I want to float an idea here, and no doubt I can tell you it will be met with stiff resistance, if not flat out rejection. But that's ok, I can
handle rejection. Just ask...umm...hehe, oh nvm...You know who you are.
Anyway, having been here a while and contributed a few threads to the boards, I continually find myself in a situation where my threads go quite off
topic in some posts. Nothing new, of course, and it happens to all of us. Now mind you overall I feel the mods do a good job here, no real complaints
there. But if I submitted a comp/sugg on every post that was off topic in my threads, let alone other threads, I'd spend more time doing that than I
would contributing threads.
Yeah, the problem is that bad sometimes. And I really don't want to burden the staff with that many requests. So, in a futile attempt to alleviate
this problem, I will propose the following idea.
That Gold and Cosmic content contributors, as an additional perk and incentive, be allowed LIMITED moderation powers in their own threads only. And
when I say limited, I mean VERY LIMITED. Like, all I really want is the ability to mark a post off topic. That's it. And that minute power also to be
reversible, and always superceded by a mod if it ever comes into contention, with no questions allowed or asked by the member.
And obviously with that will come some responsibility. But not that much. Just a recognition of the OP that they must only judge the content relative
to the OP, and mark only those extreme cases where it's just way off topic. The problem is that one off topic post leads to other off topic posts,
and the consequent derailing of a thread. And it's getting old. Real old.
I don't want to trouble the staff with all those as I said. And there's another reason for that as well, in that if I submit a comp/sugg on the post
and nothing gets done, and I get no response at all, in the meantime my thread sits there still going off topic and I can do nothing. That leads to
frustration, and ill feelings towards the staff. And of course, I don't want that either.
And so I propose this idea, which I would like for the staff to consider, seriously. And I'll keep the cleanest, most on topic threads you've ever
"Yup, you better stay on topic in TA's threads or you'll get a nastie." I could live with that reputation. And if no one wants to
respond in my threads anymore after that, fine, I'll just leave. No biggie, either way. All I was asking for is that you stay on topic. Not too hard.