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Jul 31, 2013 12:52 PM

When the Chow team "locks" a discussion.........

I understand and completely support the Chow teams discretion when it comes to locking a thread or conversation. I have no problem with it at all.

What I have is a suggestion or recommendation.........I say once the Chow Swat Team assembles and swarms a thread to "lock it down" that all participants of that thread get one, just one, final closing comment!

So what do you think of that?

"Ok folks we have decided this conversation has run it's course, things are getting a little unfriendly so we are going to lock this thread now"

after which each participant in that thread get's one closing comment.

Brilliant, I know!

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  1. Generally when we lock a discussion it's already gone pretty irreparably downhill. We don't usually do it until we've already removed large swathes of posts from it a couple of times and we've locked it precisely because we don't want people to continue posting in it. If we've locked a thread for nasty, unfriendly posts, I can't even imagine the level of vitriol that would result if people knew they were getting their last digs in.

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    1. re: Jacquilynne

      You are probably right, but I understand the sentiment. There were a few times when I was participating in a thread that got locked and I was annoyed I didn't get to make one, last point (and I am sure it would not have offended anyone). Then there are threads that I only notice after they have been locked, and I think "...dang, I wish I would have gotten in on some of that."

      1. re: John E.

        You mean that after 400 posts, you still have said that 'one last thing'?

        1. re: paulj

          400 posts? What thread is it that you are referring?

          1. re: John E.

            The last one that I saw locked
            "moral" food preferences, as a guest
            416 posts

        2. re: John E.

          No, this plays right into the hands of "likes to argue poster for the sake off argument." There are a handful of prominent posters that do this, happened to me once, "I give up, I quit." "No don't stop!", says likes to argue poster.

          1. re: James Cristinian

            Did you read the first four words of my reply?

          2. re: John E.

            Oh, I definitely understand the desire to get a last thing in. Sometimes I'm locking threads and thinking "Man, that guy is just so wrong and I just want to say..."

            And then I go read this:

            1. re: Jacquilynne

              See, my point was the opposite. I would post something in agreement with whomever it was that I agreed.

              1. re: Jacquilynne

                LOL that is a funny cartoon!

                C'mon Jacquilynne didn't I sound "Chow Official" in my mock thread lock in my post? I think I could be a Mod, you need any help?

                (Then I could get the last word on ALL locked threads.......muuuahahahahahahahaha {{insert evil madman laugh}} )

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  "(Then I could get the last word on ALL locked threads.......muuuahahahahahahahaha {{insert evil madman laugh}}"

                  I think you are probably badly over estimating the pleasure inherent in copying and pasting in the boilerplate statement "Ok folks we have decided this conversation has run it's course, things are getting a little unfriendly so we are going to lock this thread now" (g)

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    There is a Chowhound who uses that graphic as their avatar. I wish I could remember who it is.

                    1. re: John E.

                      {{ pssssst John E...........perhaps you stumbled upon Jacquilynne's civilian handle!?!?! you could be on to something here!! }}

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        The closest thing I have to a civilian handle is jasandrea2. She shows up when I need to test things and have to be able to login and look at the site like a user rather than an administrator. She's most likely to be spotted on the Testing Thread. She may also have put in an appearance or two on the short-lived, but deeply beloved Banana Board. She's just like me, except she has a goatee.

                        Well, a goatee and a lack of admin rights on the site. But otherwise, we're totally the same.

            2. Live every day as if it were your last one. Make every post as if it was your last one in before the lock...

              1. I can usually tell the threads that are going to get locked with the first 25 posts. You can almost predict it from the issue raised by the OP. By the time the thread is locked, I've usually left the discussion but I do keep reading. Damn rubberneckers.

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                1. re: Bkeats

                  Yes! Sometimes there will be a thread on tipping or some such hot topic that seems like it's starting off peacefully, and then there's the one comment that's phrased in just the right way to set someone else off, and then it's off to the races.

                  But the OP has me laughing to myself about what some of those final posts might be....

                  1. re: Bkeats

                    Just happened on another one. You could see it coming as I predicted. I wanted to post one last comment that would have been


                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            I don't think I've ever been happier to see a thread locked!!!

                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              I glanced at it and am not particularly saddened that I missed it.

                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                I too understand the need for locking some threads, but consider this: If that particular thread had been locked a couple of comments earlier, we would have missed cowboyardee's response. I don't know about anyone else, but I felt it was a very well-reasoned and thought-provoking response, and it made me reconsider my whole stance on the issue.

                                It's easy enough to ignore the contentious posts -- however, an "ignore poster" button would sure come in handy.

                                1. re: Steve Green

                                  I so agree that an "ignore" button would be a major enhancement, and likely lead to less need for enforcement and moderator intervention.

                                  1. re: Steve Green

                                    I don't care for the ignore feature.

                                    I do use the 'recommend' button occassionally. I went back and recommended cowboyardee's post. You cannot add a comment in a locked discussion but you can still use the recommend button.

                              2. re: Bkeats

                                I was sooooo hoping to get in ONE comment. Just ONE.

                            2. Oh, please do not do this! I am thankful when I am part of a thread that gets shut down and I am told to "shut up." Having one more say is the last thing I want (or need)! :)

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                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                I hate it when someone appeals to my worst instincts...That little horned guy dressed all in red on my shoulder with the pitchfork and the tail with the point on it just laughs and laughs when that happens...

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  In all seriousness, I have made a concerted effort to just close a thread when i feel I am going to respond with a snippy, sarcastic, rude response. So far I've been "clean" for about a month. A personal best!

                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                    I have truly been trying to do the same myself, however I have to say I have noticed a trend on the boards lately. I call it the Chow contest, it just seems EVERYONE has to prove they are "right". It drives me crazy.

                                    I don't know why if someone has an opinion about a thread that is opposite of yours or mine, why they can't just express their varying opinion directly to the OP. Instead the trend seems to be to respond to my opinion with something like "I've got to completely disagree with your suggestion here..........". Who care's if you disagree......just tell the OP your opinion and move on, it's like everyone want's to challenge each other. It's really getting on my nerves.

                                    You got a problem with that ttoommyy? Hmmmm? lol joke.

                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                      All kidding aside, you are right on. I found myself challenging everyone and one day just had it with myself. I actually went cold turkey from CH for about 2 weeks an then slowly waded back in. I am enjoying the site much more now.

                                      1. re: ttoommyy

                                        For the record I didn't intend my comment to be directed towards you personally. I was just teasing and didn't mean to call you out in any way. Glad to have you back!

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          Didn't take it that way at all. No worries.

                                      2. re: jrvedivici

                                        I've noticed the same thing which is why I made my particular contribution to MGZ's thread on posting rules


                                2. Jrvedivici, by the time the thread is locked, everyone has said way more than they needed to already!
                                  DH loves to argue politics on FB with any and all who will read and respond. Nobody shuts him down, and sometimes he needs to be cut off at the pass, right now!
                                  I'm a Donna Reed-Pollyanna-who hates angst, so I try and avoid making snippy comments that will only piss someone off. I'd stay awake at night wondering "Does someone on Chowhound dislike me?". ;-)
                                  I do get a kick out of those who like to argue, and I often read posts aloud to my hubby. He loves it.

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                                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                                    I found that it was just so tiring, mentally that is, to argue and keep trying to get the last word in. Thank god for the CH lock out!