Forum topics that have already been discussed....

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    Feb 07, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    Why do so many people feel the need to complain about people bringing up old topics that have already been discussed in the forums? Many people like myself are new the the website or just don't come to the forums often enough to keep tabs on what is new and what is old, they just make a post of something they would like to talk about. To make comments about it already being discussed or oh not again seems very off putting and anti social which might not make the person feel welcome on the message boards. Just seems unnecessary, if you don't want to discuss it again then don't post. It's not the old thread reached some kind of final solution, most of these topics I'm sure can be on ongoing conversation.
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    Feb 07, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    Cakelion saidWhy do so many people feel the need to complain about people bringing up old topics that have already been discussed in the forums? Many people like myself are new the the website or just don't come to the forums often enough to keep tabs on what is new and what is old, they just make a post of something they would like to talk about. To make comments about it already being discussed or oh not again seems very off putting and anti social which might not make the person feel welcome on the message boards. Just seems unnecessary, if you don't want to discuss it again then don't post. It's not the old thread reached some kind of final solution, most of these topics I'm sure can be on ongoing conversation.



    I agree with you. If people ignored topics that were repeats, such topics would drop through the forums like a stone.

    As well, nothing is preventing anyone from posting a link to an already existing topic along with the recommendation that the new poster add to that one instead of continuing a new one.

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    Feb 07, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    This topic has already been discussed.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/422516
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    Feb 07, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidThis topic has already been discussed.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/422516


    Ta-dah!

    Like this, Cakelion.
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    Feb 07, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    I think its a waste of time to complain about it, if u wanna follow it, follow it, if you dont, dont click the link
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    Feb 07, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    and that people is how it should be done. icon_biggrin.gif
    thank you for demonstrating it iceblink
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    Feb 07, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    Ur a pretty cute newbie :p


    Oh and back to the topic, yeah, i dont mind old topics, just sometimes it's annoying seeing multiple posts about some breaking news. But well, we dont have mods anyway.
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    Feb 07, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    We arent annoyed that you guys start topics that have all ready been discussed, we are annoyed that you guys start topics that have all ready been discussed and act like it is gonna accomplish something.

    It doesnt matter how many masc vs fem threads we have, or pride debates we have, no one's opinion on these controversial matters are going to be resolved via texts from random strangers across the globe. Start the thread if you want, but realize all you are doing is starting a flame war, not a real discussion,
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    Feb 07, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    The reason that people start threads about topis that have been talked about is that as gay men some issues will always be of interest.
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    Feb 07, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
    I think that most of us would rather have something nude to - er, NEW to discuss.
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    Feb 07, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    so dont post on it if its old to you. but to some people it is new, for example the guy who posted it
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 07, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    Cakelion saidso dont post on it if its old to you. but to some people it is new, for example the guy who posted it


    I realize that there are a lot of old topics here, but honestly: how long does it take to search the forums? You miss out on a lot of quality content (and, ok, some crap too) by skipping that step.
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    Feb 07, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    But you're using up all the bandwidth, sweetie. And the grandmother thread isn't very interesting.
  • nomadfornow

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    Feb 07, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    It's sort of a catch-22. If you start a new thread on an old topic, you will most likely get those who say, "Ugh, not this thread AGAIN." But if you find the old topic and post there, you will most likely get those who charge you with the dreaded "thead necromancy," both of which seem unnecessary. You just have to pick your poison and go with it. That said, this is a great site, and there are a lot of really top-notch guys here.

    Welcome to RJ, Cakelion. Hope you enjoy it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 07, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    thank you nomad. point taken jim, its not that hard to search the old forums but its also not that hard to not post to someones new thread of an old topic
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 07, 2012 6:50 PM GMT
    nomadfornow saidIt's sort of a catch-22. If you start a new thread on an old topic, you will most likely get those who say, "Ugh, not this thread AGAIN." But if you find the old topic and post there, you will most likely get those who charge you with the dreaded "thead necromancy," both of which seem unnecessary. You just have to pick your poison and go with it. That said, this is a great site, and there are a lot of really top-notch guys here.

