Any admin/mod feedback on this?Also, about making the view the latest post button bigger, I couldn't agree more. In fact, I didn't even know the button existed until five seconds ago when I read the suggestion to make it bigger.
I have been using that button for years and I have never had any problem with it being too small. The amount of work that would go in to making it bigger wouldn't be worth it. But as an alternative, you can just go anywhere on the thread and click "First unread post" at the top of the page. That's slightly bigger, and does the same thing.Any admin/mod feedback on this?Also, about making the view the latest post button bigger, I couldn't agree more. In fact, I didn't even know the button existed until five seconds ago when I read the suggestion to make it bigger.
You're asking to remove your posts from the page whose purpose is to show all your posts? Here's what you can do to make going through it easier: You can always use the sort features at the bottom of the page to arrange titles alphabetically or only show posts in a certain time period.Can we have a way to delete threads that we don't want to be a part of anymore in the "View Your Post." It just gets too cluttered when your trying to look through threads there.
Ah. Well, I think the first point is pretty reasonable.I don't think that's going to happen, and it's not necessarily because I don't think it's important or a good idea. I can think of several reasons why adopting an entire subforum for "mature" topics just doesn't fit with this website.
First of all, you have to look at the main purpose of this website, and that's Science Olympiad. That's why every single forum on here except one, General Chat, deal directly or indirectly with SO. It's easy to forget the activity in the summer when nothing's going on, but for the other nine months of the year (or really, all year) we want to keep the spotlight on our main goal in helping students with SO. We've got a General Chat forum that allows for serious discussions as well as mindless, meaningless posting games, and that's where any of those "mature" discussions would and should end up going. In other words, this website has "SO" and "The other stuff", and any more of the other stuff goes in the forum we've created for the other stuff.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is the simple fact that it is impossible to have a "mature discussion" about "mature topics" on an internet message board. Unfortunate, yes, but true. Keep in mind that a healthy percentage of our users are still in middle school, and most of the rest are still in high school- now, age doesn't necessarily correlate to maturity, and for the most part, I'm proud of our users for being somewhat more mature than other notable forums, but that fact still remains. That's why, in those forum rules you agreed to follow, #7 says keep religious discussions and the like to yourself. That's why it's implied that users need to tread carefully around controversial issues. Even having a thread for politics is pushing it, and I was hesitant to post the news thread as well. It's nothing against any user or group of users, it's just, well, Godwin's law. I know the staff has bounced around ideas like this, and we've decided against them for similar reasons.
Now, we've got a general chat forum for a reason, and there's nothing preventing you from posting your own threads in that forum to discuss issues you feel that are important, relevant to other users, and age-appropriate for this message board. But in posting topics like this you must use good judgement, and remember "As a general rule of thumb: 'when in doubt, leave it out.'" If a topic gets too "mature" or "controversial", the moderators of course will have to review whether it's appropriate for this forum.
That should help answer your question. And as always, you can PM a staff member if you have any further questions.
premarital sex, sexism, religion, rape penalties, etc.
Care to elaborate a little more what these "Mature Discussion" threads would be about?I was thinking of a "Mature Discussions" subsubforum to be added under the General Chat, like "Posting Games" and "The Polling Place". The Newsgathering thread could be the basis, like the Current Events thread in the forum that I mentioned in my last post. We don't have to though, and I'm sure we could have marked threads with certain discussable topics.
I just think it's worth a test run, because I know that there are plenty of members mature enough to discuss such topics with the rest of us, and I think it would enrich us and help us better understand those who we're posting with that we don't formally know.
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