This: ?????????? should not be allowed

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  1. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    Hi there,

    Just wanted to make a suggestion on thread titles. I may be the only one, but I think that thread titles with repeated question marks (?????) are annoying and unnecessary. It only suggests unnecessary urgency and importance to the thread the poster has written. Therefore I think there should be a rule that states that threads with more than one repeated question mark in the title will be deleted until renamed.

    Thanks,

    Ams.
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Pretty harsh suggested response don't you think. In general it is relatively trivial for the mods to change a thread title, so if you think it is a problem then please report it and then we can assess the situation.

    I don't see it all too often so am not sure that it is such a widespread problem that it needs to be written in to the rules
     
  3. stridemat Moderator

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    Surely that would be !!!!!!!!!!

    ???????? would mean its a very big question.
     
  4. arkitect macrumors 601

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    You're not the only one. I agree with you. :p
    Your solution is a little harsh, yes, but all those repeated question (and exclamation) marks are annoying. :)
     
  5. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I know what I'm suggesting is a little trivial, but I think it's unnecessary. I think a solution to this could be: instead of adding repeated question marks, add the "?" icon in front of a post. This could be a more elegant, less annoying and more effective solution to getting your question answered.

    Thank you for your tolerance,

    Ams.
     
  6. Surely Guest

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    ^^^^^"Thank you for your tolerance" coming from someone named "anti-microsoft" has to be somewhat ironic, right??????



    Stop yelling, I'm here now.
     
  7. Tailpike1153 macrumors 6502a

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    As a compromise, I say use of more than 3 punctuation marks in a no-no. Unless the MR poster has been named SJ's replacement. I'll also make allowance for anyone replacing Schiller, Ive or Cook
     
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Yes. What we need are more rules at MacDisney. :rolleyes:
     
  9. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

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    hahaha! True, I joined in 2006 when Microsoft was Apple's biggest enemy... If I could just rename myself to "ALittleLessTolerantOfGoogleThanApple"

    Ams.
     
  10. stridemat Moderator

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Thanks for responding so promptly.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Why not simply report any thread title that you think is inappropriate? After all, that's what this button [​IMG] is for.
     
  12. ghostlyorb macrumors 6502a

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    And yet you put it in your title? I know it was to make a point.. but sorta hypocritical...
     
  13. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Any post with more than five punctuation marks in a row should be redirected to a page that says in big animated letters, on the edge of a volcano, with dancing hamsters next to it, the following quote:

    [SIZE="5"][SIZE="5"][SIZE="5"][B][B][B][B][B]Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind. - Terry Pratchett[/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/SIZE][B][B][B][B][B][/b][/b][/b][/b][/b][/SIZE][B][B][B][B][B][/b][/b][/b][/b][/b][/SIZE][B][B][B][B][B][/b][/b][/b][/b][/b][B][B][B][B][/B][/B][/B][/B]
     
  14. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Maybe it means they're not sure, as in: "What is Toronto???"
     
  15. Nermal Moderator

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    I hear that it's a US city.

    Make it stop! :eek:
     
  16. AppleMatt macrumors 68000

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    Do we really need more rules, when the people breaking them aren't likely to know of their existence in the first place????????

    ???

    AppleMatt
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    Agreed, I think we should be less concerned about the number of question marks in a title and perhaps what the OP wrote.
     
  18. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    People who don't punctuate properly should be punched in the face. Zero tolerance...
     
  19. stridemat Moderator

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    Pot, Kettle, Black ;)
     
  20. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Not nearly as annoying as mystery meat thread titles.
     
  21. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    who cares how many question marks are in the odd thread????

    I vote for immediate deletion of completely useless threads ... forget wasteland ... just delete them. :cool:
     
  22. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Wasteland serves two main purposes. One, as an example to others. Two, so that people know where their threads have gone. It takes about five seconds to move a thread in there.

    In many cases, deleting threads can make more work because the thread starter can often contact mods asking where their thread has disappeared to.
     
  23. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    good answer ... I never looked at it that way.

    OK then ... more useless threads put straight into wasteland.
     
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