Rant and Rave Threads

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by ruth, May 17, 2009.

  1. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    It may be just me, but I seem to be noticing a whole lot of rant and rave threads lately. Some are using the Family forum and some are using the Random Ramblings forum but there are just so many ranting about everything, it seems to be contagious. Needless to say, a lot of these threads get out of hand and get locked.

    I would suggest a Rant and Rave Forum - that way if you click on it you know you'll get to read all about someone's complaints, bad days, whining, entitlement, pet peeves, etc.

    I for one, would prefer to skip that forum. I come here to relax.

    On the same note - how about a Prayer Forum? That way people who believe in prayer and want to pray for others can visit it - those who don't, won't.

    Both of these might as well be their own forums because they now make up the majority of the threads on BYC - which for those who don't know or remember - means "Backyard Chickens" Forum.
  2. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    i couldnt agree more thats a good idea
  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Yes we do have a very social community (I wouldn't have it any other way) and sometimes we'll see an increase of threads that prove to be either inappropriate for BYC or cause others to post replies that are inappropriate. These usually come as we see influxes of new members that are still trying to get a feel for our community style and tone.

    Regarding separating out general "rants" and "prayer" threads. These threads are okay if posted in the correct sections (random ramblings or about me / my family). Neither of these types of posts should be outside of the "Social" sections, and if they are, please report them so they can be moved.

    For those that are simply interested in reading about chickens, we've organized the forum in a way that makes it VERY easy to avoid anything non-chicken. The majority (vast) of posts on BYC are still chicken related and can always be found at the top section of BYC. To avoid other posts / threads that aren't to your liking... simply don't scroll down. [​IMG]
  4. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I would point out to those who post their rants that they are viewable on the internet for all to see. I'm not sure that most people realize that if someone uses Google and types in a key word, let's say "stepfather" that a link to a thread, on BYC, will be at the top of Google because you were ranting about your "stepfather". It's so great that BYC threads now appear at the top of Google but many people don't realize that their very personal threads appear there also.

    Just food for thought.
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    All the staff of BYC totally agree on that point Ruth!

    Everyone should consider that what is posted on the internet has a tendency to stick around FOREVER.

    Personally I'm pretty sure that in the next 5 - 15 years someone will develop an internet spider / search engine that will scour all the comments made on forums, blogs, social networks, etc. and will be able to combine all the data into a profile and associate real names to what people post. I would be surprised if the way people type isn't just like a fingerprint and unique (and traceable) to that person.

    Bottom line, don't post it online unless you are okay with everyone (employer, spouse, church leaders, etc.) seeing and knowing about it eventually.
  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    And even if you edit what you post as an afterthought, remember that people can take screenshots of any web page -- it's like a "photo" of what you had online. They might have taken a screenshot of your post before you edited it.

    It's better to be proactive and not post in anger, rather than doing something that might come back to haunt you later.
  7. totally agree, then you have a choice of opening the thread or not.We all need a place to rant now and then, and also a place to ask for prayer, we're all human and have bad days and it helps to know we have a place where we can rant and get some I guess comfort, also sometimes we desperately need prayer,and when asked for NEVER had i had prayer refused, so THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR PRAYER AND GOOD THOUGHTS when I needed them. marrie

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