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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Heated or Controversial Threads

I was looking through some old threads and realized that some of the most heated and/or controversial threads were the ones I learned the most from.

Yes there was even some rudeness in some of them.

One that I read was started by Lakl in Dec. 2011 about working line GSDs.
It was heated and a touch hostile at times but ended up with a wealth of information in it.

Then there are others, like anything to do with Pit Bulls or anything that resembles a Pit Bull that just go on endlessly with people repeating what has been said ad nauseum. I don't think much is gained from that type of thread. I don't have an issue with those who choose to spend their time doing that. They may get something from it.

There was mention on the thread now circulating about rudeness, whether moderators should close some threads or not.

Personally I'm glad they don't jump in too quickly because some of those threads turn out to have valuable information in them.

When people get to personal in attacking usually a reminder is enough and the thread can go on.

Different views help us to learn.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-16-2012, 09:53 PM
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People learn by asking questions and questioning the answers.

On a side note what color do you call the dog in your avatar? He is really handsome. Kind of reminds me of my pup.

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I agree with you. I think the mods on this forum tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to closing threads and deleting posts.


I also think that, by and large, this is a forum where we can get into very heated discussions about things we disagree strongly about, and still be friends tomorrow.


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Pepper:

I call him bi-color but that could start a controversial or heated thread.


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I agree with you there.

When people have to 'be nice' (for lack of better words), they don't usually get to say what they're really thinking, making for less information shared and gained.

It's one thing when things get heated, but another when people are attacking one another. Then something different entirely when a troll decides to rile everyone up.

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Whenever I see an Admin in the last post on a thread, I look to see if there is a lock on it, and breathe a sigh of relief when it is still open...I wish sometimes they wouldn't lock them because the discussion is interesting especially when everyone isn't in agreement.
Just think how boring it would be if we all constantly agreed on everything...just put sticky's up and call it a day on the boards.

Many times they are only locking threads because one or two posters continue to alert them, making it tedius to have to monitor posts. When people start attacking each other, I'd rather let it play out, because the weaker will always be the loser. And if they choose to stay in the fight, I give them kudo's for their tenacity.
When there is bullying, then it is a reason to shut it down.
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@ Jack's Dad, I STILL like to go back and read that thread! The weath of information and knowledgeable contributors was invaluable! I became "obsessed" with the working line for several months after that thread and spent the time educating myself on the different lines and breeders breeding them. I think when you can come up with a topic that draws so many in with great information to share, the occasional bickering is well worth it. I often wish I could come up with another topic that brings in such great responses!
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I also like controversial threads. The threads where everyone agrees with each other and offers no other information beyond what's in the OP is boring. I'd rather the people who are being rude get warned or suspended and let the thread carry on. A thread getting closed because it was too heated and moderators didn't feel like baby sitting it is a poor reason to end a discussion. Once the trouble makers have been dealt with that leaves room for some very educational discussion to take place.

IMO, the ONLY time a thread should be deleted is if the original post breaks the rules. A thread should never be deleted because some or even the majority of posts within the thread got heated or broke the rules. Deleting threads completely contradicts the other rules in the forum, such as no editing or deleting your post after 10 minutes, and no deleting user accounts. I've heard moderators say the reasoning for that is what you post on here should be like what you say in real life(ie you can't take it back). Deleting entire threads makes those other rules seem pointless, and no one learns why the thread got deleted except for the last couple people who were there when the thread was deleted.


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I'd rather the people who are being rude get warned or suspended and let the thread carry on. Once the trouble makers have been dealt with that leaves room for some very educational discussion to take place.
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i am still kind of new to this site. been around for a while but recently got back into it.

so, how do you know when a thread is heated or controversial? are they the ones that are red enveloped rather than blue? how do you know if an admin is nearing shutting down a thread???

this is fascinating. i agree with you that the wealth of knowledge created by debate and some rudeness sparks great ideas...
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