I’ve noticed quite a few topics lately that are really not worthy of a whole lot of discussion. I think there are a couple of reasons for this.
LAZY OPs: I get that people like starting their own threads but there is nothing worse than opening up a thread and seeing that a lazy OP didn’t bother to write a summary, capture the highlights, or even provide their own independent thought and analysis. When someone just drops a link with very little context why should I or anybody else spend the time working on a post to respond if OP couldn’t make the time to start a quality thread? I think we should put all of these in a category or even in a topic that is simply Topics That Don’t Deserve Their Own Threads (TTDTOT). I think this will solve the lazy OP problem and allow people just to drop crappy links or provide very little feedback or context to something. That way people who want to respond can but they can also be lazy in their responses. I don’t see a whole lot of value in littering the place with threads made by totally lazy people.
OPEN GENERAL THREADS: how many topics do we really need about some idiot Muslim somewhere raping somebody or some Basketball American getting offended or stealing something. Similar to the TTDOT concept that I laid out above, why don’t we have a couple big open general threads that capture all of these different stories and topics all in one place? I think this will help a lot of the lazy OPs to categorize things right and still make a really lazy post without needing to start an entire thread.
Anyway, I just wanted to throw that out there because scrolling through some of the threads lately there’s been a noticeable trend from several OPs who are consistently creating low quality threads which often bury the higher quality threads. In the future I think it would be really great to have really strict formatting guidelines where if someone doesn’t some work into starting a thread then it gets dumped in one of the two areas mentioned above.
I’d be interested in hearing everyone’s feedback.