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September 30, 2011, 10:28:13 PM
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I think it's dumb that people are able to lock their threads and completely shut down discussion whenever they feel like it.  It kills honest discussion and is being abused by some people.  I don't see any good reason to keep it as an option.

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September 30, 2011, 11:13:08 PM
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Would this increase the workload of the moderators significantly with people having to ask them to lock their threads?

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September 30, 2011, 11:14:32 PM
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Would this increase the workload of the moderators significantly with people having to ask them to lock their threads?
Why lock threads at all?  If a post is against the rules then delete/probate, but the conversation should still be available until everyone runs out of things to say.

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October 01, 2011, 01:30:43 AM
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Nothing stops you from continuing to discuss locked topics in a new topic.

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October 01, 2011, 01:33:51 AM
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i agree with OP

thread locking should be a priveledge afforded to admins/mods only.
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October 01, 2011, 01:46:31 AM
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i agree with OP

thread locking should be a priveledge afforded to admins/mods only.


Thread locking should be based on section, in the marketplace it should be encouraged after a transaction is complete or no longer avilable

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October 01, 2011, 01:48:19 AM
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i agree with OP

thread locking should be a priveledge afforded to admins/mods only.


Thread locking should be based on section, in the marketplace it should be encouraged after a transaction is complete or no longer avilable

true.

what i dislike (and what i think the OP is getting at) is when someone starts a discussion and then when people flame or disagree he takes his ball and goes home and says NO ONE can play.
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October 01, 2011, 01:52:04 AM
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i agree with OP

thread locking should be a priveledge afforded to admins/mods only.


Thread locking should be based on section, in the marketplace it should be encouraged after a transaction is complete or no longer avilable

true.

what i dislike (and what i think the OP is getting at) is when someone starts a discussion and then when people flame or disagree he takes his ball and goes home and says NO ONE can play.


i think we're all just better off ignoring atlas i can't think of anyone else who does that regularly

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October 01, 2011, 04:30:45 AM
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Nothing stops you from continuing to discuss locked topics in a new topic.
Oh, I totally get that.  It's just that it's very easy for the OP to ignore a new topic, and it creates extra clutter in the forums that could be avoided.  There are certainly ways around the problem at the moment, but I think eliminating the problem entirely is a far better solution.

Thread locking should be based on section, in the marketplace it should be encouraged after a transaction is complete or no longer avilable
Don't people have the ability to edit posts and change thread titles, though?  If your item has already sold, or whatever, then you can just edit the thread title to state that.  Locking is a pretty bad solution, IMO.

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October 01, 2011, 04:51:56 AM
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Nothing stops you from continuing to discuss locked topics in a new topic.
Oh, I totally get that.  It's just that it's very easy for the OP to ignore a new topic, and it creates extra clutter in the forums that could be avoided.  There are certainly ways around the problem at the moment, but I think eliminating the problem entirely is a far better solution.

Thread locking should be based on section, in the marketplace it should be encouraged after a transaction is complete or no longer avilable
Don't people have the ability to edit posts and change thread titles, though?  If your item has already sold, or whatever, then you can just edit the thread title to state that.  Locking is a pretty bad solution, IMO.

I'd prefer it over the editing seeing a thread with the op changed to *removed* makes less sense than it being preserved in a static maner especially for the marketplace where old trades could be used as a refrence when deciding on a price to ask for an item

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October 01, 2011, 05:34:02 AM
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Personally I rather like it that people can lock their threads.  It helps identify who the people who cannot defend their positions and are thus not worth wasting time over in the future.  (And the fact that it annoys SA goons is kind of amusing.)

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October 01, 2011, 05:59:09 AM
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A good time to have a thread locked is after it has been dormant for a specified period of time.  If a person wants to revive a topic, then start a new one and link to the previous as a starting point.

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October 01, 2011, 06:30:54 AM
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If someone doesn't like the direction that their topic has taken, they should be able to disassociate themselves from the discussion by locking the thread and letting someone else restart the discussion elsewhere. Locking is also very useful in cases where threads become obsolete.

Didn't you personally UNLOCK a thread that the OP at that time had locked about Bruce Wagner because you felt it was wrong of him to have locked it and wanted people to continue discussing, or am I just dreaming here?

Some people said that, but I certainly didn't unlock it, and as far as I can tell none of the other mods did either.

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October 01, 2011, 06:37:01 AM
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(And the fact that it annoys SA goons is kind of amusing.)

I'm pretty sure the only thing annoying goons is the amount of stupid up in here.

The amount of stupid on this forum?  I think that you've missed the point of SA and/or gotten the terms 'annoy' and 'amuse' mixed up.  Not that I am an authority on SA, but it seems unlikely to me that they would bend over backward to come here just to be annoyed.

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October 01, 2011, 04:27:36 PM
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If someone doesn't like the direction that their topic has taken, they should be able to disassociate themselves from the discussion by locking the thread and letting someone else restart the discussion elsewhere. Locking is also very useful in cases where threads become obsolete.

Yeah, the first thing that comes to mind when you say this is the poster leaving. I mean, ususally, when someone wants to disassociate themselves, it's because they've made themselves look stupid. Stopping yourself from entering a discussion you no longer like is adult, locking the thread is for children: "lalalalalalalalalala I can't hear anything you're saying!!!".

A agree with the obsolete usage, but that's easy enough for mods. I know many forums out there where locking is not allowed in places where argumentation is high and attitudes are unique; too much pressure to censor in those places.

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October 01, 2011, 04:34:05 PM
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I think it's dumb that people are able to lock their threads and completely shut down discussion whenever they feel like it.  It kills honest discussion and is being abused by some people.  I don't see any good reason to keep it as an option.

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+1  I fully agree with that.  Funny enough there is a guy who locked a thread a couple of days ago and tried to keep discussing the topic with me in PM.  Of course I asked him to stop PMing me, since I would only keep the discussion in public.

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October 02, 2011, 05:01:08 AM
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I feel the need to get the last word on this topic, so that is as follows:

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