View Full Version : Encourage clearer 'subject' headings!

Robert Foote
December 15, 1999, 12:07 AM
You might want to suggest that posters use clearer subject headings. I don't know about anyone else, but when I see something like 'I have a problem' or 'a very interesting day' I can't pass by quickly enough. I'm not going to waste my time finding out what the issue is, let alone answering it...


George Hill
December 15, 1999, 04:35 AM
And file the appropriate New Thread Application to the propper forum admin, with duplicates to...

Sorry, Robert... I disagree. No Neck Ties required.

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." - Sigmund Freud
We, the people, are tired of being taxed, penalized, supervised, harassed,
and subjugated by a federal government which exceeds the powers
enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.

December 15, 1999, 05:22 PM
I agree with Robert. If subject titles pertained to the subject matter, searching could be a joy. We'd only have to search titles instead of entire threads.

[This message has been edited by Dennis (edited December 16, 1999).]

4V50 Gary
December 17, 1999, 01:21 PM
Would be nice Robert, but considering the our regional venacular, educational level, articulation skills, writing style or what we had for lunch (or more importantly, if what we drank is still in us), that's a pretty tough thing to police. Bear with us please.

Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt

December 17, 1999, 03:20 PM
While laughing uncontrollably, I bow to the honorable senior moderators' experience and expertise! :D :D

George Hill
December 20, 1999, 03:40 AM
Gary, did Dennis just call you Old?

4V50 Gary
December 20, 1999, 12:53 PM
George, "old" implies being alive, so it isn't an insult.

December 20, 1999, 06:40 PM
Thank you, Gary! Nicely said. It's good to associate with a Gentleman!

And as for you, Mr. "Let's-you-and-him-fight" George, I said *senior*. At my age only a few are older but, due to my (ahem!) *varied* background I seem to be a newbie everywhere I go!

And by the way, George! I definitely disagree with you when you say rifle shooters are all pansies!

(Heh, heh, heh! That'll fix 'im! ;))

George Hill
December 21, 1999, 02:51 AM
Running and ducking for cover

Mal H
December 21, 1999, 01:40 PM
To paraphrase my dad on several occasions:

All right you three! If I have to stop this bulletin board and come back there, you're all going to be in deep kimchee!

December 22, 1999, 12:57 AM
(in a whisper) He started it.

Mal H
December 22, 1999, 01:29 AM
Yeah right! Gary, you stop staring at Dennis and he'll stop calling you names. Right Dennis? Right Dennis? And George you stop egging them on and all three of you stop pumping your fists at the truck drivers! They scare the heck out of your mom everytime they blow their horn.

George Hill
December 22, 1999, 06:59 AM
Dad! Dennis keeps lookin at me!

December 22, 1999, 03:37 PM

December 22, 1999, 03:57 PM

I’m laughing so hard I hardly can type!

Playing along on this thread, I’m laughing to myself (out loud) when my
Mother comes in and asks, “What on earth has you laughing so much?”

Den: This thread, Mom. Here, let me read it to you.
(Dennis reads the thread to his Mother - complete with “voices”!)

Mom: And that’s what you do in here all day?

Den: No, I...

Mom: I thought you were trying to fight all these gun control people!

Den: Mom, what I was trying to say...

Mom: You sound like a bunch of little children!

Dennis loses it, can't reply!
Mom starts to really complain!
Dennis becomes really hysterical!
Mom become really angry and stomps out....

Dang, guys! I can’t stop laughing every time I see her look at me!
(She looked at me FIRST! BWAAAHAAAHAAA!!!)

I gotta quit this.... :D :D :D ! My stomach hurts.

(And in my case, that could be declared a tri-state disaster area! ;))

4V50 Gary
December 23, 1999, 12:30 AM
From a sensible question this has rapidly degenerated into an "internal matter" which requires intervention at the Administrator Level. George and Dennis, I think we're all going to get an email from Rich pretty soon.

George Hill
December 23, 1999, 05:57 AM

George Hill
December 23, 1999, 06:08 AM
Geeze Gary... When's your heart going to grow 2 sizes plus 2?

December 23, 1999, 12:22 PM
Why yes. Of course, Gary. A little decorum...


*I* like your idea but Gary and George won't buy it because THEY think our members are too ignorant and undisciplined to do it.

