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« on: January 16, 2006 07:51:01 PM »

there have been a few topics that i have been following recently and one of the just got locked. i believe it was because of non-topic related discussion. which was caused by certain posts being deleted. this topic was based on a rather political craft that cause some interesting debate. in my own opinion, i thought it was related to the craft, since it was what sparked all the conversation in the first place. now i am not trying to say anything bad about the mods who oversee boards at all, in fact i appreciate all that you do. but in this particular situation, they said posts were deleted because they were ones asking why posts were deleted, and taking up space that wasn't related to the main topic. well, it seems to me that after this was posted 2 or 3 times, they were taking up as much off-topic space as the others. so i just wondered, when a post is deleted, could the poster be like pm'd as to why their post was deleted? this way it saves topic space on all the posts asking why things were deleted and the posts explaining why things were deleted. seeing as i'm not a moderator, i don't know if this is possible or not, but it seems like it would work in my head. that way (hopefully) topics creating good discussion can stay on topic and not get locked. once again, this wasn't meant to say that anyone had bad judgement as to what was posted or if it should be deleted or not, i just thought this might save room and allow for discussion sparked from crafts.

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2006 07:55:48 PM »

We do try and pm a member some times to let them know what a post was deleted. Most of the time, it is because a topic is not crafty. If you post something about drugs, or hitler, and we find it unacceptable according to craftster's rules, we are going to remove it. When people sign up, they are encouraged to read the terms & conditions, so they should already know that off-topic conversation is not allowed on craftster.org.

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2006 07:59:38 PM »

often when quite a few posts in a topic are deleted at once, a comment is made by the mod saying why the posts were deleted.

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2006 08:30:03 AM »

i realize that the posts in the topic did go off topic, considering the topic was posted in the journals and bookmaking-reconstructed-completed projects forum, but my question was why was this topic not moved, or locked, in the first place, instead of just deleting posts here and there? as a lotta crafters on here seem interested in it, could it be unlocked and moved to the more art less craft, general discussion?
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2006 09:48:16 AM »

Threads, whether they be posted in a craft category, or a more art less craft board, still need to stay on the topic that was intended for all of Craftster, the crafts themselves.  If a thread that was originally posted to share a creation (be it art, craft, etc.) turns into a debate regarding politics, sex, drugs, rock & roll, etc. (ha!), either way...it has moved from the intentions of Craftster.  We have, and always will, take actions to prevent or stop drama and arguments on the boards.

Although chatting is fine within threads, if a thread turns into an all around debate regarding the intent of the crafter, etc., is has still gone way off topic.

Threads do get locked and threads do get "pruned" back to the original craft discussion...  We try not to just outright lock threads, but if they have been locked, pruned & reopened, and discussions repeatedly cannot remain on topic, it's just something that we have to do.  The craft is still displayed for all to see, and the original poster is still available if anyone would like to PM him/her regarding their craft.  It's a compromise.

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2006 09:53:31 AM »

Regarding letting people know about deleted posts... if I delete a post, I try to PM the poster & let them know why.  If I edit a post, I try to insert a note at the bottom of their edited posted and/or PM them to explain why.

I have noticed that if I delete someones post & PM that person (the only personally feel obligated to PM, as it was their post), that a handful of other members post on the thread, asking why.  Which is why sometimes you will see us post on the thread to let the whole group know why.  At that point...if anyone has further questions, they can just PM the mod.

It seems recently, that more often than not, even if we ask that members PM us directly, they will continue to ask questions regarding our actions, on the thread...rather than PMing us.  Which just takes the thread back to it's cluttered state  Cheesy

I realize you guys are referring to a particular thread, but I am just speaking in general for all of the boards of Craftster Wink

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