I don't normally have an opinion on this but if the Topic of the thread has been answered and then the thread degenerates into drivel it shouldn't be closed but off topic posts removed.
However, I think this should only apply to technical lounges, in the case of WOT and others it's more dificult to police as the function of the lounge is to BE off topic and threads tend to meander and form a life of their own which is what being part of a community is about.
As long as a WOT thread doesn't degenerate into mud slinging I see no reason for them to be merged.
I also think that a resolution to this would be the ability to IGNORE THREADS, I know I keep harping on about this but if you flag a thread as ignored then it wont be shown to you so you can't get all irate about it.
Every page you see on this site is the result of a search on a database, IMHO it's a relatively simple thing to add a variable toa usrs profile where the ID of the thread is the thing that is filtered on site searches.
But hey, that'd be too easy. no?
Some good points there GD
The so called 'drivel thread rules'
were initiated as those type of threads were too hard for the Mods to police IIRC !!
IMO it was more due to a minority of people constantly harping on about certain threads they didn't like which involved a imaginary 'clique' of AOers that these people took exception to
The reason given was that they clogged up the first few pages of the forum and therefore relegate the 'Technical Lounge' threads to the third of fourth page !!
It's funny but I don't see any of these same people complaining about the first few pages of the forum now being clogged with Introduction threads
So to me that means the complaints were based on personal dislikes of other members - for what ever reason they may be in a virtual world (I believe you can't really judge a person until you've looked them in the eye) - and changes too hastily implemented to appease these complaints !!
AO is now supposedly 'a club' and therefore (IMO) the members should be involved/canvassed when changes like this are being discussed and before they are implemented !!
Also if the Mods can't cope why were more recruited
Were certain people who may be willing to do the job ignored due to the fact that it was thought that they would upset other forum members
(The upset being caused by those forum members preconceptions of what or who others are without actually taking the time to get to know them
Will these new rules - which IMO are detrimental to the longevity of the forum and the club - ever be looked at again and possibly revised for the greater good