Altho i try to cull useful posts and lump them together in one post with each name included, in most cases there's just no need to. For example, Howard makes an idiotic post, Joe,Fred,Sam, Ernie, Dudly and 14 other ppl reply telling Howard its an idiotic post. What sense would there be in saving any of them if the original post is gone? Suppose in the middle of all this Frank and Jesse reply with something new, relevant to the topic and useful, i would create a post copying their posts, attributed to them.
As for 20 posts on a thread about perform that has wandered into Boredom Central and is basically "ok, im bored" "yeah, me too" "
", well sheesh, meet in a channel someplace to chat, it doesnt need to be here whether its in a manure pile or not. And I really see no need to try to embarass someone by putting their posts in a "manure pile" and i really doubt it would "disuade them from useless posts" anyway. Suppose a user posts a horribly incorrect answer, and 3 ppl tell him so, while 1 person gives the correct answer. Do we really need to leave anything other than the correct answer anywhere on the forum? No one is perfect.
When "cleaning house" in old threads, i dont delete something that hasnt been posted in at least one other thread, be it by the same person or someone else. Honestly, do you think we need 75 posts containing only: "How do i identify" "Use the search feature" just so someone can go back and see that they told someone to use the search feature?
And Poppy brings up a good point. I get enuf pms now without adding "how dare you put my wondermous post in the manure pile." "hey, so-and-so had a stupid post, move it to the manure pile".
Honestly, i think we give y'all a lot of leeway, it sure isnt like we delete every offthread post by a long shot, only when it gets way over the line. Altho we arent perfect, I think its rare that any "useful data" thats only in one thread is deleted.
I think the whole concept of a "manure pile" defeats the purpose of this forum, which is to help users. How would they be helped by reading bickering, insults, general nonsense, incorrect answers or 47 threads saying the exact same thing? As for subjecting someone to ridicule by putting their post in a manure pile, that is totally against what helping is all about. While a somewhat harsh answer may be called for occasionally, thats a far cry from ridiculing someone for the entertainment of others.