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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:43 am 
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There's no rule here about resurrecting dead threads. But if you're going to do it, you'd better damn well have a significant contribution to make to the discussion - otherwise it'll be considered spamming.

Note that a significant contribution doesn't have to be a long contribution.

For example, resurrecting a dead thread with something along the lines of "I agree", "Great story" or "Good point" will get you a warning followed by a banning. Asking a legitimate question or adding something that's likely to generate (reasonable) discussion won't.

You have been warned.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:04 am 
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Too late, yo. :(


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:17 pm 
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Too late, yo. :(

Not you, dummy.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:20 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:07 pm 
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I'm not sure I understand this rule. The word "spam" is used here in a sense unfamiliar to me. What's sgnificant or not could be a very subjective judgement.

For instance, quite a while back (weeks or even months ago) someone started a thread in which he said he was glad the Patriot Act had given the government so many sweeping new powers, the better to root out lingering pockets of racism, sexism, homophobia, the Dead White Male Patriarchy, etc., now that there was about to be a new sheriff in town and all. The sentiment did not surprise me at all, but it was unusual to see it so openly expressed, in effect saying that any Orwellian, dystopian, neo-fascistic police state-nightmarish means necessary were fine, as long a they were aimed at those the poster especially disliked and resented, rather than at, you know, Jihadists, gangbangers, et al.

Only this evening I stumbled across a quote that seemed apropos to that discussion, but since it is apparently forbidden to revive that old thread, I can only quote it here in this one:

"The fear and hatred of crime and criminals by the right, and the fear and hatred of the right by the left, serve to enlist both sides of the conventional political spectrum in promoting the new police state. The avoidance of publicity about the abuses of federal police agencies tends over time to normalize such behavior in the minds of citizens; to legitimatize it and to render it a routine part of government functions." -- Samuel Francis, in Chronicles

However, I can see how it's unfair and kind of "bad form" to go off and dig up something someone said weeks or months (or years) ago, perhaps on other boards, in a completely different context, unrelated to whatever the present discussion might be, and not even for the intended purpose of furthering the present discussion, but only in order to personally embarrass or ridicule some other participant in the discussion. I've had that tactic used on me a good deal.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:16 am 
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crossada75 wrote:
I'm not sure I understand this rule. The word "spam" is used here in a sense unfamiliar to me. What's sgnificant or not could be a very subjective judgement.

I'll try to clarify. If I don't make myself clear feel free to ask for more information.

The reason that I likened the practice (of resurrecting old threads without making any attempt at a contribution to the discussion) is that it's widely used by spammers, who simply post nonsense messages such as "I agree" or "Good point" in dead threads, their purpose being to promote the sites linked in their sigs.

In the case that prompted this warning, the person was not a spammer but was behaving like one.

Resurrect as many old threads as you like whenever you like, but make sure that you're doing so to make a genuine contribution to the discussion.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:20 am 
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Deref wrote:
a significant contribution to make to the discussion

Oh, such as the spate of posts Ianthe Yario made in JJ on December 21?

What you said, Deref, makes sense.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:23 am 
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cyde wrote:
Deref wrote:
a significant contribution to make to the discussion

Oh, such as the spate of posts Ianthe Yario made in JJ on December 21?

What you said, Deref, makes sense.

Thanks for drawing my attention to those.

They're definitely pushing the definition of "dead thread", since the comments are some few weeks after the last post, and they don't add anything of substance to the discussion.

I'm loath to resort to black letter law and rule that a thread is declared dead after it's had no posts for X days, but I think by all reasonable criteria those violate the spirit, if not the letter of the ruling.

Banned.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:38 pm 
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Eh?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:21 pm 
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Eh?

Not you, someone else. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:45 pm 
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Who? Who? :evil:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:19 am 
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Ianthe Yario.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:54 am 
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Deref wrote:
Ianthe Yario.


I think a better answer would be....


Ianthe Yario. |( | )| :) :!!!:

To bad the name can't be highlighted or put in flashing colors or some such. Even better, if those with speakers could hear the name pronounced in a thundering voice that made one think of the wrath of God.

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