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Post#126 at 01-12-2012 09:01 PM by LateBoomer [at joined Sep 2011 #posts 1,007]
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Quote Originally Posted by Justin '77 View Post
Two thoughts:

First, like Badger already pointed out, it's just Not Gonna Happen. Thread drift occurs much faster than anyone could keep up with it. That's just the way conversation is -- it ranges..
Second, I'm of the opinion that thread drift is a positive, not a negative. We engage with other people primarily to be able to encounter new things, and what could be less conducive to that than an atmosphere of conversation-only-along-certain-firm-lines?
I agree with this. Thread drift is the natural evolution of conversation. In real conversation, it would be very stilted if we were forced to "stay on topic.z" I think the same is true of internet conversation.
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Post#127 at 01-12-2012 09:11 PM by Odin [at Moorhead, MN, USA joined Sep 2006 #posts 14,442]
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Quote Originally Posted by LateBoomer View Post
I agree with this. Thread drift is the natural evolution of conversation. In real conversation, it would be very stilted if we were forced to "stay on topic.z" I think the same is true of internet conversation.
I agree with you and Justin.
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Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
There's also an entire thread devoted to how people are going to kill themselves when they get old, which seems to be a clear violation of the rules.
Then that rule needs to be changed, since there's nothing wrong with that thread.

Let us use our tools, rather than allowing them to drive us.
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Post#129 at 01-12-2012 11:37 PM by Marx & Lennon [at '47 cohort still lost in Falwelland joined Sep 2001 #posts 16,709]
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Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
Quote Originally Posted by Justin '77 View Post
Then that rule needs to be changed, since there's nothing wrong with that thread.

Let us use our tools, rather than allowing them to drive us.
It's difficult to enforce some rules in a constructive manner without knowing the context of a discussion.
And if someone only monitors "reported" posts, there is no context.
I remember the reaction when John Xenakis tried to corral the threads into polite focused discussions. It diidn't work. In fact, it made for a lot of aggravated posters. That's when Zarathustra left, after being one of the main posters for a long time. Vince Lamb left as well. Others cut back.

With very few exceptions, we're all adults. We should be able to manage this with minimal moderation ... as we have for the last 10 years. I've witnessed very few shrinking violets, and plenty of bright interesting people. That we dion't agree is the popint of the discussion. That it wanders about is par for the course.

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Post#130 at 01-13-2012 12:54 AM by Chas'88 [at In between Pennsylvania & Pennsyltucky joined Nov 2008 #posts 9,432]
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Being fairly guilty of "topic drift" myself, I'd say that in some cases topic drift is disruptive and distracting. In others it is natural and engaging, sometimes a well needed diversion from a topic that has petered out. The ability to determine the difference is where a moderator is required.

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Post#131 at 01-13-2012 11:00 AM by Marx & Lennon [at '47 cohort still lost in Falwelland joined Sep 2001 #posts 16,709]
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Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
Xenakis and Zara used to have long, heated personal battles with each other, which got really ugly because they were unmoderated. Poodle (or Pink Splice or whatever) used to announce very directly that he was interested in having flame wars with people, and devote entire threads to achieving that goal, again because there was no moderator around to stop him. Marc Lamb probably set some kind of record for ratio of personal attacks to serious posts. Some people probably enjoy having a place to have those ego-driven battles, but being without those kinds of fights is a step up for the forum, in my opinion.
But it really depends on what the website owners want.

Edit to add:
For example, these types of comments are all over the forum:

I personally found this comment to be hilarious (probably due to my own past experiences with said "pig") but entertaining vs annoying is largely in the eye of the beholder.
Are there departure points, where too much really is TOO much? Of course. But let's set the bar pretty high (or is that low) so the bounds are non-restirctive. I found the Zara-Xenakis battles to be entertaining and frankly enlightening. For those less interested, placing either or both on ignore would have solved the problem. The same could be said for Marc Lamb, though Marc made humilitaing his enemies his reason for existing. Ignoring him was still a real possibility. If a person becomes relentless, to the point that ignoring hir is inadequate, that bar can be safely assumed to be reached.

