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Old December 4, 2002, 02:56 AM   #1
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new forum (don't shoot!)

In the spirit of asking Rich to consider new forums, how about...
an "incidents" forum dedicated to news articles about armed citizens preventing crime, and possibly armed criminal activity as well.

Right now they end up in L&P and General depending on the phase of the moon. It'd be very low volume compared to the other major forums.

Moderation would be a mixed bag - no danger of debates over most L&P issues. However, as such threads sometimes degenerate, there would be the occassional squabble over JBTs, executing criminals, "vigilante justice," and caliber wars. It would be nice to have all posts on those topics somewhere they could be more easily located.
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Old December 4, 2002, 08:05 AM   #2
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Let's see what the feedback is on this one before I respond.
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Old December 4, 2002, 09:24 AM   #3
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Sounds like a fine idea, especially for those doing research on RKBA. Most postings are done very well with source citations and or links provided. Usually good banter debating the merits and legal aspects of the incident follows. I'm for it!
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Old December 4, 2002, 09:36 AM   #4
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I dunno.

It'd be nice to see all the news in one place; on the other paw, some of the news stories threads turn out to be our most active discussions. Maybe putting 'em in their own forum would kill some of the discussion.

It would be nice to have some sort of guidelines as to where news stories belong. As it is now, too often they're duplicated all over the place.

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Old December 4, 2002, 11:28 AM   #5
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I'm with Pax on this.
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Old December 4, 2002, 11:36 AM   #6
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I agree with pax

perhaps if a topic in L&P or GD proves to be "hot" it could then be placed under "News Stories", or" Current Events".

This might be easier for searches for particular topic-dunno.
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Old December 4, 2002, 02:12 PM   #7
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I hate new Forums....they require some dedicated work to set up and delineate.

However, this is an idea worth looking at seriously, since it may help cut down on repeat posts of the same article or news tidbit.

Questions:
- Is this only for news reports of shootings and near shootings?
- Would a story about a bad LE shooting, posted in Legal be moved to the new forum?
- Would a "I just saw on Fox...." thread be moved there?
- Alternatively, would an "In-The-News" forum which cut across subject lines be easier to differentiate?
- Would tyme be willing to Moderate?

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Old December 4, 2002, 03:00 PM   #8
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I don't think it is a bad idea at all.

But no offense to Tyme, but I think the man to talk to would be Drizzt. He posts more news stories than anybody else on TFL. I honestly don't know where he gets them all, but he has got to post like three or four gun related news stories every day.
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Old December 4, 2002, 03:24 PM   #9
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1. Yes, that's what I was imagining - what do you mean by near shootings? Someone takes a handgun out from concealment? Don't those incidents happen 2.5 million times a year?
2. Yes, it would preempt either general or l&p classification (depending on whether it was just an incident with no legal issues or a questionable shooting). Right now both shootings and armed confrontations and confiscations seem to be posted quasi-randomly to either general or l&p.
3. I guess it depends on what you just saw on fox
4. Isn't most of l&p "in the news?"
5. If lack of moderators were the only thing preventing its existence, maybe.

What kinds of news stories would go?

LEO:
- good/bad shoots (yes)
- good/bad gunfire (yes)
- armed incursions (maybe)
- confiscation (maybe)
non-leo:
- good/bad shoots (yes)
- good/bad gunfire (yes)
- brandishings against police/fire/public workers (maybe)
- citizen brandishings to prevent crimes (maybe)
- irresponsible brandishings (maybe)
- court cases (no)

Ideas? If the maybes are out, the division between gendisc/l&p/incidents becomes clear - shots fired vs not. Maybe "incidents" isn't such a good forum name. Or it could include all "armed confrontations." Or it could be an all-inclusive news story forum, but what exactly becomes "news?" A new essay on CATO? A newly released Lott study that provokes a story in the NYT or Washington Post?
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Old December 4, 2002, 06:25 PM   #10
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Well now you demonstrate the murkiness of the lines. I prefer 'em rather clean.

I see this as going one of two ways:
1) An "In the News" Forum for all articles posted (or linked) from third part sites that would normally fall in General or L&P
or
2) An "Armed Confrontations" Forum that included all shooting or armed confrontation threads.

Any sense there?
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Old December 4, 2002, 06:34 PM   #11
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I could get a lot more stoked about #2 than #1.

Of course, that might syphon off some traffic from AF/CQC...



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Old December 4, 2002, 08:08 PM   #12
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I'm inclined to say "in the news" is too murky. Better "armed confrontations in the news" or "gunfire in the news" whether the gunfire hits someone or not. (e.g. this would go in either way)

I fear change too. I stick to paper money.
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Old December 4, 2002, 09:34 PM   #13
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I too fear change
I like simple

What about leaving things as they are --except
have designated symbol to "flag" thread as news item from 3 rd linked source? Circle around an "H" ? Would this be too much trouble? Or a special symbol(avatar).

I like the clean and simple TFL system. I log in, I can see special designation symbol whether its through "active threads" or a particular forum. I don't think this designation will get abused as maybe the original idea could get "murkey". No need for additional mod. Just stick it at the end as page(s) are currently shown. i.e.



Legal and Political

Sadam shoots Bin Laden *
*(symbol/avatar here)

normal news, date link here
article here
...at ten paces they turned and Sadam shot first...
Bin Laden fires shot as he falls hitting Sadam...
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Old December 7, 2002, 12:56 AM   #14
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One site.
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Lot of work already....
To moniter from either side of the table.

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