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Poll: Should We "Retire" the Political Threads?

Just curious what you all think. Is this constructive and informative?

Wed. Nov 8, 10:55am

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do yourself a favor and save your time trying to get certain topics "banned". i have suggested (politely, mind you) many times that we keep politics away from this arena, only to be blasted from other members. i agree that this is not the appropriate forum for such discussions.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 11:08 AM

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politics and religion are real "no win" topics- I agree that we ought to consider that. I'm not in favor of a ban on any topics at all, though.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 11:43 AM

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No. What we should retire though is you OP, trying to control something that is beyond your control. Maybe you should think about that.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 11:51 AM

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Maybe we could just insist on fitness/weightloss content i.e.- "voting dem/rep will make you fat" or "amazing new liberal/conservative diet plan!"

we could even do attack threads- "did you know that Nancy Pelosi/Bill Frist wants you to get diabetes?"

Yup. Gooooooood times.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 12:04 PM

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11:51-i was just asking a question. Attack my idea- not me. Seems like you have some anger issues?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 12:12 PM

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here's an idea - two community thread areas. one for on-topic discussions and the other for off-topic. stick to the area(s) where you are interested.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 12:21 PM

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Um, yeah, definitely with the OP on this one... I think that the political threads should be retired. And wow look, I managed to state this without making nasty comments about anyone in particular or about any of the political parties... amazing.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 1:23 PM

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i don't understand why people are so bothered by seeing threads on the main page about topics they don't like. Look, I don't really care or have any knowledge to add for the ones about certain TV shows, or how many WW points in somethig but that might be useful or interesting to someone else. i really wish people would stop trying to censor so much around here. so you don't like politics, so you don't want to read heated arguments-THEN DON'T! it's so simple it makes me laugh!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 2:54 PM

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Please don't censor. I read several of the political threads once, didn't like the tone of the discussions, and chose not to read them again. I prefer having the choice. Thanks.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 3:01 PM

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It's not about censoring. Elections are over. The threads are basically 'dead.'

My vote is yes to retiring the threads relating to yesterday's election. This will free up valuable server space for threads that continue to be constructive.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 3:59 PM

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No one is forced to read any of the threads. Readers can skip threads that don't sound interesting or useful to them. So I'm not sure why we would need to ban or retire any threads.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 5:09 PM

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goodness. stop talking politics because the election is over? being an engaged citizen is an ongoing repsonsibility.

I ,for one, enjoy reading the politcal threads because they express views of average people, many of whom hold beliefs wildly different than mine. I don't get to hear such views very much and feel that I beter understand them from reading these posts! Even from the heated arguments.

Personally, I would like to ban discussion of breast plants ... and husbands ...or at least using the word hubby ... eeeww.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 5:13 PM

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server space

If Peertrainer really truly cared about server space they would knock out all the old comments in everyones groups... like lets say keep the current 2 months and then what goes past that gets dumped... it is so silly, old members long gone and logs and comments just hang around forever like ghosts in the closet... Cut that out and that will free up server space....

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 6:03 PM

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12:21 I like your idea, have a seperate section for confusion

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 6:24 PM

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Not saying stop talking politics. Just retire the ones that are no longer relevant. the ones concerning the election are no longer relevant. How about something new. Like "Now that the elections are over ________." Granted, without use they will get pushed way down the list. But give them a time limit and dump them.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 6:58 PM

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Hey, I go back and read the old comments! We put recipes in there! Don't delete them!

As for the political threads, I can take or leave, they seem fine to me.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 7:01 PM

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they go away eventually if people don't comment on them. there is no need to create a rule or take some kind of direct action about it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 8:17 PM

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recipies in comments

Take this kindly.... instead of digging through a hundred comments pages or so... get a word program out... save as peertrainerrecipies or something... and COPY and paste these from the comments section to your word program on your computer... save file....

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 8:18 PM

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To me it is like saving last weeks news paper, which soon becomes last months newspaper, the last years. And, they become clutter. Old news, especially off topic old news, has no real value on PT and its originally intended forum. I like the Word file idea. Like making a scrap book of your favorite 'clippings.'

Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 10:19 PM

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