So, if I have a vote, I vote for openness.
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Post#132 at 01-13-2012 11:39 AM by playwrite [at NYC joined Jul 2005 #posts 10,443]
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Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post

I personally found this comment to be hilarious (probably due to my own past experiences with said "pig") but entertaining vs annoying is largely in the eye of the beholder.
I'm okay with whatever the rules.... just as long as I can still "oink" on occasion.


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Post#133 at 01-13-2012 12:32 PM by Semo '75 [at Hostile City joined Feb 2004 #posts 897]
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Quote Originally Posted by Corenabh View Post
Back to the New Rules:

I think it is important to clarify the role of the moderator as keeping the forum a safe environment with as little censorship as possible. While the rules provided seem to support basic safety and respectful dialogue (which should be upheld), it is important that they are not embellished.

Keeping that in mind, I'm curious to what people think of the "stay on topic" guideline. Thoughts?
It depends on what you mean by "Stay on Topic".

If you mean that the goal of the forum should be to discuss generational theory and that unrelated things will be removed, that's fine, as long as you provide a clearly marked off-topic sub-forum where people can talk about whatever they'd like. There are probably ways in which the discussion would benefit from such a thing.* However, that would require a restructuring of the forum, clear guidelines about what goes where, and a degree of moderation well beyond what we've seen here historically.

If, on the other hand, the goal is to keep individual threads on topic, that's probably possible, but pointless unless it serves a specific end. Such a policy would likely become needlessly pedantic and subject to the whims of individual posters.

* This is based on a certain amount of experience. I've introduced a number of people to The Fourth Turning and, not surprisingly, the people I've introduced it to go looking for discussions related to the book and naturally find their way here. Invariably, the result is disappointment, because that stuff tends to be drowned out by the off-topic stuff. There's nothing wrong with off-topic stuff, but when that off-topic stuff becomes the point of the forum, then the ostensible goal of the forum (to promote generational theory) is lost.
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Post#134 at 01-13-2012 12:34 PM by ziggyX65 [at Texas Hill Country joined Apr 2010 #posts 2,634]
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Quote Originally Posted by Semo '75 View Post
If, on the other hand, the goal is to keep individual threads on topic, that's probably possible, but pointless unless it serves a specific end. Such a policy would likely become needlessly pedantic and subject to the whims of individual posters.
To me, there's a difference between natural, evolving topic drift and a blatant thread hijacking, but the problem is that this is largely a subjective call, and my history with "judgment calls" as a moderator elsewhere suggests it would likely lead to charges of political bias on the part of the moderators, even if none were intended.







Post#135 at 01-13-2012 12:51 PM by Marx & Lennon [at '47 cohort still lost in Falwelland joined Sep 2001 #posts 16,709]
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Quote Originally Posted by ziggyX65 View Post
To me, there's a difference between natural, evolving topic drift and a blatant thread hijacking, but the problem is that this is largely a subjective call, and my history with "judgment calls" as a moderator elsewhere suggests it would likely lead to charges of political bias on the part of the moderators, even if none were intended.
I agree. I also agree with Semo that a formal separation between topics directly relating to the theory and other off-topic subjcts may have to be created - though how I can't say.
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Post#136 at 01-13-2012 02:05 PM by Semo '75 [at Hostile City joined Feb 2004 #posts 897]
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Quote Originally Posted by ziggyX65 View Post
To me, there's a difference between natural, evolving topic drift and a blatant thread hijacking, but the problem is that this is largely a subjective call, and my history with "judgment calls" as a moderator elsewhere suggests it would likely lead to charges of political bias on the part of the moderators, even if none were intended.
A lot of people have suggested that "topic drift" is natural, but that really depends both on the topic itself and the intended purpose of the discussion. Minds wander, and that leads to the possibility that topics will sprawl, but there's nothing necessarily natural about that process. After all, there's a degree of intentionality on the part of the individuals involved in the discussion.

