And let's be honest here. Yes, it happened to fit perfectly into the context in which it was posted - but it wasn't exactly what I'd call a thoughtful contribution to a deep and meaningful discussion. Just a bit of lighthearted fun. Again, nothing at all wrong with that, but not really a great loss to mankind if it gets deleted in a few months, either.
So? That was't the ambassador of all the posts in the thread.
, maybe, but
as I already wrote:
over a half of people's posts seem to be one- or two-liners (and indeed, in some cases consist of a single word or smiley), and the "discussions" tend to go absolutely nowhere before moving onto a tangent, something totally random, or boobs. Also, people exchanging short messages in almost real time, basically using the board like some sort of IMS.
IOW, basically in the same category as "Boobs!": a bit of lighthearted fun, completely fine as it is, but perhaps not really worth keeping around indefinitely. As I've said multiple times, if you think there's something specifically worth saving in the thread, please feel free to point it out so we can move it to a separate thread.
It's not like we'll oh, delete three hundred pages worth of sentimental value only to make another thread where the process repeats itself with increasing levels of pain.
Do we really need to do this over and over and over again?
I... uh, wow. I'm not sure if caring this deeply about inane one-liners posted on the internet by people you don't know is good for you in the long run.
But if you're serious about this, you can always print a copy of each page separately into a PDF file and save them on your own computer.
Again, if there's something you think you might miss later, either 1) don't post it in this thread or 2) make a copy of it somewhere else. In fact, I wouldn't recommend using any section of this board as your only storage space for stuff you actually value. I mean, who knows? Something as simple as a server crash, virus, hacker attack, well-aimed lightning strike or Aszev deciding to quit paying for the server space and becoming a nun could easily destroy everything in the database.
The problem is it's hard to know what pieces of data are going to be valuable to you beforehand. Xing's papuan language he posted here, for example, was an offhand, throwaway response to another post. It wasn't until a year later, after the thread was deleted, that I remembered it and PM'd xing asking him where he found it. Unfortunately, he could not find it again for me.
Now, you could easily argue that this problem is my fault for not having planned ahead sufficiently well: I probably should have saved the PDF as soon as I saw it just in case I wanted it later
Yeah, I'm not quite
dickish enough to argue that, though.
Not realizing you might want to look something up again a year from now is perfectly understandable, and as I said, that one is certainly a point worth considering.
And we are
currently considering this among the administration. I don't think I'm at liberty to discuss what we've discussed so far, but we'll let you know when we've reached a decision. For the time being, though, it's safest to assume that the current policy of deleting the spam threads once they reach a certain length still applies.