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FreakyLocz14
March 24th, 2010, 03:30 PM
A lot of the time members will post threads asking questions in forums where there no sticky is designated for Q&A. When the question is answered other members will just paraphrase the original answer. So would it make sense for members to be able to lock their own threads?

Aurafire
March 24th, 2010, 03:39 PM
The problem with that is, a thread might start to get active and generate a lot of interest, not just in Q&F but everywhere on PC. Then a regular member could just lock it for whatever reason he or she pleases, legitimate or not. Give everyone that power and you have people creating their own threads just to lock them, making it a nightmare for the staff to control and....yeah, it's a bad idea. Mods are mods for a reason.

Sajuuk
March 24th, 2010, 03:40 PM
However, you could make it a donator privilege. Which would lessen the "out-of-control" the mod above me mentions. :D

Zorua
March 24th, 2010, 03:42 PM
However, you could make it a donator privilege. Which would lessen the "out-of-control" the mod above me mentions. :D

No one says even the supporters are safe from making quite irrational decisions with the power of locking threads whenever they please. Most of the supporters are mature enough to handle hypothetical situation, but we have enough as it is.

Sajuuk
March 24th, 2010, 03:43 PM
Well, it would be a very high donator tier (5/6)

Aurafire
March 24th, 2010, 03:44 PM
However, you could make it a donator privilege. Which would lessen the "out-of-control" the mod above me mentions. :D

But supporters aren't supposed to be any more powerful than regular members, just because they donate money to the site doesn't mean they are better than anyone else or can be trusted more. They donated some spare change, that's it. Given the number of PC supporters we have, it would still be a big hassle =(

Hiroshi Sotomura
March 24th, 2010, 03:44 PM
Giving members a staff power of any sort can never even be considered as a supporter privilege, and it would go against what the point of Supporters are for. That, and there's very little reason we'd want to allow threads to be locked by the creator as much as there may be issues with it. We've barred members from deleting their own threads for a reason, too - it can go out of control.

If you want your own threads closed, contact a moderator. Did you know that you're not allowed to ask for your threads to be closed unless it's say, a hack thread, game thread, trivia thread and the like?

FreakyLocz14
March 24th, 2010, 03:58 PM
Well it wouldn't really be moderating if Supporters could close their own threads because they would not be able close threads made by other members.

Ursula
March 24th, 2010, 04:06 PM
Not really. If it needs to be closed, a super mod or above will close it. ):

And, why should supporters only be able to close their own threads? That doesn't seem very fair. You're a supporter because you want to help PC go by donating money, not because of the 'perks' it gives you.

[by moderating, he means the closing of the thread itself. It's a moderation action, regardless of who does it.]

Again, if you want it closed, contact a mod. :) They'll work with you ~

Ausaudriel
March 24th, 2010, 04:08 PM
Y..you don't think we're good enough to close threads for you? ;_;'

brb I'm going to go cry in a corner. ._.;

*is a bad staff member*

Gumball Watterson
March 24th, 2010, 04:49 PM
Good job, you made an admin cry.

I really don't support this idea because I don't see the point. It is easy to be abused and mods gladly do it for you within reason. If you create something goddamn popular, you go out of your mind and close it, you'll cause an apocalypse. Examples include Don't Let the Mod say Zero. Mods need their dose of happiness too.

General Bravo
March 24th, 2010, 05:14 PM
If we could close our own threads, the mods would have lower paychecks! D:
[/sarcasm]

FreakyLocz14
March 25th, 2010, 10:09 AM
I never said mods/admins weren't good enough it's actually taking a load off of their shoulders by not having to deal with all the thread closure requests. I don't know how many of these requests are made so I could be overestimating it but it seems like a good amount from what I've seen.

Feign
March 25th, 2010, 10:40 AM
Wait... so you mean I can't use this extra banhammer or close-thread mace? (okay the 2nd one was a lame idea... XD)

But yeah, I'd just stick with reporting threads, in fact at times I think I report too much >.> But sometimes it hast to be done. Some people don't realize they can report their own thread to get it closed, and instead VM/PM a mod, which is usually slower...

Went
March 25th, 2010, 11:59 AM
I never said mods/admins weren't good enough it's actually taking a load off of their shoulders by not having to deal with all the thread closure requests. I don't know how many of these requests are made so I could be overestimating it but it seems like a good amount from what I've seen.

Really... the amount is amazingly small. Specially since the only boards where threads can be closed on request have several mods assigned to them.

LightOfTruth
March 26th, 2010, 10:26 AM
I would never let members close their own thread on my own message board. Its my and the other mods job. Same for here minus me being the admin :)

Melody
March 26th, 2010, 10:41 AM
I agree with the staff, the ability to close even your own threads can be gravely abused to the point of destructiveness. Imagine the damage a butt-hurt member who owns a LOT of critical and/or active threads can do to the forum if they're upset. Quite a lot.

Naturally, I do agree that it's always very simple to ask a moderator to close a thread for you. This requirement is not unreasonable.

Heart's Soul
March 26th, 2010, 01:21 PM
That would be a dire mistake. Then I wouldn't have to do anything except clean up the spam. EDIT: And I meant on my forum.

But, even so, I have nothing to do, so I troll* here instead.

And when I mean troll, I mean give help in HGSS and be an expert on Missingno.

Cello
March 26th, 2010, 01:31 PM
I would never let members close their own thread on my own message board. Its my and the other mods job. Same for here minus me being the admin :)

That would be a dire mistake. Then I wouldn't have to do anything except clean up the spam. EDIT: And I meant on my forum.

This thread has really given people the prime opportunity to make it very clear that they own their own forums.

You guys who are having trouble reaching the mods to get a thread closed could always do what I do; Cover your eyes, plug your ears, and avoid it like the plague. Who cares if people are still replying to it? If you can't see it then there's no reason why it's gotta exist to you. (: