Thanks Rob for adding the poll!
(Option 2) If this were an open thread there would not be any comments as they would be removed, just stories only...............I vote closed, not everyone always leaves nice comments
This was my view as well but after reading the recent posts from our moderators it looks like my vision isn't possible. Sandy made a very good point about the closed thread...the posts would look like they were being made by the moderators not the actual person.I would also prefer it to be closed. We have other options for posting stories, even the same story, where we can get love, support, and awesomely kind comments in the rainbow bridge section. Plus you could always PM the original poster if you felt strongly about leaving a comment.
I view this more like an online book. A book of the life stories of these awesome pets. I would love a few pictures in the stories too!
Vivien I thought the way it would work would be the poster would actually PM the tribute to you so you would just have the story alone to paste onto the sticky. If the poster wanted to also post this story somewhere else to receive reply's / comments they could easily do so wherever they choose. But again as Sandy pointed out the post would look like it was made by the MOD instead if the actual poster.I think this is a great idea.
I would like to point out, though, that even the "closed" option may leave comments that need to be deleted by a MOD. If a member makes a memorial post somewhere (perhaps in the RB section) and PMs one of us to merge it into the sticky thread, others may post comments to that memorial before a MOD has a chance to move it. If we simply move the memorial post, that leaves orphaned comments which would need to be deleted.
The Mod team is also taking a vote in our discussion group and so far the ones that have voted are for an open thread because actually this would be easier for the MOD team than working around a closed thread with trying to perform mergers or even copying PM into a closed thread. We would however remove ALL comments (good or bad) and only leaving the stories from the OP.It would also seem like a lot of extra work for the moderators to have to constantly delete comments, if that's even possible??, to keep the thread to just the stories. After all it's only natural for members to want to reply particularly to stories of this nature...
Pete & Woody
Is it possible for forum members to be able to close their own threads? Only threads they start. That way, they post a thread, close it and the MODS will merge it.So what about making a "Tribute Section" as a sub forum in the RB Section. Then as soon as someone posts a thread it could be closed by a Mod. Person posting the thread could contact a Mod and let them know they will be posting. That seems way easier that the Mods having to watch every thread so carefully.This way there would be threads for each person and their story. Hope this makes sense???