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FAQ: Why do we lock posts? Why don't we move them? And more.
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0. PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 1:20 pm    Post subject: FAQ: Why do we lock posts? Why don't we move them? And more. Reply with quote

A common post in here askes this question: why are mods quick to lock topics? Why don't they move topics to the appropriate place? Well, this is a very good question, and one that I will cover in this post. In addition, if you have further questions or concerns about our locking procedures, please ask them here. Creating a separate topic on the matter will cause, ahem, the topic to be locked.

If you get drunk and puke on your friend's carpet, do you expect them to sigh, shake their head, and clean it up for you? Maybe the first time, but if you continue to do it, they will stop being helpful and kick you out of their house.

By creating posts that are either a) in the wrong place b) completely off topic or c) otherwise inappropriate for the forum it's a general practice to lock the thread. Not move it. But why?

Just like puking on the friend's carpet, if you're allowed to continue to do it, eventually you'll assume that it's ok. Why not just keep puking on my friend's carpet? They will clean it up. Who cares if it's a messy and arduous process that's a real pain for the friend? They will happily deal with it.

Compare this to moving topics. It's a pain to do. It's a slow process and not entirely visible to the user whose topic was moved. Many times the will assume their topic was deleted and simply start a new one. This means another topic that needs to be moved or locked because it was a duplicate.

By nipping the problem in the bud and simply not allowing the topic to live, the user (hopefully) gets the message: don't puke on my carpet and expect me to clean it up. If the user continues to puke on the carpet without any regard for their friend's feelings, they will eventually get warned, and in extreme cases, kicked out of the house.

That's not to say the system is perfect. We all make mistakes. Sometimes it's not really puke on the rug, it was just a rubber facsimile.

If you have a post that you feel is appropriate that was locked, let the mod know why. Sometimes we will lock a post by accident, or for the wrong reasons. By stating clearly why the topic should be allowed to live, the mod may choose to unlock it. I have unlocked many posts that I hastily locked or were justified in PM. It happens.
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1. PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you guys should delete posts instead of just locking them, some subforums have 90% locked posts and 5 stickies....
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2. PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dark Fish wrote:
I think you guys should delete posts instead of just locking them, some subforums have 90% locked posts and 5 stickies....


The less message board-savvy/more ignorant will just create more spam along the lines of either repeating the thread, or posting "Where'd my thread go?" for example, because they wouldn't know what happened.
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3. PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dark Fish wrote:
I think you guys should delete posts instead of just locking them, some subforums have 90% locked posts and 5 stickies....


I'm sure they go through and delete ancient locked threads from time to time. just because a thread is locked doesn't mean it can't contain useful information, and leaving locked threads on the forum allows for an example to be made. If a person randomly browsing the forums doesn't see any locked threads, they won't have anything but the FAQ to go by with regards to what should and shouldn't be posted.
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4. PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job rampage. This was a needed thing for the forums.
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5. PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I learned a whole lot about puking etiquette, but I fear the analogy overshadowed the point of the post somewhat.
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6. PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dark Fish wrote:
I think you guys should delete posts instead of just locking them, some subforums have 90% locked posts and 5 stickies....



...which?
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7. PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D-Man wrote:
Dark Fish wrote:
I think you guys should delete posts instead of just locking them, some subforums have 90% locked posts and 5 stickies....



...which?


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8. PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which is the whole forums. >=P
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9. PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Desoulman"][quote="D-Man"][quote="Dark Fish"]I think you guys should delete posts instead of just locking them, some subforums have 90% locked posts and 5 stickies....[/quote]


...which?[/quote]

Any forum that is regulated by Cutriss E15.gif[/quote]

I second that.
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10. PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey - I stuck up for you, remember? Don't go throwing mud around unless you *want* me to make you my personal target.
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11. PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

umm i think this goes here....

uhm i am new and i was wondering how to put pics in the profile
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12. PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wolfspawn wrote:
umm i think this goes here....

uhm i am new and i was wondering how to put pics in the profile


It doesn't go here. Also, what do you mean about pics?
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13. PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

like how you have sonic in urs in the signature area
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14. PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have the image designed, host in on a website and enter that URL in the signature box when you edit your profile with the [img] tags.
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15. PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

could you give me an example?
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16. PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

go to www.photobucket.com

make a free account

upload your picture

tell it to generate a tag

copy the code it gives you in to the signiture filed here at ddrfreak (use control X to cut it and control V to paste it)
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17. PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And if you still have questions, read the stickies in the Imaging forum, and don't post here again, please.
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18. PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just can't agree more about why you don't move posts, and I respect that.
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19. PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

geo_android wrote:
I just can't agree more about why you don't move posts, and I respect that.


Ok...but next time we don't need this post.
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