The matter has been looked into and I would like to submit as follows-
1. http://www.indiastudychannel.com/forum/148155-Swadeshi-Jeans-to-be-lauched-by-Patanjali-to-end-the-dominance-of-the-MNCs.aspx -by Kailash- dated 12th Sept
http://www.indiastudychannel.com/forum/148192-After-Yoga-Groceries-and-cosmetics-Ramdev-Patanjali-to-sell-Jeans-to.aspx -by K Mohan- dated 13th Sept
I have locked the thread by Mr Mohan for responses now. I have not reduced the points because editors are also responsible for having allowed two threads on the same topic to run simultaneously. Active members who religiously follow the forum index should not fail to notice an earlier thread on the same topic with almost similar contents.
2. http://www.indiastudychannel.com/forum/148195-The-attraction-behind-eating-organic-food.aspx -by Sharadha dated 13th Sept.
http://www.indiastudychannel.com/forum/148194-The-attraction-behind-eating-organic-food.aspx -by Sharadha dated 13th Sept.
See the forum thread numbers- 148194 & 148195, both by the same author and dated 13th Sept. It is quite obvious that the author had posted it twice by mistake. One of them with fewer responses has now been locked.
3. http://www.indiastudychannel.com/forum/148172-What-could-be-permanent-solution-for-interstate-water-disputes-in-India.aspx -by Bhuvaneswara Rao Nalla dated 12th Sept.
http://www.indiastudychannel.com/forum/148198-An-issue-can-lead-to-a-big-turmoil-in-seconds.aspx -by Gagan Ahari dated 13th Sept.
http://www.indiastudychannel.com/forum/148173-Do-you-know-that-water-too-can-burn-things.aspx -by Sun dated 12th Sept.
While I agree that the core theme of all these threads is the same, I do think that the problem has been approached by the members from different angles. If Bhuvaneswara is asking for a permanent solution to inter-state water disputes, Gagan is talking about how we tend to react without knowing actual facts and Sun is expressing his concern over some groups in Karnataka not respecting the Supreme Court verdict.
I understand that responding members may react to all these threads in the same manner but then that is not what we expect. Jumping into threads without bothering to check the contents properly and giving it some thought is not something that our members need to do. What stops them from going through a thread and posting a valid response according to the contents that has been raised? On just seeing the word 'Cauvery', starting to jot down whatever you know about the issue is not responsible posting, right?
We have always maintained and reiterate that members, at least those who have been with this site for sometime, must try to be more responsible instead of always trying to point a finger at the editors. We do keep a check but it is quite possible that we may miss out sometimes. We do keep track of the forum threads and responses but doesn't the responsibility of ensuring that the site maintain and ensure certain policies lie with all of us; if not equally, at least partially?
And the author may please note that his threads, if they have been locked/deleted on similar grounds, must have had same or may be more valid reasons for the editors to do so.
Inspiration is one thing but a blatant (and veiled in some cases) effort to hijack an idea will surely be taken more seriously. Let me be blunt in putting it across that no one must try to make an effort to get some views from the editors, on some pretext, in a bid to register them as precedence because, though we have basic guidelines, we do work on case to case basis. Missing out a few threads does not mean that others who follow suit will get the same benefit.
In addition to this, I would like to mention that we do give some leverage at times unless we feel that the same is misunderstood by some members that we are not watching.
Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad - Miles Kington.