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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Mar 10, 2009

Forget translation competitions. I suggest a new contest - how many of your threads can you get locked in a short space of time? This week's round of lockings is already a tough act to top, with a single person managing to notch up two so far, and counting.

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Aniello Scognamiglio  Identity Verified
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Surprise, surprise! Mar 10, 2009

Cutting one mushroom gives birth to three new ones

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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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Well... Mar 10, 2009

...if I tried to do that on purpose. Hmmmm... Lemme get my calculator! BRB

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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Lockwatch Mar 10, 2009

Yes, this is Lockwatch, where posters can watch those locks and watch those clocks as time rushes past on the lock race.

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KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
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I'm sure the topics will be back in some mutated form Mar 10, 2009

Although I found the idea behind the latest locked thread fairly pointless, it wasn't actively wicked nor was the discussion surrounding it notably unprofessional or rude. And the chapter and verse citation of the rule(s) presumably violated was missing.

In any case, I think the contest is a marvelous idea. However, in the interests of fairness and to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate, I suggest tallying monthly scores. Let's set the start of the current contest retroactively to March 1st. Prizes to the top three to be awarded in the first week of April


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Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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Other means may be more fruitful Mar 10, 2009

Hi Mervin,

I am not sure your suggestion would not be more appropriately classed under "ProZ.com suggestions", as it is rather intimately related to the site. If you believe so, I can move your thread there. If you don't think so, feel free to explain why.

While the suggestion is in a sense funny,* I don't think a real competition would lead to anything fruitful. Those who fight hard to come out on top may need to break site rules deliberately, which is likely to entail further administrative actions. And I don't think that is needed.

I would strongly suggest to consider other means: rational arguments rather than irony. I strongly believe that such rational arguments can be presented well within the site rules, and such discussions are much rather in the site's and the users' best interest than such a top-lock contest would be.

And don't forget: here is the Off topic forum, too, with light topics to relax. Any light-hearted input is warmly welcome here.

Best,
Attila

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* In a sense it reminds me of tamagochi killers: people who compete in how little time they can kill their tamagochi.

[Edited at 2009-03-10 18:32 GMT]


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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Move Mar 10, 2009

Hi Attila,

Thanks for your message. Sure, move it wherever you like. The intention is light-hearted. I thought I had put it under Light-hearted anyway.

Best regards,


Mervyn


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Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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The topic will stay here Mar 10, 2009

As it may not be perceived as a light-hearted suggestion in other forums.

Feel free to keep posting, bearing in mind the fun character of this forum and also the site rules.

CheerZ,
Attila


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Bit like billiards Mar 10, 2009

There was a time when billiards was a competitive sport.

Until someone worked out how to perpetuate a position that quite legally ensured that whoever was on the table could score a cannon with every shot until they dropped down dead from exhaustion.

Likewise, I rather fear that I know exactly what I would have to do to win this, so predictably that it would not really be a competition at all.
So it is probably best that I do not take part


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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threadlock Mar 10, 2009

Or how about a competition among members/users who have been placed on permanent or temporary vetting status, i.e. whose posts must be approved by staff prior to being published even before the thread is locked. I think I might be a contender for "most blocked posts" because quite a few of mine were disapproved for being "off-topic" or violated a site rule even though I said practically the same thing that others later said or had said earlier. But then this post is probably also off-topic. It's in the eye of the beholder.

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Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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Sorry for spoiling your score, Kim Mar 10, 2009

Kim, I feel that the points you are raising are important, serious issues but have little to do with the scope of the off topic forum.

Likewise, I would ask everyone to keep in mind: posts that are mainly concerned with ProZ.com should be posted under "Forums about ProZ.com".

Attila


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Scary... Mar 10, 2009

Attila Piróth wrote:

Likewise, I would ask everyone to keep in mind: posts that are mainly concerned with ProZ.com should be posted under "Forums about ProZ.com".



They are afraid to post there! You are the only moderator with a sense of humor...



Kim, I feel that the points you are raising are important, serious issues but have little to do with the scope of the off topic forum.



This raises an interesting philosophical question: can a topic be „off-topic” of the off-topic forum? Does it mean they are too „on topic”?

I do hope my post is off-topic enough...


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Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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(-1) x (-1) = +1 Mar 10, 2009

Jabberwock wrote:

This raises an interesting philosophical question: can a topic be „off-topic” of the off-topic forum? Does it mean they are too „on topic”?

I do hope my post is off-topic enough...


Yes, that is a very good observation: an "off" topic in the "Off-topic" forum is usually moved to an "on-topic forum". It is like (-1) x (-1) = (+1) -- but I will be lapidated if I associate the Off-topic forum with "-1".

As for your post: it is on topic about the off topic forum. It strays from the original post, which is probably less of a problem here, as sometimes such little detours add some extra flavor that are in line with the main scope of the OT forum: fun. Understandably, such a practice can be very counterproductive in other forums, focusing on more specific issues.

Cheers,
Attila


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Béatrice Leclercq  Identity Verified
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It's been a while Mar 10, 2009

.. since someone really made me smile with a posting on proz. Thanks to Mervyn for bringing up this thread and thanks to Jabberwock and Attila for bringing even more humour and fun in this place!

Sorry, I can't contribute to the experience and challenges of having threads locked, but I would like to suggest another possible contest:
How far off-topic can we get in an "off-topic" topic without being redirected on-topic?


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Hey, now wait a minute! Mar 10, 2009

Jabberwock wrote:

They are afraid to post there! You are the only moderator with a sense of humor...



You haven't even met me yet!

[Edited at 2009-03-10 22:18 GMT]


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