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Old October 19 2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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What Kind of Topics Would You Like to See in Miscellaneous?

Inspired by a thread started by {Emilia} in the Narnia-like section of the board known as TNZ, I'd like to take some suggestions on possible topics for discussion here in Miscellaneous, since things have become rather stagnant discussion-wise as of late.

I'd prefer if we solely provided suggestions for things you'd like to see discussed rather than pointing out existing topics or threads you dislike, since we don't want to scare anyone off or prevent them from having the kind of threads they prefer. Keep it positive and constructive and focused on what you'd like to see rather than what you dislike, please. If you disagree with a suggestion that is made and feel you have to say something, try and do so politely.

Sometimes you might want to discuss something but don't feel confident or sure about starting a thread on your own. Well, this might be an opportunity to put an idea out there and maybe have someone else start it for you. Perhaps you don't think the subject matter is allowed, like how many people don't think political or controversial subjects are allowed in Miscellaneous even though they are.

Please be mindful that the goal is to generate ongoing discussion of a meaningful or extensive nature. Which is not to say that discussions of what you just ate or listened to don't have their place and aren't perfectly acceptable, but the responses are usually just one line answers and not any kind of recurring dialogue. Nor should my comment be taken to mean the suggestions all have to be super serious. A creative writing thread or something else fun is welcome too. The goal is just to get some positive and lasting discussion flowing.

I look forward to seeing your suggestions.
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Old October 19 2014, 06:11 PM   #2
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Re: What Kind of Topics Would You Like to See in Miscellaneous?

I love the idea of a creative writing thread. Perhaps there could be subjects/genres/general ideas/you get the idea of the week or month. Keeping on the creative track, didn't there used to be an art thread? There are a lot of creative souls on this board and it would be good to have an active thread for people to share their arts and crafts as well as to ask for advice/opinions and discuss their favourite medium, what inspires them, and so forth.
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Old October 19 2014, 07:15 PM   #3
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^ Thanks for your suggestions. I went ahead and bumped the existing "Casual Artwork" thread which had been dead since March, and started a new Creative Writing thread, incorporating your idea about possible monthly theme writing projects that could grow into a new Miscellaneous contest similar to the avatar threads but for writing. Hopefully that generates some interest.
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Old October 19 2014, 07:18 PM   #4
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Re: What Kind of Topics Would You Like to See in Miscellaneous?

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I love the idea of a creative writing thread. Perhaps there could be subjects/genres/general ideas/you get the idea of the week or month. Keeping on the creative track, didn't there used to be an art thread? There are a lot of creative souls on this board and it would be good to have an active thread for people to share their arts and crafts as well as to ask for advice/opinions and discuss their favourite medium, what inspires them, and so forth.
Those are some good ideas!

How about a thread for suggestions for discussion threads? Meaning an area for members to put suggestions in and then we can go from there.
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Old October 19 2014, 07:19 PM   #5
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How about a thread for suggestions for discussion threads? Meaning an area for members to put suggestions in and then we can go from there.
I'll start one. Here you go:

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.ph...4#post10259944



Seriously though, that's what this thread is for. Suggest away.
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Old October 19 2014, 07:39 PM   #6
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Re: What Kind of Topics Would You Like to See in Miscellaneous?

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ISP Zombie wrote: View Post
How about a thread for suggestions for discussion threads? Meaning an area for members to put suggestions in and then we can go from there.
I'll start one. Here you go:

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.ph...4#post10259944

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Old October 19 2014, 07:44 PM   #7
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I want a thread for posting pornography and insulting Locutus.
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Old October 19 2014, 07:45 PM   #8
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I don't know who that is.
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Old October 19 2014, 07:46 PM   #9
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Re: What Kind of Topics Would You Like to See in Miscellaneous?

Well since we don't have people like Barcalow or Jayson or even Baggins anymore, it's gonna be harder to start really interesting threads, innit?
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Old October 19 2014, 07:54 PM   #10
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Well since we don't have people like Barcalow or Jayson or even Baggins anymore, it's gonna be harder to start really interesting threads, innit?
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Old October 19 2014, 07:54 PM   #11
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^ Ah, I see. Your plan is simple, yet also impossible. Very efficient!
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Old October 19 2014, 08:05 PM   #12
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I also started a General News Thread for articles people might not feel warrant an entire thread.

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=257050
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Old October 19 2014, 08:46 PM   #13
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I'd like to take some suggestions on possible topics for discussion here in Miscellaneous, since things have become rather stagnant discussion-wise as of late.
The last time I visited this board was several years ago. I'm seeing the same threads on the go now as back then. Stagnant it feels.

My suggestion is to stimulate more creativity. Allow someone to start a thread about something they're making. Like a project log. Let it serve as an inspiration to others to start their own projects, with their own logs.

That could be a great source of interest, entertainment, and discussion.
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Old October 19 2014, 11:30 PM   #14
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Re: What Kind of Topics Would You Like to See in Miscellaneous?

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I'd like to take some suggestions on possible topics for discussion here in Miscellaneous, since things have become rather stagnant discussion-wise as of late.
The last time I visited this board was several years ago. I'm seeing the same threads on the go now as back then. Stagnant it feels.

My suggestion is to stimulate more creativity. Allow someone to start a thread about something they're making. Like a project log. Let it serve as an inspiration to others to start their own projects, with their own logs.

That could be a great source of interest, entertainment, and discussion.
That's an interesting idea - heck, I've been in the midst of my own project (to walk through every neighborhood in Manhattan and photograph what I see there). I could certainly start a thread for it, post and annotate pictures, provide updates on my progress, etc. My only concern about the general policy is ... would those kinds of threads become too overwhelming? And would people only be posting in their own, rather than visiting others'? (I ask, because while I like the idea, I'm genuinely curious about how others might see such threads.)
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Old October 20 2014, 12:23 AM   #15
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Is any topic really off limits in Misc. ? I thought the main provsio was to keep it civil and on topic, and not resort to attacking the poster.
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