The thread trend that drives me mad

I've been noticing a trend on here: Take a point leave a point.

I clicked on Gen Discussion, and saw this.

I don't get the point. I always thought this site was a great place to discuss our love of comics, characters, and creators, but the idea of giving and leaving points is well... lame. The point is that I go into the forums, and this is all I see. I have to sift through people adding and subtracting in order to find the good stuff on here. What it really boils down to is that these are simply a "Who do you like/dislike" thread with no discussion or solid argument.

I also hate this blog I wrote.

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Posted by Billy Batson

This blog -1 point.
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Posted by Aiden Cross

So lock them, you're staff :P

Posted by inferiorego

That would be mean and it technically doesn't break any rules... I don't want to abuse my power...

YET

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Posted by VictorGrey

I agree with what IE is saying, there's too much of these threads around and they're practically useless.

Posted by Aiden Cross

@inferiorego said:

That would be mean and it technically doesn't break any rules... I don't want to abuse my power...

YET

You're staff! YOU MAKE THE RULES! :P

Posted by Mercy_
@Aiden Cross

@inferiorego said:

That would be mean and it technically doesn't break any rules... I don't want to abuse my power...

YET

You're staff! YOU MAKE THE RULES! :P

Give this man an award.
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Posted by sesquipedalophobe

I also don't understand the point of take a point give a point threads, not because they don't provide stimulating discussion but because I hate math.

Posted by Ms. Omega

@sesquipedalophobe said:

I also don't understand the point of take a point give a point threads, not because they don't provide stimulating discussion but because I hate math.

Agreed

Posted by davelecave

Someone made the suggestion that there be a "take a point give a point" forum.

Posted by TDK_1997

They were cool when they were fewer but now there are too many and they are sometimes a little annoying.

Posted by TheGreyOutcastX

Glad to see a member of the staff is not a fan of the mass of take a point games.

Posted by Renchamp

I hate this blog, but that's just because I hate this idea. I participated in one. It was annoying trying to figure out how to copy and paste the right info. Also, it gave me the experience to shamefully relate in this comment. A popular thing doesn't mean it's a good thing.

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Posted by Renee

Originally we only had one of these going at a time and that lasted for like over a year. Then several months ago someone decided to go ahead and make their own, and then everyone started doing it. There are even repeat ones. I've flagged them but I was told they could stay open.

Back in the golden days, a group of us used to get together and discuss who we should put on the list. They were made so much better.

I think that if it is to much, then you should just let humanfly be the one to do it again (if he wants).

Posted by ryu_talkative_batman

@inferiorego said:

That would be mean and it technically doesn't break any rules... I don't want to abuse my power...

YET

Posted by ReVamp

Yeah. It needs to stop. It was funny when Human Fly did it, but now its just getting irritating. I try to stay away from them as much as possible (except for the X-Factor one, which I get wallposts calling me back there).

Posted by InnerVenom123

I really f**king hate these threads.

Ban them.

Posted by InnerVenom123

@davelecave said:

Someone made the suggestion that there be a "take a point give a point" forum.

That's ridiculous.

That'd be like making an "ASK ___" forum back when the ask threads were popular (or, even now, since they're clearly resurfaced).

Posted by Billy Batson

@ReVamp said:

Yeah. It needs to stop. It was funny when Human Fly did it, but now its just getting irritating. I try to stay away from them as much as possible (except for the X-Factor one, which I get wallposts calling me back there).

Says the guy who just posted in the mod one...
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Posted by ReVamp

@Billy Batson said:

@ReVamp said:

Yeah. It needs to stop. It was funny when Human Fly did it, but now its just getting irritating. I try to stay away from them as much as possible (except for the X-Factor one, which I get wallposts calling me back there).

Says the guy who just posted in the mod one...
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The mod one is a parody of all of them, so it really doesn't count. The guy who posted it called them annoying himself. But yeah, fair enough.

Posted by Inverno

Well since even inferiorego agrees these threads suck, it won't be long since other people will notice this too.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

@inferiorego: Worst comes to worst, if the threads dont stop, or cant be stopped, why dont you or someone make it it's own forum like Battles is. That should keep them in a concentrated area for them to run wild in.

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

Sure, give it its own forum. It won't show up on the main page for me, at least. Unfortunately, another annoying theme will open up and everyone will jump on the bandwagon, like my [person] punches [person] in the face idea where everyone agrees that it's good.

Posted by SyIar

@inferiorego said:

That would be mean and it technically doesn't break any rules... I don't want to abuse my power...

YET

DO IT!

PLEASE.

Posted by ragdollpurps

*Goes to post in all of them.*

Posted by InnerVenom123

@ragdollpurps said:

*Goes to post in all of them.*

*Shakes fist*

Edited by k4tzm4n
What it really boils down to is that these are simply a "Who do you like/dislike" thread with no discussion or solid argument.

