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    Question Am I missing some forum rules?

    I've started two threads now in the Garter Snake Lounge, both valid chit chat topics. Both times the posts have been merged into the "Oh so quiet" thread. The lounge says "chit chat welcome".
    What's the deal with putting threads that are topics in their own right into a single thread? I can't seem to find any forum rules explaining what should be posted where. Perhaps the mod who has moved my thread about cupcake recipes can tell me why it was moved so that I don't keep on creating posts that you feel the need to move (it's win-win, I don't get confused and you will have fewer posts needing moderation).
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    Re: Am I missing some forum rules?

    That policy went into effect a couple years ago.

    The front page was getting cluttered up with topics about everything else BUT Thamnophis.

    It went rampant, we had threads running about dreams, family guy, motorcycles, etc....

    This forum's primary focus is Garter Snakes, hence the name Thamnophis.com

    To accommodate idle banter, "It's so quiet" was adopted as the place to chatter about non garter snake topics.

    Having one single thread keeps the clutter off the portal page, and keeps this forum focused on garter snakes.

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    "PM Boots For Custom Title" chris-uk's Avatar
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    Re: Am I missing some forum rules?

    I can understand that. What I didn't understand is why some topics get merged into oh so quiet and others don't. And why the Lounge still says "general chit chat welcome".
    If that's the forum policy I'm not going to argue the toss, but would be good if there was somewhere new members could find out about the policy.
    Chris
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    Re: Am I missing some forum rules?

    I've noticed that a lot of nature/ecology/other-snake-species related things won't end up getting merged. I don't really know the exact criteria, but it seems like it's more likely to stay if it is at least tangentially related to the overall forum topic.
    Lora

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    Re: Am I missing some forum rules?

    Quote Originally Posted by d_virginiana View Post
    I've noticed that a lot of nature/ecology/other-snake-species related things won't end up getting merged. I don't really know the exact criteria, but it seems like it's more likely to stay if it is at least tangentially related to the overall forum topic.
    You just hit the nail on the head

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    Re: Am I missing some forum rules?

    Quote Originally Posted by chris-uk View Post
    I can understand that. What I didn't understand is why some topics get merged into oh so quiet and others don't. And why the Lounge still says "general chit chat welcome".
    If that's the forum policy I'm not going to argue the toss, but would be good if there was somewhere new members could find out about the policy.
    here it is......

    Quote Originally Posted by adamanteus View Post
    Just a gentle reminder for those members who are unaware..... we try to keep the forum as Garter Snake focused as possible. While we love to see pictures of your other pets/reptiles, please find one of the many older 'My Other Pets' threads to add these pictures to. That way, when members log in, the portal page is predominantly Garter related, rather than numerous 'other topic' threads pushing the Thamnophis topics off the page.
    We're pretty flexible in this rule, but if we all make the extra effort to keep our threads on topic, we'll never reach the stage again where we have to search through numerous threads to find anything at all about Garters.

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    Re: Am I missing some forum rules?

    I for one am glad for the "rule" because I can't stand it when forums get cluttered with random stuff! A few threads for that is great, scrolling through peoples random stuff is not.

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    Re: Am I missing some forum rules?

    Back in the day it was crazy on here, almost everything but garter snake conversations.

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    Re: Am I missing some forum rules?

    yeah i know, i've read a lot of old threads and have a very good idea.

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    Re: Am I missing some forum rules?

    Sounds like a good rule. Now I know about it I can follow it. :-)
    Chris
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