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Forum topic by DKV posted 05-08-2012 05:26 PM 3416 views 0 times favorited 141 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2012 05:26 PM

Martin, I call for a vote of the membership on eliminating the nonshop talk forum. What say you all?

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 05:32 PM

Keep It.

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 05:38 PM

get rid of it

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 05:58 PM

Keep it. There is some good stuff there if you ignore the political rants.

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 05:59 PM

It has nothing to do with woodworking and has become a big distraction to what Lumberjocks is about.

Tempers lost, enemies made. It has gone well beyond its original intent.

My 2cents worth.

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 06:27 PM

polite discussion in todays world mmeans not discussing politics…...which has led us to the leaders we have today(yes from both major parties)

If a free society ignores the issues that confront us as problems we will ultimately lose the free portion of the aforementioned society.

argue away just get a thicker skin and don’t be an irational idiot about it.(you know who I mean)

If you don’t it just might be you

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 06:33 PM

Where would I go for dog pictures and bad jokes?!?

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 06:34 PM

+ 1000 doughan

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 06:39 PM

Keep it.
Sure, once in a while things get ugly, but I’ve learned a lot about a whole range of things of an off-topic flavo(u)r.

I was thinking about this a while back, and I thought – If my local bar was basically populated by woodworkers I’d go, of course, but I wouldn’t expect someone to monitor my conversations and stop me if I drifted onto a non-woodworking topic. If I started shouting and screaming abuse I would, but not otherwise.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 06:41 PM

Xwingace, you would go to the dog pictures website and the bad jokes website.

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 06:42 PM

Been asked for before. If you don’t like it don’t look at it.

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#11 posted 05-08-2012 06:44 PM

Jeff, but I got to. If it’s there then I have to look. Sort of like Pandora’s box…

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#12 posted 05-08-2012 06:47 PM

The trouble is certain people here cannot discuss without becoming bad temperred, even hostile/beligerrent to each other they should be desuaded from discussion otherwise the rest of us can have a discussion without as I was once accused of trying to start a bloodbath because I congratulated you on your new president OBAMA .No Bloodbath ensued despite negative vibes from one writer.Alistair

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#13 posted 05-08-2012 07:01 PM

I would just point out that the site operators have gone to great lengths to reach a happy medium on this issue. Those who do not wish to participate in any off-topic discussions no longer even have to view the titles of these posts, much less participate in those threads.

I don’t particularly care for the political name-calling topics, so I rarely read or take part in them. However, I do enjoy getting to know my fellow Lumberjock’s better through discussions related to other hobbies and interests not related to woodworking. Must we really throw the baby out with the bathwater?

DKV, I can’t speak to what your specific motivation is. But whenever someone calls for removal of the off-topic forum, I can’t help but wonder why they read posts that they know are likely to upset them. It almost seems like they know they can’t control themselves. They know they are going to read the posts, and they know they are going to get angry and upset, so they want Martin to remove the temptation which they know they are unable to resist.

Bottom line, IMO, is that the off-topic post issue has already been appropriately dealt with by the site owners.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 05-08-2012 07:06 PM

I think it enriches the site.
Many many non-woodworking topics are great; MS Debbies photos for instance.
I don’t mind an ocassional referenct to other topics, even politics.

What I don’t like, and I think, what a lot of others don’t like are posts that are intended to incite a riot.
Like that thing yesterday that started out with “Okay all you smarty pants Obama Haters”. Now that was purely trolling for a fight. That is the type of crap I think we all can do without.

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#15 posted 05-08-2012 07:12 PM

I also like the “good” posts in nonshop talk. That’s why I read them. I like pix of dogs, bad jokes and trees. Maybe we could just say no politics and religion. That way we wouldn’t have to hide the nonshop talk subject lines. I would officially change my subject line from get rid of nonshop talk to get rid of politics and religion. There are plenty of sites to discuss both…

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