There's plenty of users that are big fans of that method. The majority of posts in a lot of battles consists of people only saying a name and then vanishing. That's a pet peeve of mine as well. I treat battles as a place to discuss not only the power levels of these characters, but also how they'd act in the circumstance and the "what if?" scenario at hand. I don't get why some people just post and run. I think it's a blast elaborating about that stuff. But hey, if someone wants to show their love with minimal effort, then...meh, to each their own, I suppose?

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Posted by majestic99

@TheGreyOutcastX said:

Glad to see a member of the staff is not a fan of the mass of take a point games.

Same here. But what about "ask this person's name?" threads?

m99

Posted by cyberninja

The worst part is when you receive PM urging you to participate in a "take a point, add a point" thread, and they go on saying "Robin is losing, please vote for Robin ^_^ "   
 

Posted by _Cain_

@CATPANEXE said:

In the interest of compromise....

There's a lot of notable thread types that flood the site. Some that get high notice are " Ask User X " " Vote " and " Take/give point ". Personally I've stated that the existence of these doesn't bother me, though I do get bothered when spammed about voting threads period.

On the side of both parties though...

- The side against: A lot of these threads are in every forum. And there are a lot, to the point they make it a big hassle to find any comic news and discussion topics, the main focus of the site as far as I know. The problem boils down to the threads are " in the way ".

- The side for: The users enjoy participating in these threads, and really the internet is just a way to waste time, which it really just is. Also the site is often dead and there really isn't much to do. In addition some users concern about things like post counts, and completing the task game, which is also warranted by those systems being in place to begin with. The problem boils down to " these threads get a lot of use, the users are having fun using them and they really aren't harming anything. "

Both sides have a valid point as far as I can see.

Suggested solution: What these threads, and any that illicit a repetitious response are, like Post A_____, The User Above/Below, Take A Point, Ask User X, Vote For, ect is " Game Threads ". These are games users play to pass the time in a nutshell. My suggestion is the creation of an easy to access forum named " Games ". Moving any and all to this forum would clear up the other forums, while retaining the game threads themselves thereby satisfying all parties/users. In addition, this could be set in the way the RPG threads are, in that when bumped they don't show up in the general thread feed/Newest Topics for everyone. I don't think it would be too large of an undertaking either, minus the work of the site programmers (sorry), as almost all of these threads are both well known and have a shared keyword or more within the threads title.

If this is a bad suggestion, well screw me in advance, what else is new? ;P

Signed

Posted by primepower53

@VictorGrey said:

I agree with what IE is saying, there's too much of these threads around and they're practically useless.

THIS

Posted by lykopis

@shadowknight666 said:

@CATPANEXE said:

In the interest of compromise....

There's a lot of notable thread types that flood the site. Some that get high notice are " Ask User X " " Vote " and " Take/give point ". Personally I've stated that the existence of these doesn't bother me, though I do get bothered when spammed about voting threads period.

On the side of both parties though...

- The side against: A lot of these threads are in every forum. And there are a lot, to the point they make it a big hassle to find any comic news and discussion topics, the main focus of the site as far as I know. The problem boils down to the threads are " in the way ".

- The side for: The users enjoy participating in these threads, and really the internet is just a way to waste time, which it really just is. Also the site is often dead and there really isn't much to do. In addition some users concern about things like post counts, and completing the task game, which is also warranted by those systems being in place to begin with. The problem boils down to " these threads get a lot of use, the users are having fun using them and they really aren't harming anything. "

Both sides have a valid point as far as I can see.

Suggested solution: What these threads, and any that illicit a repetitious response are, like Post A_____, The User Above/Below, Take A Point, Ask User X, Vote For, ect is " Game Threads ". These are games users play to pass the time in a nutshell. My suggestion is the creation of an easy to access forum named " Games ". Moving any and all to this forum would clear up the other forums, while retaining the game threads themselves thereby satisfying all parties/users. In addition, this could be set in the way the RPG threads are, in that when bumped they don't show up in the general thread feed/Newest Topics for everyone. I don't think it would be too large of an undertaking either, minus the work of the site programmers (sorry), as almost all of these threads are both well known and have a shared keyword or more within the threads title.

If this is a bad suggestion, well screw me in advance, what else is new? ;P

Signed

Phenomenal. ;)

Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy

Just make a whole forum made for them...Then we don't have to see them.

Posted by TheGoldenOne
@cyberninja said:
The worst part is when you receive PM urging you to participate in a "take a point, add a point" thread, and they go on saying "Robin is losing, please vote for Robin ^_^ "   
 
LOL.
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Amen!

Posted by VictorGrey

@cyberninja said:

The worst part is when you receive PM urging you to participate in a "take a point, add a point" thread, and they go on saying "Robin is losing, please vote for Robin ^_^ "

That happens?

Posted by Mercy_

@BiteMe-Fanboy said:

Just make a whole forum made for them...Then we don't have to see them.

This is my solution of choice.

