Could we have an Alternate OS thread?

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  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604

    chrono1081

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    Hi Macrumors,

    I was wondering if it would be possible to make an "Alternate OS" thread for the tons of Android/Windows/whatever threads that pop up. Its annoying to come to mac rumors and find more Android threads then anything in the iPad section. A lot of these are nothing more than troll threads with masks on.

    By creating an Alternate OS thread if people wanted to yap about Android/Windows/Etc they could go there and keep the other threads clear.
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    I'm fairly sure you're not the only one who has the same concern, especially when iPad threads get derailed.

    A few years ago, when the iPhone came out and the iPhone forums were set up, there were also a lot of threads in there about other phones and manufacturers, which seemed to annoy a lot of people and draw a lot of hostile discussion, so much so that I created a poll and placed it as a sticky in there to gauge how people felt about using the iPhone forums in this way.

    From memory, after 3-4 months of leaving the poll open, I think it split fairly evenly, with about half of the iPhone regulars wanting to keep it purely iPhone-related, the other half wanting to talk about rival smartphones in the iPhone forum.

    There was some discussion about having a policy where we would move Nokia-related threads (for instance) into Community Discussion, a practice that didn't really work out and doesn't seem to have been continued, perhaps because the problem has subdued a little or that it didn't represent an ideal solution either.

    So, it's a similar situation and has affected more than just the iPad forums over the years. Perhaps there's scope for setting up a new, broad but carefully limited umbrella or sub-forum for non-Apple tech with a little shuffling around.

    Or perhaps it might be best to just ride it out for a while, sit tight, keep an eye on whether this is a temporary thing and see where things stand in a few months. The tablet tide is high right now; what will it be like when the water recedes a little?
     
  3. Consultant macrumors G5

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    The derailing posts typically reduces once the iPad competitor of the month runs out of advertising / shilling budget for their specific product.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No, it wouldn't. People don't bother to post relevant replies in the proper "mega threads" in the first place (take a look at the daily "Just got my MBP" threads as an example). Plus, Android/Windows/whatever threads are often on different enough topics that merging them would cause accusations of stifling discussion of alternative OSs.
     

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