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Higher Standard Required : Descriptive Titles Required in Discussion Forums

Discussion in 'Our Rules - Higher Standard Required' started by Destee, Dec 14, 2010.

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  1. Destee

    Destee destee.com STAFF

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    Peace and Blessings Family,

    Descriptive titles are the best titles, so I want them here ... :)

    A descriptive title helps everyone know what the topic of the thread is about, what is inside, before even clicking.

    A descriptive title helps the discussion stay focused, for the topic is at the top for all to see, right?

    A descriptive title helps the community's overall well-being, demonstrating our ability to present focused and succinct information, among other things.

    The following titles are not descriptive titles, they tell us nothing about the content of the thread, and are no longer allowed :

    • Have you heard about this?
    • Guess What?!
    • This makes me sick!
    • They did it again!
    • Help!
    • Did you see this?
    We have a new rule / policy ... effective immediately ... DESCRIPTIVE TITLES ARE REQUIRED ... as the pros far outweigh the cons.

    At this point, I do not see this new policy having the consequence of getting you warned, suspended or banned.

    What we will do though, is change the title of your thread, if we deem it necessary.

    So rather than having us come up with your title ... it's better that you do it yourself ... in a clear, concise manner ... :D

    If you come close to a descriptive title, we'll be happy, but the virtually "empty" titles ... should expect to be brought up to par.

    This is new, so of course we're all feeling our way with it, and will learn together the best way to proceed.

    If a Moderator or Administrator changes the title of your thread, an edit note (on the first post) will be displayed.

    Ohhhh ... and this only applies to thread titles in the Discussion Forums, not Poetry.

    Okay ... let's see how this is gonna work ... :look:

    If you have any questions, concerns, etc., let us know.

    Much Love and Peace.

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    Destee
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    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Destee some people have titles and it has nothing to do with what they are talking about in the thread...and it's almost misleading
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  3. Destee

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    Peace and Blessings Sister,

    You're right, but that hasn't quite risen to the level of "empty" titles, requiring its own policy.

    I don't foresee us, THE MODERATING TEAM, actually going in and confirming or denying that titles match the content within ... for what one person considers relative, another may not ... that's a much more difficult call to make.

    But simply viewing the titles that say nothing, well ... we aint even gotta click to see that ... for the title speaks for itself ... saying virtually nothing ... no matter what is inside.

    You feel me?

    If the "bait and switch" problem you're citing grows to a level requiring its own policy, we'll do that.

    In fact, this new policy may encourage those that make the kind of threads you've mentioned, do better in the future.

    Better focus in one place, automatically encourages better focus in other places, so there is hope ... :wink:

    Does this help Sister?

    Let me know.

    Love You!

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    Destee
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    Another thing too Sister MsInterpret ... if there is only one or two people doing what you're describing, we don't want to make a rule for the whole family to be subject to ... just because one or two are out of order.

    After clicking on a few threads started by a Member, one can easily anticipate what kind of dialogue and/or experience to expect.

    If you don't want that, don't go to their threads.

    My point is, it's easily contained if it is just one or two ... easily manageable on an individual level.

    But this issue ... folk making "empty" thread titles ... has grown bigger than any one or two individuals ... many do it ... and it hurts us ... so before it gets any worse ... i thought we'd better try and nip it in the bud.

    Again though ... if what you speak of becomes more regular, consistent, across the board, etc. ... we'll address it.

    Thank You! :kiss:

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    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yup this helps!! Thanks a bunch!
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    Reminder Family ... descriptive (and respectful) titles are required.

    I see titles that are virtually empty ... no clue of what's actually inside the thread.

    If you don't want me / us changing your titles ... please make them descriptive and respectful.

    If you have any questions, let us know.

    Love You!

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    Destee
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    Family ... please make your titles in the discussion areas descriptive.

    I don't want to make them descriptive for you ... though i will if i must ... and i won't be leaving notes letting you know i did it.

    I don't even wanna do it ... let alone take the extra time to leave a note say'n i did it ... feel me?

    I need yall to handle this part ... making sure your titles are descriptive ... on the threads you create.

    Thanks and Love You!

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    Destee
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    Just a reminder Family ... no notice is left if your title is changed because it's not descriptive enough.

    Though i prefer yall do it your own self ... make 'em descriptive.

    Love You and Thanks!

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    Destee
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    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm glad you brought this to my attention, Sis. I wondered how the title got changed on the thread I started about Gabby Douglas...lol Had me scratching my head for a minute. I realize now the original title was ambiguous and this clears up my confusion. I will remember to do this next time.

    Queenie :heart:
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    I knew you would appreciate knowing the rules ... :love:

    They've changed so much since you've been gone ... seems like anyway ... :)

    I'll bring them up as needed, and anything else i think may help you.

    If you have any questions just ask ... so good having you home! ... :grouphug:

    Much Much Love and Peace!

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    Destee