There have been many fascinating threads, both music and non-music related, which lasted a very long time before being closed and some have continued without being closed. I don't think it's hard to participate without getting a warning or receiving points. If a thread is truly interesting than the posts should reflect that and focus on the subject matter rather than other posters. The rules are clear, and people can vigorously debate issues without getting in trouble. Or at least it should not be difficult. The easy part is that one can always read one's post after writing it and decide whether it will get you in trouble. If so, delete it.
Religion, politics, and modern music have all been discussed in great depth in many posts without getting those posters in trouble. Obviously, some people have participated and drawn the wrath of the mods, but some discussions have lasted for weeks and covered a range of intriguing topics without causing a word from the moderators.
Well, that's my view. I wish people would continue to throw themselves into debates but realize that their opponent is another idea and not another person.
But again, some of the initiators seem to be gone or banned (Science, starthrower etc.).
And have you noticed the join date of most of the active members? Some are from 2009 or earlier, but most of the members are active since 2011.
Just makes me wonder if TC experiences certain generations as well.
The initiators are gone for that reason though. Nobody else wants to step up only to have their threads shut down or possibly having to be banned. Perhaps then you should endorse the groups section and move discussions into them if you want said stimulation.
Let's face it - the groups are never going to be useful or popular because we're all too lazy to click the extra button to check them.
Its a combination of many things which have been mentioned.
Like someone pointed out, the number of interesting topics is down but the number of posts isnt. A lot of posts are simply witty or silly remarks, and these are often rewarded by masses of people liking them. Most of the threads now created arent serious and are a little silly, some threads that begin with a serious question or topic, promptly go off-topic, sometimes with the consent or participation of the OP.
I dont necessarily believe that this is all due to the behaviour of the newer members, but there is certainly a kind of generational gap forming.
"Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." - Rousseau
The thing is when I joined all posters were very knowledgeable about music and the world in general but in the last couple of years or so we seem to have had an influx of young aggressive idiots that delight in being stupid and generally upsetting a lot of posters. so we spend less time here and go to other forums where the general ambient is friendly and visit here at odd times to see if things are improving ???? some do not return, the perpetrators will know who they are so I will not name them. (end of rant)
I think we can stray a little too often into territory that is more worthy of a dumb social networking site, but I wouldn't say the perpetrators are "young aggressive idiots that delight in being stupid" any more than I'd say... EDIT: removed in case I'm banished.
Last edited by Polednice; Apr-28-2012 at 14:37.
No, sospie, get rid of that quote! I'm actually worried I'll be banned because I have 9 points and they punish anything these days.