Dear HSD users,
There has been a downward trend recently that has taken hold of Silly Stuff. Speaking on behalf of all the moderators and staff of HSD, we believe that this trend has taken that particular section of EE away from its original purpose. I realize what implications the name "Silly Stuff" may have, but none of them allow for content that is lacking in substance. It is our belief that it is perfectly possible to be "silly" and yet have something of substance to say at the same time. But instead of speaking in vague terms, I have attempted to lay out for everyone what the moderators have agreed upon to be the criteria, if you will, for posting in Silly Stuff.
- No threads which encourage one-word or one-liner responses (Example: the word association thread.)
- No threads which encourage mechanical responses (Example: In the counting thread, there is precisely one response you can make to the post before you. No creativity was required or even allowed.)
- If a thread is based around a question, it should be an open-ended question. If the entirety of a thread's content could be summed up in a simple poll tacked onto the thread, then the thread doesn't need to exist. (Example: "How tall are you?" is not something you can be creative with. There is a single, definite answer.)
Things we are
. The recent threads started by Green Tea and McCabius (and the threads that were spawned as a result of them) will serve as perfect examples of what should not
be found in Silly Stuff -- threads that require no amount of thought or creativity from those who are participating (and, yes, for those wondering: the threads were sarcastic
threads intended to prove how degraded and pointless most of the forum has become. Obviously, due to the amount of participation, they failed to serve such a purpose.) Games such as Mafia and Incognito are perfectly acceptable. A thread calling for the discussion of characters from Middle Earth is perfectly acceptable. Threads that require mechanical responses and a lack of the aforementioned criteria (creativity, ingenuity, etc.) are not.
This announcement was not created to simply serve as a reminder to the users of HSD what the Silly Stuff forum is about. It is also a warning
. The moderators are armed and ready to make sure that Silly Stuff no longer remains a worthless (yes, worthless) forum consisting of nothing other than dead threads requiring lifeless responses. We want it to be vibrant, alive, and a place where one's mind can actually become engaged
Well, enough has been said. I would strongly encourage each of you to read every word of this
(assuming you haven't already, in which case I would advise it even stronger. But it would still be a good idea to re-cap.) The revolution has begun. God willing, each and every one of you will surivive it and emerge a better, more engaged and challenged human being.