Skip to Content

Locked Posts / Off topic threads / Dreams for our future

Tell us what we can do better, need to clear the air, voice your concern or provide feedback about the forum
User avatar
onewithnature
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 22282
Award: Quiz Whiz of the Year (2013)
Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am
Location: Midway between the infinite and the infinitesimal!

Locked Posts / Off topic threads / Dreams for our future

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:33 am

I have a question for the mods:

Please explain to me why mods decide to lock a particular subject: is it, for example, becoming too inflammatory in their opinion? And is this always the reason why mods would lock a particular thread? Or, are there other reasons too?

Personally, I feel that, if the posts are done tastefully and respectfully, debating topics are by far the most thought-provoking and, therefore, life-advancing!

For example, the recent Darwinian debate (which is indeed nature-related) was marvellous and gave me new viewpoints that I hadn't considered until now. I have leapt forward in my understanding of both Darwinism and Creationism. Knowledgeable posters put forward brilliant points and many people were appreciative of this. Why was this locked?

Please enlighten me, Sir/Ma'am Mods ...
EVERYBODY'S TR!
TR: A NEW DAY IS S-OWN
TR: NECTAREAN NICETIES OF THE NORTH
TR: PRIMEVAL PLEASURE

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)

User avatar
Meandering Mouse
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
FAC Member (2013)
Posts: 16255
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Location: meandering between senility and menopause

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:49 am

I did wonder how long it might survive OWN. :wink:

I do however think that it was a demonstration of how it's possible to hold different views and be respectful. At least it was not closed due to bad behaviour, intolenance or name calling.
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

User avatar
onewithnature
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 22282
Award: Quiz Whiz of the Year (2013)
Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am
Location: Midway between the infinite and the infinitesimal!

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:54 am

So then, why would it be closed? No-one seemed offended in any way.
EVERYBODY'S TR!
TR: A NEW DAY IS S-OWN
TR: NECTAREAN NICETIES OF THE NORTH
TR: PRIMEVAL PLEASURE

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)

User avatar
DotDan
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2216
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:08 am
Location: Leeu Valley

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:44 am

onewithnature wrote:Please enlighten me, Sir/Ma'am Mods ...



There is no need to be nice with them....Tell them straight OWN...

Grab them by the ..... And tune them "HEY MODS....listen here!!!!" :twisted:

User avatar
JenB
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 18226
Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:41 pm
Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby JenB » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:04 am

Feeling brave this morning, Dot Daisy?! :twisted:
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

User avatar
DotDan
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2216
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:08 am
Location: Leeu Valley

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:07 am

Always.... and listen here missy J, I eat assistant mods for breakfast :twisted:

User avatar
JenB
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 18226
Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:41 pm
Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby JenB » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:11 am

You do? :shock: It sounded as if you already had your Post toasties this morning. :roll:
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

User avatar
DotDan
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2216
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:08 am
Location: Leeu Valley

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:14 am

JenB wrote: It sounded as if you already had your Post toasties this morning. :roll:


You betcha....and Hercules pee'd in it!!! 8)

User avatar
JenB
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 18226
Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:41 pm
Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby JenB » Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:12 am

OK, now I'm scared! Image
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

RobertT
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1065
Joined: Thu May 17, 2007 10:35 am

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby RobertT » Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:09 am

DotDan wrote:
JenB wrote: It sounded as if you already had your Post toasties this morning. :roll:


You betcha....and Hercules pee'd in it!!! 8)


Hercules must have also read the thread of snake in the toilet. :lol: :lol:

User avatar
DinkyBird
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 46474
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Location: Across the Equator, otherside the Atlantic

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:14 am

Hi OWN

The mods have a responsibility to ensure that topics on the forums remain within the Rules of the Forum. We do, at times, let topics that are not strictly within the rules, but appeal to the sense of community here, run for a few days.

This is what happened with the topic you are questioning.

We feel we let it run for a fair length of time, but that it is also now the time to lock it as it was starting to head towards a religious debate and in our experience, religion and political debates are explosive topics, apart from being against the rules. (See rule 8.)
Sawubona
Dalene

User avatar
Snow Zee
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2515
Joined: Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:02 pm
Location: Over the rainbow

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby Snow Zee » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:45 pm

I would have thought a guiding hand via PM's (especially for new people), and the exclusion of those not able to behave in a civilised and respectful manner, would better have served those enjoying the thread.
'“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” The Peace Pilgrim.

User avatar
onewithnature
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 22282
Award: Quiz Whiz of the Year (2013)
Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am
Location: Midway between the infinite and the infinitesimal!

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:03 am

I concur, SnowZee: delete those posts inflammatory to the cause, and retain those that further understanding and appreciation of nature.

Thanks, DinkyBird - your answer makes perfect sense (we don't want religious fervour and political intrigue interfering with an increase in natural knowledge); and, well, you show the way by expressing yourself diplomatically and respectfully, but assertively. Let this be a guidance to all of us to follow in the future. :clap:

However, perhaps we need to stimulate some nature-related debates in future, following the leads of the recent Darwinian thread as a prototype to adopt in terms of style of debate.

Regards
OWN
EVERYBODY'S TR!
TR: A NEW DAY IS S-OWN
TR: NECTAREAN NICETIES OF THE NORTH
TR: PRIMEVAL PLEASURE

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)

User avatar
onewithnature
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 22282
Award: Quiz Whiz of the Year (2013)
Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am
Location: Midway between the infinite and the infinitesimal!

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:15 am

Jazil also explained lucidly to me that:

"To answer your question, the mods decided, after discussion, that seeing as this topic was against the rules as I said in my post there
Jazil wrote:
'Guys and Dolls, this topic is hardly related to anything to do with Sanparks, conservation, or in fact forumites, (Like the pets they have, mugshots etc) except for their opinions and thoughts, and whilst very interesting to some I think enough has been said here.

Therefore this is just a warning that this thread will be locked at noon today.'

and although the posts were not, at this stage too inflamatory, they really had nothing to do with sanparks or conservation, and the topic had now run for long enough, against the rules.

We strive to run a friendly forum, but do have to stick to the rules, and in this case they were bent for a while.

I hope this answers your question.

Cheers
Jazil and the Mod Team"
EVERYBODY'S TR!
TR: A NEW DAY IS S-OWN
TR: NECTAREAN NICETIES OF THE NORTH
TR: PRIMEVAL PLEASURE

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)

User avatar
onewithnature
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 22282
Award: Quiz Whiz of the Year (2013)
Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am
Location: Midway between the infinite and the infinitesimal!

Re: Locked Posts

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:18 am

Now I understand: SANParks owns this website and so sets the rules; therefore the rules need to be complied with.

I still would love to start a debating-style thread on nature-related topics that further interest in SANParks. I wonder if this is possible? :hmz:
EVERYBODY'S TR!
TR: A NEW DAY IS S-OWN
TR: NECTAREAN NICETIES OF THE NORTH
TR: PRIMEVAL PLEASURE

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)


Return to “Chill Room ”