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I think you guys are doing the right thing. Just decide if it's OK, or not OK, as a matter of policy and draw the line there. Right now it isn't super clear.

 

A former forum I used to frequent where I had Exciter level post count (completely different subject matter site) there was an Off Topic part of the forum that over the years grew to be the most traffic-ed part of the site. It certainly grew the traffic and page hit numbers for the site, but the rest of the forums suffered for sure, so I think keeping this scoped to Lego makes sense.

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I thought Daily Deals was the "one and only" off-topic thread... Lately there is about one deal per 5 pages. ;)

 

But seriously, glad to see a little direction here. Respectfully, I spend enough time here for Lego business already, and everything else dilutes the results.

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Very much appreciate the guidance.  And I think the level of mod "adjustment" is about right.  We're all here for Lego Investment reasons, and all the sub-topics that entails.  This is a very friendly site and community, and many of us are naturally forming friendships as well.  Given this, some level of off-topic discussion is natural, and it seems there's appropriate places for that here.  Generally, if the topic is well-labelled and in the right subforum, I don't think it detracts too-much.  If you don't care for a thread title, you don't need to dive in.  Personally, I haven't opened the "car you drive" thread, but its presence here hasn't been distracting.  

 

Just a final note, thanks to the owners and mods here, its a great site, and that doesn't happen be accident.  Your hard work shows.  

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Respectfully, I think you are over-thinking it.  Hits and eyeballs make forums more successful and increase the value of a forum.  If the Macks ever sell this place, it will be more valuable with more users and posts, not everything condensed down as far as possible.

 

My goal with the Travel thread (which I believe prompted this thread) was to find good deals and eventually get a meetup together and I think that it would have taken off.  We have high net worth individuals who are good at spotting deals and I don't think they will think to post Travel deals individually in the "non-Lego Deals" section...too tedious to find the section, then create a thread.

 

I've posted deals here and helped this forum for 2 years.  That travel thread was gonna be gold.  You are limiting the freedom of the members you count on to make this forum work.

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Respectfully, I think you are over-thinking it.  Hits and eyeballs make forums more successful and increase the value of a forum.  If the Macks ever sell this place, it will be more valuable with more users and posts, not everything condensed down as far as possible.

 

My goal with the Travel thread (which I believe prompted this thread) was to find good deals and eventually get a meetup together and I think that it would have taken off.  We have high net worth individuals who are good at spotting deals and I don't think they will think to post Travel deals individually in the "non-Lego Deals" section...too tedious to find the section, then create a thread.

 

I've posted deals here and helped this forum for 2 years.  That travel thread was gonna be gold.  You are limiting the freedom of the members you count on to make this forum work.

 

Well, with this forum, we always hope folks look first for the correct forum before posting new threads.

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Perhaps off topic forums should not be included in the 'latest posts' section. I use that list to browse posts almost exclusively. The off topic stuff does tend to clutter it up a bit. 

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Perhaps off topic forums should not be included in the 'latest posts' section. I use that list to browse posts almost exclusively. The off topic stuff does tend to clutter it up a bit. 

 

The "latest posts" is how I can stay on top of what is going on, since I don't subscribe to any threads.  It wouldn't be a big deal if the off-LEGO stuff wasn't included, but I'm not sure if we can modify that query in the forum software.

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The "latest posts" is how I can stay on top of what is going on, since I don't subscribe to any threads.  It wouldn't be a big deal if the off-LEGO stuff wasn't included, but I'm not sure if we can modify that query in the forum software.

 

I don't subscribe either. This way the off topic stuff is there for people that want to seek it out but not pushing lego threads off the recent updates list. Don't know if it's doable, just floating ideas.

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The "latest posts" is how I can stay on top of what is going on, since I don't subscribe to any threads.  It wouldn't be a big deal if the off-LEGO stuff wasn't included, but I'm not sure if we can modify that query in the forum software.

Strange. I thought the capability existed on the forum already.  I believed the 50 Shades thread showed up under "latest post" initially, but then disappeared even though people were still posting there. 

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Well, with this forum, we always hope folks look first for the correct forum before posting new threads.

 

Can I post my thread in non-lego or are you insisting that travel deals each have their own thread?

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not being mean here (i'm being honest ) but can you try posting the travel deals on a travel web site, forum, facebook, twitter, instead? now if it's a travel deal for legoland, i believe that would be fully acceptable since it's lego related.

the mods want to decrease the vast amount of non-lego talk. same applies for excite's 50 cents hotdog (or is it corn dog) deal threads :)

Can I post my thread in non-lego or are you insisting that travel deals each have their own thread?

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but I don't understand. I don't want to discuss best oatmeal flavor with those strangers on other sites and weird people on SD. I want to discuss it here. with all my bp friends and buddies. cause you are all so special just like me.

 

apple cinnamon for the win.

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have you tried asking jeff for a private member room or creating a facebook group for these oatmeal conversations?

 

but I don't understand. I don't want to discuss best oatmeal flavor with those strangers on other sites and weird people on SD. I want to discuss it here. with all my bp friends and buddies. cause you are all so special just like me.