    Welcome to RJ, Cakelion. Hope you enjoy it! icon_biggrin.gif


    I'd rather have a thread necromancer. At least then all the relevant comments and questions are together.

    (But yes - welcome to RJ!)
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    Feb 07, 2012 6:52 PM GMT
    Im just saying, why not try to make people feel welcome. if you want to tell the person that its an old topic thats been discussed then you could try a "hey we had a big thread on this last month. here's the link maybe you'll find it helpful or interesting". Or maybe a person wants to start a new thread so they can be apart of the discussion instead of reading a discussion by other people.
  • nomadfornow

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    Feb 07, 2012 7:01 PM GMT
    Cakelion saidIm just saying, why not try to make people feel welcome. if you want to tell the person that its an old topic thats been discussed then you could try a "hey we had a big thread on this last month. here's the link maybe you'll find it helpful or interesting". Or maybe a person wants to start a new thread so they can be apart of the discussion instead of reading a discussion by other people.


    Because unfortunately, some people would just rather be snarky. All you can do is try your best to tune that noise out and carry on. Don't let it deter you!
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    Feb 07, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
    jim_stl saidI'd rather have a thread necromancer. At least then all the relevant comments and questions are together.


    IMHO, thread necromancy only applies to threads that are time sensitive (eg "Should I take this new job at XYZ?"). If you are replying to such a thread three years later or whatnot, well you're an idiot. The OP has already made a decision by that time.

    However, it is annoying to see some thread topics that don't need to be discussed for the 500th time (eg the constant whine "I need help loosing (sic) weight. Where do I start?"). To me it's just lazy of the OPs to not search the forums or Google for the answer first before rehashing the same tired topic.
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    Feb 07, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    Cakelion saidIm just saying, why not try to make people feel welcome. if you want to tell the person that its an old topic thats been discussed then you could try a "hey we had a big thread on this last month. here's the link maybe you'll find it helpful or interesting". Or maybe a person wants to start a new thread so they can be apart of the discussion instead of reading a discussion by other people.
    Noobs that create new threads for tired topics never add anything new. They think their situation is unique. But in reality it's not true. These are universal themes.

    I'm fine with bumping existing threads. But creating new threads and pretending like it's totally groundbreaking and fresh is just attention whoring.
  • Buddha

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    Feb 07, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    Oh but when you read the 20:th "Y U WHITE NO LIEK [ethnicity x]", it gets pretty boring.
  • HPgeek934

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    Feb 07, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    I wanna say thank you to the OP for this. Yea there may be a lot of weight loss threads, but every day there are new workouts and diets being invented. Maybe the poster wanted a fresh take on it. I think that some of the guys on here can be pretty unwelcoming
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 07, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    LeanVA saidIMHO, thread necromancy only applies to threads that are time sensitive (eg "Should I take this new job at XYZ?"). If you are replying to such a thread three years later or whatnot, well you're an idiot. The OP has already made a decision by that time.


    Good point. It's kind of silly to post "take the job!" or "break up with him ASAP!" when that's all happened already. I would exclude follow-ups from that, though - something like "so you took the job, how has it worked out for you?" could help future readers determine which bits of advice are most helpful.

    (yay forum meta!)
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    Feb 07, 2012 8:35 PM GMT
    Lots of new people log onto this board, so many topics are new to the fresher people, plus, as someone else said, if it's an old topic to you, skip over, it's not as though anyone is forcing you to read it, find it boring and add some sort of nonsense about how you've wasted your valuable time reading yet another boring topic.

    Better yet, start your own fabulous new topic on something that has never ever been covered, something incredible and amazing.

    Go ahead. I'll be standing over there, waiting.
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    Feb 07, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    If you want to be taken seriously around here, you must first do something about your screen name, as it's very distracting. "Cake" + "Lion?" I mean, yeah we all like cake, but then you see "lion" and suddenly there's fur in your cake. Please choose something more appealing and get back to us. icon_rolleyes.gif