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Hello all
I was just going through this forum and something really puzzled me. Lot of posts which were in 'Flame'( i am referring to the flames which are dispayed against high traffic posts) were nothing but FlameBaits eg . a post about naming policy,one about moderators behaviour and so on. Most of them are posted by unregistered users which in itself means they hardly have any interest in Java or Javaranch.
What I have always liked about Javaranch is it is truely "techie" forum and doesnt have too many political discussions and love the serious discussions take place
It really pains me to see the amount of responses such posts generate.Worst is you can see Javaranch's whos who (sherrifs and bartenders) participating in such discussions. Its only going to encourage such people. Cant they be simply ignored ?? or some policy that ensures that "unregistered" people are not allowed to post??Maybe i am missing something ..
Or maybe I should start replying to such posts ..I cant think of better ways of killing time
Cheers
Jayram
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Originally posted by joshi jayram:
a post about naming policy,one about moderators behaviour and so on. Most of them are posted by unregistered users


No. They were mainly posted by registered users.


What I have always liked about Javaranch is it is truely "techie" forum and doesnt have too many political discussions and love the serious discussions take place


True. Anyway those discussion have been posted in reserved areas.


Worst is you can see Javaranch's whos who (sherrifs and bartenders) participating in such discussions.


Joshy, this also saddens me. Especially when discussions are originated by respected gurus.


Cant they be simply ignored ??


Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Silence is sometimes seen as agreement.


or some policy that ensures that "unregistered" people are not allowed to post??


Anonymous posting is only allowed in MD.
Do we really need more censorship?
Since we are all geeks can't we simply show more self restraint?


Or maybe I should start replying to such posts ..I cant think of better ways of killing time



True!
 
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joshi
For me the problem would how to determine if the person that posted is really confused and needs clarification on a policy or if they are simply trolling. I'll ususally try at least once or twice to explain something (a policy or decision) then just ignore it after that. some people seem to make it their lifes ambition to see how big they can get a thread they started
On the other hand I've seen a few of theese types of threads end witht he orioginal poster saying 'Oh, I understand' and then it goes away.

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Yeh maybe you are right
Its just that I hate wastage of precious bandwidth for anything other than chatting,downloading music or playing games..
Cheers
Jayram

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