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Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: TheAdventMaster on May 21, 2006, 04:56:33 PM
This is a programming site, and I, along with everyone else, should remember that.  How do we solve the problem that is the lack of real programming threads here?

The site's being anti-productive.  Instead of the off-topic threads being used as a cool place to hang out while the programmers make programs, it's being used as their home while they sit on their fat asses all day and think about what their next off-topic thread should be titled.

This issue must be addressed and a solution should be found IMMEDIATELY.  We must make this site's majority posts in the programming sections.

Thanks,
TheAdventMaster


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: anarky on May 21, 2006, 06:01:55 PM
:o

Duly noted, now I shall throw that in my outbox and send it off to someone who cares.

Seriously, I see your point. But if life was about work, what your saying is that work is all we should be allowed to talk about. If what makes a community is talk about one thing and that one thing only, it would be mighty boring. You'd leave, trust me. This is part of what makes a resource forum so popular - it's COMMUNITY. This off-topic stuff is what keeps us together, alongside QB/FB. It's what makes a community tick. Also we learn about other people, and their countries, etc etc...

I have to admit there are quite a lot of off-topic threads happening, especially of late. Yes, this is a programming site. Perhaps there should be more coding going on behind the scenes. Rest assured, those people "sitting on their fat asses all day" are actually behind a computer, probably coding 99.9% of the time there. The other 0.1% of the time they may checking their email or answering one of the "too many off-topic posts". Is that not what the "General / Debate" forum is all about? Is it for this purpose that they were created? Yes.

I do not moderate these forums, I do not run this site. I have not been here at this site for much more than a year. But if you hang around long enough, you will see as much as I do that this really isn't a problem. I don't want to sound out of line here, but I think perhaps you should sit back and wait a little longer before making assumptions.

That is all, and thank you for your feedback.


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Zack on May 21, 2006, 06:23:08 PM
I've been here for years. IMO, people should talk about what they want to talk about! It's a community as much as a programming forum.


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: TheAdventMaster on May 21, 2006, 06:24:03 PM
Thanks Anarky for your post.

I agree wholy that this site's off-topic forum area is what helps keep the community together, but I disagree with the fact that those people are coding so often while posting on those off-topic areas.

I've seen less coding threads and more off-topic ones ever since the off-topic became overflowed.

I'm not saying we shouldn't post in the off-topic, but I'd like to find a way to promote coding more than talking for a while, until the balance between the two is once again found.


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Zap on May 21, 2006, 07:45:38 PM
We'll hire an international armed squad to make sure that every visitor uses atleast half his time programming. No problem.

There's not alot you can do about it, really. I think a large portion of the people here come for the non-programming related socializing, and maybe occasionally jump into a programming related thread if anything catches their eye.

However, maybe it would help if we joined some of all the programming related forums (there are around 9-10 now... that's alot for a community this size)?


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: yetifoot on May 21, 2006, 08:56:49 PM
move all the programming stuff to another site, its not needed here.


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: TheAdventMaster on May 21, 2006, 09:07:33 PM
Quote from: "yetifoot"
move all the programming stuff to another site, its not needed here.
Lol :D


Title: Re: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: stylin on May 21, 2006, 10:51:27 PM
LOL. I love it.

Quote from: "TheAdventMaster"
The site's being anti-productive.  Instead of the off-topic threads being used as a cool place to hang out while the programmers make programs, it's being used as their home while they sit on their fat asses all day and think about what their next off-topic thread should be titled.

1) how do you have any idea what the people that post here do day by day? (rhetorical: you don't)

2) you have not been here long enough to decide what kind of site it is. (let alone try and force your views on people that have been here more than a few weeks)

3) for someone who seems to care about the site, you have a really crappy opinion about its community. (there are other forums you may visit: you don't need to ignorantly berate everyone here)

4) if you want more programming discussion, wth did you post this? (everyone will discuss this, or ignore you. either way, no programming! lol)

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This issue must be addressed and a solution should be found IMMEDIATELY.  We must make this site's majority posts in the programming sections.

OK. Go for it. IMMEDIATELY.  :laughing:


Title: Re: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: TheAdventMaster on May 22, 2006, 12:27:36 AM
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1) how do you have any idea what the people that post here do day by day? (rhetorical: you don't)
Well the lack of programming threads should show that they're not doing much coding ^_^;;, or that they're posting somewhere else.

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2) you have not been here long enough to decide what kind of site it is. (let alone try and force your views on people that have been here more than a few weeks)
I know what kind of site it is.  I've been here since...March 29th, 2006.  That's not *so* long, but it was long enough for me to see the decline in posts in the programmer's forum.

Perhaps though, things just take time and they posted everything as soon as I got here, then went back to work afterwards.

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3) for someone who seems to care about the site, you have a really crappy opinion about its community. (there are other forums you may visit: you don't need to ignorantly berate everyone here)
Oh, well I love the community.  It's my favorite one out there.  I was kinda hoping the insults would become some kinda motivation.  Like football coaches calling their players sissies :D

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4) if you want more programming discussion, wth did you post this? (everyone will discuss this, or ignore you. either way, no programming! lol)
Because someone might read it and thing, "Wow I have been slacking off.  *gets to work*"

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This issue must be addressed and a solution should be found IMMEDIATELY.  We must make this site's majority posts in the programming sections.

OK. Go for it. IMMEDIATELY.  :laughing:
I'm doing my best ^_~;;


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Dio on May 22, 2006, 02:42:34 AM
here's the thing, i suck at programing. so dissussion of it beyond my rather limited level loses my interest. so there.