Allow me to illustrate with an example:

Let's say that someone decides to start a discussion about the commonalities between the musical tastes of Civic/Hero generations, offering examples of music created by members of such generations in the 1930s, 1940s, 2000s, and 2010s. That topic could drift very easily. People might very well chime in with their opinions about music from those eras even though those opinions have nothing to do with the topic at hand. ("I've never liked big band music." "There's no good music anymore; why can't people make good music anymore?" "Lady Gaga sux." "Have you ever been swing dancing? I took classes in the late 1990s, and they were fun.")

There would be nothing natural (or, more importantly, inevitable) about that drift. Each of the posts that have nothing to do with the original topic (commonalities in the music created by different Civic/Hero generations) would have been contributed by people who read the post that set the topic and then chose to ignore it or chose not to read it and decided instead to blurt out whatever the heck they wanted to blurt out.

It's a matter of self-discipline. And if that self-discipline is lacking (which is what people are really saying when they say that topic drift is natural or inevitable), then active moderation is required or such discussions are stopped in their tracks (as they often are here).
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Post#137 at 01-13-2012 02:53 PM by Child of Socrates [at Cybrarian from America's Dairyland, 1961 cohort joined Sep 2001 #posts 14,092]
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Quote Originally Posted by Semo '75 View Post
It's a matter of self-discipline. And if that self-discipline is lacking (which is what people are really saying when they say that topic drift is natural or inevitable), then active moderation is required or such discussions are stopped in their tracks (as they often are here).
I often see multiple conversations going on within a thread, independent of each other. The people carrying on within these simultaneous tracks don't seem to have that much trouble following whichever part of the thread that they're interested in. They're disciplined enough to pick out their particular conversation and keep it going.

I follow several forums, but I post here rather than there because of the variety of topics and the lack of heavy-handed moderation. I would hate to see a crew of "thread police" appointed and start killing conversations for being off topic.

If a thread topic is well chosen and interesting to enough participants, it will thrive on its own without needing to be propped up by outside forces.

JMHO.







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Quote Originally Posted by Child of Socrates View Post
If a thread topic is well chosen and interesting to enough participants, it will thrive on its own without needing to be propped up by outside forces.
I didn't say anything about discussions being propped up by outside forces.
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Post#139 at 01-18-2012 10:12 AM by ASB65 [at Texas joined Mar 2010 #posts 5,892]
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I also agree that topic drift is pretty hard to avoid in a natural flow of conversation. I think the webmaster would have a difficult time enforcing this and would end up having to spend all day, every day, sending warning messages to most all of us. If a thread is longer than 5 or 6 posts, chances are there is going to some topic drift in it. Topic drift isn't always a negative either. There have been many times when the conversation drifts, bringing up a new idea that others want to explore further. Many times when this happens, someone will say, "We have gotten off topic here, but this sounds like something people are interested in discussing. Maybe we should start a new thread."

I also agree with Chas, that is a difference between topic drift and blatantly hijacking a thread. This type of thing most often occurs when a subject is being discussed (which has absolutely nothing to do with politics) and someone jumps in trying to turn it into a political debate. Perhaps to some people, everything is political but we do have a whole section for that. However, I feel this is usually done to deliberately bait people.







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Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
Yes, there's TONS of baiting on this forum, which is why I was surprised to see a "rule" against it.
Again, to be able to fully recognize it, you'd have to understand the context of the discussions, not only rely on the "report post" function.

But is the webmaster even still with us, or are we on our own again?
And this is the problem with looking at just one particular post. Especially if the one who did the baiting reports the person who was attacked in the first place and was merely trying to defend themselves.

As a member of the forum who has been around for a while, I've gotten to know the personalities of most of the regular posters pretty well. After a while, it's pretty obvious who are the people that are simply having a discussion and may have a difference of opinion on a certain topic and those who are trying to maliciously attack others for the fun of it.







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Quote Originally Posted by Marx & Lennon View Post
I remember the reaction when John Xenakis tried to corral the threads into polite focused discussions. It diidn't work. In fact, it made for a lot of aggravated posters. That's when Zarathustra left, after being one of the main posters for a long time. Vince Lamb left as well. Others cut back.

