By Alice Seba:
I did NO reporting of this, but threads like that do make me wonder why they are allowed. I'm not talking about the resulting excitement and participation. I think it's great people are enjoying it, BUT a thread labeled as "Colleen's 30-Day Challenge" or "Rick's Big Prize Giveaway" or "Jane's Yada Yada" are self-serving and promotional.
It's Allen's forum. It's the Warrior Forum. Never in my wildest dreams would I think of posting a thread that gave me ownership over it (i.e. no "Alice's Knitting Contest" or anything like it). I don't know. It just seems like something someone shouldn't do in somebody else's virtual home.
Why is it self-promotional? Because it's done to build up traffic, gain a following and boost one's reputation in the forum. Why not just post a "30-Day Challenge", post all the details IN the thread and motivate one another that way?
That's just me. Just my perspective...I've been told I'm wrong before. :-)
What you don't see behind the scenes is that these type of threads, if successful, encourage others to do the same thing. Just take a moment to imagine that for a second and you will not have to ask about it anymore.
You can't allow 50 people to start threads that will remain on the front page day after day after day...
We deleted at least 30 posts, or more, along the same lines because of that thread. Truth is the blog thread should never have been allowed from the first day. Not because it was 'bad' or anything like that. But because of what it 'always' leads to in a big forum.
Those threads are for 'private' forums or forums set up for that specifically and nothing else.
So that's the deal. It was moderated out a second time and I asked the admins to leave it alone and let it stay out because of all the loonies coming out of the woodwork trying to copy it.