Mod Q&A: Head of the Agency
Posted Aug 30, 2007 @ 11:29 PM
Feel free to PM or e-mail me with questions, or post them here, if they pertain to the forums. I'll post important announcements here, too, so please read this thread when you see it's new. Thanks!
Posted Aug 31, 2007 @ 12:51 AM
Edited by stillshimpy, Aug 31, 2007 @ 12:54 AM.
Posted Aug 31, 2007 @ 12:55 PM
Dunno if this is a question for you or not, but will there be additional sections to the MM forums besides the General Gabbery?
Posted Aug 31, 2007 @ 2:02 PM
Posted Sep 1, 2007 @ 2:23 PM
Right now, there is a conversation about the possibility that Trudy is Jewish because we learned in this episode that her maiden name was Vogel. Is it okay for us to have this conversation in the episode thread because the basis of our speculation came from the episode itself, or should we move it? Thanks.
Posted Sep 1, 2007 @ 4:07 PM
Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 10:35 AM
There's been too much off-topic discussion in here. I edited some of the off-topic posts, but not all of them. But here is what's off-topic: Your personal stories about 1960 that have nothing to do with the episode. They're probably better off in the Nostalgia thread if they have to do with the era of the show (and being set there doesn't necessarily mean they do). Otherwise, take them to the Meet Market (which is for off-topic discussion) or to your blog. I realize a lot of people have been through a lot, but that's not what these forums are for.
Also, talking about Comcast OnDemand and HD service don't belong here. If you have questions about how or where to watch the episodes, we have a Ratings and Scheduling thread where that is appropriate. It's not appropriate in the episode thread. Thanks.
On that same note about where and how to watch the episodes: Don't talk about that in the Meet Market. That's not where people will go to look for that discussion, so please keep it in the Ratings/Scheduling thread.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 @ 8:33 PM
Posted Sep 5, 2007 @ 10:56 AM
I think a Gender thread has potential, so if anyone agrees and wants to discuss it, feel free to start one.
I personally am finding the proliferation of threads to be off-putting and an impediment to the flow of conversation. I think that the nature of this show is going to cause posters to refer to things that happened not in the current episode, or things relating to details like names or gender roles, because they illuminate what's going on now. I liked it a lot better when we didn't have so many sub-fora; I think they've put a real damper on discussion. I've never participated in a forum with so much moderator interference--and I know I was guilty of misbehavior, and you were perfectly right to correct me; there's nothing personal in this complaint. Your chiding is very gentle and easy to take, but I think a basketball referee who stopped the game as often as you do wouldn't be a very good referee.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 @ 2:01 PM
Edited by Nouvelle Fille, Sep 5, 2007 @ 2:01 PM.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 @ 3:01 PM
Also, I like to think of my "interference" as moderating. And with new designated moderators, you are likely to see more of us around than before -- and that's one of the negatives of having a full forum: you have an active moderator watching over you all the time.
Anyway, sorry you don't like it, but there are rules here for a reason. They keep things organized and flowing smoothly. And I for one love organization and ... smoothness.
And, Nouvelle Fille, I agree that's why it seems like more threads than it really is. But bumping up the subforum size isn't my decision. I'll pass the word along to the Heads of Programming, though.
Edited by TWoP Mars, Sep 5, 2007 @ 3:46 PM.
Posted Sep 6, 2007 @ 5:18 AM
...keep things organized and flowing smoothly. And I for one love organization and ... smoothness.
Me too! But seriously, that's my complaint: interrupting an ongoing conversation to reposition it in some other thread--where it is generally dropped, by the way--disrupts smoothness if not organization. Organization for organization's sake stops conversation just as surely as nit-picking about grammar.
I of course bow to your experience--I can't imagine how hard it must be to be a moderator and to try to maintain a balance between facilitating conversation and not letting things get out of hand--but it seems to me that if the majority of posters really wanted all those subfora, you wouldn't have to keep stepping in to tell people to take their conversation elsewhere.
I see a need for a subforum about where the actors have been seen other than this show, for spoilers ("speculation without spoilers"? Isn't that what the bulk of the current discussion about whether Pete's going to kill people is?) and of course a place for people to reminisce and share personal experiences not directly related to the episode under discussion. I think a general music subforum is a good idea as long as people are allowed in the main forum to talk about the significance of the song played at the end, or about any other music featured in the ep. But it seems to me <snark alert> that the main justification for most of the subfora is to allow people to express their clever ideas for titles, not because there is some popular demand for them.
I'm really not trying to start a pissing contest, and I am very grateful for your hard work. As I said, I can't imagine how difficult a job this must be; I know I couldn't do it (hell, I was a lousy referee).
Posted Sep 6, 2007 @ 11:20 AM
The reason I have been posting those issues publicly is because this is a new forum and I'd like everyone to learn the rules so that you won't see me around as much (although I will still be here).
I do understand your complaints and I'm really sorry it frustrates you. Again, that is one of the negatives of having a full forum such as this one: You have to remember to stay on topic in a particular place, which means there are many conversations going on at once instead of just one. I couldn't make an exception in this forum to the standard site rules, even if I wanted to.
Edited by TWoP Mars, Sep 6, 2007 @ 11:21 AM.
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Posted Oct 9, 2007 @ 6:28 AM
But I'm not one to argue with the PTB - I guess it doesn't really belong under "Indian Summer", so maybe there could be a separate thread started for "Don v Pete"?
Edited by JennyDiver, Oct 9, 2007 @ 6:35 AM.
Posted Oct 10, 2007 @ 2:05 AM
Posted Oct 15, 2007 @ 5:55 PM
I'm thinking Matthew Weiner did it on purpose, just like he's referencing Ayn Rand for Don, some Helen Gurley Brown for the office in general and Joan and Peggy, and some Jack Kerouac for Cooper's Zen stuff. Plus "The Apartment," "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "The Best of Everything," and probably a few dozen other books and movies.
So I hate to promote the proliferation of threads (and think that it's too late in the season to do this now), but perhaps next season a thread for literary and/or theatrical/film allusions might be considered? The show is just so rich in these references, and there are times when it seems there's a desire in the group to discuss them that ends up leading us a bit too far off the topic at hand. Just a thought ...
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