continued from the ban opey thread: yeh see thats what i mean, why block a thread when theres more discussion to go, but no detrimental effect of a thread? anyway i dont think merging threads would be good, that would get confusing. new threads can come up, but in order to stop this, people should simply stop posting the same thing in each thread. except you have to realise that its hard to join any sort of discussion thread when its 20 pages long. especially when the real answers are burried somewhere in there. but i think a better deal would to have a few more stickies, and another forum guideline other than ellis' long faq. (since the point is that the people who make stupid threads like opey, they dont ask questions or even consider what theyre doing, they just do it) if skip is running out of moderators then he should appoint more, i think its pretty simple. moderators only get insults when they go off banning things and blocking threads and not understanding the perspective of the hundreds of other people in the forum, or at least taking them into account. but we so far have not had a simple poll to ask ppl about moderation, particularly here in the mj forum, one of the bigger ones in the hipforums. going and complaining about a thread is not an answer because that assumes that the problems that moderators act upon have to be unusually violating to an individual or their feelings in order to be reported. it also leads to moderators hearing a complain in a forum they dont participate in enough to understand the problems, and then just sorting it out to however they see fit after looking at the snapshot of the forum. at the same time, moderators can be bad things, for example go to the marijuana.com forums and youll find idiots running the place who, unlike our mod lsdtrip, dont know what theyre talking about. this is why the situation of moderators should be moderated, in turn, but the collective peoples. at the moment, we are in a situation whereby the marijuana hipforum is disorganised, often spammed, and has no position of authority to set any standard of ethic (one can set a standard without enforcing it though, something most internet moderators do not quite seem to get) so to see if its just some of the regulars, or the majority of the forum who believe we would be better off with an inhouse marijuana forum moderator, we will have a poll. chose if you think we would overall be better off, worse off, possibly better off as long as the moderation spot is well chosen, or that old problems will be replaced with new problems that are the same as the old but with different subjects.