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Do you like the new crackpot policy?

  1. The site is better without TD.

    15 vote(s)
    51.7%
  2. The site was better with TD.

    4 vote(s)
    13.8%
  3. I never thought TD really belonged on this site.

    6 vote(s)
    20.7%
  4. A site like this needs a TD section.

    8 vote(s)
    27.6%
  5. I always thought TD was an eyesore; a very negative part of the site.

    10 vote(s)
    34.5%
  6. I always thought TD was a very positive part of the site.

    3 vote(s)
    10.3%
  7. I used to post my personal theories here, and miss the ability.

    2 vote(s)
    6.9%
  8. I used to respond to personal theory posts, and miss the ability.

    1 vote(s)
    3.4%
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  1. Oct 2, 2004 #1

    chroot

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    Do you like the new "crackpot" policy?

    A number of people have told the staff that they liked the site better before the new "no-crackpot" policy was implemented. Those people are largely the same people whose behavior we were trying to change, so, overall, the staff feels the new policy has been a success.

    What do you think?

    - Warren
     
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  3. Oct 2, 2004 #2
    I think that keeping the crackpots in the TD forum could be interesting, so they wouldn't spread to other sections. it could be like a kind of zoo where you can see them, and laugh at them sometimes
    But I respect the actual policy
     
  4. Oct 2, 2004 #3

    arildno

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    I think it's great with the new policy.
    Not allowing crankish theories is, I believe, crucial in order to build a reputation of a solid physics forum.
    Such forums as PF are extremely rare compared to crackpot infested sites.
     
  5. Oct 2, 2004 #4

    Moonbear

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    Definitely better without crackpots...well...except they did amuse me at times. They're sort of like court jesters. I wouldn't mind if we could make them wear hats with bells :rofl:
     
  6. Oct 2, 2004 #5

    anti_crank

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    I think it's fair to say that I had as much fun engaging the crackpots as anyone else. In fact, I probably had more fun than anyone else. Yet in spite of that, I salute the new policy. TD was an eyesore on this site, and there were too many newbies replying to crackpot posts along the lines of "Really?? That's not what my physics book says, can you expain?". The way I see it, we lend crackpots legitimacy at the expense of ours if we don't take prompt measures to shut them down. There's plenty of sites out there that will host such posts. Try http://www.scienceforums.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=59
     
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  7. Oct 2, 2004 #6

    Pyrrhus

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    Damn, i didn't get a chance to post my paper about why time travel can only be achieved with cream pie :rofl:
     
  8. Oct 3, 2004 #7

    Moonbear

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    What?! You mean I can't time travel with pumpkin pie? Forget it then, no point in bothering with time travel if I can't take pumpkin pie with me! :rofl:
     
  9. Oct 3, 2004 #8

    Gokul43201

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    When I was a newb here, (and had grandiose visions of a higher calling to help eliminate stupidity :redface:) I kinda enjoyed debunking crackpot theories. Very rapidly, I tired of it, and anyways, the crackpots never admit to having been debunked...so I'm not sure any of that was worth the time.

    I just hope that pottery magic is not contagious, lest we find ourselves with an epidemic in the future.
     
  10. Oct 3, 2004 #9

    arildno

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    Why is 8+4+1+6=12? :confused:
     
  11. Oct 3, 2004 #10

    Gokul43201

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    Because 9 is God.

    You are sentenced to life without parole in TD.
     
  12. Oct 3, 2004 #11

    Tom Mattson

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    I voted "eyesore".
     
  13. Oct 3, 2004 #12

    Math Is Hard

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    I do miss the crack-pots - there was some very funny stuff in TD, but I realize keeping them managed and quarantined was a big drain on resources.
     
  14. Oct 3, 2004 #13

    Gokul43201

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    That didn't frighten me, at all.

    "8+4+1+6=12 and here's the proof...", would have. :surprised
     
  15. Oct 3, 2004 #14

    arildno

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    Well, the proof is:
    Look at how the numbers of pollers add up..
     
  16. Oct 3, 2004 #15

    Bystander

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    Obviously, the forum staff count as "zeroes" in the "total vote" column --- somebody's got a "feature" in his programming.
     
  17. Oct 3, 2004 #16

    plover

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    8+4+1+6=12 and here's the proof:

    the equation is in base 17. :wink:
     
  18. Oct 3, 2004 #17

    plover

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    As for the strange addition on the vote results page, I suspect it arises from the fact that the poll is check boxes rather than radio buttons and thus people can vote for more than one thing. In other words the total is "total voters" rather than "total votes" (as, indeed, it says).
     
  19. Oct 3, 2004 #18

    russ_watters

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    I voted for the first and 4th. Figure that one out...
     
  20. Oct 3, 2004 #19

    arildno

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    What????
    Could I have voted more, AAARGH!
    I've cheated myself out of influence!
    The indignity of it...
     
  21. Oct 3, 2004 #20

    Moonbear

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    I didn't realize I could vote more than one choice either! Someone should explain these things in advance. :cry:
     
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