'It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it'. - Aristotle.
" It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not" ... Andre Gide
While Saji made a relevant response of the issue raised, let me explain the scenario - The threads from Sunday to Saturday are the ones which are reviewed by the editors who select the TOW award. Then it would take at least two to three days to discuss which of the threads are award-worthy. By the time the winners are announced, in any case, the threads from Monday till about Wednesday of the previous week would have crossed the 10-day time frame. Now, why did we have this 10-day full stop? The reason - members were needlessly pulling up old threads just to get points and enter the monthly RSB list. So the time-frame applies to all threads, anyway, and not just TOW winning threads.
As Saji suggested in another thread, why don't members check out pages two and three of the forum? You would find interesting threads right away to respond to. In fact, our forum has revived in its vibrancy since the last couple of months and we really do have worthy discussions on good topics most of the time. I often find worthy threads languishing in the back pages with no responses or just a couple of them. Once or twice I have brought these back to the front page but would like to avoid doing so frequently. The onus is on members to give wholesome attention to all threads, whether on the first page or the later pages.
That said, this thread was in a way useful for us as input and we are going to make a renewed effort to try not to delay way too much an announcement of TOW winners.
When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)
So there is no need for a belated response to a thread after knowing that it has been awarded. Many times I feel about a particular thread that it will get an award and my guess comes true. So the responding members also get that feel of uniqueness of thread which editors are also observing as per their experience.
10 days is already a long time for an issue to be discussed until unless it is converted into a group discussion where sufficient time is required to discuss the issue threadbare.
Knowledge is power.
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