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View Poll Results: What Do You Feel Should Be Done With Conspiracy Threads?
Lock them, but leave in public view. 53 53.00%
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Old February 1, 2009, 01:16 PM   #51
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I voted in favor of deleting the posts for reasons someone else put quite eloquently:


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I really do not wish them to remain on the site "locked" from retorts from the members. If we cannot respond to demonstrate the foolishness of their premise, then there is no benefit
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Old February 2, 2009, 02:44 PM   #52
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I voted for deletion. They don't really add any real knowledge that people can use, just alot of finger-pointing and "what ifs."

Of course, the Mayan calendar ends on 2012, and some asteroid is going to hit the earth. If you're not already in league with the Secret Alien Cabal That Runs Everything, you're out of luck, anyhow, so it's all moot.
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Old February 2, 2009, 02:48 PM   #53
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I originally was for locking but seeing how the Revolution thread went down the drain - I'm switching to deleting. They just bring out the worst.
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Old February 2, 2009, 03:16 PM   #54
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I'd like to see the endless and duplicative "ALERT-HR (insert number here) to Confiscate all Guns Introduced in House" threads deleted too

One is OK, 15 trillion are boring

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Old February 2, 2009, 11:26 PM   #55
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I enjoy reding them, if they are well written

which most aren't. I will admit a small degree of frustration not being able to reply to a closed thread, especially when I have a killer answer that is sure to make all of them see the light. Oh well.

Leave them or delete them, I care not, there are equally valid arguments both ways.

I would like to point out that conspiracies have, and do exist. That cannot, and should not be denied. Where the trouble comes in is those theories which have the "root cause" as something beyond what we consider reasonable or rational. Those are the ones called kooks. And most are. BUT...

As pointed out already, some of the things that have been done, and are being done are conspiracies, even if they are not being done by giant space ants.
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Old February 2, 2009, 11:46 PM   #56
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I abstained from voting, because as was pointed out, it's ambiguous what a "conspiracy thread" is. WA put it well in that worrying that someone's watching is paranoid in and of itself. Mike Irwin goes to the other side but makes an equally strong point - just because it's far-featched doesn't mean it's not true. If you'd have told me two years ago that we'd be throwing around a trillion dollars, fast-tracked to try to hide that 3/4 is baloney, I'd have probably looked at you a little funny. Ultimately, reasonable people will differ (same ol', I know ). I would certainly like to see the more detrimental (for lack of a better word) threads - revolution, 9/11 "truth", alien coverup and anything suggestive of an honest politician in Chicago - deleted outright. But then again, I may be an inadequate judge of what is detrimental.

So I'm no help. But if we're doing something with them, I guess I would favor deletion over locking, because a prompt locking does not allow the board members - who I would aggregate as reasonable - to "wash" the thread and inject some well-thought counterpoints into it for the record. While merely locking it makes the point that it's not tolerated, it still leaves an otherwise undisputed negative artifact in the archives indefinitely. I didn't vote it though because I'm not convinced that it's necessary to do something unless they otherwise violate the board rules, which they tend to do anyway.
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Old February 3, 2009, 12:02 AM   #57
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I voted to lock but keep them. It might have a few benefits...
  1. These posts help define limits and may allow us to measure our ranking in the world of sanity.
  2. When others who visit TFL see that the mods don't allow posts from left field, they understand that the drive of the forum and the majority of the members are not that radical.
I'm not too passionate about the subject either way because I've already mastered the mind control techniques necessary to thwart the government experiments which employ aliens to read my thoughts.

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Old February 3, 2009, 03:23 PM   #58
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Assuming this sub-forum is indexed by google (and I assume that, like the rest of the forums, it is) I'd say we should be mindful about how much junk we let our crazy uncles leave in our front yard.

I'd say the optimal solution would be to leave them until they drop off the front page, both so we can all share a good double-u-tee-eff and to serve as an example to any new members who might need an example of what not to do.

No need to leave them longer, because if said newb isn't going to read the rules sticky he's not going to go much past the front page looking for cautionary notes (and wouldn't get it even if he did). Leaving them longer just raises the odds that TFL will come higher up when somebody punches "black helicopter" into google.

However, that's probably more a pain in the butt than it's worth (keeping track of them, that is) for the mod staff, so I say we just nuke them from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
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Old February 3, 2009, 03:29 PM   #59
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I'd say the optimal solution would be to leave them until they drop off the front page, both so we can all share a good double-u-tee-eff and to serve as an example to any new members who might need an example of what not to do.
I agree with this sentiment and the solution.
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Old February 4, 2009, 10:41 AM   #60
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Put them in their own spot, and if anyone wants to view that type of thing; they can get all they want there. Let's not mix them into laws and rights. They are opinions ...
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Old February 4, 2009, 12:58 PM   #61
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TFL has never been a conspiracy board, regardless of the number of posts, and opinions, that might cause someone to think otherwise. There are many places on the interwebs where you may go to read and/or comment upon such. TFL is not that place.

