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I think the closed threads say human beings in general cannot always either gauge what is respectful, or be respectful whilst posting anonymously on a forum. I don't think it has a lot to do with vegans. Forums that are very lenient often become unpleasent places to spend time on(in?), because on the internet there is no real backlash from being unpleasent or insensitive, and generally communicating online can lead to people being harsher because you cannot gauge if you're upsetting someone, or other peoples reactions in general. Forums that become very strict, can become very fustrating and boring.

I think veggieboards has the balance right, in my experience of forums. Things are sensored quicker on support forums, because their purpose is to support eachother rather than to debate. It's pretty easy to forget that, I often do to be honest.
 

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We generally close threads because they get too hostile and hateful, not because of their controversial subject matter. It's the Internet equivalent of getting people to just "walk away" from an argument for a little while, because sometimes as things drag on they get very heated, unpleasant, and more and more reports start coming in to us about personal attacks and such.

In the last instance, it was out of sensitivity to the OP, whose father was dying and clearly didn't intend to start a debate.
 

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On some message boards, moderators have a higher comfort level with discord than the moderators here. On other moderated forums where I post, disrespect isn't considered a reason for closing a thread. Nor does it matter if the subject takes on a life of its own, veering and staying off the original topic. Or if OP has abandoned the thread. I understand sensitivity to how newcomers might construe some of the arguments. But seriously, anyone getting into animal rights or veganism will encounter scathing discord pretty soon. It's part of the territory and part of the education: what the different sides say, how much sense they make to you personally, the kinds of personalities you'll encounter, which ones seem unhinged, which ones might be trolls, which ones just think you're an idiot, how to examine your own beliefs and stake out and defend your own position -- or change your own position, for that matter. Banning hateful exchange here can appear to mean "we'd really hate for people to get the right idea."

It's the moderators who do the work, and it's up to the moderators to decide when to lock. On message boards where I've moderated, I very seldom locked a thread. The few times I did, it felt like a sore defeat and a little like a death. Nearly always, threads under threat of being locked are also the most active threads on a forum, the most invigorating, stimulating exchanges going on at the time. For me, it took a toxic form of piling-on with bullying overtones, or threats of physical harm to justify locking. And it always followed warnings to individuals on both sides of the fracas. I've never seen discord at that level on VB, certainly nothing that was ever lobbed my way.
 

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I don't think there's much into it. It says that there's quite a few interested in telling others they are more vegan than them. Pretty simple.
 

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I don't think there's much into it. It says that there's quite a few interested in telling others they are more vegan than them. Pretty simple.
It's more like "I'm vegan and you're not." But still, so what? In what other group do the group's hard-liners get to set the parameters for the larger group? They might think something, might even say something, but that doesn't make it so. People by nature define themselves and don't readily give others permission to tell them what they are. So fights break out whenever it comes up. It's not an issue that will ever get resolved by closing threads. It's part of the territory here that newcomers learn to navigate if they're going to stick around. Then again, so is the closing of threads.
 

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I don't think there's much into it. It says that there's quite a few interested in telling others they are more vegan than them. Pretty simple.
No it doesn't. This is just the favored excuse for people who feel guilty about not looking like they do as much as others. Folk who know deep down whether or not they are copping out are so busy judging themselves they think everyone else is too.
 

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In the very short time I have been registered on VeggieBoard, two threads have been closed by Moderators on the basis that they had become just "my veganism is better than yours", round-and-round, arguments.

What does this say?
It says:

1) Moderators should be more honest about the real reason why those threads were closed.

2) Blobbenstein should stop posting naked pictures of himself into threads in the vegan support forum.
 

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No it doesn't. This is just the favored excuse for people who feel guilty about not looking like they do as much as others. Folk who know deep down whether or not they are copping out are so busy judging themselves they think everyone else is too.
Great, you are going to get the thread locked now! But I guess I disagree, the sheer amount of replies in the 'Veganism is not a competition' thread wasn't just people imagining others being judgmental or misunderstanding. There were people openly saying they were judging others because they didn't consider them to be vegan. But, to each their own. In my case you can go ahead and call me whatever you want, it's not like I give a crap anyway. Others don't like it, just like others like to see who has the biggest vegan dick. I say let everyone be and not close any threads, people will grow tired or not, who am I to decide how others waste their time?
 

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In the very short time I have been registered on VeggieBoard, two threads have been closed by Moderators on the basis that they had become just "my veganism is better than yours", round-and-round, arguments.

What does this say?
That was not the reason I stated when I closed that thread a few days ago, so I guess you must be thinking of other threads. Would you mind stating which threads you're talking about?
 

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I suspect you are referring to the "Giving up Veganism during a Difficult time thread", which I closed citing the "I'm more vegan than you" reason.


When threads just disintegrate into unwinnable battles, there doesn't seem to be much reason to keep them open, imo. And when we've had a number of reports on a particular thread, we tend to think of them as problematic, and they're more likely to be scrutinized. Also, in that particular case, the thread was started in a support forum - where we try to keep things helpful. Perhaps a better choice might have been to split off the thread and put the new section in the Compost Heap, but that option didn't cross my mind at the time.


If a thread is closed before you think it's finished, feel free to pm a mod - we can reverse a closure. And you can always start a new thread if the old one went off topic. Seriously, if you think a mistake a has been made, or a thread closed prematurely - let us know.
 

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OR.....it means that a thread has reached 5,000 posts. Because everyone knows that VB will spontaneously combust if threads reach over 5,000 posts.
 

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Perhaps in the future, threads can be moved to the Compost Heap, rather than being closed.

I can see why such threads are detrimental in the Vegan Support Forum, where new people are first coming to Veggieboards, and are trying to find out if they are interested in becoming a vegan.

But I don't see this so much of a problem in the Compost Heap, which is specifically designed for heated discussions. I think that heated discussions have their usefulness too.
 
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