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Please Stop Harassing People For Starting New Threads On Old Subjects

If there is an older relevant thread, politely link to it and suggest that it might add further insight into their question.

Be Nice.



Sat. Apr 19, 7:42am

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I think it is a shame that you have to tell people to be nice and stop harassing others. I fully agree with your point. Let people start their threads. If it is ground that has been covered, so what? Be helpful, not hurtful.

Saturday, April 19, 2008, 8:25 AM

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I was so hoping that it was PT that posted this.
I completely agree.
And what does it hurt if a person does repeat. Sometimes it is things we need to think about.
Thanks PT

Saturday, April 19, 2008, 5:04 PM

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I second it.

Different people have different ways of saying something. The same information stated in a slightly different way, or at a different time can connect with someone who needs or wants to hear it.

To be upset that a thread topic is repeated is like saying I have seen roses bloom before so I don't ever need to see them again. Insights like flowers bloom again and again.

Saturday, April 19, 2008, 6:17 PM

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Thank you.

Saturday, April 19, 2008, 7:50 PM

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I agree. Anyone else agree?

Saturday, April 19, 2008, 9:06 PM

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YES!! Thank you, PT or not!

Saturday, April 19, 2008, 11:18 PM

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lets keep this near the top - i'm sick of the people that harp on this issue. I want to see all topics. Sometimes old topics that resurface new are things I haven't even thought about before, but find interesting. I don't want everyone to search through old posts all the time.

Sunday, April 20, 2008, 2:54 PM

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It is interesting what bugs people.

Every few months old conversations are bound to recirculate...and there is a shift in point of view, or a new perspective.

Also the chains are shorter and easier to read if a new one is started. After about 10 postings I stop reading them so it is fine to see something come up again with new posters. Who wants to read 25 postings to get to the new addition ?? Usually no there is repetition in a thread. Same problem shows up differently.

We all repeat ourselves sometimes...I sometimes catch myself in real life conversation telling someone something we discussed before. Human communication is imperfect....probably true for other species too :-)

Sunday, April 20, 2008, 3:12 PM

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Sunday, April 20, 2008, 5:22 PM

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Sorry, I don't agree. Most of the repeat thread topics are very basic concepts, and if there is already a thread with 10-20-30 replies about, say, how much water you should drink in a day or whether Weight Watchers is any good, new replies won't offer new information. Go ahead, have a look. As for the topics that invite slamming, like Alli, you may as well resurrect an old one where plenty of others have made their objections to this drug, so that fewer people will waste more forum space saying the same thing.

I have politely and impolitely directed people to previous threads, and even bumped them to the top. Doesn't matter what tone I use, someone starts calling me names anyway. I guess it's "bad form" to point out someone's ignorance or laziness no matter how you do it, but it's okay to tell someone they're a 400-lb moron who will never lose the weight.

So if this is really PT, why are you focusing on a relatively tiny area for us to "be nice" in? It smacks of someone who doesn't like having the search function pointed out to them, pretending to be PT. So if this is really PT, I would like to suggest that you put something in your admin blog, then post the subject/excerpt and link in the forum. Otherwise a posting like this just seems dubious.

Sunday, April 20, 2008, 8:19 PM

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