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Old 05-07-2009, 11:16 AM   #1
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Conservatory closes its doors

It's been a challenging week for me and I like to tell you why. As many of you know, about a month ago we added a new forum, the Conservatory, which was meant as a place to discuss off-topic subjects with a certain seriousness, which some have found lacking in our generally well-perceived Lounge. Proponents of the Conservatory argued that it was important to have a place where discussions were kept relevant to the original topic. They also argued that discussions in the lounge were often being hijacked. As a result, the Conservatory was created.

So good in theory. Unfortunately, the Conservatory (and lack of moderation of thereof) went out of hand. I received plenty of honest messages from concerned members who feared that the atmosphere at MobileRead was going to profoundly change with the kind of threads introduced in the new section. Indeed, many of the "serious" discussions started there just seemed to initiate uncomfortable arguments. In effect, even some of our long-standing members began to express their worry about how they should react to the ongoing debates and apparent change in atmosphere.

I take the full blame for not having considered the potential danger in subdividing off-topic discussions into different forum sections. Fact is, MobileRead is a popular online community where e-book fans unite to share their experience with e-books and related technologies. Here lies our focus and it should be treated as such. As for the bulk of the recent "heavy" off-topic discussions - I believe they should be left to the millions of other forums on the Net.

Today I closed the Conservatory. All existing discussions were moved to the Lounge. In addition, a new optional thread prefix has been added depicting when a thread owner wishes to keep a discussion relevant.

Fans of the Conservatory are invited to start a new social group where they can chat in a more private environment about those topics dearest to them.

Lastly, I would like to apologize to everyone who felt personally alienated by the previous change in atmosphere. I promise: I will try my best to listen to all of you and to guarantee that MobileRead stays as friendly and social as it is best known for.

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Old 05-07-2009, 11:20 AM   #2
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I'm OK with this, but I never really was interested in the Conservatory to begin with.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:23 AM   #3
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I too am Ok with the decision.
A few of the threads in the Conservatory were of use....
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:25 AM   #4
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A few of the threads in the Conservatory were of use....
I think they still exist... check the lounge and filter for 'serious'.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:27 AM   #5
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mmmm, i remember the original discussions on the use of a new tag (before I escaped for a while) ......
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:45 AM   #6
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Today I closed the Conservatory. All existing discussions were moved to the Lounge. In addition, a new optional thread prefix has been added depicting when a thread owner wishes to keep a discussion relevant.
So how do I search for specific prefixes? It is to ineffective reading MobileRead in any other way then using search.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:54 AM   #7
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So how do I search for specific prefixes? It is to ineffective reading MobileRead in any other way then using search.
Beside using search for finding specific prefixes, you can filter by prefix when visiting a section. When you go to the Lounge, you see a drop-down item that says "All Prefixes". You can change it to any prefix available in a section.
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:06 PM   #8
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:39 PM   #9
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science topics where good but some of the things that came up most people sould know not to bring up ever becuse they always make issues when ever they come up.
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science topics where good but some of the things that came up most people sould know not to bring up ever becuse they always make issues when ever they come up.
I really do not understand what you are referring to. Could somebody tell me exactly what subject some people found objectionable. I did not see any subject that I even suspected somebody could find objectionable. I saw honest intellectual discussion.
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Beside using search for finding specific prefixes, you can filter by prefix when visiting a section. When you go to the Lounge, you see a drop-down item that says "All Prefixes". You can change it to any prefix available in a section.
Well, I never go to a section so this does not work for me. I read by having a button that now looks like:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sea...3,190,186,8,49

So I do not see how to specify that I am only interested in certain tags in this search. Maybe I will have to have two search buttons.
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Well, I never go to a section so this does not work for me. I read by having a button that now looks like:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sea...3,190,186,8,49

So I do not see how to specify that I am only interested in certain tags in this search. Maybe I will have to have two search buttons.
You go to Forums (at the top of the page), then Lounge, then from the blue option bar choose Search This Forum and type Seriously Thoughtful or just choose the Advanced Search option and you'll see silliness, then seriousness et.al.

I'm sure there are other ways too.

Actually, Alexander's directions are shorter and easier, just like he explained.

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You go to Forums (at the top of the page), then Lounge, then from the blue option bar choose Search This Forum and type Seriously Thoughtful or just choose the Advanced Search option and you'll see silliness, then seriousness et.al.

I'm sure there are other ways too.

Actually, Alexander's directions are shorter and easier, just like he explained.
Yes I know. But that is to many clicks and to much mouse movement to be a good user interface. Web based point and click interfaces are usually pretty bad but since I can have a search button the interface to MobileRead became acceptable.
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