Author Topic: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?  (Read 6310 times)

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I can't seem to find it.  Did it disappear?  Was it removed?

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2015, 01:42:32 AM »
I am not seeing it either, which may be a good things as far as it goes for me personally, as I was just about to post a big long response with "no real point".  ;)

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2015, 01:44:44 AM »
Yes, but it was not deleted by a mod or admin. I checked permissions settings and saw that members can delete threads they start so I updated that setting to disallow that because that is my best guess that is how it disappeared. I think the possibility of a relationship board is a worthy discussion and I do hope that despite the hiccup, the discussion continues to help us make a decision.
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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2015, 01:50:42 AM »
Thanks for the explanation Jezzy.  Just so you are aware, there is still a button next to the thread that I started with a "?".  When I clicked it, it said "do you really want to do this?" or something.  I did not say "yes" as I do not want to delete the thread nor lock it and I have no idea what it means when it say "this".  Minor glitch, but one worth looking at.

I also think that at some point we may need to address the difference between editing for clarity or further explanation, occasionally editing because with hindsight you wish you had not posted, and editing in a fashion that leads to confusion and discontinuity in threads, sometimes making responses seem out of line or senseless.

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015, 01:54:40 AM »
Thanks for pointing that out, AC. I will delve back in and see what that question mark may mean or just try to get rid of it. I appreciate people's patience with our growing pains as we figure out things. We will get it down, I promise. :)
On particularly rough days when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that's pretty good. - Unknown

Don't be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous. - Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2015, 02:02:05 AM »
Can I just say that 12 year old me really, really wants to click that button?  LOL

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2015, 02:05:02 AM »
Ok, I changed another setting. Does your 12 year old self still have a button to be tempted by? :)
On particularly rough days when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that's pretty good. - Unknown

Don't be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous. - Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2015, 02:07:19 AM »
Oh, I am laughing at myself here.  My inner 12 year old no longer has the option of finding out what would have happened.  I hope to be over the curiosity in about 5 minutes.

Thanks Jezzy!

Edit for clarity - the button is gone.

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2015, 02:10:33 AM »
Awesome! I believe it would have locked the topic. Hopefully that appeased her curiosity!
On particularly rough days when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that's pretty good. - Unknown

Don't be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous. - Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2015, 02:51:46 AM »
It gave me the option to delete. I deleted it. Did not seem to be a constructive or precise topic. Apologies.
« Last Edit: March 23, 2015, 02:54:10 AM by look2thesky »

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2015, 04:28:14 AM »
I'm sorry if this sounds bitter, but, if there will potentially be a "so happy I'm in new relationship" section, why not a dating section? I will be staying away from chapter 2 areas because they make me feel like a loser. If people are uncomfortable with a dating section...stay out of it.  Just my 2 cents...

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2015, 05:12:00 AM »
I personally don't see that as bitter mom66.  I get that. 

I could write a book on this topic, but basically these are my thoughts - probably overstated to some degree, probably leaving things out also.  Aiming for concise yet actually conveying my thoughts.  Of course, as always, they are just MY thoughts - no one needs to like them or agree.  As always, people should voice disagreement if it will benefit the topic at hand.

1.  NO on a dating site section.  Don't allow people who clearly use this as JUST a dating site to stay.  Asking questions about dating or finding yourself falling for a specific someone is different than simply trying to pick up people.  To do differently puts everything else that is important about this site in jeopardy.  Just my opinion.

2.  Social is already basically a "special relationship" section.  You don't see a lot of posts about family relations or friendships there - some, but not a ton.  Most people who want to avoid topics want to avoid sex, dating and/or LTR/recoupling topics.  Why should they miss out on fun threads or threads like "confessions" or threads on friendships or whatever?  Move threads like confessions or ones on other types of social situations to general where they won't be missed by people who don't want to talk about "special type relationships" and acknowledge "social" is really "special social" but it is hard to put a label on exactly what that means.

