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    Please Read Before Posting: Clarifying thread titles

    I hope this doesn't sound catty, or mean spirited, because it's not meant that way. I'm just wondering if something could be done about making thread titles a bit clearer about what the thread actually subject is. Lately, it seems like I have to read every thread just to make sure that I'm not making a double post. Not that I don't eventually read most threads anyway, but usually when I first sign on I skim the board to see what's new and what the topics are while scanning the news wire at the same time.
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    Re: Thread titles

    Hey sava, this might be a good thread to post over where the non-subscribers can read it too.

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    Re: Thread titles

    Quote Originally Posted by creek14
    Hey sava, this might be a good thread to post over where the non-subscribers can read it too.

    BTW, Alias rocked this past Sunday. I think you'll really like season 3.
    Mods or admins, if you agree, could you move this to the non-baseball section?
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    Re: Thread titles

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan
    Mods or admins, if you agree, could you move this to the non-baseball section?
    Actually, after thinking about it, it seems that the baseball side of the board is where I'm personally having the most problem. I'll leave it up to you guys.
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    Re: Thread titles

    [QUOTE=creek14]Hey sava, this might be a good thread to post over where the non-subscribers can read it too.QUOTE]

    I didn't know non-subsribers couldn't read all the reads. I thought the only difference between subsribers and non-subsribers was the use of avatars and such.

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    Re: Thread titles

    [QUOTE=GriffeyFan]
    Quote Originally Posted by creek14
    Hey sava, this might be a good thread to post over where the non-subscribers can read it too.QUOTE]
    Quote Originally Posted by creek14

    I didn't know non-subsribers couldn't read all the reads. I thought the only difference between subsribers and non-subsribers was the use of avatars and such.

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    Re: Thread titles

    [QUOTE=GriffeyFan]
    Quote Originally Posted by creek14
    Hey sava, this might be a good thread to post over where the non-subscribers can read it too.QUOTE]
    Quote Originally Posted by creek14

    I didn't know non-subsribers couldn't read all the reads. I thought the only difference between subsribers and non-subsribers was the use of avatars and such.
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    Re: Thread titles

    Yes, I agree with you. I had been thinking about saying something similar to this, so I'll move it over.

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    Re: Clarifying thread titles

    You mean "So is it me or......" isnt a good thread title?

    How about "Its about time...(AP article)"

    Stuff like that bothers me too.

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    Re: Clarifying thread titles

    Subscribers, mods and admins are the only ones with access to the Hall of Fame forum where this message was copied from.

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    Re: Clarifying thread titles

    I think this would be easier to convey if we had some guidelines about thread titles. Here's my contribution.

    1. If a new post is mainly about a person and something they did, the subject of the post should include:
    a. the person's name
    b. the thing they did

    Example: Let's say Ryan Freel hit an inside-the-park HR in yesterday's game and you think it was great...

    Some good thread titles that include both a and b would be:
    - Ryan Freel's inside the park HR was amazing!
    - Freel's inside-the-park shot

    Some bad thread titles would be:
    - Freel is freaking awesome!
    - Where does he get that speed?
    - Inside the park...
    - About Ryan Freel yesterday
    - Freel rips one
    - Not much offense, but one great display of it
    - Impressive yesterday
    - Ryan Freel!

    Not picking on anyone in particular... I'm just sayin' that none of the "bad" subjects tells me the main subject of the thread is about Freel's HR. I might be able to guess that from the ones that contained Freel's name, but why should I have to? If I wanted to make a post about it, I would have a hard time guessing most of those "bad" subjects were discussing it because they don't contain "a" and "b" above. A couple of the subjects I posted contained neither "a" nor "b."

    Anyone else have some ideas for guidelines?

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    Re: Clarifying thread titles

    I think those are pretty good guidelines. One thing that is especially difficult is when people start a thread like "Anyone know....." and leave the rest of the question in the thread, presumably to get more people to read it. We have enough posts that everyone shouldn't have to read every one to see if something's been posted before - that much should be noticeable from the thread titles.

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    Re: Clarifying thread titles

    Looks like the message of this thread is not being received, despite the sticky. Perhaps the subject should be prefaced with "Please read before posting:" ?

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    Re: Clarifying thread titles

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted View Post
    Looks like the message of this thread is not being received, despite the sticky. Perhaps the subject should be prefaced with "Please read before posting:" ?
    For whatever reason, just read this thread...

    Consider me guilty :thumbdown

    Consider me repentant and seeking to improve

    It's a valid point...I kindof liked the mystery of a good thread title, but I bow to the masses


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    Re: Please Read Before Posting: Clarifying thread titles

    Personally, I think it's a little too controlling to try to govern what people put in the title of their threads. I agree in principle that it might save many people time, but I sort of like a little comedy and/or mystery in the title. Just another opinion. :angel:

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