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MacFan26
Jun 25, 2004, 02:35 AM
I was just recently looking at my profile when I noticed that I have 408 posts, but if I click on "find all posts," it says there are 410, is there a reason why I'm missing two posts from my count?

bousozoku
Jun 25, 2004, 03:00 AM
I was just recently looking at my profile when I noticed that I have 408 posts, but if I click on "find all posts," it says there are 410, is there a reason why I'm missing two posts from my count?

If you've made posts in the political threads, they don't count toward your total.

MacFan26
Jun 25, 2004, 03:29 AM
If you've made posts in the political threads, they don't count toward your total.

Ah, that explains it, thanks a lot :)

MacDawg
Jun 25, 2004, 05:20 AM
I seem to remember that being stated in another thread, but I never saw an explanation as to why. Not that it matters, (I tend to read much more than I post) I was just curious as to why those were excluded. Any explanation given anywhere?

King Cobra
Jun 25, 2004, 03:49 PM
arn or Mr. A will tell you (and I'm actually trying to recall something that Mr. A said somewhere -- I refuse to search) that the focus of the forums is on Mac Rumors, not politics. In addition, most political topics end up in arguments or simply end up "going nowhere," filling up the political forum with posts that also "go nowhere." So posts in that section don't count.

Hell, go ask skunk. I've seen him post a lot in the political forums just by looking at the "Last post" column of the main forum page, though he doesn't have as many posts as you would expect. And since he's been active in the political forums for a long time now, he'll show you just what posts/threads demonstrate the "going nowhere" effect.

zimv20
Jun 25, 2004, 06:11 PM
there was a history of people coming to MR only to argue politics and spamming up the place. amid complaints (e.g. "you don't even have a mac" and "is this forum the only place you post?") and other considerations, the decision was made.

of course, one may argue that posts in the community forum shouldn't count, either. but i personally haven't made that argument :-)

bousozoku
Jun 25, 2004, 06:36 PM
there was a history of people coming to MR only to argue politics and spamming up the place. amid complaints (e.g. "you don't even have a mac" and "is this forum the only place you post?") and other considerations, the decision was made.

of course, one may argue that posts in the community forum shouldn't count, either. but i personally haven't made that argument :-)

Back then, the posts were all in Community since there was no Political area so they were much more visible than they are now.

zimv20
Jun 25, 2004, 06:47 PM
Back then, the posts were all in Community since there was no Political area so they were much more visible than they are now.
that must have been before i was here.

iirc, it used to be the case that the political subjects were included w/ the community ones on the MR front page. that caused some complaints, too.

rainman::|:|
Jun 25, 2004, 06:55 PM
the other problem is that it's terrifically easy to find things in the political forum to reply to, so someone that wants to jolt their postcount can just spend a day or two there arguing. admittedly i don't go into the political forum, because people don't listen, and it's exhausting. so maybe my opinion is skewed when i say, arn is right.

paul

zimv20
Jun 25, 2004, 07:03 PM
admittedly i don't go into the political forum, because people don't listen, and it's exhausting.
i find that if you put a couple select people on your ignore list, the signal to noise ratio increases greatly. good and informative discussion is a daily occurrence.

musicpyrite
Jun 25, 2004, 07:19 PM
If you've made posts in the political threads, they don't count toward your total.

And also posts that end up in the Wasteland don't count either.