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Forum topic by Kindlingmaker posted 11-04-2011 04:17 PM 1628 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kindlingmaker

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11-04-2011 04:17 PM

The “Off-topic content. Click to see the post.” is stupid. I am amazed that this has happened to this site. Where did the adults go?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings


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#1 posted 11-04-2011 04:32 PM

Umm, I read somewhere that this is a temporary solution while they work out a better one? Patience, friend!

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#2 posted 11-04-2011 05:04 PM

Thank you BarbS. I will try…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 11-04-2011 06:32 PM

I am being patient, and yes, they have said this is a temporary situation. I agree with you though…. the way it is now doesn’t really serve either side well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-04-2011 06:39 PM

“Off-topic content. Click to see the post.”
Err, where is this?
Is there some site interface I don’t know about?
Just wondering – no view on the salient issue :-)

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#5 posted 11-04-2011 06:49 PM

Kindlingmaker, are you aware that there’s a “show/hide offtopic forums” feature now? You won’t even have to look at them. I hope not everyone is filtering them out, though, as they’ll be filtering out this very thread (which I think is…and is about…offtopic threads (?) ).

Cr1, I also find the whole thing “weird”. Like Kindlingmaker said, where did all the adults go?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 11-04-2011 07:23 PM

Al, unless there is something I don’t know about, the show/hide you are talking about is only on the pulse page. Many of us don’t like to use the pulse page, so when we go to the main forum page we see all these “mystery” topics. Then we have to click on it to see if it is something we want to read or not.

The way I have to do it know is to first browse the main forum page for threads I’m interested in, ignoring the clutter of anonymous off-topic posts, then I have to go specifically to the non-shop forum to browse those titles

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-04-2011 07:27 PM

^Ah, duly noted, Charlie. Thank you. I exclusively use the Pulse and when I’m not in the mood, I’ll hide the topics. I wasn’t aware that this feature didn’t extend across the site. So, I imagine the general complaint is that the thread listing is overpopulated with off-topic thread titles. I could see how that could be irritating.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 11-04-2011 08:29 PM

Yeah, I think that was one of the main objections of the anti-non-shop talk folks.. that they had to wade through all those titles. Now they still have to wade through the same amount of stuff…. they just don’t see the actual titles.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 11-04-2011 09:52 PM

^orangutans (sp?) scare me. Cr1, I love how you get such a bristle out of everyone. You can be 10 words in and people substitute “spout” for “say”, “hate” for “opinion”, etc. It’s quite comical; and at your expense; so sorry about that;) If the admin banned all off-topic content, I’d be totally fine with that. I enjoy the conversation, but I’d be totally fine with that. Until then, though, I’m confused about all the anger. Not angry about it, just confused.

It’s funny, though, I’ve never posted a political comment in my life until I came here to LJ. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing but at least this website fosters an atmosphere of acceptance that made me comfortable expressing myself. I just can’t see how that’s all bad.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 11-04-2011 10:08 PM

Akshully… it’s a mandrill. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 11-04-2011 10:12 PM

Mandrill, I stand happily corrected! Mandrills scare me. ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 11-04-2011 10:20 PM

It’s sort of funny when you think about it. I believe the real heart of the matter is that folks don’t like having their illusions of other people shattered.

As long as Jock X and Jock Y are talking about woodworking, they get along like the best of friends. They assume certain things about each other based on how well they get along together in woodworking topics. Then one day a political post comes along, and they find out they are polar opposites in that particular regard. Now, their opinions of each other are colored by their opposing political views. Even though all the same characteristics that made them feel good about each other are still there, they can no longer see each other the same way.

Maybe instead of folks being upset about having their illusions shattered, they should take note of the obvious lesson to be learned: We’re not all that different. Obama supporters don’t really have horns, and Republicans don’t really eat small children for breakfast. The fact that someone can be a really nice person right up until you find out what their religion or their politics are… well… doesn’t that tell you something?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 11-04-2011 10:24 PM

^I really like that post, Charlie, and I agree. Horizontal Mike is one of my favorite members here and we couldn’t be more polar opposite politically. Mike is a guy who’ll let you know exactly who he is, where he is, what he’s up to, and what he thinks. He’s a very intriguing character if you take the time to get to know him. When he questions something that I consider fact, I sit up straight and start examining myself. My favorite guys here are always quite different from me. For me, that’s a very healthy thing.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 11-04-2011 10:27 PM

look at it this way. Some people go to a seafood restaurant and order steak.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#15 posted 11-04-2011 10:30 PM

I have a dog named Steak and I like seafood. Is that relevant? Oh crap, now I see “seafood” and “Charlie” on the same screen. I know where Charlie lives because I lived there myself for almost a dozen years. Now I’m thinking about 4 dozen or so at ACME oyster house, a Guinness at Molly’s on the Market, maybe a Central Grocery sandwich, Shrimp Creole at Court of Two Sisters. Ahhhh, that town wasn’t worth the headache for me but that food, man, that food.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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