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[Suggestion] Vote to Close Thread

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by The Sandman, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    It might be nice to have an option whereby the members of the community could shut down an objectionable thread by voting it closed. This could be allowed on a per forum basis (rather than a global setting for all forums) with an admin defined number of votes needed to close the thread.

    I thought of this when looking at some of the troll threads here about release dates, IPB vs VB vs XF, etc. - the kind of threads that make the staff look biased if they close them. Having the community vote it closed would send a subtly different message. :D
  2. Lycaon

    Lycaon Well-Known Member

    That is a good idea, Doctor likes it and can think of one thread straight away.
  3. Shadab

    Shadab Well-Known Member

    Something like what StackOverflow currently has:
    ...would be awesome. And the limits can be set by the board administrator via AdminCP.

    *Likes* first post.
  4. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Interesting, but this only works on a forum with 'mature' members. Otherwise it could be abused very easily, especially on big boards. I wouldn't use it, but it could work in some communities.
    Dragonfly and Abomination like this.
  5. Jonathan

    Jonathan Active Member

    This is a great idea, something I'd love to see. Something else innovative for xf to think about
  6. Salty

    Salty Active Member

    Vote to ban someone from thread imo
  7. Salty

    Salty Active Member

    Vote to not let someone edit a post
  8. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    That's a bit too negative IMO. Closing a thread shows displeasure with the thread, but banning a member (even from just the one thread) is much more personal.
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  9. Salty

    Salty Active Member

    Sometimes certain people get a little too crazy in political threads, therefore if 50-100 people vote that person out of the thread, they are kicked out.

    Why close the whole political thread when you can get rid of the members ruining those discussions without removing them from the forum?
  10. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    That's a different issue really, one for the staff to handle. I'm talking about threads gone bad, not members gone bad. A well meaning member can start a bad thread.

    Besides, if the community votes to close a thread for whatever reason, that doesn't mean another thread can't open up to discuss anything of value from the closed thread.
  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    All negative ideas IMO.

    Threads should never be closed unless the OP requests it or a moderator decides it should be.
    Abomination and Peggy like this.
  12. Reeve of Shinra

    Reeve of Shinra Well-Known Member

    Not sure if I see this feature being "main stream" enough for inclusion in the code rather than as a niche modification.
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  13. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    Or, the people who object to the thread could simply stop posting in it.
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  14. Salty

    Salty Active Member

    Or the person crapping up the thread can get their ability to post in it revoked.
  15. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    It's easier to control your own actions than the actions of other people. If everyone stops posting in the thread, it goes away. Just saying.
  16. Salty

    Salty Active Member

    Why would I want my political discussions to constantly close because of 1-2 people? Why does an Israel thread have to be closed because our batshit insane poster is denying the holocaust? I don't want to ban these people completely as they bring funnies value to the site, but sometimes they need to get put in check without denying their posting ability forum-wide.

    So, if users vote (200+ votes) to remove one person from a thread, you can continue the discussion and the users who can't behave themselves in that thread can't take part in that thread. Why in the world anyone would want to stifle discussion and content being put on your site is beyond me.

    Here is an example, you see these threads? They are large.

    Do you believe all the big threads should be shut down when one user believes that everything posted is against his morals and replies to every poster to prove his point?

    Do you think a user should be banned for spewing Apple hate rhetoric all over the mobile device thread?

    Should the Quran burning day thread be closed because some users may get rowdy?

  17. fattony69

    fattony69 Well-Known Member

    I am just playing devil's advocate, but isn't that why you would set a high number of votes for the thread to be closed. In your case, maybe 50 members can vote to the close the thread and even then the staff can have a final decision, but it would be like a petition.
  18. Salty

    Salty Active Member

    One user can anger 50 people easily, as I type 1300 people are on the forum I manage.

    I would rather halt the user than halt the growing of the site.

    In order for a website to grow it must generate content.

    Forums use threads to create content.

    Why would you shut down a perfectly good thread just because of an individual, or 2-3 people? Less people will take part in the same discussion as time goes on and the same user (or type of user) is crapping up the new threads.

    There is no reason to ban a user from the site who hates on Apple every chance they get. But the option of closing down the Apple discussion thread because one person is constantly posting about how much Apple sucks, makes no sense to me.

    The problem is the USER, not the THREAD. Therefore, why get rid of the THREAD?
  19. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    It's often one user, yes. But this is not always the case. Sometimes it's just one (or multiple small groups) against the other(s). That's why we have the lock system, if there is really no hope on saving a thread.
  20. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    I do not think that this option would be appropriate for all forums, or for all forum admins. I do think that it could be a very useful option for some forums, some admins.

    As administrators, we tend to think that the answer to bad members or bad threads is for staffers to take action of some sort, or in the opposite extreme, allow anything goes discussions to take place. But it's the members, not the staff that is the life blood of a community, and giving the members some small measure of empowerment - of control of their community - could be a good thing. The key would be to come up with the right formula for figuring out how many votes (or better, how much combined "Like Power" the voters have) it takes to close a thread.

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