Scientology Discussion Topics: Pending Reorganization

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  1. Gizmo

    Gizmo Rabble Rouser

    Well, I just can't " snip " any HH post so I'll just say I also think FUN is very important. I confess, I love to read the fun stuff, it is uplifting, period.

    Most of us have already waded through enough heavy stuff to last more than a few lifetimes.

    Speaking of heavy, Thank you HH for putting in a plug for fun. In my opinion, HH is one of the heavy weights posting on ESMB ( along with Emma, Face, Cowboy & a few others )

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  2. Gizmo

    Gizmo Rabble Rouser

    LOL ! I view it as shuffling the deck of a wonderful game !

    It remains a truth that a person looking through their own perception & perspective with their own life experiences see something that is unique to them.

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  3. freethinker

    freethinker Crusader

    But you didn't know where anything other than General Discussion section was LOL?

    Like with the posts you post I'm supposed to believe that?

    Nice job, you got your spot. :coolwink:

  4. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    I’d like to add my opinion on the books and media. As I’ve done an awful lot of copying links here over the years, it often has been hard to know where to put things. It’s like the problem with the ‘Breaking News’ forum - when you put something in the Media section, news there also goes stale. And many of the media reports are about ‘breaking news’ which as time passes would be better off in a forum the subject is about. Makes my head spin!

    I remember the excitement, back when ESMB was a baby, about Andrew Morton’s book on Tom Cruise. Wow, we were so excited, never dreaming how small that would seem in view of current events like an Emmy Award winning doco. Now does that go in Media, Breaking News or Essential Reading? I don't think Emma or anyone realised just how much media would be generated over the years.

    I think that the really big events, say ‘Going Clear’ and Leah Remini for example, need their own subforums. But where? Going Clear threads include not only news and discussion about the movie, but also the book, the many, many interviews both Lawrence Wright and Alex Gibney gave and so on. They should be all together so a researcher or member can easily find the relevant threads ... Just not sure where to suggest, as it covers the areas of breaking news/media/books!

    Perhaps as the forum is now Breaking and Major News, the sub forums could be there?

    Or a new forum under Media for Books and Documentaries with sub forums for each big subject?

    I don’t envy Ethercat working it out, just throwing out ideas.
  5. freethinker

    freethinker Crusader

    The off topic section being split up like that hasn't been a problem so I don't see why it wouldn't work for other sections.

    One will still have to learn which cupboard things are kept in though.

  6. Gizmo

    Gizmo Rabble Rouser

    Well, one of the things I like most about decisions is that the person who make a particular decision can also see it different, want it another way & just make a new decision to change the previous decision.

    While I appreciate the rank & file being asked for input ( ain't that a sweet change considering where we were once ! ) IF the changes don't work as planned then other changes can be made ( OK, I'm a tinker at heart ).

    Perhaps with a little tweaking here & there this joint will be as good as can be.

    I loved ESMB before.

    I'll love ESMB after, too.
  7. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket Gold Meritorious Patron

    It would be nice if we could search by "contains the words" AND "poster name". That way we could just get search results from a given individual who included those words in their post. Currently, if you enter a poster name it ignores "containing the words" (or is it the other way around?) and you get too many results.

  8. ethercat

    ethercat Cat in flight

    I am going to think about what to do with Breaking and Major News, Media, books, etc. Maybe they need different names and/or descriptions to clarify what their purpose is, or subforums made, or perhaps some merging, or something. Right now, there seem to be a lot of fuzzy lines between them.

    I hate to burst anyone's bubble about the high visitor counts, but they were not all from individual people visiting. Many were from web server IP addresses, which, with a few exceptions, have no business viewing threads on a forum, especially not massive numbers of threads simultaneously. Most real people connect to ESMB through their ISP, and those would be the IP addresses that would visit, not web hosting server IP addresses. I mean, who's going to pay for a web hosting server to read a forum through? Using only a text-based interface?

    Legitimate exceptions would be if they provide a VPN, TOR exit node, or are pulling an RSS feed to display on a website, and maybe some I'm not thinking of right now. Some other uses might be content scraping, attempts to DDoS or slow down the server, monitoring content posted for copyright infringement or trademark infringement, link checking, or some other reason for pulling an enormous number of threads simultaneously.

    They were driving the server load up tremendously until I blocked large swaths of IP addresses that belong to web hosting companies in the server's firewall. So if anyone noticed ESMB had been slow, that was probably why. If any real people have ended up being blocked as a result of this, they need to find a non-abusive server or method to do whatever they're doing.

    That's the way it's working for me, Helena. For instance, one word I have infrequently used here before is "malware", and when I search using "ethercat" as the username, and "malware" as the keyword, it only shows me a few posts. I didn't do anything special besides using the Advanced Search from the link on the menu bar. Can someone else try it and verify?

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