Proposition: Question threads vs. QTDDTOT
While the usefulness of a Question sticky thread is perfectly evident, I think it has outlived its purpose. In its place, I propose stickies in the format of QTDDTOT (Questions that don't deserve their own thread). I highly believe this will serve us better than the ongoing Question stickies.
Let me compare and contrast so you can see why I am proposing this change:
Question thread pros:
1. All potential threads created solely to ask a question are instead posted as comments in a single Question thread.
2. Because of 1; the catalog should consist solely of threads with consistent topics. Rather, the OP had the topic in mind and provided substance to ensure it meets quality thread guidelines.
3. Because of 2; The OP may be assumed to be an expert or at least knowledgeable of the subject.
Sounds like all is well, right? I'm not so sure.
Question thread cons:
1. Question threads function like mini-/fringe/ generals. As anyone can plainly see, Question threads are almost the entire daily activity of the board. Question threads carry ongoing topics that may or may not have actually answered a question. While a QTDDTOT will not absolutely solve this problem, it mitigates it by the fact that the user chose to value his question as insignificant - not warranting a thread. Popular topics that do not have their threads up may not ever appear because knowledgeable users do not feel incentivized to share their knowledge until an user comes asking, which will be contained to generals that clog up quite quickly with other questions and ongoing discussions.
2. Because of Pro 1; open-ended threads are nearly non-existent or difficult to create. Like solving a language puzzle, the OP must carefully ensure his thread is not a question. Typical threads on the catalog are clearly defined because of this unintended restriction. Because the OP is hoping to rope in people who are interested in the topic, he must essentially hope that lurkers in mini-/fringe/ generals notice his question amidst ongoing discussions. The ongoing discussions of each question chain grab users' attention as we're all too conditioned to recognize a noteworthy post by the amount of replies linked to it.
3. Question threads were and still are necessary on 8/fringe/ because of the loose posting guidelines. Because 8/fringe/ does not contain various posting habits to separate boards, their catalog enjoys a supplementary excess of shitposting, LARPing, and assorted
fun low quality threads. Because fringechan runs things differently and has more assets to better moderate and contain topics, Question threads are not essential and actually function as a hindrance. What this means is that by unloading (some of) the containment that is within Question threads and permitting users to use their best judgement by allowing them to create a thread with a question as its basis, our /fringe/ should grow its catalog. A larger catalog instills trust in potential users who see activity. Confidence in the health of the community spawns more interest. More threads, more activity, more users, more discussion, etc. We already have a platform and posting guidelines to safeguard this, the only problem is that we contain it to the Question sticky.
While I am very confident that this change should work, I will admit it is a bet at its base level. The gambit here is that users will not abuse or pollute the catalog with low-quality threads to such a high degree that it becomes an unconscious norm. Even if it does work, low-quality question threads will still appear and must be handled accordingly. I suggest that in order to test these waters the admins designate a suitable trial period that will let them and users see the effects of it themselves. If this works, QTDDTOT will contain relatively insignificant questions and posts such as reference questions and so on. Meanwhile the catalog should grow by loosening the restrictions of OP formats. Even if it doesn't, we already gave it a shot and can revert back.
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they hate it like you can't imagine. I'm spreading it and you should too. they will come up with stupid arguments and try to explain why it isn't good enough. look at what happened in the last thread. https://archive.is/QgZRT
it's/they are on every board giving bad advice on purpose.
>on /ck/ they shill monsanto shit and try to make people eat gmo's and pesticide "enriched" foods and fanatically try to convince people they don't deserve to know what they are buying so foods in the store should "never" be labled. (promoting corn syrup, gmo soy, roundup, yellow 5, and other additves or unhealthy foods as safe or healthy)
>on /fit/ they give bad advice on purpose that will get people hurt or sick (dentist threads promoting vaccines, mercury dental fillings, fluoride)
>on both /ck/ and /fit/ they shoot down and make a scape goat meme out of vegans who try to share their success stories on how they got healthy eating their veg "wow vegans are such gay fairies and sissy wimps! here eat some unhealthy shit like a man"
>on /tech/ they always say "well hue hue guys its okay that I use windows 10" "here use intel" "I love google chrome"
>on /v/ they want people to give money to EA and Ubisoft and Microsoft and Sony and Activision and Bethesda
>on /pol/ they shill obvious things like "stop knowing things you shouldn't know", attempting to trick people into accepting mainstream promoted AAA ideas and kosher thoughts and thread slide all the good threads all the way to the bottom at alarming speeds so that topics that they don't approve of are not seen, and if thread sliding fails they create arguments and disrupt all civilized discussion in the thread until the thread reaches the bump limit and disappears.
>on /x/ they are always being skeptical or claiming others are crazy or paranoid
>on /n/ they shit everything up and prevent real discussion about news
>on /newsplus/ they post the "real news" (only "certified" "special" "people" are allowed to post "real" "news" threads)
>on /cuteboys/ they tell everyone the risk of getting HIV is 1% or "you would have to fuck 92 people to get aids" so that they trick people into having unsafe sex and getting HIV
>Missing from your list is /k/. Do they avoid that board?
>What are they gonna shill on /k/? Gun control? That'll never fly. Anytime things do get political over there it becomes pretty clear where /k/ lies on the political spectrum. And it's gonna be a lot harder to budge them with constant disinfo and D&C shit since that board isn't for discussing politics, so spam is easy to spot and shut down. don't automatically assume that shills on /k/ are impossible. shills offer bad or tricky advice everywhere they go.
be careful anyway.
on all boards they tell everyone to "take your meds" to which everyone replies "bake your breads" or "we already took the red pill"
anyone who disagrees with them or calls them out on their bullshit gets a bunch of scripted SJW type replies like "oh you are just intolerant/uneducated/too young/too old/too stupid/ too this/ too that/ not good enough/"
anyone else notice this trend?