posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 04:28 PM
reply to post by Julio
The black bands appear to mark threads which have received more attention.
They're attached to threads which have received over 200 replies or a certain number of flags.
I'm sure about the number of replies, because I've noticed the moment when a couple of my own threads have picked up the black bar.
"Threat" for "thread" is just a case of sloppy pronunciation finding its way into people's writing.
Another example, in modern times, seems to be the corruption of;
"If you think that,
you've got another 'think' coming"
into the sloppy and meaningless "You've got another thing coming".
Welcome to the ranks of grumpy old men.
edit on 26-4-2011 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)