The first comment on this news item : http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=7115
was the imaginative exclamation "1st comment!" This is an annoying habit which IMHO should not be tolerated on Brickset.
When I objected to it, someone replied "IMHO that doesn't seem all that worth moaning about. ;)", to which I would reply: So when then? When the first five comments are variations on "first"? The first ten? Me, I think that this nonsense should be dealt with swiftly and mercilessly. You see a new post, there's already half a dozen replies, so you think "must be some interesting discussion going on there": nope, it's five posters desperately trying to be "first", as if that means something.
IMHO that first comment should be deleted and the person responsible for it should receive at least a temporary ban.
On a related note: what is it with all the crummy English lately? I bet the first time somebody wrote "should of" someone said "well let's not get too upset at that". And now in the thread for that news item we have people writing "exspensive", "hoe they did the water" (misspelling "how"? seriously?),... In another thread someone used the word "druels". And usually these are native English speakers! Am I without fault? Nope, sure I make typos, and moreover English was the fourth language I acquired, after Dutch, French and German. So it baffles me that someone can type those words and not notice them being so wrong.
As for typos and bad English: yes, that's annoying too. But again, not worth getting upset over. My job involves a lot of proofreading and it is impossible for me not to notice each and every error. But I don't have room in my life to get upset over it. People make mistakes because they're in a hurry, on a phone with autocorrect, or genuinely don't realise how a word is correctly spelled or understand a rule of grammar.
I've seen mods here in the forum occasionally point out to people who've made lengthy posts without proper punctuation or with lots of errors how they should take a little more care but other then that, how is it helpful to make people feel bad about making a mistake? This is a community to talk about Lego, not an English language course.
(I'm bound to have made a mistake somewhere in there because a) I'm on my phone, b) in a hurry and c) it is sod's law. Feel free to point it out to me.)
And hurrah to you MrBerre for defending your fourth language :O) The twin powers of the interwebs plus auto-correct will render English unrecognisable in a generation, which is fine, so long as the kids know what they're doing. Which I'm sure they don't. ;O)
The comment in question is the first I have seen in a good while. Off topic comments are usually deleted very quickly, but the one that you object to was in fact partially on topic, so I really don't think it warrants a measure as severe as a temporary ban.
I quite agree that we do not want Brickset to degrade into the shambles I described above, but I have to say that this really does not seem like a big enough deal to create a major objection to. It's not as if this particular user has been consistently commenting on every article with '1st comment!' or variations.
Please rest assured that if repeat offenders are identified the appropriate action will be taken.
Oh, and @LostInTranslation - it's here: ;-)
It's your comment of course it's your opinion!
Without these, I would rarely have anything to say...
Saying "first!" is a common thing on the YouTube comments section and various other sites. I personally really dislike the trend, but there is absolutely nothing I can do about it other than just ignore it completely.
Too bad once one trend stops, another starts. So there is literally no end to annoying trends.
E.g Lego Star Wars is the best product line -my opinion
As far as I know/I imagine/it is my understanding that lego city has the most sales - could be backed up by facts
Thank you, @MrBerre.
Seriously, that is more "abuse" then anything. I guess an "offtopic" category is not in the realm of possibilities here.
A category where the topics are intended to be off-topic is paradoxical, not ironic.
As to your paradox, if we created an "offtopic" category, wouldn't that just encourage @LegoFanTexas to discuss LEGO?
As for the use of "proper" English, members should obviously try and communicate as clearly and accurately as possible. I don't think it needs to be policed to the extent that individuals are afraid of posting comments because they're concerned about having the correct SPG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.) If anyone does have real issues with English for whatever reason (Education, Dyslexia etc) then perhaps a quick spell check will make everyone that much happier.
It might also interest you to hear what Steven Fry has to say on this issue.
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Since its a old thread of mine and pretty insignificant, I'll let the sleeping thread lie. The question was for my own education. Thanks for the answers.
@rocao I was aware that only moderators can close a thread. My initial post might have given you the impression that I wanted members to have thread shutting privileges:-). I can imagine chaos reigning supreme were that the case.:-).
I hope that made sense. :-)
I'm not talking about adding a second comment (after the 6 minute edit has expired) directly under one's initial comment, something most of us have done when necessary and appropriate, I'm referring to one mindless comment after the previous, mindless comment, and then another and another, and sometimes another after that. One thread had 5 in a row. Even though I am a relatively new member, I've only been here for 3 months, I don't recall having seen this behavior until very recently. I do hope it can be discouraged as it has gone from annoying to very irritating in a very short amount of time. Am I the only one who has noticed this, or are there others who feel the same?
Give the moderators a break from extra work. They already spend all their time renaming threads, creating new ones from off shoot discussions and making content search friendly so that information is easy to find for all those people coming in and making threads asking questions already answered.