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Closing Threads!

  1. Oct 20, 2004 #1
    I'm new to this forum and I wonder when and why some threads are closed and who is doing it? Why was for instance the thread "Answer to Ivan 2" closed? Does it have to do with what you are allowed to write and not!
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  3. Oct 20, 2004 #2


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    Threads that are addressed to a single person, or with the intent of having a discussion with one person are not allowed, that is what private messaging is for.

    A thread can be closed for numerous reasons. The most common reasons are threads that are meant to flame, the content has no merit, the content is already discussed in another thread, the thread is not progressing (circular arguments), inappropriate content, etc...
  4. Oct 20, 2004 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    Hi lundq,
    As a rule I don't close many threads. Please feel free to post. :smile:
  5. Oct 20, 2004 #4
    It would be useful to have these rules made available, or perhaps they are and I just haven't seen them. They seem to make sense, and would probably save a lot of confusion if users knew what they are. It feels unfair when you are confronted with a rule you didn't know existed.
  6. Oct 20, 2004 #5


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    The rules are in the PF Guidelines which new members are advised to read when they register. Here is the link https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=5374

    Here are the specific infractions I listed.

    PM Guidelines:
    If exclusively personal contact is needed, use the Private Message system. Do not post a topic where only one member is expected to answer.

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    As you can see, Ivan has been overly tolerant.
  7. Oct 20, 2004 #6


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    Read the posting guidelines in the PF community forum.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2004
  8. Oct 20, 2004 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    We want everyone to have the chance to make their case but I usually do close threads where: Specific, easily testable claims are made with no evidence to support them, the claim is known beyond all doubt to be nonsense, the discussion has spiraled out of control, the discussion becomes too abusive, or if the discussion degenerates into gibberish.
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