Quote from: "yetifoot"
move all the programming stuff to another site, its not needed here.


ha! actually, i was thinking that we should import some programming content because according to you we arn't producing any of our own. but of course we would need an export. hey did we auction of our Z!re bot yet?


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: yetifoot on May 22, 2006, 03:40:49 AM
Maybe everyone here are such good coders they don't need to ask any questions, and they don't post code cause they're selling their programs instead.


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: TheAdventMaster on May 22, 2006, 03:45:51 AM
Quote from: "yetifoot"
Maybe everyone here are such good coders they don't need to ask any questions, and they don't post code cause they're selling their programs instead.
I never thought of that... :(


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Anonymous on May 22, 2006, 04:56:40 AM
lol!


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: na_th_an on May 24, 2006, 12:14:48 PM
I don't like tech forums full of nerds with no life (such as codeguru.com). I prefer forums in this fashion - I mean, when you can have fun. People here are multidimmensional and do other things different than programming - and that's cool. I like the community side of this place... even with the annoying people and that.


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Dio on May 24, 2006, 05:44:17 PM
i concur.  8) =b


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: DrV on May 27, 2006, 08:59:29 PM
Whatever happened to the proposed merging of the QB and FB forums?


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: KiZ on May 28, 2006, 01:22:47 PM
http://forum.qbasicnews.com/viewtopic.php?t=11831


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Marcade on May 29, 2006, 04:37:50 PM
<shameless plug>

Come to the dark site. Come to NeoBASIC. The only programming site where it's legal not to talk about programming. Mwuhahahaha

http://www.neobasic.net/

Free beer for the first 10 registrants.

 :whitetiger:

</shameless plug>


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Sumo Jo on May 29, 2006, 06:00:48 PM
Quote from: "Marcade"
<shameless plug>

Come to the dark site. Come to NeoBASIC. The only programming site where it's legal not to talk about programming. Mwuhahahaha



It's illegal here?


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Marcade on May 30, 2006, 05:15:13 AM
Quote from: "Sumo Jo"
Quote from: "Marcade"
<shameless plug>

Come to the dark site. Come to NeoBASIC. The only programming site where it's legal not to talk about programming. Mwuhahahaha



It's illegal here?


Nah it isn't :o


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: zoasterboy on September 02, 2006, 06:47:01 PM
We should just strip ourselves of humanity go live in the jungle with our ape cousins.


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: thegrogen on September 02, 2006, 07:26:53 PM
Quote from: "zoasterboy"
We should just strip ourselves of humanity go live in the jungle with our ape cousins.


For a second there, I thought you were saying "We should just strip our clothes off and party in the jungle with our cousins."  :o


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: zoasterboy on September 02, 2006, 07:41:51 PM
lol, yeah that too.   :rotfl:


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Dio on September 02, 2006, 09:41:44 PM
GAH! i thought this was a new thread and then i saw that i posted and got freaked out!  :D


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Dr_Davenstein on September 03, 2006, 01:57:02 AM
Quote from: "na_th_an"
I don't like tech forums full of nerds with no life (such as codeguru.com). I prefer forums in this fashion - I mean, when you can have fun. People here are multidimmensional and do other things different than programming - and that's cool. I like the community side of this place... even with the annoying people and that.


That pretty much sums it up.


Title: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: KiZ on September 04, 2006, 02:15:07 AM
Quote from: "zoasterboy"
We should just strip ourselves of humanity go live in the jungle with our ape cousins.


I think someone is asking for a BAN


Title: Re: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Ralph on April 20, 2008, 12:50:46 PM
'Plese copy the program below to qb and run.  Then, copy the screen to a second instance
'of qb and run again, to obtain the pure comments.
CLS
PRINT "'COMMENT.BAS is a comment-type program"
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " This is a programming site, so program your comments, please!"; CHR$(34)
PRINT "PRINT"
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " I think this form of posting comments will show that posting "; CHR$(34)
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " only programs will be boring, and will make commenting too   "; CHR$(34)
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " bothersome and difficult to produce and read, as well as     "; CHR$(34)
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " creating too much waste in time, space, and patience.        "; CHR$(34)
PRINT "PRINT"
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " So, let's allow comments as such, without requiring the      "; CHR$(34)
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " poster to program his comments, please!                      "; CHR$(34)
PRINT "PRINT"
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " Hmm, maybe someone will create a program to take a file with "; CHR$(34)
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " simple text (comments) and create this type of program, with "; CHR$(34)
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); " the comments included already?  Well, it's a thought, anyway!"; CHR$(34)


Title: Re: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: zoasterboy on April 20, 2008, 03:53:48 PM
Say, what?


Title: Re: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Ralph on April 21, 2008, 11:13:42 AM
Say, what?
If the answer to your question is, "What?", then, "I got it."  Otherwise, your answer is too mystic for my simple mind to understand!  Perhaps, if you make a program out of it, I will be able to follow your thought? 


Title: Re: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: zoasterboy on April 21, 2008, 02:14:11 PM
Ah, sarcasm!  ;D

I mean...

CLS
DO
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); "Ah, sarcasm!"; CHR$(34)
LOOP
END


Title: Re: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: wildcard on April 21, 2008, 03:46:45 PM
Don't worry its not an issue anymore!

Interesting way to state your point, quite fitting I guess.


Title: Re: Too many Off-Topic Threads.
Post by: Ralph on April 21, 2008, 08:46:29 PM
Ah, sarcasm!  ;D

I mean...

CLS
DO
PRINT "PRINT"; CHR$(34); "Ah, sarcasm!"; CHR$(34)
LOOP
END
Very good!  :D  :D  :D