Here is an idea that may help the double posting, and help facilitate “better” discussions
All threads are in one huge master forum list.
When starting a new thread, author picks click boxes for all the forums the thread applies to.
New thread then shows up in all the forums that are clicked. Yes, we will see the same discussion in multiple forums, but, and here is the kicker, it
will be the SAME discussion (← really wanted to make that all caps :-)
For example - Lake Vostok Blah blah blah is the title.
Click boxes for: Breaking News, Fragile Earth, Conspiracies, Aliens, Diseases & Pandemics, Science & Technology
Now people who follow Fragile Earth forum will see Lake Vostok thread. And people who skip Fragile Earth but looooove Aliens will ALSO see Lake Vosok
thread. And they will see it in the forums they are interested in. And they will (hopefully) be less likely to post YET ANOTHER Lake Vostok thread.
Check this out:
Breaking Alternative News Russian scientists seeking Lake Vostok lost in frozen...
Fragile Earth Lake Vostok breakthrough imminent
Fragile Earth Lake Vostok scientific drilling team not responding
(← this one claims
to be about the “missing ppl
” and the other is about “Expedition”
No idea how to stop that kind of nonsense.)
Fragile Earth In Relation to Lake Vostok Thread!! Important
(aaaand now this one.
Straight up EGO because no one responded "enough" in the original thread??)
General Conspiracy The Lake Vostok conspiracy
Area 51 & Other Facilities Lake Vostok Magnetic Anomaly
Those last 2 are old, but help illustrate the point.
The double post issue seems to be worse when dealing with “News.”
AHHHH, Asteroid Headed For Earth! Does it go in Breaking News??? (me Me ME! I saw it first! I Want ALL the stars and flags!)
Or Fragile Earth? (I have “friends” in this forum and its familiar, so I’ll post here and hopefully people will be nice to me)
Or maybe Space Exploration? (Let’s only discuss this scientifically!)
Hey now, WHAT IF the story was posted in all 3 forums?? Remember, its ONE thread, but in Three Places.
More interesting discussions with a greater variety of people/interests/collective knowledge? Fewer double posts? Less fragmented discussions? Maybe.
We would still have ALL the forums, the stars and flags and favorites and subscriptions.
edit on 3-2-2012 by ns9504 because: another vostok thread to add...for affect