...Aside from following the rules that you agreed to upon registering...The fact that you can't find a thread similar to the one you want to participate in is no excuse for not following the rules.
But there's nothing in the official rules (http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/forums/index.php/topic,21732.0.html
) about reviving old threads.
In "User’s Guide to Posting on WWGHA", there is a request
to "Please do not revive inactive threads", but it is not an official rule.
It's a pet peeve that some have, and it's usually discouraged in most forums (which is why I included the disclaimer at the top of my post), but it ain't in the rules.
BTW, why does reviving an old thread bother anyone in the first place? On the great list of things worth getting upset over, "reviving an inactive thread" would be way, way down at the bottom. While there certainly are times when there's no reason to bump an old thread, much of the time it is far more appropriate to post in an older thread rather than clutter a forum with a redundant new one.
Why split up a discussion into multiple threads when you can keep it all together in one?
And often I've found in other forums that if you start a new thread on that same topic, some anal-retentive member will get upset at you for not using the search function to find and comment on that existing thread.
So you're damned if you do, damned if you don't.
making three posts, then creating your own thread. This is your third post, a mere twelve hours from your first one. Are you honestly saying that what you had to say couldn't wait twelve hours and, say, thirty minutes (for you to write and check your post, which seems fairly extensive) before you said it? Was it really so important that you couldn't just write it on Notepad or whatever and post it when you would have been able to (now)?
Think about what you're saying here: You're encouraging new members to waste their and everybody's time by posting useless fluff/filler comments on current threads they may not even be interested in instead of
just innocently reviving a thread they are
Do you really want to water down your forum that way?
I understand why you have the 3-posts-before-starting-new-threads rule. What I don't understand is why anyone would then get their panties in a twist over reviving an old thread.
Also, the guy who smited you is (by his own admission) an asshole. So there's that.
The world has too many assholes already. Particularly when you're an atheist who has to deal with hostility from Xian assholes all the time. So it's really demoralizing when your fellow atheists, who should be allies, are assholes to you as well.
you're wrong. The forum is fairly active. During the ~6 hours I slept, about eight threads had several new posts. And those were just the ones I was following. About six more had new posts as well.
Look at the entire "Groups, Events, & Activism" section.
Other than me, nobody has posted there since April
. But that is the section I'm primarily interested in participating in.
I've been a fan of this website for years and have promoted it to others. But most of the conversations in the forum are not ones that I have anything substantive to add to. And I'm far too busy elsewhere to use this as just a casual hangout for shooting the breeze, cracking jokes, etc.
However, I do have ideas on atheist activism I'd like to discuss. Does anyone else?