KC LC on Topic Closing

KC LC, a global moderator of the Game Maker Community forums has expressed her opinion on users who request that their topics be closed.

As she rightfully points out, closing a legitimate topic serves little to no purpose. There is every chance another user will come a long in the future and have a similar question or problem. It makes much more sense for such a user to refer to the original topic and post a follow-up question if necessary than to post an entirely new topic and have two separate discussions on the same subject.

What has become even more of a problem in recent months is the number of users who completely erase their topic post and replace it with something to the effect of ‘solved, please close’ when they feel the discussion has come to an end or a solution has been brought to the table. This is worst thing a topic poster can do because it makes it nearly impossible for anyone else to refer back to the topic to solve a similar problem or for users to contribute more ideas or better solutions to the problem at hand.

So why do people erase their topics and replace it with ‘please close’? Some may feel it is simply a need to have closure, a need to feel that your topic has reached its goal and accomplished something. Personally, I think it may also have to do with being self-conscious. This is only speculative, but perhaps some users feel embarrassed about asking questions with simple or obvious answers, or somehow feel responsible for the discussion in the topic if it suddenly goes awry.

In any case this is a request to all GMC users out there: please stop requesting that your topics be closed, and do not post in another topic to say it should be closed (especially if it is an old topic). The moderators can decide on their own if a topic has run its course or if there is room for more discussion. You should only need to report topics which clearly do not follow the forum rules.

Thoughts?

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LifeXplored

Ok, this isn’t exactly “Game Maker” news, but every once in a while we’ll post something a bit off topic if it relates to a service we are releasing.

The service is called “LifeXplored”

It is a blog that I (Benjamin Poole) will maintain in addition to the GMNews service for the purpose of allowing me to express my ideas, thoughts, opinions regarding just about any subject or issue we deal with in life. The blog will be used to hold discussions on various in-depth topics relating to anything from the meaning of our existence to the idea that ‘global warming’ could be just a myth, and not the result of our pollution. I hope that many of you will contribute to the blog, and it should be an interesting learning experience for all of us.

I have already posted my first article relating to the way we perceive the concept of time, and how our brain allows us to perceive time differently based on the scenario we are faced with.

An rss feed of the LifeXplored blog has also been added to the bottom of the left sidebar on this blog.

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