Site Talk forum: Suggestions: Allow thread starter to modify the thread title; Close a thread

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Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Jan 5, 2017 5:42 PM CST

There are times when I would really like to change the title of a thread that I started to something more relevant. Currently, that isn't possible.

It would also be nice if the thread starter had the ability to close a thread to further discussion. Some threads go on and on and on with the most recent entries having no relationship to the original thread.



Name: greene
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greene
Jan 5, 2017 6:18 PM CST
There is a 'Suggest a Change' option below the thread. Fill out the information and the change will be reviewed and considered by the powers that be. Thumbs up
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Bonehead
Jan 5, 2017 6:25 PM CST
I agree with the first idea - sometimes just to correct a typo. Or to clarify the issue to be discussed.

Ambivalent about the 2nd. Some folks act as self-appointed thread-police - the minute it strays off topic, they pounce. I often enjoy how one topic can lead to another, and perhaps yet another. Free-flow brain-storming. Yes, there are times the conversation strays into areas having nothing whatsoever to do with the stated topic. BUT, each of us has the choice to watch or unwatch a particular thread, and I think that works well.

I also like the option for an old seemingly dead thread to be revived by someone simply posting a new thought on it, and almost always that will be directly related to the topic because likely the new poster found it from some sort of search. Rejuvenates the discussion, and one can review what was said previously.

My personal pet peeve is threads with no apparent end in sight. I've seen some into the thousands. Apparently they work for some folks, but in general I steer clear of those. Again, personal choice.
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RickCorey
Jan 10, 2017 6:21 PM CST
Bonehead said: ...
Ambivalent about the 2nd. Some folks act as self-appointed thread-police - the minute it strays off topic, they pounce. I often enjoy how one topic can lead to another, and perhaps yet another. Free-flow brain-storming. Yes, there are times the conversation strays into areas having nothing whatsoever to do with the stated topic. BUT, each of us has the choice to watch or unwatch a particular thread, and I think that works well.
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>> I often enjoy how one topic can lead to another,

I agree Strongly agree! I agree

Usually the branch occurs after the original discussion has slowed down or stopped.

My feeling is that, for a thread to actually be harmed by a digression, the digression would have had to PREVENT posters from continuing to post on-topic.

I guess the more fervent Thread Police think that forum threads should be like encyclopedia articles. I think they are like conversations. When one topic dies down, the talkers don't drop dead. They keep talking on another topic.
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Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Jan 10, 2017 7:02 PM CST
greene said:There is a 'Suggest a Change' option below the thread. Fill out the information and the change will be reviewed and considered by the powers that be. Thumbs up


The only problem I have using the 'Suggest a change' option to change the subject is that it requires one of the site admins to get involved. If someone starts a thread and put the wrong date, code, etc. in the subject, they should be able to make the correction without needing an admin. That said, there's no reason why a note can't be sent to the admin as a 'For you information' when the thread starter changes the subject.
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gardengus
Jan 10, 2017 7:16 PM CST
Something to consider when changing a thread title
It may be rather confusing to find you are now watching a thread you don't remember posting to Blinking
or wonder where the thread you were watching went???
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dave
Jan 10, 2017 9:12 PM CST

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RickM said:The only problem I have using the 'Suggest a change' option to change the subject is that it requires one of the site admins to get involved.


Just an FYI: it is as simple as clicking on one button to approve any thread suggestion, and I approve them all unless it's a request to delete or lock a thread that shouldn't be deleted or locked.

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