Just an idea to throw out at you all. . . .

  1. There will always be topics that attract a lot of attention, discussion and debate. Many times, issues within a topic become repeated again and again.

    As a member of this bulletin (not as a moderator), I like to see resolution to problems and issues. Now I know that there may never be any resolutions to any one issue. That's o.k.!!! But, honestly, I personally tend to like to see resolution.

    Gracious. . . I know that there is no one resolution for each and every problem we face as human beings. For some problems or issues. . . . they may never be a resolution. I've learned to deal with that. . . and it does not come easy for me.

    We have here a wonderful avenue to discuss topics, issues and current events. Inevitably we're going to come across a topic that could. . . and probably should. . . go on for ever.

    As a member of this bulletin board, I ask you:

    How unreasonable would it be to have some kind of mechanism in place where a topic can be shelved especially if repeated issues/arguments emerge?

    Let THIS be a topic of debate. And let's see if we can come to some kind of resolution. A simple democratic "yes or no" vote would be one mechanism that anyone can request to have a topic remain open or closed.

    Maybe we don't or don't want a mechanism in place for such a time.

    As a member of this board, I would like to see such a democratic choice available to us even if its used as a guage to see how the interests REALLY lay for a given discussed topic.

    I humblely present this to you as a member of this bulletin board and an active user of the "Current Events" forum.

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on Jul 6, '03
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  3. by   live4today
    Originally posted by efiebke
    As a member of this bulletin board, I ask you:

    How unreasonable would it be to have some kind of mechanism in place where a topic can be shelved especially if repeated issues/arguments emerge?

    A simple democratic "yes or no" vote would be one mechanism that anyone can request to have a topic remain open or closed.

    As a member of this board, I would like to see such a democratic choice available to us even if its used as a guage to see how the interests REALLY lay for a given discussed topic.

    Ted
    Being that I am Republican, I must hold my usual conservative viewpoint on this matter you place before us, Ted. :chuckle

    Juuuuusssssstttttt breaking the tension as any republican would do.

    Okay........I vote to end a thread at 500 posts. If someone wants to begin a new thread titled "Part II" of........whatever the discussion at hand is, then so be it. Now, would this satisfy democratic and republican parties onboard here at allnurses, or not?

    Cheerfully submitted!
    Cheerfuldoer
  4. by   jnette
    Dunno, Ted...

    I myself partake in some threads not to seek "resolution" but to LEARN. It seems that no matter how long a thread runs, there is always one new voice/opinion added to the mix, and it just may be this one voice that I can learn something new from... understand what I'm saying here?

    There are some threads I don't actually partcipate in, yet READ... because whether or not I agree, I'm still learning new ways of looking at things by what ppl post. Seems like I learn something new every day here.. either about myself or about others, and it all contributes in a positive way. Personally, I LIKE that. So.. well, I kinda like it as it is... unless we're beating a dead horse or something, I see no reason to close things out.

    Anybody else?
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I agree with Jnette here . . .

    Lordy Lordy . . . if our society can't come up with a resolution to the reparations idea, how in the world can we be expected to?

    One of the positive things this has done is have us question our assumptions and rethink our attitudes.

    I don't think debating stuff with a resolution in mind is even realistic.

    Let the threads die a natural death . . . .

    steph
  6. by   Q.
    Agree with jnette. I find no reason to force conversations to end, and while Renee's suggestion seems pretty neutral, I'm not sure I agree with that simply because I don't see the point in starting a new thread just to continue an existing thread.
  7. by   gwenith
    It has happened before that a thread is "split" The old thread is maintained and anyone can read it while the new half continues.

    There are some good reasons for splitting a thread and the one that comes easiest to mind is the very natural tendency of some members to read only the first one or two posts and then reply. there is nothing wrong with this but it keeps bringing up old arguments which often just put the debate back when it could be going forward.

    It allows those who have not read every post to join in afresh. Done right it can keep the debate alive. The christian nurses thread is a good example of a split thread that continued and continues well.
  8. by   maureeno
    the choice is always open
    to participate or let go
    I am comfortable with the staus quo.
  9. by   caroladybelle
    The cycle of life continues on and on.

    Why must there always be a right or a wrong - resolution?

    Life is not that simple. And this BB is not, either.

    There are some on this BB that I just agree to disagree..and that is the resolution. Maybe there are others that can learn to do the same.
  10. by   Mkue
    I find no reason to force conversations to end
    I agree
  11. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by maureeno
    the choice is always open
    to participate or let go
    I am comfortable with the staus quo.

    Agreed.
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    I am conflicted. It was nice not to know the appearance of fellow Allnurses posters.
    As the first to say I thought it should continue it seems right to express second thoughts. Since we veer off the subject (& me worst of all) perhaps thiss could be available for reading. Someone could start a similar but different thread. Both of the below as well as all who answered have valid points.
    Call my vote "present"
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    gwenith, SF nut

    " I am sorry but I say let it die simply because until this thread happened I had
    no idea who was which race and even less inclination to find out.

    To me this Bulletin board is the most wonderful way to interact completely free
    of racisim. How can I be even inadvertantly racist if I do not know the race of
    the person to whom I am speaking. Such freedom! To get to know and
    appreciate a person as a person.

    All over the world people have done harm to one another. All over the world
    we are divided into "us" and "them". But here the "us" is us nurses versus the
    "them" of the rest of the world whether that is medical staff, administrators or
    patients.

    In saying this I acknowledge that some of you have deep deep hurts that you
    need to speak of and work through but at present I think that the hurt is
    clouding your perceptions and you are seeing accusations where there are
    olive branches.

    Let us lay the hurt for a little be nurses together not races apart and one day,
    in a little while, we will come back to this issue and speak clearly on how you
    feel and maybe step a little closer to healing."

    __________________


    maureeno, Senior Member

    "the choice is always open
    to participate or let go
    I am comfortable with the staus quo."
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i don't think ENDING them is the answer. I have learned A LOT In the reparations thread, however uncomfortable it was. I say let it go on unless someone violates TOS....then correct it.
  14. by   Ted
    I think I need to offer clarification. I am suggesting a mechanism to use to see if, after a thread has been discussed at length (25 pages, for instance is very lengthy) the main players of the thread (and anyone who has been following it with interest) would like to assess/evaluate and take a decided action on the thread. The process would be totally democratic.

    I would also suggest that if a thread was decided to be "let go" or die due to a vote, that it would just be mutually "ignored" by everyone.

    Of course, someone could still add on to the thread. But if they went against a "group decision", they would have to pay a penitence! That penitence would be something like showing your baby picture or "worst hair day" or something silly.

    I stress that this mechanism would enable the group to make decisions and have ownership with those "group conscious" decisions regarding a thread that been discussed and discussed and discussed and discussed. . . . . .

    Just throwing out ideas. . .

    Ted

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