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Why sudden clamping down on forum posts.

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Why sudden clamping down on forum posts.

I'm suddenly seeing an increase in topics being closed, being moved to OTC etc. The forums this occurred in did wander sometimes. As do almost ALL threads that have more than 5 postings. Is this going to expand across all of TA? Who determines when a response has wandered off topic? Here is a copy of what was posted in an active forum yesterday. The posters were keeping their comments germane to the location and the topic about 70% of the time.

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Removed on: 7:28 am, today

Fredericia, Denmark
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1. Re: Why sudden clamping down on forum posts.

Who determines when a response has wandered off topic?

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TA moderators.

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2. Re: Why sudden clamping down on forum posts.

The 30% is all it needs.

"Usually" TA remove posts/threads like the one above when they've been asked to by a TA member of the community, however sometimes they may just stumble across it whilst on their roams of the Forums :)

The golden rule is always to ask them via the Help Center though and not on the Forums or those posts / threads will get removed also lol.

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3. Re: Why sudden clamping down on forum posts.

Cheeky, you mean there's an algorithm to determine if more than 30% of the responses or phrases are not specific to the question of the OP, it gets moved? Sadly, I think there's a bit of an ah, issue between a non-poster and regulars on a particular forum and it's becoming an us vs them issue. Unfortunately, it's causing a lot of frustration and disenchantment with TA for some people. It appears a bit arbitrary. The regulars on these several posts have over 10,000 posts and 1,000 reviews. Two are even DE's and they hadn't seen this type of response on different threads.

I've been part of some threads as a very casual poster, that are huge. One has 227 pages and 2265 responses. However OT it goes, it's interesting and often (but less than 70%) pertains to travel in the area. I'd rather they don't enforce the rule, rather than shut down the many varied forums. It's a big Dog-in-the-Mangerish to me. BTW Cheeky, the Badger is our state symbol in Wisconsin, USA. But the only time I saw one was in Wyoming.

Edited: 06 March 2013, 22:40
4. Re: Why sudden clamping down on forum posts.

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Removed on: 08 March 2014, 05:16