Originally Posted by Southpaw
I read this entire thread last night. I was thinking WTF? after completing reading the original post, but I knew Joel had made last post and assumed there would be some redeeming value. I started to post last night, but decided I was to cranky at 3:30am and just left it be.
Now at 3:50PM local time (morning for me) I see this tread continuing. I have been a member for just over two years and lurked for a few years before that. I'm wondering why this thread has been allowed to continue. I am a moderator in a forum that has no relation to guns, shooting or hunting. As a moderator in that forum I have the the ability to lock threads, delete individual posts, and delete pointless threads. All threads have an alert tab that that emails the moderators and tells us what the offense is and who posted the offending post.
I know if I would have caught that that the thread was two years old I never would have never got past the first page. I don't know what the capabilities of this software Len uses here are, but it would be nice if, at least threads like this, could be locked.
I enjoy spending time in Len's living room and for the most part enjoy the company he keeps.
To Len and his moderators, keep up the great work. The rest is just a thought.
The software allows us to do all you mentioned and a whole lot more but, just think, if the thread had been deleted or locked then you wouldn't have been able to complain about how thing are run around here.
There is far more to this whole thing than most realize and most have never followed all of the inter-twined threads associated with, leading up to, and following this one.
However, as long as the thread and its associated posts follow the guidelines set out for this site then deleting the thread, or locking it, would serve no purpose. It gets read a lot and the good thing is, nobody has to read it. I'm surprised really, that anyone would even add an additional post but to each his own.
This site is run fairly loosely and that is accomplished by a membership that conducts itself amazingly well and we actually have to do very little "damage control work".
Until the recent post of a listing of smiths and shooters, it had been well over a year since the thread had died and was just sitting there providing a little reading if someone was so inclined.
There are many threads that could possibly fall under your thoughts of deleting or locking but in reality that would mean that it would be done under one person's opinion and like I said, we run very cleanly, the thread is hurting nobody and hopefully only pertinent, constructive posts will follow but typically a thread like this just fades into oblivion.