Wasteland vs "Magic" away

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by CalBoy, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I'm just curious as to the difference between wastelanding a thread and simply making it disappear.

    The reason I bring it up is because of those faux-marketplace threads that keep getting started by posters who don't qualify for marketplace privileges. Why are those wastelanded and not made to disappear? Can't someone who does want to engage in the trade still PM the OP after it's been wastelanded?

    I'm sure I'm missing something, but I was curious as to why those types of threads are handled this way (especially since there have been more lately).
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    We're lazy...adding a post to a Wastelanded thread is easier than deleting the thread and then sending a PM (or not bothering to send a PM) to the poster about why the thread was deleted.

    I guess we'd like to think that members won't want to get involved in a deal coming out of the Wasteland. Sometimes we'll edit the original post to remove the info about the item, but again, we're lazy sometimes and don't always do that.
  3. lancestraz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 27, 2005
    I can't believe you had the energy to type that whole post!
  4. iPhil macrumors 68040


    He didn't .. std response to 'bout threads that go into wasteland.. :eek: :p :rolleyes:
  5. CalBoy thread starter macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Oh....:eek: :p

    Well, at least I know that I haven't glossed over some important reason. :p
  6. Mudbug Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    what? Being lazy isn't important enoug... ;)
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Well, at least you mods have to stay alert enough to keep from falling face first into the keyboard.

    I hear drool is murder on the keyboards.
  8. CalBoy thread starter macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Well, I can't argu...meh, I'll finish the rest of this post later:p
  9. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Sometimes we prefer to Wasteland a thread rather than delete it, for a few reasons: It can help convey forum rules to not only the original poster but to other members. It's more open, less secretive. It preserves the visibility of any posts in the thread by other members. And some members enjoy reading the Wasteland forum. So, if it's fairly harmless to keep a thread around, we like to do so.

    There are downsides, however: We want to correct forum members who don't know or follow the rules; our intent isn't to embarrass them. Leaving the thread visible can lead to second-guessing by people who would have handled it differently (kept the thread active or deleted it entirely). We don't want posts that shouldn't be viewed at all to be visible in the Wasteland. For example, you'll rarely see the worst threads, e.g., by spammers who paste in huge lists of products for sale. They are (usually) so quickly reported and deleted that most members aren't aware of them, and that's how we want it.

    With Marketplace threads, our intent is to keep the Marketplace running smoothly, to help the members who participate. If an advertiser spams our forums, we don't leave their thread visible at all. But if a Newbie is selling an iPod sock, and the thread is in the Wasteland, it's not harmful to the Marketplace forum. We don't want ineligible users to get away with selling items by posting them and having them stay visible in the Wasteland, so we often delete them or edit them. When we choose to leave them, buyers who are still interested in a Wastelanded offer have certainly gotten fair warning!

    The moderators make these judgement calls all day long. I hope that explains more about why and how they do this.
  10. kwood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    In the Great White North.
    I was going to respond to this, but I was to lazy to fi...
  11. CalBoy thread starter macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007

    Thanks for that in-depth answer. :)

    I guess I understand what you mean by "harmless" as the threads aren't spam and such.

    However, the last line about mod judgement calls was probably the most informative.

    Thanks again.
  12. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus


    Nov 28, 2001
    down in Fraggle Rock
    Actually we all have our own system. e I think uses a magic 8 ball to tell him what to do. Q reads tea leaves. Mitt uses interpretive dance. devilot uses a Ouija board. I do what ever the invisible woodland creatures tell me to do - you don't want to make them angry :eek:
  13. cbrain macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2006
    North-East, UK
    WildCowboy implied that it was Moderators who are lazy, not members! :D

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