and certainly, silliness should not be completely separated from seriousness - then we would lose our community's character. However, I don't think that's the suggestion here.

    As for splitting threads, I personally sometimes find it confusing when it happens, but it can be very useful. I think everyone needs to be less suspicious of tools that we could use on these forums that are unavailable to us on the boards. Like I said elsewhere, you might choose to set up a forum the way our one is set up, but I personally would change a lot if I had the power to make it more user-friendly and better suited to us as a group.

    These things are worth discussing and do matter, and I don't think Mal has any dark purpose or ulterior motive for bringing up subjects like this.

    ...Or does he? :twisted: *looks suspiciously at Mal*
  22. Maljonic Administrator

    Yes, yes I do! I want to take over the Solar System by, by... by suggesting we might want to have relevant subjects and threads on the message boards and putting smilies on the end of my posts to cover up the sinister truth! :)
  23. Lieutenant-Fatman New Member

    I tell you what is a useful feature (i'm assuming you have it, as it goes with splitting threads) and that is merging threads.

    Everytime someone makes an identical thread to an old one you can merge them... it works very well, nothing to be scared about, trust me.

    And nice one on wanting to take over the Solar System Mal. Sounds good to me. :twisted: mwahahaha... :wink:
  24. drunkymonkey New Member

    I personally wouldn't be bothered if a thing was in another forum, because it would be too much hassle to go there to role play and what not.

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