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Old 11-19-02, 10:05 AM
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Duplicate threads and policing the forum: is it our duty?

Well, I did it. I just reported a duplicate thread. I feel so dirty.

Not only is "ibtl" no longer fashionable, itís just about impossible. (Sidebar: I wonder how much system resources are tied up with that little bit of magic?)

Post an admission of knowledge that a thread is duplicate, and risk the wrath of a mod admonishing us to use the ďreport this postĒ feature.

What is so tragically wrong with a little ibtl fun? I think the mods are doing a wonderful job without our help, so I donít really feel compelled to report duplicate threads.

I mean, itís not like any does any padding around here any more.

Please enlighten me.
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Old 11-19-02, 10:09 AM
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Hasn't this question already been asked? Use the SEARCH button, n00b!
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It's not anyone's duty (well, except the mods), but reporting problem threads and posts really helps the mods do their job, which in turn helps the forums run more smoothly. I know people liked IBTL-ing for some reason (I did it, too, a few times), but it really serves no useful purpose other than padding your post count. Plus, some people would IBTL in threads that the mods don't decide to lock, and that throws off the flow of discussion and/or starts fights.
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Old 11-19-02, 02:04 PM
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Originally posted by Static Cling
Plus, some people would IBTL in threads that the mods don't decide to lock, and that throws off the flow of discussion and/or starts fights.
Good point. Thanks!


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Old 11-19-02, 03:49 PM
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what's IBTL?
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Old 11-19-02, 05:57 PM
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Looks like you answered your own question. IBTL stands for "In Before The Lock," and it's what some people like posting in threads that they think are going to be closed down. However, we're trying to discourage it.
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Originally posted by Static Cling
Looks like you answered your own question. IBTL stands for "In Before The Lock," and it's what some people like posting in threads that they think are going to be closed down. However, we're trying to discourage it.
So you're allowed to circumvent the censor?
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Old 11-19-02, 08:25 PM
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So you're allowed to circumvent the censor?
To provide official explanations of forum policy? Yes.
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To provide official explanations of forum policy? Yes.
Is that in my member agreement, David?


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<i>Please do not post 'In Before The Lock' Posts. Instead please use the Report this post to a Moderator link on the bottom of each post</i>
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Old 11-20-02, 03:08 AM
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Originally posted by Bushdog
Is that in my member agreement, David?


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I know you're joking around, but, technically speaking, a member can't provide official explanations of the rules, so, no, it's not in the membership agreement.
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Old 11-20-02, 10:03 AM
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Originally posted by Blade
technically speaking, a member can't provide official explanations of the rules
Interesting. Happens all the time.

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