Merry Christmas.

Thanks guys! I just scared the heck out of my Mother again! :D :D :D!!!!

George Hill
December 28, 1999, 07:23 AM

Mal H
December 28, 1999, 09:52 AM
Yes, we're almost there ... now go back to sleep.

January 2, 2000, 03:40 PM
(whispered) I still like Robert's idea...

Brian Pfleuger
March 10, 2010, 06:17 PM
Bumping because:

1)I was going to start a new thread with the very same request but I did a SEARCH (:eek:), yes, a search, and... here it was.

2)This is the funniest thread that I've seen on TFL in a long time, so it's worth bumping from 3721 days ago just for that.

but, what do you say Mods? Time for a "Have an Actual Subject in the Subject." rule?

March 10, 2010, 06:55 PM
Mercy, I'm still laughing at the reading of the whole thing. :D :D :D :D :D:D

March 10, 2010, 07:02 PM
Naw that would be too "curmudgenly" to expect...:rolleyes: You gotta remember that reality is strictly relative and I assure you I can convince these folks that my dumb burro self thought "that" (whatever is in subject line) was THE subject:D "stupid is as stupid convinces those that think they are smart, does"

Al Norris
March 10, 2010, 07:28 PM
And, Gary's answer is still as valid today, as it was 10 years ago.

Brian Pfleuger
March 10, 2010, 07:42 PM
I'm not asking for perfection...

It doesn't have to resemble the introduction to a PhD thesis but it shouldn't be too much to ask for a title to not be:

"What if I"

"Could I"

"Imagine if"

Hard to police? Well, sure, but so is "Language not suitable for polite company..." and "Mangling of the english language...." but there's still an effort made.

In fact, titles without some sort of valid subject could easily fall under TFL rules 1 and 4.

After all, in order for a "Topic" to be "firearms related", there must actually be a topic.... "Could I" is not a topic. A topic without a subject is certainly "mangling of the english language", is it not?

Mal H
March 10, 2010, 08:15 PM
Man! Talk about a bunch of clowns back then ... oh, wait ...


Seriously, we all would like to see valid thread titles, no one more so than me. I even edit several titles a day of the worst examples. However, what to do about it overall is another kettle of fish.

Do we edit the titles? Not enough time in the day to do that.

Do we ban the offending member? Much too harsh a punishment for such a simple problem.

Do we delete the thread? Not a bad solution, if we can catch it before any substantial posts have been added. Otherwise, it's not fair to the respondents.

Should we PM the offender? Again, the time required would be even more prohibitive than editing the title.


You've identified a problem, or rather posted about the problem, since most of us already knew it was a problem. What is your suggested solution?

Brian Pfleuger
March 10, 2010, 08:42 PM
What is your suggested solution?

I'm not sure that I have one that would be both effective and efficient.

I could suggest a Sticky... but we all know how that works.

I don't know.

As is the case with so much of the "behind the scenes" work, I wasn't aware that there were a significant number of titles being fixed by the Mods. Since you guys are already working away at it then I would suppose that the current situation is likely as good as could be expected.

I'd just think that for the salary you guys are pulling in, you could keep up a little better...:D;)

Bud Helms
March 10, 2010, 09:57 PM
Ooooh, I heard that.

March 11, 2010, 12:07 AM
Wow, this isn't at all what I expected to see when I clicked on this thread... :confused:

Mike Irwin
March 11, 2010, 01:53 AM
I think a better solution would be to ban the people who are complaining about it.

OK, it's not a solution, but at least we don't have to listen to it. :D

March 11, 2010, 08:09 AM
Mike, I thought that was what ya'll already did with whiners in the help section:D Watch it Pete-da-killer... They seem to be lookin' like a pack of pitbulls waiting for some one to toss a poodle in their pen :eek: So do you want a WHAAAA burger and french cries...

March 11, 2010, 04:10 PM
MUUUM......now Pete the killer and Hog the Dogs are at it and if nobody does anything then Tin Foil Hat Laska will be along to butt in.

March 11, 2010, 04:16 PM
Thanks guys. I needed the laughs. I hardly type 'cuz I'm still teary-eyed.:D

March 17, 2010, 11:30 PM
Some one looking for me?:D Do I have something to add?

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