I know this has been discussed before but in light of the record traffic highs and number of new members I feel it's important to bring this up.
Specifically, I'm talking about the folks that make a one-line post, and then feel that, to avoid breaking the T&Cs, they must add something to make
it 'more than one line' - and this usually ends up being the words "2nd line".
I know this is one of those things that the staff has 'given up on' - saying they've tried to enforce it but that people just don't get it. But I
believe that is waffle. The very fact that some people are doing this means they read the T&Cs but just didn't understand them. In other words, they
were 'trained' to do this, and can be trained not to.
Not to mention the mentality behind this - they have completely missed they whole point of the 'no one-liner' rule, which is in reference to post
and not quantity of words
. To think that adding those words could possibly do anything
useful on any
level is -
and I'm sorry to say - COMPLETELY MORONIC. And since it seems to be happening more and more, it is affecting the overall quality of the site.
I looked at ABOUT ATS: Warnings for one line or short responses
and this is not
addressed, but again I say, if people can be taught that short responses aren't acceptable, they can be taught WHY, and be made to understand that
simply adding the words "2nd line" is also not acceptable. If they just can't get something that simple then what can they really be expected to
My suggestion? Create a filter in the posting dialogue that would find variations of the words 'second line' in shorter posts, and before allowing
the post to actually go to the thread, display a message explaining the T&Cs more clearly and directly, letting the poster know why they are seeing
that message. If they send it through anyway, an automatic 'alert' would go to the mods, who could then decide whether or not to give a temporary
post ban and warning to the poster.
I know this could create more work for the mods, but I believe the filter would do most of it for them - reducing the amount that actually needed
their attention. And I may just be overreacting to this, but I think it would be worth it to try to eliminate it. It really looks stupid, and makes it
hard for me to listen to anything else that poster ever says.
I also think a similar filter could be used for new threads containing the word "Pravda" - a little note explaining what Pravda is, and something
along the lines of, "so post this only if you understand the above and wish to proceed anyway". But that's another thread.
[edit - clarity]
[edit on 5/9/2010 by Teratoma]