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A Hosting question regarding the phrase "Off Topic"

When I am volunteering as a Host, I regularly see people upset with that phrase. They do not understand that it is inserted automatically and take offense at the locking Host. Sometimes the locking Host replies with the reason the OP is being locked, sometimes not. Sometimes DUers will read to that reply, sometimes not. Too often do Hosts get angry messages as to why something is considered off-topic.

While the phrase makes sense sometimes, and while I understand it is meant to indicate that an OP does not meet the Statement of Purpose for a forum/group (found under the "about this forum" button over the threads), it is sometimes inaccurate and too often mistaken as being a personal opinion of a Host, not just automatically inserted by the software. For instance, duplicate threads in LBN are not "off topic", but prohibited by the SOP of LBN.

My question is is it possible to change "off topic" to something else, perhaps "does not meet the forum/group's SOP"? It would help avoid hurt feelings and Host's time spent replying. I know some will take offence at anything, but it would be appreciated to have that spelled out more clearly.

Thank you for considering this.

Happy Mt St Helens eruption day

You were such a pretty softly rounded mountain, St Helens. It was quite a time.



36 yrs ago we didn't know if our sibling who was guarding the gates going up to the mt was alive or not. They ended up having the day off and rushing to bring in the laundry from the line before the ash hit.



Oh, the ash!
http://bgr.com/2014/10/10/mount-st-helens-space/
?w=624

Trees, mud, water washed down. Boulder filled mudflows.
Logging camp

A river


After the lahar, scientist in yellow standing on bank after the muddy river went back down.




http://educatoral.com/msh_facts.html

Lots of photos
http://archive.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/mount_st_helens_30_years_ago.html

Harry Truman, coot or codger? Stubborn and decided how he wanted to die

Where do you feel most vulnerable to harassment or assault?

Have you ever used a public restroom of the gender you don't identify with?

I have when the line to the women's is too long and there is none to the men's, or there's only 1 for either and the women's is in use forever.

I figure most duers are meh about it, but was curious.

Has anyone heard from mbperrin?

Last post was Oct 2014.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=profile&uid=121257

Has anyone heard from mbperrin?

Their last post was Oct 2014.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=profile&uid=121257

Seeking loud, pulsating, mid-tone alarm clock

I'm not ready for a shake one because cats are constantly on and off the bed and I wouldn't notice it, and the light ones don't do much for me either.

I find mixed review of different ones online so was wondering if anyone here had recommendations. Thank you.

An honest question about wage discrimination

I've lived through some of these, heard others in recent yrs ( including from a young adult male friend which took me aback).

Which of these do you agree with, if any?
Posted by uppityperson | Fri Apr 1, 2016, 02:51 PM (3 replies)

Man killed by falling tree as high winds slam Seattle area, toddler survives

We had big winds and rain a couple days ago here in the Pacific NorthWet, and another round is happening right now.

Eta, story has been updated, was a man and the choir in the back seat survived. My latest observation is wind of 36, gust of 58, powers still on.


http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/weather/high-winds-knocking-out-power-throughout-the-seattle-area/

A woman died in Seward Park Sunday afternoon when high winds sent a tree crashing down on a car, the Seattle Fire Department reported. The death was reported just after 2 p.m. and additional details weren’t immediately available.

Trees are weakened from recent rainstorms and are vulnerable to fall during Sunday’s big windstorms, officials warned.

The Highway 520 bridge was closed in both directions Sunday afternoon due to high winds and water on the road.

Big power outages hit West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Snohomish County and Shoreline Sunday afternoon, and officials warn that outages are likely to increase as the windstorm rages.....


Photos at link, can't get them to copy paste here

NO one "deserves respect". We all do, however, deserve to be treated respectfully.

NO one "deserves respect". We all do, however, deserve to be treated respectfully.

Nancy Reagan's funeral led me to this post, but it applies universally in real life and internet land and politics as well as about funerals.

There is a huge difference between the 2 concepts.
(Posted in GDP earlier in error)
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