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27 Dec 2018 03:27 AM
fostermacation
By: fostermacation

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Why we need OT brought back Don't spank the cat

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I want to make crazy threads like this but it doesn't fit GE so i'm forced to make this thread to give this out in a section I don't have fun in, Thanks whomever the person is who runs this forum arf!

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  • I'm all for the restoration of the off topic section of these forums. There is only one real problem I see. With more people comes more hate. It's human nature, there is no avoiding this in a political and passionate society.

     

    If politics can't be avoided completely, obviously create a section just for that too.  Win/win

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  • Off topic was the busiest part of the forums and removing the bulk of the site traffic was a punch in the face to this place. Then them following it up with the switch over to the sub standard Sony run forums was the knock out punch.

     

    I can see the issues that we had the place was toxic at times and that was probably bad PR for Sony to host those sort of conversations. But all we really needed was a rule of no politics and a little moderation and they could have fixed it. Instead they just pulled it down and lied about archiving the old posts... They burned all evidence of the place lol. Trump for and against and BLM/race relations type of talk leaned right and I think Sony leans left.

     

    Personally if we had music and movies thread's that people could easily post vid's without using work arounds I would be happy enough, That's the stuff I miss. Oh and I liked the Cannabis thread the NFL thread and the post your A/V setup thread we need those back too haha.

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  • Dead-Sync (Support MVP)

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    Like I said in another thread, I agree OT should return, but I don't think it can return until:

    • The forums are developed with more robust features and stability (why rush to get a broken OT in there like the rest of the forums?)
    • and from that, implement a community moderation system. OT topics can get out of hand and break forum rules quicker than other sections as buck alludes, so there should be some extra eyes on it.

     

    If those can happen, then I think these forums would be ready. I think OT boards are great for community building, and even if the conversation leads to gaming outside the PS brand, it's a great resource for Sony to see what they are doing right vs. doing wrong. Sometimes it's a blessing to see where you fit in the context of the whole industry and have good peripheral vision.

     

    So yeah, I hope the the forums can get to a point where OT can come back.

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  • Dead the point was I wanted to make a crazy thread title for a code for someone but there's nowhere to do it but this section of this forum. Who got this one?
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  • Not me my PSN wallet is pretty healthy already. No need.
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  • What we need is OT brought back but have our own OT on this forum called  PSOT. With that said it would be the OT section for the forum but PS OT related in nature such as music, food, games, and just goofing off in and hanging out in with our fellow PS gamers on!! Since the people who used to MOD that area did a bad job on it we are going to need people with a mentality to MOD that section that know the difference between GE and OT mentality! If brought back it would breathe fresh air to this stale air of a forum that we have had and would be just in time for all the new people who are going to come up on this forum also in the future!

     

    As always WELL SAID there Dead!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    Why not make and give an PSOT to its users and have users who use this forum MOD that section with the power to only lock threads then if anyone has an issue with the lock PM a MOD to discuss it with them why they locked it and if so reasons why they think it should be unlocked!

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  • Well, not that it's even appropriate to consider an OT forum with the board broken the way it is, but most forums I have used that have an OT, it's pretty much for trolls and people who want to argue about any crap they can think of. At one message board I use to participate in, they added an unmoderated forum, where these people could amuse themselves by dong whatever they want, and thereby staying away from the rest of the forums. This forum was invisible to anyone who was not a registered member, so guests coud not accidentally see it, and the forum title included a warning that it was unmoderated and enter at your own risk. It became a convenient place to shovel all the trash posts.

     

    But Sony would probably never do that.

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  • Patchex

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    @Brises 

     

    That is actually the best post so far I have seen about OT being brought back... I like your theory... Yet honestly we should not have any trash in the forum to shovel out, yet we do like all forums with trolls and spam... Yet I love your idea... Having it be an unseen section by non signed in members, yet of course as Foster points out, it will need to be moderated very well, and yes calling it PSOT or PSCOT (Playstation community OT) instead of just OT might help. Yet having a place to keep the trash out of the other sections would be good... General is ok for that purpose just as much as OT would be if all the stuff was game related and it was moded right... so technically if you think about it General is OT, because its stuff that is not made and promoted by SONY and in saying that, you can do exactly what you want already @Foster in General as long as you keep it actually Game related. 

