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Possible PF improvement?

  1. Aug 9, 2006 #1

    wm

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    NB: No criticism of PF implied; it's great. (But my self-inflicted bruise still hurts.)

    1. It seems that a ''work-in-progress'' may be lost if a thread is closed during the ''Preview Post'' phase. My impression is that: A notice re an ''Invalid Thread'' (or similar) is received by the previewer. But: Subsequent immediate back-tracking does not reveal the missing draft.

    2. Thus: I'd like to suggest that threads be closed with, say, 3 days notice. (Though the trolls will no doubt mess with it.) That way, drafts or last minute arrangements (if any) can be finalised; eg, making new arrangements to continue the discussion elsewhere. That also allows for participants to question (on the thread) a possible misconception by the Closer; AND may provide some positive closure to those coming late to archived threads.

    3. Alternatively: Warn posters of this possibilty in the rules somewhere? (Me assuming it's not there already.):blushing:

    With best regards, wm
     
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  3. Aug 9, 2006 #2

    Moonbear

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    First, no, we're not going to let threads sit three days when they warrant immediate deletion. That's just asking for chaos.

    Second, why would you be trying to save drafts here? If you're working on a draft for something, do it on some word processing software of your own, or you can use your journal space here. You shouldn't be posting drafts in threads.

    Third, if what you lost was a reply to a locked or deleted thread, isn't the point moot by then?
     
  4. Aug 9, 2006 #3

    wm

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    Thanks

    1. Threads ''warranting immediate deletion'' -- who asked to keep them (ie, ''threads warranting immediate deletion'' sound like serious breaches of some protocol to me) for 3 days?
    2. Like you hit ''Quote'', type in a ''Draft'' response, then hit ''Preview Post'' to check out your ''Draft''?
    3. ''Point moot'' by then? That's why I was working on my ''Draft'': Like: a moot point = debatable, open to discussion/question, arguable, questionable, at issue, open to doubt, disputable, controversial, contentious, disputed, unresolved, unsettled, up in the air, ... ?

    Sayonara
     
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  5. Aug 10, 2006 #4

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    You asked in the opening post that we keep threads open for 3 days before deleting them. We don't typically go to the extreme of deleting threads unless they warrant immediate deletion. The same with locking threads; at the time we decide they need to be locked, the time for that is imminent, not three days away.

    Oh, okay. If it's a concern, type your posts in any text editor and copy and paste it into the reply box so you don't lose it if you want to save it. It doesn't take a thread being deleted for such a post to go *poof* into cyberspace never to return for no known reason. If you put a lot of time and effort into writing a post, and you don't want to risk losing it when you hit the submit reply button, you can also always copy the text at that time so you can paste it back into the reply field if it doesn't "take" for some reason, or paste it into whatever document you want it in for future reference.

    :rolleyes: A moot point, as in:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/moot

    If the mentors have decided the thread needed to be deleted or locked, that means discussion has ended on the topic.
     
  6. Aug 10, 2006 #5

    russ_watters

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    It sounds like you just want to make sure to get your last word in...
     
  7. Aug 10, 2006 #6
    Ok, i am a last word freak too, so here's my suggestion for PF-improvement : ABANDON YOUR POSITION AND NAME ME MENTOR, Russ...Thanks...

    ps : you cannot react to this post since i have the last word..Just DO IT:cool:


    Arrivederci

    marlon
     
  8. Aug 10, 2006 #7

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    :rofl: Yes, it does sound a lot like wanting to get the last word in. But, Marlon, how could we make you a mentor? You wouldn't be content with just deleting posts or banning the spammers and crackpots, you'd want to build a torture chamber and display their heads on spikes! And if anyone doesn't know your penchant for gorey scenes, all they need to do is check out the links to horror movie websites that regularly appear in your signature! :biggrin:
     
  9. Aug 10, 2006 #8

    Aiaiaiaiai, this hurts...but it is true...Anyhow, since this is a public forum and i do not know any of the personal data of our members, there is no need to be afraid for my reaction. There is basically nothing i can do because i cannot geographically locate members. In conclusion : INSTALL ME AS A MENTOR.

    Thanks Moonbie, je t'adore...

    marlon
     
  10. Aug 10, 2006 #9

    russ_watters

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    FYI, the vbulletin software allows moderators to post in locked threads. We do it accidentally every now and then...
     
  11. Aug 10, 2006 #10
    Am i supposed to be impressed now ?:uhh:

    marlon
     
  12. Aug 10, 2006 #11

    russ_watters

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    I'm just saying, we can always have the last word if we want it.
     
  13. Aug 10, 2006 #12
    eh but the post isnt locked?
     
  14. Aug 10, 2006 #13
    You really think i did not know that ?

    Besides, this is not having the last word. This is fighting with unequal means. Yes a moderator will always win but would you win if we had equal means, Russ ? Would you, Russ ? Huh...


    marlon
     
  15. Aug 10, 2006 #14
    ah but its not locked, so anyone can have the last word
     
  16. Aug 10, 2006 #15
    Well, it's not locked YET but if we continue talking like this...the moderators will indeed get the last word...AGAIN

    marlon
     
  17. Aug 10, 2006 #16
    ah but we can always spam somwhere else (JOKE)!!!!
     
  18. Aug 10, 2006 #17

    DaveC426913

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    This is a joke, right?

    Are there really members who compete with mentors to get the last word in?

    Issues....
     
  19. Aug 10, 2006 #18

    Moonbear

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    Apparently. And since this is now becoming just a contest to see who can get the last word in, it will definitely be a mentor who wins it. :biggrin:
     
  20. Aug 10, 2006 #19

    chroot

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    Or maybe an Admin.

    - Warren
     
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