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Message time lag and the ending of threads declared "off topic"

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  • James Yaworsky
    When a thread is declared ended , it naturally will take a short period of time for this information to be spread through the group. First off, a lot of
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 31, 2009
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      When a thread is declared "ended", it naturally will take a short
      period of time for this information to be spread through the group.

      First off, a lot of people get a daily digest, so they won't see the
      declaration right away. Others like to read messages in the order
      they were posted, and will post a response to an earlier message
      before seeing the message ending the thread. These examples arise
      from the nature of the beast on a yahoo group, and no apology is ever
      necessary from someone who accidentally posts to a thread that was
      declared "closed" but a short time before.

      Some persons will see that another member has posted something on the
      ended thread, and will feel justified in responding to it. Provided
      the response has something new in it, and is not just a rehash of
      what's already been said, this is not a "big" problem. However, it is
      a little less "forgivable" than the examples given in the prior
      paragraph... Please bear in mind that the message you feel justified
      in responding to was probably the result of the examples given in the
      prior paragraph i.e. an "accident"...

      "Banned" threads (other than out and out flame wars) consist of two
      major types: 1) legitimate 1812 topic that has been beaten in to the
      ground and everybody's just repeating themselves; and 2) thread that
      has drifted far, far off-topic to the War of 1812.

      In either example, it is really not "justified" to respond to a
      message posted to the banned topic by another member, *by mistake*.
      If it's a #1, then you're undoubtedly just flogging the dead horse a
      bit more, which is unnecessary. If it's #2, then although you might
      be posting new relevant info to the thread, it's a thread that
      everyone has been informed doesn't belong on this particular group any
      more.


      However, the bottom line is that the moderators fully realize it can
      take as much as a day for the "loose ends" of a "banned" thread to
      work their way through the system, and this is not a problem.

      Jim Yaworsky
      Moderator
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