Or lock all but one, and then once that one's done unlock another etc.

That's how they were originally done (all hosted by one user or with his permission) and were numbered and only one at a time. Then everybody else stated making them and there's where problems arose.

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Posted by Mercy_

@Renee said:

Originally we only had one of these going at a time and that lasted for like over a year. Then several months ago someone decided to go ahead and make their own, and then everyone started doing it. There are even repeat ones. I've flagged them but I was told they could stay open.

Back in the golden days, a group of us used to get together and discuss who we should put on the list. They were made so much better.

I think that if it is to much, then you should just let humanfly be the one to do it again (if he wants).

COSIGNED

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Posted by VictorGrey

There isn't enough to have a forum for though. Other forums have hundreds of pages of threads. This one might have somewhere around ten. I just think it would be an odd choice for a forum, and besides what would we call it? "Take a point, add a point" Forum?

Posted by _Zombie_

I usually ignore them, but I will admit that it gets annoying when someone who never bothers to talk to me suddenly pm's me and asks me to participate in a thread I've no interest in participating in.

Posted by HotSauceCommittee

Totally agree...same goes for all the ask X threads, the entire battle forum and all stupid off topic threads like 'whooooo lets count really high.'

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@inferiorego said:

That would be mean and it technically doesn't break any rules... I don't want to abuse my power...

YET

ABUSE IT.  
 
Be the Lex Luthor of Comicvine. He has robot sex slave Lois Lane, he's doing OK. 
Posted by jhazzroucher

I love those threads actually.

Can we also have a "Let's Count from 1 to 1 Googolplex" Thread?

Posted by _Zombie_

@CATPANEXE said:

@ZombieBigfoot said:

I usually ignore them, but I will admit that it gets annoying when someone who never bothers to talk to me suddenly pm's me and asks me to participate in a thread I've no interest in participating in.

Same goes for me, though it's wall spam most times. I didn't care that much initially, but this happened when my status reflected that I was way in surgery and those requests where what I got to see when I came back. I'm selfish for it but I personally focus on my own physical agony over the " devastation one will feel " if a fictional character isn't popular enough in an an unofficial online web poll (seriously that hurt my feelings, why wouldn't it?). Despite attempts to politely request no interest it continues, and things as such file under my new slammed shut door policy for being disrespectful of my person.

I just say something along the lines of 'No thanks' or 'I'll pass' and delete the message.

Posted by The Stegman
Oh yeah?! Well I've been hating them since before it was cool to!
Posted by CATPANEXE

Um? Sorry I said anything, consider it deleted.

Posted by The_Martian

Isn't that what the "Powers" section of this site was for?

Posted by Hawkeye446

@VictorGrey said:

There isn't enough to have a forum for though. Other forums have hundreds of pages of threads. This one might have somewhere around ten. I just think it would be an odd choice for a forum, and besides what would we call it? "Take a point, add a point" Forum?

Catpan suggested it be called "Games" and all those types of threads go there. Like the "ask __ a question" type threads, etc.

@lykopis said:

@shadowknight666 said:

@CATPANEXE said:

In the interest of compromise....

There's a lot of notable thread types that flood the site. Some that get high notice are " Ask User X " " Vote " and " Take/give point ". Personally I've stated that the existence of these doesn't bother me, though I do get bothered when spammed about voting threads period.

On the side of both parties though...

- The side against: A lot of these threads are in every forum. And there are a lot, to the point they make it a big hassle to find any comic news and discussion topics, the main focus of the site as far as I know. The problem boils down to the threads are " in the way ".

- The side for: The users enjoy participating in these threads, and really the internet is just a way to waste time, which it really just is. Also the site is often dead and there really isn't much to do. In addition some users concern about things like post counts, and completing the task game, which is also warranted by those systems being in place to begin with. The problem boils down to " these threads get a lot of use, the users are having fun using them and they really aren't harming anything. "

Both sides have a valid point as far as I can see.

Suggested solution: What these threads, and any that illicit a repetitious response are, like Post A_____, The User Above/Below, Take A Point, Ask User X, Vote For, ect is " Game Threads ". These are games users play to pass the time in a nutshell. My suggestion is the creation of an easy to access forum named " Games ". Moving any and all to this forum would clear up the other forums, while retaining the game threads themselves thereby satisfying all parties/users. In addition, this could be set in the way the RPG threads are, in that when bumped they don't show up in the general thread feed/Newest Topics for everyone. I don't think it would be too large of an undertaking either, minus the work of the site programmers (sorry), as almost all of these threads are both well known and have a shared keyword or more within the threads title.

If this is a bad suggestion, well screw me in advance, what else is new? ;P

Signed

Phenomenal. ;)

Tripled? Awesome, Catpan.

Posted by progenitor

I can't stand those threads. DESTROY THEM.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Lock please

Posted by Video_Martian

@progenitor said:

I can't stand those threads. DESTROY THEM.

YES!!! >:)

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