With very few exceptions, we're all adults. We should be able to manage this with minimal moderation ... as we have for the last 10 years. I've witnessed very few shrinking violets, and plenty of bright interesting people. That we dion't agree is the popint of the discussion. That it wanders about is par for the course.

My $0.02
Good comments. Dialogue and disagreements are fine. The ignore function is easy to use and useful to avoid any posters that are out of bounds.







Post#142 at 01-18-2012 12:01 PM by Marx & Lennon [at '47 cohort still lost in Falwelland joined Sep 2001 #posts 16,709]
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Quote Originally Posted by ASB65 View Post
I also agree that topic drift is pretty hard to avoid in a natural flow of conversation. I think the webmaster would have a difficult time enforcing this and would end up having to spend all day, every day, sending warning messages to most all of us. If a thread is longer than 5 or 6 posts, chances are there is going to some topic drift in it. Topic drift isn't always a negative either. There have been many times when the conversation drifts, bringing up a new idea that others want to explore further. Many times when this happens, someone will say, "We have gotten off topic here, but this sounds like something people are interested in discussing. Maybe we should start a new thread."

I also agree with Chas, that is a difference between topic drift and blatantly hijacking a thread. This type of thing most often occurs when a subject is being discussed (which has absolutely nothing to do with politics) and someone jumps in trying to turn it into a political debate. Perhaps to some people, everything is political but we do have a whole section for that. However, I feel this is usually done to deliberately bait people.
There was an attempt at one time to create a fully moderated enclave within the forum. It looked like a reasonable option, though not one I ever intended to use. Appaently, no one else felt the need either. It died a quick death.

Just because it looks good in theory ...
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Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
Yes, there's TONS of baiting on this forum, which is why I was surprised to see a "rule" against it.
Again, to be able to fully recognize it, you'd have to understand the context of the discussions, not only rely on the "report post" function.

But is the webmaster even still with us, or are we on our own again?
Apparently, the webmaster is about, trying to accomplish something or other:

Let me get this straight:
(From the Webmaster)

This infraction is worth 1 point(s) and may result in restricted access until it expires. Serious infractions will never expire.

Original Post:
http://www.fourthturning.com/forum/showthread.php?p=414965
Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
Possibly, but I'm willing to give the "welcome back" crowd the benefit of the doubt and assume that they were unaware of his past comments.
-Kiff (Child of Socrates, my ass) is definitely aware of Mr Le Chien Wally Poodle Pink Splice's previous comments (she spent her time excusing him remember?), as is the Self Proclaimed One-Eyed God of Wisdom.

As a matter of fact, Odin probably runs a close second on the "Wishing Death to his Fellow Americans with whom he just happens to Disagee" scale, but that's another matter.
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This:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
...There is no compromising with these lunatics. If it were up to me they would be all hanging from lampposts.
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
This lunacy is getting out of hand. All these right-wing racist kooks need to be shut up before they cause a f*cking civil war...
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
...I want these nut-jobs to try their "revolution", they will be crushed and these treasonous lunatics will be purged from the body social, tried fro treason, and shot. Nothing will destroy the GOP more then it becoming known as the party of traitors.
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
...Jim "RimJob" Robinson, the owner of the RW hate site called Free Republic, is disabled and is on SSDI. Maybe we should take away his SSDI and is government-paid wheelchair.
...seem to be OK, as is the so-called Child of Socrates' aid and comfort for this:

Quote Originally Posted by Pink Splice View Post
Note: If your tour had turned out differently, one IED would have made you a gimp...
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Pink Splice View Post
1. We admitted we were powerless over X'r snark—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs...

