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  1. Skwim

    Skwim Veteran Member

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    How about a chronological listing of our personal OPs. Is there such a thing?
     
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  2. Smart_Guy

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    You can start a new thread of the same discussion if you want, and it would give better views and posts. It is not against the rules. However, it makes sense to do that only if the discussion in the existing thread is has tapered off, as you said. Threads here don't lock up for being old and inactive, so reviving them is possible and better if you want to quote someone in it. Keep in mind that quoting others to new threads requires their permission.
     
  3. Smart_Guy

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    We are discussing issues related to these in the Staff HQ (ha, I feel special now :p). Now even member's old Started Threads don't show.

    If other Staffers have something to say here, please do.
     
  4. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    I notice many posters contributing in a DIR not their own, & there appear to be no sanctions against this.
    How does this work now?
    Under the old system, we had color coding which allowed various levels of participation.
    The old rules relating to color coding are still published, but I can't remember what the colors were for each DIR.
    It isn't even clear if the rules are obsolete relics.
    Suggestion....
    The old color coding system worked, & should be re-instituted.
    (For example, I could converse with Buddhists, & this went swimmingly.)
    Put a letter in () next to each forum's name to represent the color, eg, (G), (P), (B)
    This also has the advantage that color blind posters can see the status.
     
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  5. Thief

    Thief Rogue Theologian

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    it's been awhile....any word on the old stuff?
    is it still stashed away somewhere?
     
  6. Smart_Guy

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    The old stuff are there somewhere just like other threads. For some reason searching old threads and posts from the User Profile does not bring all results but using the search feature does access them. For now, search for keywords for your own username to find your old stuff.

    Still no response from the RF technician. It could be a limitation in the new software that stood in the way.
     
  7. sun rise

    sun rise Śvāna Dharma
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    The letter idea is a good one.

    As to sanctions, I post in different DIRs because I consider myself a member of various groups. There has never been an issue except when I as a Jew posted in the Jewish DIR and was chastised for not practicing Judaism (actually mentioning "Jewish" in the religion field) so I've not posted there since. I take inspiration from Hazrat Inayat Khan, a Sufi teacher of the Chisti lneage in India:
    The Sufi shows his universal brotherhood in his adaptability. Among Christians he is a Christian, among Jews he is a Jew, among Muslims he is a Muslim, among Hindus he is a Hindu; for he is one with all, and thus all are with him. He allows everyone to join in his brotherhood, and in the same way he allows himself to join in any other.
    This can, of course, upset those who disagree with this philosophy.
     
  8. Rick O'Shez

    Rick O'Shez Irishman bouncing off walls

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    Personally I don't see this as a problem. Not everyone here fits neatly into a particular box, and it's good if people can explore other traditions and schools of thought.

    In my view the only rule for DIR's is that they should be a safe environment, in other words there should be no direct criticism of the particular tradition involved. I think it's pretty obvious when people enter a DIR to stir up trouble, and from what I've seen it doesn't happen very often. I used to moderate on Buddhist forums so I have a sense of the issues involved here.
     
  9. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    I agree, since I used to converse with the Buddhists.
    But the problem is the risk of getting an infraction.
    I've been kicked out of places when I was not troubling anyone.
    Twas never from the Buddhist forum.
    Enforcement is unpredictable, & those points last a long time.
     
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  10. Brent W

    Brent W Resident Tech Guy

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    We only return x amount of posts and threads when you browse via the User Profile. I can look at increasing this a bit.
     
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  11. Thief

    Thief Rogue Theologian

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    I realize my posting technique has changed quite a bit over the past seven years.
    I'm looking to review
    can't help but wonder if my perspective has shifted as well

    you got enough tech to send all threads by Thief to my email?
     
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  12. Quagmire

    Quagmire Imaginary talking monkey
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    It depends on what kind of participation we're talking about. For the time being, we're treating all DIRs as "Blue":
    Ideally, we'll get that back at some point.

    Nobody can, which is why we're treating them all as blue for now.

    Rule 10 arguably is at this point.

    For several months now, we (and by "we" I mean @Quintessence, with a suggestion or two here and there from the rest of us :D) have been working on updating and revising all of our rules.

    Since we've been taking them in order and rule 10 is in fact, rule 10, it'll be the last one to get an update (we already merged rule 9 and 11 into one rule).

    The we're going to work on our new Rule 11 which will be, "All members from Revoltingstan must post in hot-pink font at all times" (we'll roll that one out soon as we can come up with a catchier title).

    Well, it only sort of worked, but it was better than anything else we've been able to come up with.

    Then people are going to have to remember what the letters mean, and when they figure it out they'll still have to go and check to see what the colors mean. :p

    Too many steps. Maybe something like (O) for open and (C) for closed, although we might have the same problem there too.

    Really, partial solution though it was, I don't think anything is going to work as well as the color-coding did, so maybe once we're up to rule 10 we can find out if that can be re-instated.
     
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  13. Smart_Guy

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    Is it possible to make it unlimited?
     
  14. Brent W

    Brent W Resident Tech Guy

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    Unfortunately not right now.
     
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  15. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    As long as you are good with the Four Dharma Seals (linked in my signature line,) you should be fine in the Buddhism DIR. (Three Marks of Existence--Impermanence, Unsatisfactoriness, Not-Self, plus Nirvana.)
     
  16. Rick O'Shez

    Rick O'Shez Irishman bouncing off walls

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    I'd better keep quiet about my heretical views then. ;)
     
  17. Rick O'Shez

    Rick O'Shez Irishman bouncing off walls

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    That doesn't sound right to me. It would be nice to think that people were encouraged to explore other traditions on a forum like this.
     
  18. 4consideration

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    Sorry to butt in here, since I'm no longer staff, but it seems it may be worthy of mentioning this regarding participation in DIRs by non-members.

    One of issues with DIR's is that they are not debate locations. Problems tend to arise when non-members of a group start making assertions about the scriptures/beliefs of a religion/group that they believe to be accurate, but the members of the group are in strong disagreement with. A debate begins.

    Often this is the result of an innocent disagreement/misunderstanding/ignorance of the issues/terms, etc. However, this sometimes appears to be a sneak-attack by someone opposed to the religion/group.

    (I'll stop commenting now. :) )
     
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  19. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    Oh, dear......I don't know any of those things.
    I never even got certified as an atheist.
     
  20. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    Apparently, armchair philosophers are quite territorial.
     
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