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Sep 16, 2013 07:57 AM

Anyone else just HAVE to read locked threads?

I have to admit, when I see that little lock next to a thread, I just have to open and read it - even if the title seems completely uninteresting. I just have to know what was going on to warrant locking the thread.

Anyone else's curiosity just get the better of them?

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  1. Curiously, being catty can be dangerous...

    1. I generally keep a "watch list" of threads I think are about to be locked. Once they are I enjoy going back in and seeing what or where exactly the straw that broke the camels back came from.

      Actually come to think about it, maybe they should create a board for just locked threads. Get them out of the mix of the original board they were in and move them to the Graveyard Board, for topics which have passed.

      1. I do the same, and then I'm sometimes annoyed that I didn't get to chime in before it got locked.

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        1. re: John E.

          Ditto! There are a bunch of locked threads that I wish I could get in on, not the catty part but the actual advice.

        2. Has anyone noticed that the mere mention of the words "locked thread" eventually results in a locked thread.

          The aim of a very small number of CH's who dance to a piped pipers tune....the jagged tune of the locked thread.

          my son pointed that out to me once.

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            1. re: John E.

              would help if I had spelled it correctly, huh. lol.
              pied piper!


            2. re: HillJ

              I think there are a lot of people who have been around here long enough that they develop an intuition of when a thread is headed down a soon-to-be-moderated hole, because they know where the mods begin to draw the line. And perhaps, when they call attention to that fact, plant a seed of doubt in the mods' minds. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy at that point. I can usually pick out the threads that are going to be locked well before it actually happens...I just don't bother to SAY it. :)

              1. re: Wahooty

                I believe the OP said it beautifully.

            3. Yeah, CH rubber necking. The thing is once a thread has been locked, the posts that cause it to be locked have probably been deleted. It's like coming onto an accident where a good part has been towed and trying to figure out what happened. I do like the idea of moving them out. Maybe have a board of locked threads.

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              1. re: chowser

                "Maybe have a board of locked threads."

                Better yet, how about a board of locked threads in which all the worst, most offensive posts which were taken out are actually added back in? Now that would be worth a gander...(just to goose your idea).

                1. re: Servorg

                  CH, unmoderated. Taking it a step further, how about having only deleted posts? Some posts are so darn civil, it's hardly worth the effort to get through those to find the good ones. I'll bet CH could charge for that.

                  1. re: chowser

                    I like to see the offensive posts in context to the less offensive ones. That way I can get a feel for how the hound who finally said (while they sat at their keyboard and began composing their diatribe) "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" before hitting that "Reply" button. ;-D>

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Then you'd all see I'm not the sweet grey haired lady you all think I am!

                      1. re: HillJ

                        As I like to say when someone comments on my "gray" hair..."Don't you think it makes me look extinguished?" (g)