Can we please now close OT day....give us a time to forget why we want to put certain people on the ignore list and concentrate - again - on the reason for this wonderful forum to exist: Horses
It seems to me the OT venue has taken a turn for the ridiculous, mindless and rather inflammatory 4 word games, extreme political polarization....
I think we need a break, chance to take a deep breath and simmer back to normal.
You realize that "you can't un-ring a bell"?
People are who they are if you look closely, if they tell you who they are up front or not.
Do not be surprised if you gave them a tentative pass when they only were showing you here and there who they really are and now you can't ignore it any longer, when it is right in front of you repeatedly.
Want to close OT?
Want to keep it open?
Either way, fine by me.
I play it the same every place, according to the written, unwritten and some personal rules.
That's like saying "I am tired of westerns on TV". Don't like it? Don't watch it. Why should everyone bend a knee to YOUR desires simply because you don't have the willpower to not look at something you don't like? Duh...
I find lots of interest here. I do try very hard to remember to not open the political threads, however. I like being able to come to this forum if I have a question about something, anything. There are so many smart people here that you're bound to find someone who knows the answer to your question.
Originally Posted by Alagirl
We just love to shame poor people...when in reality, we are all just peasants.
From a business perspective, keeping an OT board open all the time is beneficial. Many more hits when people aren't restricted to horse only conversations.
Further, many of the conversations are quite lovely and helpful. I was surprised to find OT "open" like it is when I came back last week and have enjoyed it a lot. I've also connected with some fellow Cothers as a result in totally non-horsey ways where we can help each other.
You can always vote with your feet or rather your time. Don't read if it bothers you. I will never understand the idea that because a handful of people object, conversations should stop. I haven't even clicked on those silly 4 word posts. Whatever. But I HAVE clicked on links about people with their health or relationship issues and think that people are really being helped and connecting.
Why shut that down?
And again, as a business person, I would not want to shut down a board that was driving hits and financing things.
A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.
I really have to agree with Bluey. It you really don't want that TMI that goes on in here you really don't have to click the link to read. I know I only come here a few times a week because of all the "extra" info so I'm sure if I ever felt I just couldn't handle it. ...... I could just not click the link.
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As an adult, it's your own darned responsibility not to open threads you don't like. For heaven's sake. Even if I can understand your sentiment, I hope nobody expects real life to work the way you have proposed, yikes!
I used to visit UDBB when I wanted a non horsey discussion. I will give Mark credit when he made a politics only forum. I haven't been to UDBB in yrs and don't even know if it exists anymore.
Perhaps, we need a similar politics only forum for the rabid political junkies on COTH so the rest of us don't have to open what seems like a 'safe' topic only to find it corrupted with the hate that is spewed so heavily by those with their own political agendas.
I admit when I do check COTH, the last forum I check is the Off Topic.
Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you!
I don't see a problem with pol. posts if its clearly indicated in the title. A seperate forum of rabid pol people would be a LOT to police! So unless the topic over-ran all other topics (like fashion thread in HJ forum LOL) then I don't see an issue just because someone doesn't like it.
Don't talk pol, money, or religion and we should all get along great, save the few crazies.
I say those decisions as keeping OT open or not are a faustian deal as a single purpose, COTH being about horses and mostly in certain disciplines.
A faustian deal because maybe to keep COTH thriving it takes making a devil's pact with the OT, not horsey forum.
You may keep people coming for the wide range of human experience a permanent OT provides, along with the horses that draws most here, or you can close it and restrict the interest to horses only and let people go to other places for the rest of their internet experience.
I would not guess what is best for COTH, that is competing with an ever widening wold of the internet and so other choices out there for people's interest and time.
I expect their numbers, however they choose to interpret them, will be part of how they make decisions.