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Daseal 03-02-2006 12:33 PM

Over-Merging of threads?
 
Maybe I'm alone here, and if so I'll shut up, but I'd like to see what people think.

Lately it seems like the threads have been forced into very broad topics being discussed in one thread, this forces the information you covet to be extremely hard to find quickly and understand considering there's a massive amount of information of one broad subject under one thread. When threads get over 100 posts it starts to grow nearly impossible to read through and extract the information you want.

I understand when there are 5 threads saying we need a #2 receiver, that's ridiculous, and those threads should be merged/deleted. Now threads seem to go on forever on very broad subjects instead of the concise subjects I'm used to reading. The revival of year old threads also doesn't help, no one knows where to start reading from and reviving old topics makes it very difficult to keep up with whats new and whats old (I read dates, but still annoying)

As I said, Ill shutup if I'm alone here, but I was curious what others thought.

That Guy 03-02-2006 12:34 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
eighteenth time, cutting brunell will not save us money ;)

That Guy 03-02-2006 12:36 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
the problem is, there's been a lot of overlap lately. all the FA stuff, the cba stuff, the cap stuff... it all ties together.

and we don't have the money to do anything, so that's basically been the answer to every question lately :/

BrudLee 03-02-2006 01:08 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
I hope you don't mind. I'm going to stick this with "Ramsey for Abraham". ;)

One of the problems is that the original idea of a topic may merit it's own topic, or certainly the right to stand on its own without being tied into another. The discussion that follows it becomes "more of the same".

Paintrain 03-02-2006 01:48 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
Can you merge this into the duplicate threads sticky thread? :biggthump

SmootSmack 03-02-2006 02:00 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
[QUOTE=Paintrain]Can you merge this into the duplicate threads sticky thread? :biggthump[/QUOTE]

LOL...so what are we talking about here Ramsey vs. Brunell? Portis on steroids? Should we re-sign Pierce and Smoot? Why isn't Darnerien playing more?

Monksdown 03-02-2006 02:01 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
[QUOTE=That Guy]eighteenth time, cutting brunell will not save us money ;)[/QUOTE]

Would we save money if we cut Brunell?

Schneed10 03-02-2006 02:06 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
Actually to speak seriously, I can see where Daseal is coming from. When we consolidate threads it seems to lead to discussions that wander from topic to topic.

When threads are actual duplicates of other discussions, I'm all for deleting or merging. But for example, we had a Brunell refuses to restructure thread, and then it got renamed to include a discussion of Brunell actually restructuring. Sure they're related, but when I signed on and saw the modified name of the thread, I got all kinds of confused. In that situation I would have liked to see a new thread created named Brunell Restructures After All, or something like that.

I realize though that the mods have a gargantuan task trying to keep this board clean, and they're doing a great job. Just thought I'd throw two cents into the ring in the form of hopefully helpful input.

SmootSmack 03-02-2006 02:12 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
[QUOTE=Schneed10]Actually to speak seriously, I can see where Daseal is coming from. When we consolidate threads it seems to lead to discussions that wander from topic to topic.

When threads are actual duplicates of other discussions, I'm all for deleting or merging. But for example, we had a Brunell refuses to restructure thread, and then it got renamed to include a discussion of Brunell actually restructuring. Sure they're related, but when I signed on and saw the modified name of the thread, I got all kinds of confused. In that situation I would have liked to see a new thread created named Brunell Restructures After All, or something like that.

I realize though that the mods have a gargantuan task trying to keep this board clean, and they're doing a great job. Just thought I'd throw two cents into the ring in the form of hopefully helpful input.[/QUOTE]

So you would have liked it if we had locked the original Brunell Refuses to Restructure thread, and started a brand new one that said "Brunell Restructures"?

One problem is always keeping threads on topic. One starts off with Does Ramsey have trade control which goes into Portis is on steroids to a general weighlifting discussion.

And quite frankly, a lot of people jump on here so excited to post some news they don't take time to read what's already been posted. You know, you're watching ESPNNews you see some info come across the wire and the first thing you think is "I've got to let the Warpath know" but with nearly 2,000 members the odds are someone has thought the same thing already and already posted it.

But we'll keep working to perfect the formula.

That Guy 03-02-2006 02:13 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
[QUOTE=Schneed10]Actually to speak seriously, I can see where Daseal is coming from. When we consolidate threads it seems to lead to discussions that wander from topic to topic.

When threads are actual duplicates of other discussions, I'm all for deleting or merging. But for example, we had a Brunell refuses to restructure thread, and then it got renamed to include a discussion of Brunell actually restructuring. Sure they're related, but when I signed on and saw the modified name of the thread, I got all kinds of confused. In that situation I would have liked to see a new thread created named Brunell Restructures After All, or something like that.

I realize though that the mods have a gargantuan task trying to keep this board clean, and they're doing a great job. Just thought I'd throw two cents into the ring in the form of hopefully helpful input.[/QUOTE]

I think that's a very valid point. I have nothing useful to add beyond that, however.

Duffman003 03-02-2006 02:14 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
I don't mind seeing similar threads as long as it's not the same exact thing

VTSkins897 03-02-2006 02:30 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
i agree with daseal. 100+ threads are too much. seems like when ppl say that a thread is being discussed elsewhere its more of an "i found it first thing". and the ollddd threads with new posts throw me off too...

not too big a deal though i guess

Schneed10 03-02-2006 02:34 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
[QUOTE=TAFKAS]So you would have liked it if we had locked the original Brunell Refuses to Restructure thread, and started a brand new one that said "Brunell Restructures"?[/QUOTE]

Yeah that's basically what I'm saying. Because I had seen the thread titled Brunell Refuses to Restructure. Then I was off the site for a while, and when I came back I saw that the title had changed to include some phrasing indicating that he had indeed restructured. But since I got to the site a few hours after the renaming, there were about 30 posts after the one saying Brunell restructured. So I had to go searching through the thread to find the news link.

It probably would have made total sense if I were able to stay with the thread's progression all day long, but since I had to break away from the computer I was perplexed when I returned.

I do realize that you can't force people to stay on topic though. People are just going to talk about what they're going to talk about. And you guys are doing a good job of organizing it I think.

Sheriff Gonna Getcha 03-02-2006 02:42 PM

Re: Over-Merging of threads?
 
Yeah, I see everyone's points. It's a really tough call sometimes as to whether to merge, lock, etc. threads. Threads do become really cumbersome when they have 100+ posts. In hindsight, it probably would have been better to lock the "Brunell refuses to restructure thread" and start a new thread about his restructuring.

I think when a number of identical threads are created, it can create a "merging frenzy." If I see a bunch of threads that are identical and am forced to merge them, I will be more likely to look for duplicate threads and merge them. So, the fewer identical threads that are created, the less likely it is that related threads will be merged. Of course, there's the difficult question of what constitutes a related thread (which may warrant its own thread) and an identical one (which, obviously needs to be merged).

I for one am glad this thread was started. Feedback always helps let the mods know what the members want and guides us in our decisionmaking. You guys lead us, not the other way around. I for one will now be less likely to merge threads now that members have expressed their desire not to merge too many threads.


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