With that, firmly in mind, we are not entertaining even a hint of a place to put such... except perhaps the trashcan. Hence the advisory poll for this thread.
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Old February 4, 2009, 01:10 PM   #62
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I will not add anything here because it gets me in trouble. But as I read through this thread, I realize we are no closer to a resounding resolution. Back in the beginning, when I voted, it was 5 - 5 for and against. Now it is 33 - 34. Good luck taking this one to the board for a decision. I hope you have an odd number on the court. 'Cause I am seeing a 5 - 4 decision.

34 to 34 I like it.
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Old February 6, 2009, 08:52 AM   #63
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Ah, but remember kirpi97, those who voted who do not post regularly in this area of the board, will not count as heavily as those who do post in this section, regularly.

Like all data points, some votes are given more weight than others.
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Old February 12, 2009, 07:24 PM   #64
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Old February 13, 2009, 02:25 AM   #65
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OK, where are the hanging chads?

Here I thought the idea was to vote and vote often. This way one person could sway the outcome. And now you are telling me it ain't so. That is so unAmerican. Even "Dancing with the Stars" gives one five votes. I learned my politics on the east side of Chicago. And with a few more deceased members voting and I could be a contender.

If I gain a little more weight, will that help my vote carry more?

Are we getting any closer to a decision on the initial question? I see a few Staff members voicing their position.
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Old February 18, 2009, 09:25 PM   #66
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I must admit that I find them entertaining, but it perpetuates the stereotypes of gun enthusiasts being paranoid delusional people. Gun people who believe that the government is trying to control us all, are not our best representatives.
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Old February 18, 2009, 09:33 PM   #67
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it perpetuates the stereotypes of gun enthusiasts being paranoid delusional people
The voices in my head tell me otherwise.
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Old February 18, 2009, 09:40 PM   #68
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Don't worry. You're not paranoid or delusional. You're schizophrenic!

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Old February 20, 2009, 11:05 AM   #69
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Prepare for the robot conspiracy. Now can you imagine that thread. What round for robots? Do we need FA for robots. Is Cheney the first wave? Is Arnold really Ar-nuhld? I fought the robots when I was a Navy Seal.
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Old February 21, 2009, 06:08 PM   #70
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Why not let them get fleshed out

Seems to me that if the board is sanitized, people running into conspiracy stuff wont have a decent place to learn the truth. Just the kook boards. Is that helping?

Being afraid to discuss this stuff here or anywhere else is volentarily silencing ourselves.

I dont blame the moderators for being burned out with the same threads coming up so often. Instead of closing threads and forbidding people to talk about this stuff, make a sticky thread that fleshes out the details of the particular issue and, if they come up, people can refer them to the sticky.

Driving people to kook boards and silencing people looking to this board for decent info isnt helping gun owners, it is silencing them and feeding the conspiracies.
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Old February 21, 2009, 06:14 PM   #71
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Seems to me that if the board is sanitized, people running into conspiracy stuff wont have a decent place to learn the truth. Just the kook boards. Is that helping?
If a person is visiting "kook boards" for information then any debunking here makes no difference.

Its the GreenCheese Conundrum.

I would hope this Board remains a place for normal gunowners to hang out. Plenty of places for the "others" to go

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Old February 21, 2009, 07:43 PM   #72
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I voted to lock but leave in view. After a number of years as a mental health professional in an isolated rural area, I think I have heard them all. But clearly I haven't. I know the Air Force is not spraying mind control agents from high flying aircraft. And I don't often give much credence to folks with tinfoil hats (actually had one as a colleague in grad school - until he was arrested for contraband herbage). But I would rather that everything be in the open and let folks read them for whatever reason.
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Old February 21, 2009, 07:50 PM   #73
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Conspiracy theory threads are entertaining for a few minutes but after that..... I pay more attention to the responses than anything else. Kooky and scary at the same time because these people are serious. I say allow for responses but lock them if it gets too crazy. It takes so called experts and kooks to make this whole thing work anyway. This board is filled with both.

Hey El Paso Joe, are you sure the Air Force isn't spraying mind control agents from high flying aircraft? I live down the street from Langley, AFB and I've heard rumors.
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Old February 28, 2009, 03:27 PM   #74
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Lock them and delete them. There is enough bad information and phony reality running around the 'net without adding to it.
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Old March 1, 2009, 11:04 AM   #75
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Just read all this stuff and still haven't a clue what a Conspiracy Thread is?
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