I'm going to lock them from now on. Really, what's the point in arguing over if Goku can beat Vash can beat Kenshin can beat Pikachu can beat your mailman if you drew him in an anime-style? The simple fact of the matter is that Batman always wins.
So what's a good thread? The anime vs western tv
thread is a good thread that sparks intelligent conversation and thought. Any of the myriad random character vs. another random character is just people's personal and unwavering opinions relayed over and over and over again.Addendum 6/20/04:
A thread will be deemed pointless on a case-by-case basis. There is no easy generalization which won't offend someone's intelligence, but these threads tend to follow a certain pattern which often goes down the path of progressive off-topicness, spam, and/or flames. My goal in trying to reduce these threads is to keep the forum more fun for the general public rather than a select few.
A few suggestions:
- Give a good intro to your thread. Don't just make a thread title and "Discuss. 8)" in your post. If you're going to present an argument/ask a question, at least provide your opinion on it from the get-go. The more interesting and involved a thread is from the beginning, the more likely that it will get replies of the same quality.
- Keep the signal-to-noise ratio down. For instance, if you're going to make a character vs. character thread, especially if the characters are from different series, try to keep your viewpoints as objective as possible. If all you're doing is basically stating that you like one character over another one, then don't bother posting. You want to present new information either by introducing it for the first time into the thread or by refuting someone else's post.
- Try to avoid making pissing contest threads such as "What anime have you seen? List them all." There is no real conversation in these threads, just lists and eventually responses like "O_O. Whoa dude, that's a LOT of anime."
- Try to avoid making threads that encourage one word posts.