As a life-long "over" girl, it was painful to be forced by my cat to hang the tp under. And on the hand towel ring instead of the tp holder. Other than keeping the tp in the drawer, it is the only thing that's prevented the ruthless daily massacre of the butt paper. That stuff is expensive!
So next time you are in someone's home, sitting on the commode contemplating a direction correction, consider whether there might be a cat to blame for this shameful infraction on bath tissue etiquette.
I hope OT opens again - I do enjoy all the different topics. I don't have to read or respond to anything offensive if I choose not to. It is interesting to see why other people have the opinions they do.
I can do over one day and under the next.
I will be very sad if it disappears except for holidays. I enjoy the diversity of opinions and learn from them, especially when I don't agree with them. I'm such an oddball in my state. I took a quiz to see which city I would fit into best and when the answer came back I had to laugh. It named a tiny community that had such a low density of population that it was 20 people to a square mile. Talk about isolated!!
To quote what Mod 1 wrote in the Announcement at the top of the forum page:
Temporary Off Topic Closure
We've had some posters getting a little hot under the collar on political topics, so we're giving everyone some time to cool off and closing the OT forum temporarily.
We're not going to spend significant resources micromanaging threads and issues that are not even horse-related.
When the forum re-opens, we will be lowering our tolerance for some of these "issues" in the OT forum, and if posters exhibit that they can't participate without getting into personal commentary, etc., they will lose posting privileges for that forum.
If in doubt of whether or not something is pushing it, don't post it. If you don't think you can debate these topics without getting personal or laying on the snark with a trowel, don't open or start those types of threads.
If I'm understanding this correctly, I think this plan is a good one.
" if posters exhibit that they can't participate without getting into personal commentary, etc., they will lose posting privileges for that forum."
I'm going to assume that this forum software has features that allow the moderator to "turn off" posting privileges for certain members on the OT forum. Perhaps they can still post on the other forums, but will be locked out of the OT forum.
If this is indeed the plan, I think it may work, and we can still have a permanent OT forum, that will probably become more enjoyable for everyone san those individuals who are habitually "getting personal or laying on the snark with a trowel".
Imagine that we have an OT forum where at any time, anyone of us can go to ask off topic questions, express our uncontentious thoughts, play one of our typical OT type games, and participate in trying to offer support to one of our fellow members who is in need of kind words.
I think that's a positive, community building, asset for us to have.
If we are able by eliminating a few, for the benefit of the majority, and when we visit the OT forum we see nothing but reasonable threads about reasonable topics, that don't make us wince. I personally would still consider the permanent OT forum an asset.
If that can't become a reality, perhaps switching back to a holiday only OT forum would be best.
But I think (as I understanding it) Mod ones plan deserves a try, and we can all help by simply wanting to make it work, and honestly just abiding by that old adage that says (modified to what I think may be more suitable).
"If you don't have anything that you can discuss in a nice way, don't discuss anything at all".
Not if you are on septic - especially persnickety 75 year old septic!
My septic is only 36 yrs old and I'd like to see last at least 36 more! Don't even mention flushable wipes near the septic, distribution box, leach lines or toilets! It if makes it to 75, I probably won't be around anyway to see it.
Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you!
What if COTH were to ask for some solid-citizen volunteer deputies to moderate Off Topic and give them some permissions to do so for that area?
I've seen this done on other forums, where they have an "off topic" area for all of these other discussions to go. If the host doesn't want to waste the bandwidth moderating the crazy, then I'm sure some simple, clear rules could be set to keep it at bay.
It's nice to have Off Topic for stuff that doesn't fit anywhere, but is too awesome to not share (e.g., Rainbow Cake or the chicken suck in the oven...)
I think there are a few posters on OT that use an alter to their alter for the political threads. This way it is harder to figure out who they are IRL. (It never ceases to amaze me how easily some of the COTH sleuths can figure out who a poster is IRL).
I think this gives them free rein to be a bit more extreme and rude than they would be under their normal COTH alter.
There are a few COTH members who know who I am IRL and I am sure that I have enough clues in my location and posting history that the COTH super sleuths could figure it out. Actually I probably have linked to my facebook or photobucket at some point.
Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)
That's just because you are an Obama loving Republican commie fascist tree hugger who can't read for comprehension (who probably likes Rainbow cakes )
Well I'm gonna take money from my trust fund (my parents don't even want to know how I spend it) and buy a brand new truck & trailer...or maybe a CL hybrid to save the planet and The Best/Safest trailer...as soon as I learn to drive...and figure out how to freeze my Rainbow Cake and free my chicken from the oven...
And wait, what was the question
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