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Thread: Implementation of a social thread?

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    Implementation of a social thread?

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    On some other forums I'm on, in the off-topic section there is a social thread which is basically just for people to post things and have conversations. Means there doesn't need to be threads started for little topics that someone might find interesting if everyone gets involved in the social thread.

    Basic rues such as no porn, no swearing, no personal attacks can be implemented but other than that it's just a place to have a chat.

    Would this be feasible on this forum? Would people be interested?

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    That's exactly where you are Noidle Off Topic.

    If your talking about a live chat thread I would strongly resist it, live chat was introduced in another forum I used to frequent, overnight it was transformed from a source of useful information to a chat site offering a constant stream if meaningless drivel, the actual forum side of things has virtually ceased.
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    That's the point, it's just somewhere to post interesting things unrelated, or related to, coffee. Life things, stories, interesting ideas and concepts, you name it.

    I think this forum would like to remain as on topic as possible though so something like this wouldn't work if people don't want to contribute to it. It's an idea though and we'll see if anyone else is keen.

    On a forum I'm part of currently, their social thread is going strong and is a fun place to learn things about other peoples views, way of life, interests and to have some good conversation.

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    I'm still not sure whether your looking at live chat or something else? if is live chat your talking about as I said, in my opinion its a forum killer.

    You say "it's just somewhere to post interesting things unrelated, or related to, coffee. "what's wrong with the area we're in at the moment Off topic?
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    Live chat? God no...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    Live chat? God no...
    I like a man who gets right to the point.

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    Fair enough, i can see that the concept is a little too hard to grasp.

    There's nothing "wrong" with the off topic forum but there's no place for banter or a bit of a laugh. I suppose it speaks volumes when you can't write l-o-l here without it automatically changing to "i had a laugh". What is up with that anyway.

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    I'm a member but not a poster of another forum which has live drivel.

    It lowers the tone of the website as a whole; it'd be better off without exposing other/new members

    to 'too much information'. Crikey, you even get to know about people's sleeping habits!! :-( , nor

    for instance; do I have any wish to partake ( or read ) in a live chat session about which firearm is best suited for shooting dogs .......

    at any time, let alone when I'm on a coffee forum.

    I can't remember the last time I saw anything vaguely related to coffee being discussed....

    Off topic is good.

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    The social thread I'm a part of on another forum must be the exception to other people's bad experiences i think, oh well.

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    I've also noticed that while a live chat style forum is optional, it seems to become the major option for those that would normally keep the other threads interesting and with added value, resulting in a very less interesting forum overall. Also because the chat is temporary, anything interesting via the chat gets lost amongst what has been described as "drivel" below. You therefore cant go back and read it when you have more time or opportunity. So I would agree that the current CS format appears to be more effective & interesting. I also noticed that sometimes good protocol regarding language, sexism etc.., were not always followed.

    Just my observations.

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    I stopped frequenting another forum due to the little clique dominating the chat forum, I felt as though I was intruding if commenting on any of the discussions--keep CS as is, if it ain't broke don't fix it!!!!
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    My thoughts
    Live chats are good if you have a friendship type thing going on... It's like chewin the fat with a few mates on your back deck but probably best suited to sites with fewer members than what CS has.

    I'm not a big poster by nature and especially don't use live chats much.... But then again I don't have facebook and still don't get the whole idea of announcing ones status....

    Keep CS as it is...let's be really really honest, with some of the big personalities on here too who like to take things right off topic....can you imagine?

    I wouldn't use it here either

    Anyway, I'm just jumping into the shower

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    I could be wrong but I don't think Noidle is talking about a live chat option - he specifically says thread... as far as I know live chat opens a single window which people use to converse in real time. Seems to me Noidle's idea could be as simple as a thread where moderation for off subject is not required. (even in Off Topic posts, we are not supposed to introduce irrelevant-to-the-OT subjects)

    Members could then come & go in the thread as they wished and converse 'live' if others happen to be there.

    Maybe just a thread named 'Over a coffee' or similar to indicate the equivalence to sitting around a table having a general convo?
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    Really? Is there a specific reason for jumping or are you just happy to be in the shower?

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    No thanks. Greenman hit the nail on the head for me. Members can already communicate within threads and via PM, email or even a phone call if it suits.

    We don't need the back-stabbing, racism, sexism and dog shooting tips of any chat style interface. There are other pre-existing forums for that!

    If a member wishes to create an OT thread, it will sink or swim dependent on level of interest.
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    Another forum I belong to introduced an unmoderated area along similar lines a few months back called (Debate and Discussion) up to the point of introduction everyone was very friendly and helpful, now the sons of guns are fighting like cat and dog, to the point that I no longer post there.

    No rules i.e. unmoderated forums/chat are a sure fire recipe for anarchy.

    Noidle22 remarked "i can see that the concept is a little too hard to grasp." in reply I say, not in the least, I understand full well what you are suggesting, I suspect your the one with a lack of understanding of the pitfalls involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    We don't need the racism, sexism and dog shooting tips.
    I'm on quite a few forums and don't see a lot of racism etc. Where it happens, the members normally click the Report button and things get sorted fast.

