Ok, so I have been watching and participating in a lot of threads on this forum for a while and the ISD has been noticable in a lot of them. I’m reasonably sure that my propensity to go off topic (at best) has been part of their rather thankless job.
Today I saw that a thread I am in had been edited and quite possibly for good reason, and that got me thinking. This is usually bad, but in this case it could be a lot of fun.
The ISD has a list of rules that they use to contain everything from our enthusiasm to our rather nasty vicious side, and as a result a lot of stuff gets pulled from threads for a lot of different reasons.
My idea is this:
Wouldn’t it be fun if the stuff that gets ganked by the ISD from the thread it was in wasn’t deleted outright (except in the case of the truly disgusting stuff) but instead was piped into a thread of its own named for the reason it was removed in the first place?
Topics would be based on their rules, minus the ones like racism or… I’m not sure what else, but you get the idea.
Each of these threads would just be a collection of what was pulled from any other thread for that specific reason and appended with no transition as it showed up in it’s original context.
I would, I think, show up fairly often in “Off Topic” and hopefully not in things like “Being An Ass” which isn’t in the rules yet but if I keep it up could be soon.
Basically what I’m after is a sort of “Best of the ISD” section of this forum, with everything from trolls gone wild to some of the more astonishing rants, and examples of people just coming unhinged for the hell of it. When we trigger the ISD and force them to do stuff it’s often really funny, strange, and sometimes quite educational or in my case, totally off topic.
Personally I think the hilarity would be the best part, I have seen people I dislike intensely say things that were profoundly true (and I learned to like them better as a result), serious people lose the ability to keep a straight face, I have seen trolls get out trolled, and I have seen sane people become incandescent with rage at typographical errors all to vanish into /dev/null at the hands of the ISD.
I think that the ISD have a terrible job, and yet at times it has to be done, so what I would like to see is for them to have a place where they can take a thread, fork out the stuff that doesn’t belong in it into it’s respective slot, and have it not vanish forever, but have it instead become something interesting, maybe useful, but hopefully (and this is important) really really fun.
Sometimes we torture them, I think they should have a vent. A vent we can comment on.
What could possibly go wrong?
Oh, one last thing, don’t make it recursive or the servers will crash.
Cheers, and fly poorly, someone wants to kill you and make themselves happy.