3.  When we make special categories, we are implicitly saying that "this" is acceptable to talk about. If there are specific subcategories, but none fit what you want to say and there is no "everything else" subcategory, that indicates what you want to say is deemed unacceptable to talk about.  Or, those topics wind up in General - which brings to mind the phrase "be careful what you wish for".  In short, if we add a LTR/recoupling section, i would like to see sections added for "casual sex", "fwb that is not casual but not moving toward a LTR", "casual dating without sex", "fun time with myself", etc.  The list is likely long but finite to some extent.  I could work on a draft of ideas.  Easier to me would be to leave things as they are and to signal what you are talking about in the title of your post.  Those who don't want to read about it - don't!  Those who want to give a different perspective - great, but be respectful and don't try to derail the thread or silence others.  Sometimes it is probably better just to start a separate thread.

4.  With regard to posting in a subcategory or specific thread that you don't "belong to" - I think it all depends on your purpose.  Lots of threads could be started in several sections.  For example, we don't have a section or sections for legal or government rules or financial questions.  Nor do I think there SHOULD be such sections for a variety of reasons.  However, my background means I have some useful information for many of those types of questions.  I will likely eventually share what I have to offer if no one else presents the information/point of view, even if the thread is posted in a section entitled "GO AWAY AC, NO ONE WANTS YOU POSTING HERE".  Of course, I try to do it in a manner that is useful and polite.  I don't always succeed, but I try.

I think that is about it.  Sorry to be a bit snarky - I tried to edit out the snark, but it was ridiculously long that way.  Sometimes I feel like I just can't win.
« Last Edit: March 23, 2015, 05:55:53 AM by AC »

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2015, 07:25:29 AM »
It gave me the option to delete. I deleted it. Did not seem to be a constructive or precise topic. Apologies.

Ah, a valuable discussion was lost.  I think many people found the discussion constructive.  The topic seemed to morph only when the original post was deleted, and since some people didn't see that post, the topic moved around a bit.  Sometimes an idea comes to mind and discussion helps clarify thoughts for a lot of people.  It wasn't offensive and the discussion was civil. 

I'd rather not have the option for someone to delete a thread where others have posted.  If someone wants to delete their own post, so be it.  I've just had 5 1/2 years of my own words eliminated and I don't want to see that happening here whenever someone decides they aren't happy with the direction that a thread moved.

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2015, 07:52:02 AM »
I think it was a good and respectful discussion too.  I am still not swayed that it would be a good idea to have an on line dating type section but I can understand where there might be interest for a separate forum designed for wids looking to date wids.

Although this was not the point if the original post, we have moved into an important topic I think.  There is a big difference between the issues faced by those who are in a chapter 2 relationship and the issues of those who are "getting out there".  While I enjoy reading the trials of those brave enough to try online dating or being set up or giving FWB a try, I pretty much skipped that phase and don't have much advice to contribute.  On the other hand, I can understand why reading about someone who is in a relationship can trigger negative feelings for someone who isn't dating yet or is frustrated by the dating experience or has no interest in a relationship.  There are so many issues that come up with a chapter 2 relationship and I want a safe and supportive place to get advice without fear of offending anyone. 

However it is done, separate subcategories or carefully worded subject titles so people can avoid topics they don't won't to read, is a good idea.  That is true for every section, not just social.  If it's a trigger to me, I skip it.  If it's outside my experience, I may read to get a better understanding of someone else's reality or to find inspiration for my own journey. 

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Re: Did the Thread on whether to have a Dating Section Disappear?
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2015, 08:03:13 AM »

However it is done, separate subcategories or carefully worded subject titles so people can avoid topics they don't won't to read, is a good idea.  That is true for every section, not just social.  If it's a trigger to me, I skip it.  If it's outside my experience, I may read to get a better understanding of someone else's reality or to find inspiration for my own journey. 

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