    Mind you, I have left a few forums BECAUSE that 'sorting' didn't occur. TBH I doubt we'd see much of it on CS - such posts would be dealt with quickly I think, and the fact we aren't already getting those sorts of comments in any great number would tend to filter out the DH's who might figure they could post their crap here.

    Live Chat is different - in 10 minutes nobody can see the racist/sexist/violence comments, but in a thread, such things stay long enough for a Mod to see them and remove the post/poster, particularly if CS'ers use the Report button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    If a member wishes to create an OT thread, it will sink or swim dependent on level of interest.
    G'Day Chris,

    A bit like my recent taps and valves thread, seems to have sunk like a stone due to total lack of interest.

    I'd like a dollar for every post I've seen over the years asking what to do about a dripping tap or leaking steam valve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
    I'm on quite a few forums and don't see a lot of racism etc.
    You don't need to look too hard at all on the forum I have in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    G'Day Chris,

    A bit like my recent taps and valves thread, seems to have sunk like a stone due to total lack of interest.

    I'd like a dollar for every post I've seen over the years asking what to do about a dripping tap or leaking steam valve.
    The more pressing question J. W. is is the Domus Galatea back up and running?

    Sniff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    You don't need to look too hard at all on the forum I have in mind.
    Have only just logged of another forum where someone has posted a "joke" making derogatory sexual references against Moslems, it rapidly changed to Kiwi sheep jokes, totally unacceptable in these times.

    For them that reckon I may be playing with the truth check it out A REALLY NICE GIFT... - The Grey Nomads Forum cant believe anyone would be dumb enough to post something like this.

    The sad thing is that some of us older Aussie's are by far the greatest bigots.

    PS the above link now leads nowhere, I reported the thread and it has been deleted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SniffCoffee View Post
    The more pressing question J. W. is is the Domus Galatea back up and running?

    Sniff
    Certainly is Sniff, was only out of action overnight, lucky me see post 10 of this thread for the story http://coffeesnobs.com.au/general-co...l-hamdani.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Have only just logged of another forum where someone has posted a "joke" making derogatory sexual references against Moslems, it rapidly changed to Kiwi sheep jokes, totally unacceptable in these times.

    For them that reckon I may be playing with the truth check it out A REALLY NICE GIFT... - The Grey Nomads Forum cant believe anyone would be dumb enough to post something like this.

    The sad thing is that some of us older Aussie's are by far the greatest bigots.
    Yes, you don't need to go past some the profile photos in that thread to work out where these clowns are coming from.....

    Might start my long awaited paperclips thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Might start my long awaited paperclips thread.
    I await with bated breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    I suppose it speaks volumes when you can't write l-o-l here without it automatically changing to "i had a laugh". What is up with that anyway.
    It's Andy's sandpit...he hates text talk and so it auto corrects. You will also notice that there are a limited amount of emoticons as well. As CS is a forum for a wide range of ages etc, not everyone needs to be indoctrinated with whatever is the latest fad being lazy with our language. In fact, I'd suggest that most people here appreciate that.

    If you need to get your fix of that kind of thing, better use it on Twitter.

    And as for a "social thread"...isn't Facebook for that kind of thing?

    In regards to life things, stories and concepts...I fear you might need to get out side a bit more and start socialising with real human beings. A forum or the internet for that matter is really not the place to learn that stuff*. God help us all if it is...

    (*My apologies if there are physical/health reasons for you to be unable to do that of course.)
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    No harm done in asking the question (i.e. the OP) though Noidle.
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    It has given me a scope of why this sort of thread wouldn't work here at least, we'll keep it how it is. The generational gap is also at play here, i suspect i am a lot younger than most of the posters here and as such i feel more connected with social media and the online community.

    I have made several good friends solely through online forums and chat rooms that i now know in real life so i know that good things can come from it, but here is not to be the place.

    Now i shall go and, er, what was it, "socialise with real human beings"

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    The generational gap is also at play here, i suspect i am a lot younger than most of the posters here and as such i feel more connected with social media and the online community.
    Yep, generation gap at work allright, the young think ....well you know what I mean. ;-)

    Just because we're 'older' does't mean we don't know, don't use or aren't..um..'connected'... we just have more perspective and ... well, just ...and.

    ;-) ;-) :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    I have made several good friends solely through online forums and chat rooms that i now know in real life so i know that good things can come from it, but here is not to be the place.

    True and Same! I agree with you. In fact, we used to see and encourage the CS Get Together. Just don't see them so much any longer, mainly I guess because we don't have the people here who used to drive that kind of thing as much. However, I do encourage anyone who would like to arrange such a gathering to go for it! Not only were they great social face to face times but everyone got to learn heaps and enjoy lots of coffee! (and not feel like you were the only Coffee Snob in a crowd.)



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