I'm confused

11 years 6 months ago #64001 by jhoare
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I wondered whether or not to post a comment about the Eurosong 2008 show so before I did so I read the board rules and saw nothing that said posts should only be about astronomy. So I looked at the index and picked 'General' because that's the place for things that don't fit anywhere else. Then the thread was locked because it wasn't about astronomy.

I have no problem following that rule now that I know about it but why isn't it clearlky stated in the rules?

John

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11 years 6 months ago #64002 by Euronymous
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The admins will give a proper answer, but I believe it revolves around these 2 rules:


* Complete nonsense Topics/posts will be deleted to save us money.

* We cannot and will not create a rule for every situation. We ask the users to follow the spirit of the minimal set of rules we have laid down.

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11 years 6 months ago #64005 by michaeloconnell
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The board rules are here John:
http://www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=3056
To quote:

- Complete nonsense Topics/posts will be deleted to save us money.
- IFAS pays by the megabyte our hosting package so we will not waste
money on totally pointless threads.


Now, I appreciate that some sites do have an off-topic section - Cloudy Nights for example. However, we don't have one here for a number of reasons:
1) They are very difficult to moderate
2) The eat up bandwidth
3) boards.ie already fits this bill.

The General section is intended for astronomy-related posts which users may feel are difficult to pin down into any one of the other sections on the website.

Sometimes posts can go off-topic a little and the mods try and gently nudge the topic back on track. In this case though, as the post was started regarding a topic which was not astronomy-related at all, I had little choice but to lock the thread. Last year, we made a major upgrade to our hosting package and have already exceeed our bandwidth so we need to cut our cloth to fit.

I hope these reasons sound fair and reasonable to you.

Cheers,

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11 years 6 months ago #64008 by DaveGrennan
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I must admit, an off topic board is something I miss here. Ukastroimaging for example has a board called 'The Bar' and it can be a great read sometimes.

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11 years 6 months ago #64015 by JohnMurphy
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I think the rules are fair.
I visit these boards to discuss astronomy only, there are plenty of other forums to discuss anything else you may want to. it is annoying sometimes to be distracted by subjects off topic, and makes it harder to see the wood from the trees - I for one support this particular rule and would like to see it applied more strigently, particularly to religious discourse (but of course thats not gonna happen).

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11 years 6 months ago #64047 by dave_lillis
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The Dustin thread is one for boards.ie, not here really.

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11 years 6 months ago #64072 by Seanie_Morris
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Dave G, I hear you, but unfortuanately IFAS's bandwidth costs don't allow us to have a much interesting General forum!

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11 years 6 months ago #64145 by Petermark
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Anyway,if we do go "off topic" why not make it an "interesting" topic.

A singing turkey is not as interesting as this:

library.thinkquest.org/C002291/high/present/stats.htm

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11 years 6 months ago #64161 by jhoare
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Hi Guys,

I don't have a problem with the rules. It's just that when I checked the Board Rules posted in General that one didn't jump out at me, and I'm used to dissecting some pretty convoluted stuff.

I know that you don't want to make a rule for every occasion but perhaps a short clear statement of that one would save the mods some work?

Regards,

John

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11 years 6 months ago #64194 by voyager
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Hi Guys,

I don't have a problem with the rules. It's just that when I checked the Board Rules posted in General that one didn't jump out at me, and I'm used to dissecting some pretty convoluted stuff.

I know that you don't want to make a rule for every occasion but perhaps a short clear statement of that one would save the mods some work?

Regards,

John


A fair point.

I've stuck the following pre-amble into the rules:

Preamble

The aim of these boards is to provide a free and open venue for the discussion of Astronomy related topics. We ask that users try to keep things astronomy related. There are many forums for general discussion on the internet, for Irish users we recommend www.boards.ie for such discussions.

The short version of the rules boils down to just keeping things Astronomy related and being nice to each-other.


And changed the description of the general forum to:

For those astronomy related topics that don't fit anywhere else.


Thanks for pointing out the obvious shortcomings in our rules post.

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11 years 6 months ago #64206 by bertthebudgie
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I agree with all the above. This is an astronomy site guys. :)

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11 years 6 months ago #64207 by JohnMurphy
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Nice one Bart - I think that clarifies it.

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11 years 6 months ago #64649 by jhoare
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Can't argue with that :)

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