Suddenly closed threads

Oddly enough, non blog-initiated threads, that are sewing active conversation (or not, as the case may be) are suddenly being closed.

Expected behavior: threads can only be closed by those who start them, or not at all.

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but anyway, I agree with the expected behavior. that’s not cool. what’s disappeared?

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Examples? Lots of community flags from enough users will auto close a discussion, as a safety measure.

I’m probably the one to blame here, just wanted to continue a discussion on the Culture War that been going on recently.

@OtherMichael can you please provide links to the examples?

I came find them back. They weren’t auto closed - they were closed by @jlw and @beschizza.

They were both game gate related, I believe. Had a couple of new posts. The trouble with creating brand new threads to replace the old is discontinuity. They’re not linked.

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You can look at their user profiles to find the closes. A close is a post.

Should Social Justice Warriors reclaim the term Social Justice Warriors? (somebody had just between referred to that thread for on topic discussion).

Let's talk about the threats the people of #GamerGate face - prolly served best as a honeypot. Now we need a new honeypot.


I believe those were threads created when I (edit: one by me, apparently) briefly was given magical powers and used them to sidetrack a few derails. I remember thinking “If they ever give this power to a user intentionally, they should time limit these threads.”

But not all threads should time out. Count to 10K is a great example of why not.


Like I mentioned before, just wanted to continue this GG discussion and its relationship to the Culture wars between nerds and radical feminists. I believe this explained why it’s inevitable.

You also say that men in STEM fields—unlike those in the humanities and social sciences—don’t even have the “requisite vocabulary” to discuss sex discrimination, since they haven’t read enough feminist literature. Here I can only speak for myself: I’ve read at least a dozen feminist books, of which my favorite was Andrea Dworkin’s Intercourse (I like howls of anguish much more than bureaucratic boilerplate, so in some sense, the more radical the feminist, the better I can relate). I check Feministing, and even radfem blogs like “I Blame the Patriarchy.” And yes, I’ve read many studies and task force reports about gender bias, and about the “privilege” and “entitlement” of the nerdy males that’s keeping women away from science.

Alas, as much as I try to understand other people’s perspectives, the first reference to my “male privilege”—my privilege!—is approximately where I get off the train, because it’s so alien to my actual lived experience. This is not, insanely, to suggest a lack of misogyny in the modern world! To whatever extent there is misogyny, one could say that there’s also “male privilege.” Rather it’s to suggest that, given what nerdy males have themselves had to endure in life, shaming them over their “male privilege” is a bad way to begin a conversation with them.

I agree. I was surprised to see them manually closed.

On the other hand, DocMelonhead clearly believes that “SJW” is a slur (calling them mentally ill liars), and wants to advocate for that definition in every thread.

To me, making the same point across multiple threads in the same hour is, at best, spammy, and at worst, a deliberate attempt to rile the community up. Which is why I pointed out the crossposting.

I didn’t summon the mods nor ask for intervention, but this is their house and they housekeep as they see fit.

Culture war? Surely you mean the ongoing campaign of harassment against women?

Or maybe the culture war against some other misunderstood group?

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Wow. What a twerp.

Who does that?

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Additionally no points were being made, the faulty and discriminatory logic was being clearly and easily refuted across multiple threads by people who have made the same arguments in other threads multiple times.

Closing the thread saved our poor, maligned antifeminist from himself and removed the necessity for so many BBSers to punch down.


These were made before I was informed of what’s going on behind the scene. Though it was shifted towards Journalistic integrity when it obtain the label, but it suddenly when to shit the moment it became an echo chamber itself.
But pulling past tweets of GGer shit talking their opponent is the same tactic RalphRetort used to make the other side look bad.

That was before I realized he included a rebuttal to the “Fictional Child porn” argument in his article as well.

@docmelonhead @funruly

THIS is a thread about closed/closing threads. Take all other subject matters, beyond minimal references if required for context, elsewhere.


You are still in BBs house, so although you are encouraged to start topics any time, every topic remains unclosed at the pleasure of BB.

So, in short, follow the FAQ and Be Cool.

(Also, topics that generate a number of flags are creating work for someone so bear that in mind.)

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The “revive multiple dead threads with a battery of vaguely relevant, very similar posts” approach results in multiple threads that have been re-railed (if not derailed) to be about the same thing and simultaneously bumped. Closing most of them seems the best approach.


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