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 Post subject: 'Rant section?"
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 4:48 pm 
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Here's a thought;

What if we had a 'rant' section?

I think a section where we can let off steam about anything would be useful in both reducing tensions and allowing less 'formatted' discussions(Or argruements, more likely)

I'll admit, having such a section is going to be difficult to manage but I think latitude to express what we think could be worth the risk. Surely; we could just try it out? We can always pull the plug later.


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 Post subject: Re: 'Rant section?"
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 5:00 pm 
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Iowanic wrote:
Here's a thought;

What if we had a 'rant' section?

I think a section where we can let off steam about anything would be useful in both reducing tensions and allowing less 'formatted' discussions(Or argruements, more likely)

I'll admit, having such a section is going to be difficult to manage but I think latitude to express what we think could be worth the risk. Surely; we could just try it out? We can always pull the plug later.


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 Post subject: Re: 'Rant section?"
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 5:26 pm 
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A rant section with little moderation? That's just asking for trouble and causing more headaches for Josh and the mods. They'd have to establish new rules and what not for it. Far as I can tell the offtopic section here could be used for ranting/venting.. just as long as it doesn't turn into a fullblown namecalling cat fight. You look back far enough I've used it a few times to rant.

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 Post subject: Re: 'Rant section?"
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 5:30 pm 
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I can see your point, Ori.

I'm just trying to find a way we can get along; or at least find 'elbow room' for everybody.

I'm glad I'm not a moderator, though. Too tough a job!


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 Post subject: Re: 'Rant section?"
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Iowanic wrote:
I can see your point, Ori.

I'm just trying to find a way we can get along; or at least find 'elbow room' for everybody.

I'm glad I'm not a moderator, though. Too tough a job!

A rant section could possibly make things worse, especially an unmoderated or very lightly moderated one.

You'll find though on the Internet it's rare for any board to have everyone get along. Best thing you can do is ignore it and not get involved.

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Iowanic wrote:
I can see your point, Ori.

I'm just trying to find a way we can get along; or at least find 'elbow room' for everybody.

I'm glad I'm not a moderator, though. Too tough a job!


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 Post subject: Re: 'Rant section?"
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 5:55 pm 
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I think the following extract from the Rules will explain...

" Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Typical back and forth on the issues is expected and encouraged. But, please discuss the issues in a way that that is respectful to others. Differences of opinion are fine, but please agree to disagree in order to avoid flame wars. No personal attacks, no vendettas and no detrimental venting will be tolerated and efforts should be made to avoid stereotyping other users. Users are encouraged to approach discussions and debates with the goal of finding mutual understanding and respect. We will not tolerate excessive rudeness, overly insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Our decision is final in these matters. "


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 Post subject: Re: 'Rant section?"
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The intent of the Open Forum was to provide a space for people to rant, vent or just discuss any topic that interests them. We've always said the rules are applied a little more lightly there than in other spaces. Personal attacks against other users is going to be unacceptable anywhere on the forums. We've learned this from years of running a message board like this (we've had this up in one way or another since about 1993!) and I've yet to see any example of how it can happen in a positive manner. Ranting about issues, things that bother you, etc. is perfectly acceptable in any part of our forums. Many of you have been doing it for years! :wink:


So I guess that my suggestion would be to use the Open Forum for ranting, just not about other users here. Does that work?

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 Post subject: Re: 'Rant section?"
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I can dig it, Josh. I got a bit depressed yesterday afternoon; I just thought more then a few of us were throwing puches below the belt(Hey, I did it once or twice) and just wanted it to stop.

Sorry for the whining.


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 Post subject: Re: 'Rant section?"
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Not a problem... I've been thinking of starting a personal therapy session forum area here and charge people for their "sessions". With the lot of you here, I could make a fortune!! :wink:

And of course, I am the model of sanity to which we should all aspire. :shock:

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Iowanic wrote:
Here's a thought;

What if we had a 'rant' section?

I think a section where we can let off steam about anything would be useful in both reducing tensions and allowing less 'formatted' discussions(Or argruements, more likely)

I'll admit, having such a section is going to be difficult to manage but I think latitude to express what we think could be worth the risk. Surely; we could just try it out? We can always pull the plug later.



Let me guess. Your cat peed in your corn flakes again? How about we start a let's pick on Iowanic & his cat, section? Tongue placed firmly in cheek.
:mrgreen:

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Donnie Mac Leod wrote:
Iowanic wrote:
Here's a thought;

What if we had a 'rant' section?

I think a section where we can let off steam about anything would be useful in both reducing tensions and allowing less 'formatted' discussions(Or argruements, more likely)

I'll admit, having such a section is going to be difficult to manage but I think latitude to express what we think could be worth the risk. Surely; we could just try it out? We can always pull the plug later.



Let me guess. Your cat peed in your corn flakes again? How about we start a let's pick on Iowanic & his cat, section? Tongue placed firmly in cheek.
:mrgreen:


Donnie, you should know better than that by now.




It is Ki-ki and his person Iowanic .... you have to know which one is in charge and give them top billing ... :wink: :mrgreen: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: 'Rant section?"
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josh knauer wrote:
Not a problem... I've been thinking of starting a personal therapy session forum area here and charge people for their "sessions". With the lot of you here, I could make a fortune!! :wink:

And of course, I am the model of sanity to which we should all aspire. :shock:

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