If we're going to sticky common threads that get lots of traffic, I nominate the Unhijackable, Letters, and Expecting threads. Of course, the current expecting thread looks like it's reaching a length that will get it shut down soon.
Oops! Thanks for the heads up, Signora! The lack of plural on Legends was a typo.
Auntie Witch, I dont know how snopes feels about that, but my take on this is that we aren't trying to sticky popular threads. The point here was to avoid the over-abundance of "hi, I'm new here" type threads. As far as I know, and again I could be wrong, that was the only one that was going to get stickied. Just to give people coming in a place to stop by and introduce themselves, as well as combining it into the initiation threads that pop up.
Oh, and yeah, I keep wondering about the pregnancy thread. It's getting long. Should I start a new one?
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I'm liking the implementation of the new welcome/initiation thread. Even though I consider myself mostly fluff tolerant, introduction posts test my limits - particularly when they turn up en masse.
The title, combined with the big red sticky "!" conveys less of a "We tolerate and encourage introduction intro threads" and more of a "Thisis where you come to cut your eye teeth and learn a thing or two. You should really start here."
As for "Welcome" threads being uber-fluff bunnies or fostering newbie cliques, no problem. All it takes is a few experienced snopsters popping in to throw a little meat in with the fluff. This already happens to some degree on the initiation threads. If the new sticky thread draws in more newbies than the old non-sticky threads, it may require a little more guidance. Done properly, newbies have fun, find out that regulars aren't inapproachable and don't bite (mostly), pick up on inside jokes and learn the lingo (without having to interrupt another thread to ask), and maybe, just maybe even read the FAQs.
The light hearted silliness inherent in initiation threads even allows corrections to be made that in any other thread would draws accusations of snarkiness.
Unneeded example because I'm bored at work: ____________________ baby: Hey, I'm new, love me. ____________________ Regular: Welcome to your initiation. BWWWAAAHAHAHA!
Seriously, if you have questions, feel free to ask. In the meantime: *Peruse the FAQs. *DanWiki ULMB page. *Enjoy your jello shots. __/\__/\__/\__/\__/\__ bunbun: I'm bunbun. Your life is complete now that you know me. ____________________ Oldie: Watch out for the NMRs. Have you been to the FAQs yet? "Your life is complete now." Cite, please? (no, really, do it now) __/\__/\__/\__/\__/\__ LOOKME: HEY IM NEW I LIKE THIS SITE HERES A LINK TO MY BLOG httme://lookme.me/me-me/hereIam.htme ____________________ crusty:WELCOME ITS GOOD TO HAVE YOU WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING WHY IN A MONOTONE?!?
::hands LOOKME a handful of puncuation marks::
NOW WAX THIS ZEBRA!
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quote:Originally posted by snopes:
quote:I vote the second option, if you do make a new forum.
If a new forum is going to be that expansive, though, do we really need it? We already have all sorts of separate forums for non-UL chat about politics, entertainment, annoyances, etc., so what's left for the SLC forum but those kinds of personal threads?
I think the "Welcome to the board" issues might be better handled by creating a (monthly) sticky Welcome/Initiation topic in the SLC forum and aggressively shutting down and redirecting all the "I'm new here" threads to it.
If we also want to organize the birth/death/marriage/divorce/dating threads, we might also just create (periodically renewed) sticky threads for those subjects within the SLC forum as well.
quote:Is there a way to format a forum so that its posts don't show up on the main snopes.com page? I don't think personal discussions of kids & jobs add much to the snopes.com experience for newcomers to the site.
I agree. ...
Phew! I'd actually suggested the whole section containing birth/death/marriage/divorce/dating as a joke but perhaps my sarcasm didn't show. It seemed so popular that I was starting to worry that it would appear...! As far as I'm concerned the only reason to have that forum would be so that I could avoid it...
A single sticky thread seems the best solution to me.
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quote:I'd actually suggested the whole section containing birth/death/marriage/divorce/dating as a joke but perhaps my sarcasm didn't show.
Heck, I was even going to ask whether that wasn't what the "Rantidote" section was for . . .
Bonnie "hits or Mrs." Taylor
(By the way, I think this makes me a bad person, but the curmudgeon in me so wants to see,
* if you feel you must
quote:This is the place to post to introduce yourself and say 'hi'!
in the original sticky.)
People call me a "curmudgeoness." Yeah, I know that's not a word, but it should be.
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