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Are you for or against game threads?

Asked by Mimishu1995 (14651points) May 7th, 2014

Inspired by this thread that I have been lurking around.

It seems that game threads are being one controversy here. Some are for them, saying they provide good fun and help people get to know each other; some are against it, saying they are against Dr. Jelly’s rule of “promoting good discourse”.

Should game threads be allowed?

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dxs's avatar

If you don’t like it, stay away. I don’t mind them. It’s a nice social place, and at times, helps me relieve stress.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I am typically not interested in them, and the only reason I’ve ever started one is because people were complaining about the dearth of questions (note: I also asked a substantive question at the same time). That said, I don’t see anything wrong with them. They promote a sense of community and help us learn about one another (which, according to the Fluther Guidelines, is one of the appropriate uses for the Social section).

Also, there is no rule that says every question must be intended to produce a particular kind of discourse. The rule is that when there is discourse, it must be of a particular level of quality. Quite different.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@dxs FYI, I like game thread too! If I didn’t like them why would there be so many posts on game threads by me? I just feel a bit bad for game threads as some are against it.

dxs's avatar

@Mimishu1995 Just remember, too much of a good thing can be bad.

gailcalled's avatar

They don’t light my fire and might well turn off someone who stumbled on the site if that was the first thing he read.

Sometimes, when they degenerate into a lengthy call-and-response between two people, I wish they would take it private to PMs.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

I am for game threads. I could care less about video games as I had my fill of them in the late 80s – early 90s when I was a Nintendo addict killing all the enemie…like the Bloopers, Bob-omb, Bullet Bill, Hammer Brothers, Goomba, and the Koopas.
I rescued princess Peach repeatedly and never got more than a kiss on the cheek for it, so I am through with video games.

Berserker's avatar

It’s all good, although I do tend to get bored of them quick enough. But as long as they don’t flood the site, s’fine wit’ meh.

hominid's avatar

@Mimishu1995: “Should game threads be allowed?”

Everyone has the ability to not click on a thread. Of course they should be allowed.

That said, I find the existence of these threads depressing and alienating. Nonsensical chatter and small talk is way too easy to find elsewhere. I understand that most people believe they promote a sense of community. But it has the opposite effect for me. It’s just one more place to feel alienated.

Crazydawg's avatar

Let’s play

livelaughlove21's avatar

Occasionally I’ll join in, but I quickly become annoyed and usually end up unfollowing the thread. It usually ends up being the same two people posting over and over and over again. Aggravating. But people should definitely be able to start those threads if they want to. If you like it, play. If you don’t, move on.

longgone's avatar

I don’t mind them. I rarely join in, and when I do, I hardly ever post more than once. I know some people like them, and I think spoiling their fun would be thoughtless – not to mention unnecessary.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I don’t choose to participate in game threads, but I also don’t eat donuts with maple frosting. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be available for others to enjoy.

Kardamom's avatar

I like some of them, especially the word games. I’ve learned a few interesting new (to me) words on those threads. I also like the continue the story games. Pretty much anything that has to do with word games I enjoy. In fact I’m going to start one right now.

Be on the lookout for Unfortunate Dinner Companions.

hearkat's avatar

In the beginning, they were not allowed. I’ve never cared for them or the social chit-chat that folks want to engage in (including Lurve parties); but obviously others value those options, so the rules were bent a bit to keep those members happy. It was one of the reasons I was mostly absent for a few years.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I enjoy them but try not to post constantly on them, one post a day is more than enough for me and sometimes I go for weeks without posting on them. I like that they are lighthearted compared to some of the questions on here and I think a site like this needs a variety to ensure there is something for everyone’s tastes. I agree with those that say, if you don’t like a thread, then don’t take part in it. Easy.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think they’re a waste of time therefore NO ONE should be allowed to enjoy them. Snark.

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