 

apple cinnamon for the win.

 

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maple and brown sugar for TEH win.

but I don't understand. I don't want to discuss best oatmeal flavor with those strangers on other sites and weird people on SD. I want to discuss it here. with all my bp friends and buddies. cause you are all so special just like me.

 

apple cinnamon for the win.

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I guess I am in the minority but I like the daily chit chat thread.  Normally a lot of the stuff in there are things I want to talk about but haven't brought up yet.  I agree with hxckid88 I want to talk all sorts of things with my online Lego friends.  Compared to other forums I have been involved in this one has the nicest and friendliest group of people.  Maybe it use to be different before I joined but since early December the deals in daily deals are few and far between but the chit chat is more than entertaining.  It takes a couple of minutes to go through and find the deals and in the process I get a laugh or two out of it and at times I learn a new trick as well.

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As hxc sarcastically points out, this community is special for having money to spend and a keen eye for deals.

 

I get the impression that some of you are content to chase Target clearance and a 5 dollar profit for the next 5 years, but I think we can achieve more.

 

As far as "go join a travel forum" I think the people on this site are better suited to provide me travel deals.  And I look forward to buying a drink for anyone who does hook us all up with a big vacation deal.

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I don't see a harm in having generic OT threads (like travel as a single thread) with some sort of flag "exclude from 'latest posts' "

 

BTW, the "Complaint Thread" seriously deserves that flag

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I don't see a harm in having generic OT threads (like travel as a single thread) with some sort of flag "exclude from 'latest posts' "

 

BTW, the "Complaint Thread" seriously deserves that flag

We already have a whole forum category dedicated to these NON-LEGO DEALS.  Why don't people just post their travel deals there?  We don't need another category.

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We already have a whole forum category dedicated to these NON-LEGO DEALS.  Why don't people just post their travel deals there?  We don't need another category.

Maybe I misunderstood. i thought mods did not allow to have "travel"  as a single thread in that section - they insisted on a thread per deal, while sauromosis wanted to have something like "Video Game/Movie Deals", but for travel Edited by No More Monkeys

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Maybe I misunderstood. i thought mods did not allow to have "travel"  as a single thread in that section - they insisted on a thread per deal

I don't want a single thread either, but if people have a great travel deal to share, then post it.  As I explained to sauromosis, this is a slippery slope.  This is a LEGO site, so we have to be careful what we discuss.  I really don't want dedicated threads to travel or cars or sports or whatever, but if something interesting comes up...post it, then we will have to see how off topic it is and then deal with it.  I have instructed the Mods to be a lttle more lenient with this sort of issue, but people shouldn't take offense if something is removed.

 

I think the forum topics are quite wide ranging, but please cut me a break.  No guns or ammo talk.  Nothing about drugs, political, sexual or anything else that can construed as controversial.  Ask Jeff or I first and you can save yourself a lot of time and trouble.  Thanks.

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We already have a whole forum category dedicated to these NON-LEGO DEALS. Why don't people just post their travel deals there? We don't need another category.

another user was and did post those deals there. They were deleted.

No one is investing in travel deals though. It's more of a hey I'm tryna help anyone out that may be traveling thing.

So, in my opinion the middle ground and compromise for all of this would be a thread as we have now for non lego investments. Other toys for people to make a buck on basically.

And then a thread of just deals for travel, and yes oatmeal. Everyone wins. Teo threads. And BP wins as if I posted hey everyone look at this pancakes for cheap on Amazon. Use affiliate link here. This actually happend last week as I know two users used BP affiliate link to buy those Kodiak kakes I was talking about.

2 threads... One for investments and other toys and one for just deals people May like.

Yes, I was being sarcastic about oatmeal. My point was I'm really into other things, working out is was one of those things. But, I don't belong to any other online forums. I don't even have Facebook. I like it here. I've made friends on here. Even people here, mods..... That I don't always see eye to eye with and I know every once in awhile they can get frustrated with me is I still want to help anyway I can.

For the most part people here have good intentions and want to contribute. Even if it's not a lego deal.

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another user was and did post those deals there. They were deleted.

No one is investing in travel deals though. It's more of a hey I'm tryna help anyone out that may be traveling thing.

So, in my opinion the middle ground and compromise for all of this would be a thread as we have now for non lego investments. Other toys for people to make a buck on basically.

And then a thread of just deals for travel, and yes oatmeal. Everyone wins. Teo threads. And BP wins as if I posted hey everyone look at this pancakes for cheap on Amazon. Use affiliate link here. This actually happend last week as I know two users used BP affiliate link to buy those Kodiak kakes I was talking about.

2 threads... One for investments and other toys and one for just deals people May like.

Yes, I was being sarcastic about oatmeal. My point was I'm really into other things, working out is was one of those things. But, I don't belong to any other online forums. I don't even have Facebook. I like it here. I've made friends on here. Even people here, mods..... That I don't always see eye to eye with and I know every once in awhile they can get frustrated with me is I still want to help anyway I can.

For the most part people here have good intentions and want to contribute. Even if it's not a lego deal.

Did you read my follow up post?

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