Judging by the posting habits of JavaRanch users, it seems rare anyone reads exactly one forum and no others, so why move every single post that was launched in the wrong forum. Many times it confuses the original poster, the one who came here for help.
Also lets assume someone has posted a webservices related question in Swings-Applet forum.
Now, unless we move this wrong thread from Swing-Applet to webserivces forum, the user will not be able to search and reach this question.
The current UBB version has doesn't support search in ALL forum OR we might have diabled it for memory reasons.
Because the staff is so diligent in keeping things sharp, the folks that come around make sure they put the right stuff in the right place.
Oh, and in case you think I might be exaggerating with the "80%" ---- I've seen it happen way too often.
Imagine going to a forum and 80% of the topics were not on topic!
I've been to far to many forums like that. Unless they have very good search facilities, it tends make finding a meaningful message in the archives very difficult, and degrades the usefulness of the forum. It also means topics tend to attract angry messages from forum users of the type "why the *$@!�! did you post this here, you idiot!". Avoiding that sort of post is important to keep the less-confrontational tone JavaRanch has.
Also, is there really a point to moving a thread with 5+ replies. I understand the concern about destabilizing the forum subject system, I'm just saying there's another side to it too.
Originally posted by Scott Selikoff:
Also, is there really a point to moving a thread with 5+ replies.
- the experts in the more specific forum might provide insights that haven't yet been spoken to,
- people browsing the original forum see immediately that the thread is off-topic, without having to open it,
- people searching a specific forum are more likely to find an answer to their question, and
- it shows that we care about posts being on topic, and hopefully motivates our members to care about it, too.
Now, the moderators here generally give people the benefit of the doubt (we're trying to "be nice"), so we assume an honest mistake was made. we want to "be nice", and help the poster get the best answer they can get, so the thread gets moved to where it belongs.
It really is in everyone's best intrest to keep things where they belong. You don't put your silverware in your sock drawer, do you?
Originally posted by Scott Selikoff:
I feel like I'm trying to discuss one extreme, and you guys are referring to the opposite extreme. I understand that if 80% of the posts were in the wrong forum, many changes and redirects would be needed.
There's a saying that if you have one broken window and don't fix it, they will all become broken. (don't remember where it came from) We don't have 80% of the posts in the wrong forum because they get moved quickly. That encourages newcomers to post in the right place and everyone gets used to it.
That frees up moderators to move posts that are less clear as to where the "right forum" is. And sometimes this is subjective, so a post can get moved back and forth to where it started.
Originally posted by Jeanne Boyarsky:
There's a saying that if you have one broken window and don't fix it, they will all become broken. (don't remember where it came from)
Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
You are so weird! Dishes go in with the underwear! Eveyone knows you put the produce in with the socks!
Wait a second there, you two are saying the exact same thing because everyone knows that the underwear and the sock drawer are the same, they both go into the same drawer. the sock and underwear drawer.
But the good china always go on the towel rack.