What I'm envisioning for Rani, due to her stellar empathy for others (think House plus Forman, squared), is that she will go through Steps 1-5 as she's being choked to death by one of her patients. Steps six and seven will take place at the moment of clinical death, past the point of brain damage (four minutes).
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Pink Splice View Post
Rational argument with you is pointless. I'm just waiting for one of your customers to come in and help you with step 5 of your own twelve step program, all at once. The process should take less than four minutes...
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Pink Splice View Post
...Rani drives through every red light in town, as does Arkham, driving an 18 wheeler. Splat! Pate-de-sociopath-shrink results. Arkham chuckles madly, until the next turn, whereupon he rolls and jackknives due to the damage to his tires from Rani's vehicle. KABOOM! as his load of flammables goes up with him to Kingdom Come...
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Pink Splice View Post
...Even better news: the way things are going, your ass will be re-activated for duty again, unless you *really* screwed up. If you're lucky, you'll get KIA, if not, you'll be putting on your next play in Farsi as a POW.

But let me point that out, and I get a 1 point infraction.

Really?


Color me unimpressed.







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Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
Maybe Child of Socrates didn't like being compared to your ass.
-Socrates was the guy who pointed the illogic and inconsistency of peoples' thinking. Point out her inconsistencies and illogic, and she runs away as if you were holding a crucifix and she was a vampire. Child of Socrate? Are you kidding?

Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
...I just prescribed antipsychotics for playdude. That should be worth at least a point.
Oopsie!
-He'll probably take them with his martini.







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Quit stalking me, Glick.
To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.

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Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
Maybe she is kidding. I just noticed this one:

Wasn't Underground Man the polar opposite of Socrates?!

Yeah, that's why I chose Thorazine instead of Ativan. Didn't want to Michael Jackson him
Better watch out, Rani. Now you are going and getting all off topic again. Remember that's one of the new rule "no nos". ...Sorry, couldn't help myself. Just feeling a bit impish this morning.







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Quote Originally Posted by The Rani View Post
...If someone gets an infraction for pointing out that a purported "Child of Socrates" is anything but, it is entirely "on-topic" to note that the child herself has taken an online philosophy test which confirms his opinion...
-Which is the point of so many of my posts when dealing with posters like Kiff. But they never seem to see it.

Anyway:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
Quit stalking me, Glick.
-You know, Odin, someday you're gonna' figure out that calling someone a name doesn't make it so.

For everyone else's benefit, let me translate what you're really saying: "Waaw! I want Glick to stop exposing my vicious lies!"

If you want to show some contrition, you could apologize for this:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
...There is no compromising with these lunatics. If it were up to me they would be all hanging from lampposts.
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
This lunacy is getting out of hand. All these right-wing racist kooks need to be shut up before they cause a f*cking civil war...
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
...I want these nut-jobs to try their "revolution", they will be crushed and these treasonous lunatics will be purged from the body social, tried fro treason, and shot. Nothing will destroy the GOP more then it becoming known as the party of traitors.
...and this:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
...Jim "RimJob" Robinson, the owner of the RW hate site called Free Republic, is disabled and is on SSDI. Maybe we should take away his SSDI and is government-paid wheelchair.
...and then you could apologize for this lie:

...Never happened- a LIE:

Quote Originally Posted by jamesdglick View Post
But now, via Jim Hoft , comes video showing that no such words were said at all...

...and apologize for this lie:

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
I have been shocked and disgusted by this orgy of right-wing hate, starting with people going "KILL HIM!!!" at Palin's rallies last summer.
...never happened- a LIE:

Quote Originally Posted by jamesdglick View Post

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2008/10/16/kill_him/print.html
The Secret Service says allegations that attendees at two of Sarah Palin's rallies called for the death of Barack Obama are unfounded...
...and apologize for this lie:
Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
I am almost speechless. Republican TERRORISM, that is what this is. Send Limbaugh, Beck, Bachmann, and Palin to Gitmo!
...Didn't happen- a LIE:

Quote Originally Posted by jamesdglick View Post
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2009/11/census_worker_killing_probe_ne.html

The Census Bureau employee found dead in September killed himself and staged his death to look like a homicide, state and federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday...
...and this nonsense:
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...Oh, but now there is a n***** in the White House, so it's different...
...uh:

Quote Originally Posted by Justin '77 View Post
So funny that you think this guy had a problem with a melanin-enhanced dude in the white house.

