Q: Hey what is this new tiny "OT" in the document image next to a post? What's changing?
A: We have added an option when posting a new thread to mark it as off-topic by checking the checkbox next to the subject. We also ask that you put OT in front of the subject.
An option will be added to your profile to hide or show off-topic posts.
Q: So what is an off-topic post? A: The easy ones to identify are football posts, help me buy a new car, my kid just got accepted to Harvard, etc. The tough one are posts which are related to canoeing, camping, kayaking, general outdoor adventuring, fishing, etc. Use your best judgment.
Q: Does this mean I can/should post more off topic posts? Or posts which are political posts and other controversial topics. A: No
Q: Will some off-topic posts be deleted anyway? And should I expect an answer as to why a post is deleted? A: Yes and No respectively.
Q: What happens to posts which are marked OT? A: The general thought is there is no archival value of off-topic posts so they will end up being automatically deleted after being inactive for a period of time.
Q: How will this impact my trees? A: You may in the short term gain points toward trees for posts made in OT threads, but long term these posts will be deleted and your count lowered again.
i had to let you know this is brilliant. its a bit discouraging when "non regulars" post on here and the topic or thread gets side tracked by off topic discussion. sometimes it becomes a conversation that should be done between two or more in private and it loses all credible or related content. i cant tell you how many times i have recieved the response, "i dont know" or "no idea" from users who have registered clout. not a big deal but whats the point in posting idk? (to get trees) on the other hand there are users on here who's comments i search just to read what they are saying because thier comments are so straight forward and valuable.
dont get me wrong, i like the humor, but often pull back from participating on the forum due to the excessive amount of poppycock from some regulars.
i have not seen how this new feature has or will effect the threads but im guessing in the future, we will see less, frivilous comments when searching archives.
I agree with your solution, but I will likely not opt to block the OT threads.
However, knowing your advertising revenues may be based on the number of "hits" the site receives, may I suggest that marked OT threads remain hidden when non-members or guest posters visit the site? If these folks see the site cluttered with OT threads, would they be less interested in retuning or becoming members? Also, if the OT thread is controversial, a troll guest would not be able to post a negative or threatening response.
Thanks again for addressing the concerns of the membership.
Hi. Question. I understand the need for this but I guess I'm wondering why one of my threads about meeting another member of this board would be an off-topic post. I don't recall marking it as an off-topic thread. Do the moderators have the ability to change a thread to be an OT one?
I'm assuming that someone did change it and I figure the reason is:
A: The general thought is there is no archival value of off-topic posts so they will end up being automatically deleted after being inactive for a period of time.
Not that it bothers me that it will disappear, I just wanted to be clear as to when I should mark my threads as such. Thanks. ~ Karen
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I am seeing threads on my iPhone and my computer at work. But not here at home. Can't figure that out. Could it have something to do with OT?
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