P-F1 Mod wrote:
Many discussions will draw in non-fans of the relevant drivers, and it's rare someone will look at the official thread of a driver they don't support.
That's a good argument for not
official threads. The Autosport forum recently deleted or locked all such threads.
Top Gear was hardly mentioned in the official Hamilton thread (or only a small group discussed it), and not mentioned at all in the TV thread.
I'm not advocating or asking for a new-thread free-for-all, as I think that there would be far too much of "there's already a thread for this" type commenting clogging the place up. But I do sometimes wonder why not just let the threads ramble on until they die out? Instead of locking them when they go off topic. Sometimes topics get locked simply because it's changed from the original post, but then you have others like the HOW thread, or the "Create the Helmet Competition" which has as little to do with actual motorsport as does Hamilton's Top Gear appearance. If people want to talk about why not let them do so?
If it's a case of capacity (deleting and restarting the official threads when they reach 100+ pages for example) why not just create a new rule why deletes or archives all threads which haven't had a new post in 'x' amount of time?
This isn't a complaint, and I can't think of a time when your decisions have affected me. This is just an observation of what I see as an often arbitrary action, when there is an obvious desire from others who wish to continue an evolving conversation. Or in forum parlance: just my 2 cents.
There's a lot of valid points in there.
The HOW thread is the ultimate anomaly - it existed under the previous mods and became so popular we'd have been hanged had we not allowed it to continue. Create the Helmet is a motorsport-based contest, even if it's all fantasy.
We do often let threads die out, but a pattern emerges with certain kinds of threads where they go from the topic at hand to bickering. That's normally what we lock. The discussion of Hamilton's manager was just going everywhere and was no longer productive, so we ended that one. If we locked every thread that drifted we'd have no topics left, I agree.
Madman, Your first example would end up in an argument and we both know it. It certainly wouldn't be over with the first reply. Threads with definite answers like that tend to die off anyway once the answer is found and understanding is achieved, so no need for us to interfere. Threads that are forced to carry on when the topic has been forgotten are what we lock.
("Anonymous") probably thought he was God. At least until he was banned. Which means if he was God, it makes me very scared of PF1-Mod.
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