posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 06:29 AM
"There is already a thread about this topic. Click here."
I'm seeing this phrase, and variations of it, a lot more recently than I used to.
Yes, I know ATS policy is for there to be only one thread at a time on a given topic (plus breaking news), and I have no problem with mods closing
threads and consolidating topics.
Where it starts to get annoying, for me personally, is seeing non-mods doing this constantly, as an attention-grabbing attempt to steer conversations
towards their own threads, perhaps. While it may seem rational to remind people of an earlier thread, I feel this is a mod's job, not that of
"civillian" posters. when non-mods merely remark that an earlier thread exists, they generally contribute to a further fragmenting and splintering
of attention, as half the posters wander off on one thread and half fizzle out on the other.
Moreover, over-zealous policing of this policy can stifle creativity. Right now there is an entire, very lively and informative forum on the Gulf Oil
catastrophe. Imagine if somebody rigidly decided early-on that there could be only a single thread on the topic! Hundreds of informative articles and
opinions that deserved their own threads would be buried in some thousand-page monstrosity, where they would be ignored by the 90% of posters who
don't have the ability or inclination to work through massive threads.
My own personal view is that it doesn't matter who posts a given thread at all, as long as people are talking about it. If a mod decides to close a
thread and re-direct traffic in a certain direction, fine. But random posts trying to steer conversations this way or that just muddies the water,
I only post about this because it seems there is a lot more of this recently. Any opinions welcome.