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I liked where the other thread was going, tailor made for the way my loopy mind works, and I was having a good laugh. Mods can be gods, but posters also can claim some ownership of a thread they’re posting in, due to investment in said thread, so that should be considered too. I think a 3 person assessment committee should decide on thread closures.
I don’t know how other sites are dealing with this except through the strong will of the site’s owner or going tribal and creating more subforums because of factions wanting to break away.
Keep in mind the theory of most forums, they want to have the maximum amount of visits from everyone, because more ads get viewed. The site is responsible for shoveling readers to the ad agencies, their real customers, (we are not the site’s customers). I don’t know about the intent of this site, but that’s the usual model of how forums work. Don’t blame me for the cynical view, that’s what some Get Rich Quick on the Internet books say, the big secret of how it works.
Here’s my idea for another forum, Part-15 Comedy. Serious issues, “outrageous” ideas are smothered in laughs by a comedian so that they can even be talked about. Maybe the Part-15 Comedy forum could be for the laughs, and topics where you’re not quite sure if someone is serious or not. The object of that forum could be to relieve tensions by letting loose with stupid humor there.
I also thought about broadcasting from above the earth, not from heaven, but from the moon! They could put transmitters on the moon, beaming signals to Earth, that you’d be able to receive any time the moon was in view at your location. I thought of it probably when I learned that VHF signals were line-of-sight.
Nothing is outrageous in my view, we need the creative juices flowing to move on and make leaps in technology. We needed the Teslas, or students who discovered that radio signals could be transmitted on gas pipes at a college, no antenna needed.