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jason.b.c

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Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« on: January 03, 2007, 10:50:17 AM »
Is the off topic section forgoten about..?

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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007, 11:51:24 AM »
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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2007, 08:06:19 PM »
;) http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=25765.0;topicseen

    
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Kubecj, is there any schedule for getting back the IM feature?

This makes absolutely no sence..!

What was this link suppose to tell me...?

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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2007, 09:02:34 PM »
Tech is on holidays so I'll throw in my $0.02 for him.  I'm guessing he meant this thread

http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=25232.0

The Off Topic Forum and PM's are two sore spots around here that just won't go away.  The two issues get co-mingled and show up in unusual places, like here

http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=26088.0

We've pretty much been ignored on the Off Topic and endlessly put off on PM's.  Hard to say which is worse - feigned ignorance of the problem or empty promises.



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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2007, 03:32:15 AM »
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Hard to say which is worse - feigned ignorance of the problem or empty promises.
An empty promise is a promise made with the intention to break it while it's being made.  :'(
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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2007, 10:51:59 AM »
Eh?  ::)

Regarding PMs: This will be fixed, don't know when. Too much work on my todo list with higher priority.  :-\

Regarding Offt: I'm not sure what is the official company's position on this, but I am personally against re-opening.

jason.b.c

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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2007, 07:48:28 PM »
I don't understand why the off topic section was closed , What happened anyway and why even have it if it's not going to be used..??

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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2007, 07:58:43 PM »
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Well,I would guess the Off-topic section was closed because of too many conflicts. I would also guess that it is kept because there is much information in it related to computers in general and for the links to programs/software that is also helpful to those in need of this information.


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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2007, 09:48:04 PM »
Regarding Offt: I'm not sure what is the official company's position on this, but I am personally against re-opening.

But if we don't reopen it, I'm afraid that the General section will become off-topic ??? :o

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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2007, 10:28:09 PM »
Regarding Offt: I'm not sure what is the official company's position on this, but I am personally against re-opening.

But if we don't reopen it, I'm afraid that the General section will become off-topic ??? :o
We can't reopen or close anything. We can only sit and wait and hope something happens.  :(
There are already many "Off-Topic"  threads on here some of them had no place else to go since
the PM's aren't available. Others are here because this is after all a forum and no one discusses business
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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2007, 11:41:46 PM »
Hi bob3160,

I have to agree with kubecj that the off-topic went off for a good reason.
At times it went totally off-topic, and sometimes over the top(ic). Then we were hampered by some people that tried to damage the forum outright, trolls lying under the bridge waiting for a thread of discussion to ride their awful hobby horses again and again and again.
What I think is sorely missed 'though is the PM function, especially in trying to help a poor soul with some malware we can PM amongst ourselves to double-check the best possible solution without upsetting the victim at hand.
In that way sometimes we could achieve brilliant cleansing routines. The thing we are still good at, but with the PM function at hand you have some more extra power. A big shame some irresponsibles had to hamper it, so we had to do without it for such a long time. Maybe a filtered version is brought in by the mods, so all that is PM-ed is moderated before getting to the other member, or it is a service you can get when you are over a hundred postings in a certain topic, which established the fact that user is a serious guy or gal  trusted to have earned his or her position here.

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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2007, 02:58:24 AM »
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Well,I would guess the Off-topic section was closed because of too many conflicts. I would also guess that it is kept because there is much information in it related to computers in general and for the links to programs/software that is also helpful to those in need of this information.


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But isn't that what moderators are for..?  To remove offensive post's...

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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2007, 05:27:05 AM »
But if we don't reopen it, I'm afraid that the General section will become off-topic ??? :o
Its 50% off topic already.  And if this gets closed, then Home/Pro will become off topic.  Then Viruses and Worms.  Soon there will be nothing left, or nothing of any consequence.

The reason Off Topic exists in most forums is not because it serves a useful purpose on its own merits.  Its because the purpose it serves is to keep the others on-topic.

But isn't that what moderators are for..? To remove offensive post's...
Sure, but if the powers that be find the whole thing offensive ...

You would think there would be a recognition that we're all adults (even if we don't always act it) - that we've all heard the language and seen the spam that they seem intent on protecting us from.  Clearly if those things offend someone they should avoid the offensive forum or not activate PMs.  Its as simple as that.   But you give some people a little power and suddenly everyone must comply or "plonk".

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Re: Will the off-topic section ever be re-opened..?
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2007, 03:36:04 PM »
First, I'm surprised that you all haven't recognized that you are being "baited" by Jason.b.c in this thread...

...We've pretty much been ignored on the Off Topic and endlessly put off on PM's. Hard to say which is worse - feigned ignorance of the problem or empty promises.

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Hard to say which is worse - feigned ignorance of the problem or empty promises.
An empty promise is a promise made with the intention to break it while it's being made.  :'(

You would think there would be a recognition that we're all adults (even if we don't always act it) - that we've all heard the language and seen the spam that they seem intent on protecting us from.  Clearly if those things offend someone they should avoid the offensive forum or not activate PMs.  Its as simple as that.   But you give some people a little power and suddenly everyone must comply or "plonk".

Though I have stated several times that I would like to see the Off Topic forum return, I'm not sure how this thread (or the several others like it) are helping the cause of getting the Off Topic forum reopened.

Regarding Offt: I'm not sure what is the official company's position on this, but I am personally against re-opening.

Gee, I wonder why?  ;)
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