Knowledge is power.
I had been suggesting this in the past, but was a futile effort. No one follows it including me after being fed up.
No life without Sun
If I or a forum editor do find a thread going off-track we intervene to get it back. So also, we have on occasion put in a final response. There are a number of issues with us stepping in to conclude a thread. The first is - and this is frankly the case quite often - we will put in a very abrupt end by simply stating that we are closing the thread due to sufficient discussion on the topic. The second is that although we step into the forum section to check out everything is fine, we may not have sufficient time to really put in our own concluding comment on the topic itself and hence resort to the abrupt ending. Thirdly, on the occasions when we did conclude a thread either abruptly or otherwise, we get accused of concluding the discussion early!
It may be the case that the thread's author doesn't really have anything more to say and does not see the necessity to return to it. I do not think it is necessary for the author to put in a 'thanks' note. This might, in fact, be abrupt in its own way if actually there are other aspects of the topic to discuss and members would like to express their views on it.
Let's keep in mind that the forum does not require monitoring by editors 24x7 and members have shown their maturity and responsibility 99.9% of the time in participating in discussions. So let threads run with or without a neat conclusion, and, if so required, a member can always send a message to the thread's author, requesting to get back to the thread.
When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell
So my personal opinion is that it is better for the author not to interrupt from time to time with "this is what I meant on this subject". I also believe that such a step will help maintain the vitality of the forum. There is also the opinion that it would be better for someone other than the author (editors or others) to sum up the various opinions on the subject.
small drops make a mighty ocean
ISC does not allow debate on the forum. All members come in thread and express their opinion about given topic and move to other thread. Simetimes, It can not be said that we are even discussing any issue. As in debate or at least discussion we have to give evidences to prove our claim which improve our knowledge about the given topic but external links are not allowed.
So come in thread ,express your views and forget it.
Now take a glance at topics which are brought on the board:
- Moral teachings
- Goal and success
- Society and its behaviour
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'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
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You are absolutely wrong by saying "ISC does not allow debate on the forum." The forum is meant for discussion/debate. There is enough room available to us to argue in a dignified manner without any absurd, abscene, indecent, irrelevant words. But what I observed is - Members are not interested to debate on the issue raised by the author. Even in active GD, the participants rarely counter other members.
No life without Sun
Knowledge is power.
I think you are the right person because I shall give your example. Lately, you have raised a thread about Doomsday, in which you mentioned that news about doomsday went viral on social media in 2012 but the world was not destroyed. Then keeping pandemic in your sight you raised your query if 2021 might be considered as doomsday but this thread was deleted and the reason was given "it's superstition.
On a forum, every topic should be discussed in detail with evidence. E.g. Doomsday thread.
What is superstition?
Is doomsday superstition?
What does science say about doomsday?
What different religions say about doomsday?
When will doomsday occur?
And every member who knows this topic could express his views with evidence and also he could give links of some books or treatise or articles about this topic. In this way members who don't have good knowledge about this topic could know in detail.
But since it is not allowed on ISC so I take it easy. I don't go deep in confrontation. If we have to stay on ISC we have to follow rules.
Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.
What I have generally observed is that a member who raises a thread with an interest to discuss a point will follow it and respond to queries or doubts by other members and also will clarify diversions and get his point back on track. But when a thread is raised for the sake of raising a thread, the interest factor will be missing and the author simply vanishes from the scene and at times does not even respond to requests calling for his presence. That shows a sheer lack of commitment and interest and indicates a mere quest for points.
I am in total agreement with the author that one should be responsible for the content he posts and should keep following the thread so that it is kept lively. (Please note that I do not mean that one should keep posting consecutive responses as a matter of routine just to get his thread back on the first page.) So, please do not leave threads orphaned.
'Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power'. -Lao Tzu
1. The writer has a valid point to be discussed but maybe lacking detailed information, thus learning more from other members through the forum.
2. The writer raised the tread but due to a busy schedule could not attend or follow up.
3. They get fewer points on frequent posting.
4. Many members would have cleared their point and that itself was the point of the writer.
5. Forgot to give his conclusion on the last day(10th day) of the thread.
But as pointed out, it would be better if the originator could be able to give his conclusion on the point raised for better understanding and clearance of points for others.
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." — Morrie Schwartz