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Feature Request: Original Posters can lock their own thread

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  • Jun 17th, 2012 7:39 pm
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Feature Request: Original Posters can lock their own thread

I think that would be handy :)
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If OPs were given the ability to lock their own threads then would they be given the ability to unlock their own threads?

If so, there should be an exception if a moderator were to lock an OP's thread, in that an OP can undo his/her own lock but not a modlock. Because if a moderator locked an OPs thread for, say, attacking or for posting incendiary materials, it is counter-intuitive to give the OP lock/unlocking privileges because they can just undo the lock and continue the thread.
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I think this would be a dreadful idea.

If the thread started serves no use it fades away or is locked due to some violation.

How frustrating would it be to be enjoying a debate and then have the OP lock it because they did not like the direction or were just being controlling.

Trolls would love it - they would start more threads! And shut them down at the most opportune time.

No, bad idea.

If you start a thread it is an invitation for others to use it as a point of conversation. It would be inappropriate to then just shut it down and kick the guests out of the house. Best not to start the thread to begin with.
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ishfish wrote:
Jun 16th, 2012 11:05 am
I think this would be a dreadful idea.

If the thread started serves no use it fades away or is locked due to some violation.

How frustrating would it be to be enjoying a debate and then have the OP lock it because they did not like the direction or were just being controlling.

Trolls would love it - they would start more threads! And shut them down at the most opportune time.

No, bad idea.

If you start a thread it is an invitation for others to use it as a point of conversation. It would be inappropriate to then just shut it down and kick the guests out of the house. Best not to start the thread to begin with.
Yup. You are right.

There is nothing wrong with the current method of just asking a mod or admin to close it for you -- some argue that PMing an admin seems to be the only effective way.
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ishfish wrote:
Jun 16th, 2012 11:05 am
I think this would be a dreadful idea.

If the thread started serves no use it fades away or is locked due to some violation.

How frustrating would it be to be enjoying a debate and then have the OP lock it because they did not like the direction or were just being controlling.

Trolls would love it - they would start more threads! And shut them down at the most opportune time.

No, bad idea.

If you start a thread it is an invitation for others to use it as a point of conversation. It would be inappropriate to then just shut it down and kick the guests out of the house. Best not to start the thread to begin with.
Agreed. Just because you're the OP doesn't mean you own the thread. Regardless of who started it, it's an open discussion thread on a public discussion forum. You don't get to control how it goes just because you came up with the idea for it.
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Manatus wrote:
Jun 16th, 2012 12:50 pm
Agreed. Just because you're the OP doesn't mean you own the thread. Regardless of who started it, it's an open discussion thread on a public discussion forum. You don't get to control how it goes just because you came up with the idea for it.
Exactly. And the mods do a great job to begin with.
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ishfish wrote:
Jun 16th, 2012 11:05 am
I think this would be a dreadful idea.
Yes, this is the forum equivalent of sticking your fingers into your ears and screaming loudly when a debate doesn't go the way you are expecting... there are a good number of trolls here who would make rabid use of such a "feature", if it were implemented.

At least now, when a borderline-troll posts a dumb thread, he or she can get a well-deserved smackdown from more mature users.
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As a user/member Im kind of on a fence about this one.. What happens if a long standing and useful thread, or a thread with a firesale is suddenly deleted by the OP? Or maybe the thread backfires and he suddenly wants to get rid of it, eventhough the discussion may still be important for others to continue? :confused:
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I have noticed recently in OT one can request that a moderator will close a thread upon request. And it is done.

It is annoying.

It is like being kicked out of a restaurant after your first bite. If you do not want patrons don't open a restaurant.
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I think it's a good and bad idea - I think users having the option to close/delete their own threads in the BST boards would be useful but everywhere else I think it could be highly disruptive...


People could abuse the system by posting controversial posts i.e flame-baiting posts and then quickly close them before anyone can reply
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+1 @DREW87; however, it could be sometime before the mods actually do lock the thread and by that time, the trolls would've already had their say. I've seen this happen countless times.
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mrperfect wrote:
Jun 16th, 2012 3:59 pm
As a user/member Im kind of on a fence about this one.. What happens if a long standing and useful thread, or a thread with a firesale is suddenly deleted by the OP? Or maybe the thread backfires and he suddenly wants to get rid of it, eventhough the discussion may still be important for others to continue? :confused:
What about threads where the OP wants a genuine discussion and people start trolling and the thread gets locked? Why not just delete/ban the people who troll and let the thread stay open? it's the same concept.

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