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    I think it would improve the culture of Talk Classical if along with the existing restrictions for new members that they were also prohibited from starting new threads until they have made some number of posts, e.g. 100, in existing threads.

    This would not be punitive but a way to encourage them to learn how to search and navigate the forum to find those threads they wish to join a discussion. It would also serve to familiar themselves with the other members and their views on a subject in which they are interested.

    After they've made 100 posts they will have earned the privilege of starting a new thread. And I do consider it a privilege, one that IMO, has been abused recently.

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    I can't see this being a major or general problem. Such measures would be counter-productive, and 100 is a lot of posts. There's also the aspect of new members with very relevant and very specific questions regarding the identifying of music, music history, or presenting diverse material from around the world.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Jan-11-2022 at 15:56.

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    Hm…

    I wonder if this is meant for new Members like me?

    If that’s the case, sorry, but I was only trying to “learn how to search and navigate the forum”.

    At any rate, I’ll abide by the Forum rules and comply with SanAntone’s wishes.

    I shan’t ask for any more pointers.

    Best wishes,

    Mario

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auferstehen View Post
    Hm…

    I wonder if this is meant for new Members like me?

    If that’s the case, sorry, but I was only trying to “learn how to search and navigate the forum”.

    At any rate, I’ll abide by the Forum rules and comply with SanAntone’s wishes.

    I shan’t ask for any more pointers.

    Best wishes,

    Mario
    No, it wasn't aimed at you. In fact, asking for pointers on navigating the forum is the best way to proceed.

    But there is thread with Tips and Techniques, which I think Art Rock linked for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    I can't see this being a major or general problem. Such measures would be counter-productive, and 100 is a lot of posts. There's also the aspect of new members with very relevant and very specific questions regarding the identifying of music, music history, or presenting diverse material from around the world.
    Maybe 100 posts is too high a threshold, maybe 25 would be enough.

    But I find the forum environment degraded when a new member doesn't do anything but start thread after thread with a superficial tone and subject that doesn't produce much of a productive discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auferstehen View Post
    Hm…

    I wonder if this is meant for new Members like me?

    If that’s the case, sorry, but I was only trying to “learn how to search and navigate the forum”.

    At any rate, I’ll abide by the Forum rules and comply with SanAntone’s wishes.

    I shan’t ask for any more pointers.

    Best wishes,

    Mario
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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    Maybe 100 posts is too high a threshold, maybe 25 would be enough.

    But I find the forum environment degraded when a new member doesn't do anything but start thread after thread with a superficial tone and subject that doesn't produce much of a productive discussion.
    At the time of writing, I think we're talking 13 threads in 6 days, but with very specific content. However this is unusual.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Jan-11-2022 at 16:57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    I think it would improve the culture of Talk Classical if along with the existing restrictions for new members that they were also prohibited from starting new threads until they have made some number of posts, e.g. 100, in existing threads.

    This would not be punitive but a way to encourage them to learn how to search and navigate the forum to find those threads they wish to join a discussion. It would also serve to familiar themselves with the other members and their views on a subject in which they are interested.

    After they've made 100 posts they will have earned the privilege of starting a new thread. And I do consider it a privilege, one that IMO, has been abused recently.
    That would stop people from coming to the forum to post requests on the identifying music area or other specific requests for information ... not a good idea at all.

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    How about 25 hours of mandatory listening to Carter, Stockhausen and Ferneyhough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bwv 1080 View Post
    How about 25 hours of mandatory listening to Carter, Stockhausen and Ferneyhough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auferstehen View Post
    Hm…

    I wonder if this is meant for new Members like me?

    If that’s the case, sorry, but I was only trying to “learn how to search and navigate the forum”.

    At any rate, I’ll abide by the Forum rules and comply with SanAntone’s wishes.

    I shan’t ask for any more pointers.

    Best wishes,

    Mario
    Mario

    Just ignore nonsense like this.

    Best wishes

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    The moderators could simply merge redundant new threads with existing ones. I know they do this but sometimes it needs to be done more frequently. For example, recently there's been an active thread titled "Help Me With Mahler" quite visible on the home page and yet a member started another thread asking for help with Mahler. Also, new members should use the new posts icon in the upper left corner or the advanced search option before starting redundant threads.
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