...and most of all, this:
Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
Wow, more shameless lies.
...uh, Coughlin was [a] "Social Justice" Progressive who supported FDR, who was happy for his support. YOU LIED:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Coughlin

Early in his career Coughlin was a vocal supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his early New Deal proposals, before later becoming a harsh critic of Roosevelt... He was an early supporter of Roosevelt's New Deal reforms and coined the phrase "Roosevelt or ruin", which became famous during the early days of the first FDR administration. Another phrase he became known for was "The New Deal is Christ's Deal."

Coughlin's support for Roosevelt and his New Deal faded later in 1934, when he founded the National Union for Social Justice (NUSJ), a nationalistic worker's rights organization which grew impatient with what it viewed as the President's unconstitutional and pseudo-capitalistic monetary policies...

Among the articles of the NUSJ, were work and income guarantees, nationalizing "necessary" industry, wealth redistribution through taxation of the wealthy, federal protection of worker's unions, and decreasing property rights in favor of the government controlling the country's assets for "public good."[10] Illustrative of his disdain for capitalism is his statement that, "We maintain the principle that there can be no lasting prosperity if free competition exists in industry. Therefore, it is the business of government not only to legislate for a minimum annual wage and maximum working schedule to be observed by industry, but also to curtail individualism that, if necessary, factories shall be licensed and their output shall be limited."

BTW, Odin, which of the NUSJ's policies do YOU disagree with, eh?

Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
Quit stalking me, Glick.
-BTW, if you have me on ignore, how did you know that my post had anything to do with you, hmmm?







Post#148 at 02-28-2012 05:28 PM by webmaster [at joined Aug 2006 #posts 123]
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Rule ammendments

Quote Originally Posted by webmaster View Post
Hello everyone,
Bellow is a new set of rules being proposed for the forum. This is only to clarify existing rules and expectations. Our idea is that both monitors and users should have clear guidelines of what the expected etiquette and consequences are. There is also a guidelines area which outlines recommended practices to keep the forum fun, operational and clutter free. These are the rules which are currently being used to monitor the forum.

Please feel free to provide constructive comments. Eventually these rules will be tailored and posted in an area where they can be easily accessed from anywhere in the forum.
Some proposals for adjusting the Rules:

1)Removing the last guideline of staying on topic. There have been a lot of comments about the appreciation of the natural flow of a topic. From what has been expressed, the guideline for staying on topic is not high enough on the priority list to be part of the official guidelines.

2)Adding to the actions of spamming flooding a thread with same or similar posts.
3)Adding to the actions of spamming deleting and re-posting same or similar posts within a thread.

Another issue that has been occurring is the deleting and re-posting of posts. This disrupts the flow of conversations and can be very bothersome. Many people take this expectation for granted, but it should be clear for new users.

Please see below for what the changes would look like:


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  • Advertising or spam is defined as posting a link for the purpose of selling, soliciting or promoting something.
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  • Any post identified as spam will be deleted and the user will be banned.
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Monitors and administrators use a five point system on this forum. If a user receives a total of 5 active points they will be temporarily banned from the forum.
Minor indiscretions of the rules will receive 1 point. The more severely an act breaks or disregards forum rules, the more points will be allotted. Blatant abuses of the forum and its community will result in a permanent ban.

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Post#149 at 02-28-2012 05:35 PM by millennialX [at Gotham City, USA joined Oct 2010 #posts 6,597]
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Am I cross posting if a conversation on one thread brings up a topic that's on a past thread and I decide to link to that?
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Post#150 at 02-28-2012 06:24 PM by Corenabh [at joined Sep 2010 #posts 15]
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Quote Originally Posted by millennialX View Post
Am I cross posting if a conversation on one thread brings up a topic that's on a past thread and I decide to link to that?
I think that is a great question. The judgement on cross-posting has to do with the intent to gain exposure:
Cross-posting refers to posting new duplicate threads or posts, or the linking to threads or posts already started by the member with the intention of gaining exposure.
If the link is relevant to the conversation, and is not for the purpose of becoming popular or increasing "exposure". Then I would probably determine that the link is a constructive part of the conversation.

In short: No, what you describe is most likely not cross posting.
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