     

    If General was just general and we even had just sub sections like FPS, RPGs, Rythum, and Platformers sections, General could be just that a new OT... yet we only have some PS exclusives, Support, General, and Forum feedback sections... We need better sub devisions of gaming topics... SONY holds many 3rd party games... sticking the convo for all of those in one place is horrible and very confusing... over crouded and un managable. 

     

    With that said and adding to the suggestion... not only locking a thread that is inappropreate yet also making is not viewable at all by the community except for the one person and MODs would be a smart move... However again that comes down to good Mods because I have seen many threads locked in the past decade that should not have been lock because of favortizum and bad crappy mods and MVPs... (Back when there were more MVPs here then regular community members posting lol) If that were the case, folks might (and I say might) think twice before posting something non game related in anyway or something out of place and inapprpreate... 

     

    I also love the idea of it being clearly marked as enter at your own risk lol funny stuff... yet still I really think that OT is a toxic addition to any tech forum and should only be considered when there is a really great community of people who are decent at keeping the peace and being polite as well as inteligent... which I can not say I can see happening with this forum, esspecially with 91 million active members atm... seems like a noose if you ask me. 

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  • Brises_0000 That is true and why I think Sony should pave the way with a PSOT. It would be an OT area but PS related or gamer related. Toxicity of it wouldn't be like every other OT forum out there but and OT section but PSOT. With PSOT there would be a set of rules and guidelines to follow with a place to goof off in and post crap other than GE. Music thread suggestionss can't go in GE. FAV gaming food and snacks one eats wouldn't go in GE, sexiest in game girl character or guy wouldn't go in GE, I just farted and rate it an 7/10 thread wouldn't go in GE, forum thread games don't go in GE and there're plenty of those to be played, my PS code fun games, picture of your last meal threads, what you drinking while playing tonight threads and just so much more to be made and fun times to be had!
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  • But isn't an "off topic" forum about PS or game related topics a contradiction? It establishes a topical format as PS or gaming, and therefore is not off topic. Most people view an off topic forum as a place designated to discuss things that have nothing to do with the board in general or any other catagory within it.
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  • It would be off topic from not being lumped in with GE or support threads. It's almost 100% OT just gives the users who MOD that seciton of the forum reasons to lay out guidelines for not abusing that area for example no religious threads and political threads and no sexual orientation debates n such!!!

     

     

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  • General is already for any playstation topic that doesn't fit in any other catagory, but it's suppose to be about playstation. What you are talking about is not different from that. An off topic forum is where people could talk about politics, sports, global warming, wars in the middle east, anything they want to that is NOT a playstation topic. That is the whole point of off topic forums.
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  • And I was guilty of making some on here but with the closing of OT and from what I've seen here n there from posts I think the political threads, middle east subjects, and other subjects are why OT was shut down? PSOT needs to be an area not lumped in with GE mainly due to how that area would be modded VS. how PSOT would be modded are both different mind sets. Game talk threads would not go into PSOT for 1 example.
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  • Patchex

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    I guess PSOT would be a contradiction... Just one more good reason we do not need an OT forum area lol 

     

    The last thing we need is a fourm section that is not truely Modded, we have enough of that already... 

     

    I do want to point out that this is a PLAYSTATION "gaming" community forum... if you want to talk about politics, farts, food and other stuff there are pleanty of other places on the web that you could do so... Yet as it has been pointed out, as long as it is game related General here would be just fine, so OT is really not needed... and even though a few handful of folks keep saying they want it, for me OT in the PS fourm is quite un wanted... yet I think I have made my view very very clear... 

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