Why DRow?

Petition to get the “That Moment When” thread unlocked, for however much good it’ll do.

  • I sign this petition.
  • I wish for the thread to remain locked.

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I would be completely fine with the many off-topic posts getting deleted, but I dont understand why it had to be locked. I know that the moderators shouldn’t have to be going around deleting off-topic posts all day, but I also dont like the thought of threads getting locked from other users’ actions.


Chicken and egg. If people didn’t post off topic then the mods wouldn’t need to delete them. At some point it becomes annoying and the lock happens.

@Gameoa - Often used phrase is “This is why we can’t have nice things”, which I’ve distilled into “People are why we can’t have nice things” I think of all the things that start out being very nice and people start taking it for granted and then it’s a mess.




Where’s “Enough internet for today” when you need it?!

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So apparently 4.3% of posts on the “that moment when” thread were from discobot, so including individual people doing discobot fortune or dice rolls, almost 10% of the first thread was spam. Not cool.

I apologize for contributing to the spam, especially with discobot. I was not aware of the negative impact caused by my actions.

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Interesting. I didn’t run the numbers. I called Discobot once, and then another time on accident. It was actually part of the actual content when I did it.

I left for the majority of one day and it just really went out of hand. Kinda disappointing, honestly.

I didn’t look at it over the weekend either, during that period it gained over 50 replies which were all off-topic in addition to the few from Friday.

Thanks for the replies @Foster and @DRow, but I still (albeit selfishly) wish the thread could be reopened at the expense of having to go through and delete all the posts that were off-topic.

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I removed Chit-Chat/Rumor Mill from my feed the first day we switched to the new forum, even before removing IQ stuff. That being said, i don’t think you can call anything out as spam or off topic in a thread that is dedicated to a meme. Maybe it should be its own subcategory of Chit-Chat/Rumor Mill where threads that have no intention of serious technical value can be dumped and left relatively free in terms of off-topic or spam, and only moderated for behavior.

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However, there’s this. That Moment When chat


@gilmorkn472 not any more :smile:

The purpose of this forum is for meaningful discussion of robotics. There are plenty of other places where a signal-to-noise ratio of almost exactly 0 will be quite welcome (namely certain places on Reddit, Discord, etc.). With that said, some amount of pointless posts are tolerated here in #edr-general-discussion:chit-chat-rumor-mill. The problem is that That Moment When got way out of hand.

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I think the whole thread was out of hand before it was started. I think it was pointless yammering, as it was intended to be. I do not feel the forum lost anything by having it locked.

BUT i think there is value in allowing pointless yammering among a like-minded community as long as it is in a designated location, so those who don’t want to see it, don’t have to.

I love the wealth of deep and concise information available from Reddit and StackOverflow, but i really dislike the community dynamic and the flaming hoops you have to jump through to ask a question that meets their criteria. I’d rather VEX not become like that.


Just watch this thread will be shut down for not relating to robotics

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I seriously wonder why none of the good teams never are on the forums
they would be the best ones to ask questions to

Most of the good teams frequent the discord


The good teams are the ones on the forum. They get to ask the good questions, and they get all the knowledge from surfing the forums.


The problem is that although this is a forum, it’s relatively hard to bond with other teams as it will cause spam and unnecessary bumps. I found the more competitive teams to use Discord as a primary method for help because teams don’t have to worry about constant spamming and bumps, the information is more secure and harder to reach, responses are quicker, relationships form between other teams, more collaborative environment, and will always be one step ahead of any forum on websites.


The Discord is good for quick answers, but not awesome for searching for help given in the past.

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