Nabbing Stories Then Closing Threads

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  1. ericgtr12 macrumors 6502a

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    Is it normal practice to swipe a story from a post, put it on the front page and then close the thread of the person who originally shared it? Sort of uncool.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    They don't "swipe stories" from posts. They post news articles and threads for discussion. Sometimes, a member may post before the news article comes out, but that doesn't mean they got the story from that post. In most cases, they don't even see individual posts, since there are too many to keep up with.

    If you're referring to this thread, the news thread was posted 4 hours earlier.
     
  3. ericgtr12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not at all, in fact the thread you're citing is a great example making your case. I noticed right after I posted it that you guys already had it on the front page, in fact I tried to delete it but couldn't. :)

    I'm actually referring to the JJ Abrams story, which appeared almost simultaneously with the front page.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Here is some information from the FAQ that might help answer some of your questions. It also explains how to send in a news tip.

    We normally close previous threads on the same topic to keep all the discussion in one place, rather than multiple threads.

     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It wasn't simultaneous.

    Front Page News Thread:
    Subsequent user-posted threads:
     
  6. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Our moderators will sometimes close discussion threads that are duplicate topics of news stories, because we like to keep discussion organized in one location as best we can.

    Long ago we used to merge pre-existing threads on topics into our news threads, but we found that often confused readers who expected to see our news posts at the top of the threads.

    We do attempt to credit forum threads that bring news items to our attention, but even when something is posted in the forums we usually find out about it from somewhere else. There's just too many threads going on in the forums for us to efficiently keep track of what's being posted on a minute-by-minute basis.

    For that reason, we encourage forum members to shoot us an email at tips@macrumors.com if they see something interesting in the forums or have posted it themselves. That will make sure to bring it to our attention. And even in those cases, there's a chance we may already be working on an article if we find out about breaking news through other channels. But we definitely appreciate all tips.
     
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