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Old 04-01-2012, 07:00 AM   #1
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[April Fool] Platform Wars now banned from the main forums

The moderating team are pleased to announce the introduction of another opt-in only forum, "Platform Wars".

From today, any discussion of Mac vs PC vs Linux or iOS vs Android vs Blackberry are banned from the main forums. Any such posts will be deleted without warning. Persistent offenders will be warned and may be banned.

This is a follow-up to the successful elimination of discussions of Politics and Religion from the main forums by the introduction of the opt-in Politics and Religion forum.

If this new forum works well, we plan to introduce another opt-in only forum "Dead Horses", which will become the home for an expanding list of topics that will be maintained in the MobileRead wiki.

Ultimately, we intend that MobileRead should only contain post that are precise, accurate, pertinent concise, polite and informative. All other posts will be relegated to opt-in forums or deleted out of hand.

In this way, we expect to reduce the new message count on the main MobileRead forums to one or two a month, so freeing up valuable reading time for all our members.

Welcome to the start of a new era for MobileRead!


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Yes, this is an April Fool.

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Old 04-01-2012, 07:27 AM   #2
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Hmm, let's see what is today's date?

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Old 04-01-2012, 07:40 AM   #3
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In this way, we expect to reduce the new message count on the main MobileRead forums to one or two a month, so freeing up valuable reading time for all our members.
I'm not complaining at allŚI just want to make sure I understand clearly. Is the intention of MobileRead's "new era" to actually reduce the amount time MobileRead members spend at MobileRead? So that it only becomes necessary to check the forums once or twice a month for new content? Also, I'm not sure I understand exactly what is meant by the "main forums." What does that encompass?

Otherwise... no Platform Wars and less Dead-Horses sounds like a great goal to me.

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EDIT: Hook, line and sinker.

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Old 04-01-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:54 AM   #5
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Would this be a candidate for the Dead Horses forum?
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:00 AM   #6
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Actually, Dead Horses should be a priority over platform wars.
The smell of a typical beatings post spreads across three-four forums for days at a time.
We need better smelling posts...
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:07 AM   #7
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The moderating team are pleased to announce the introduction of another opt-in only forum, "Platform Wars".
Dear Paul.
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I want to believe that this is April the first joke.
I tell you, you had me fooled for a moment, because lately I have seen a few signs of over-eager moderation.


Aren't you, moderators, getting carried away a little bit?
I do appreciate that you keep an eye on things, taming trolls and aggressive attacks, but this seems to be a little bit overboard.
Shouldn't we - the long-time members have some say in this?

By the way, where do I complain when I do not like what a particular moderator does?. Just askin' ...

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Old 04-01-2012, 08:30 AM   #8
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Fear not, kacir, it is definitely a joke. The bit about freeing up valuable reading time for the members is the giveaway.

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Old 04-01-2012, 10:14 AM   #9
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By the way, where do I complain when I do not like what a particular moderator does?. Just askin' ...
You can complain (by private message) to another moderator, or to the site owner, Alexander Turcic
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:18 AM   #10
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You can complain (by private message) to another moderator, or to the site owner, Alexander Turcic
That is what I thought.
But I am not going to complain about the spoiler tags that are getting so popular lately ;-)
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:47 AM   #11
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I have a slightly better proposal: per user forums. Each user is given their own forum, to which only they can post. This avoids messy situations where people clutter our ideas with inconvenient facts or contrasting points of view.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:51 AM   #12
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I'm fully supportive of this move. I waste far too much time on MR. Reducing new posts to one or two a month would be a boon!

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Old 04-01-2012, 10:54 AM   #13
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So the main 'News' forum would be used for only Apple bashing then? Nothing changed, is there?
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:55 AM   #14
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.............Ultimately, we intend that MobileRead should only contain post that are precise, accurate, pertinent concise, polite and informative. ............
That's a shame, no amusing ones then.....

( Ooops..........is that allowed ? )
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I have a slightly better proposal: per user forums. Each user is given their own forum, to which only they can post. This avoids messy situations where people clutter our ideas with inconvenient facts or contrasting points of view.
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