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View Poll Results: Should the off-topic forum be closed?
Yes, get rid of the off-topic section 12 31.58%
No, let the off-topic section stay 19 50.00%
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Should the Off Topic section be closed?

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Should the Off Topic section be closed?

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Lately I've noticed more and more discussions in the off-topic section of the forum which I don't personally approve of. Part of me says "it's ok, it builds a community to allow people to talk with each other about stuff other than trading", but then the other part of me says "some of this stuff has no place on futures.io (formerly BMT)".

Aside from personally deciding what is allowed and what isn't, the easier decision is probably to get a consensus on whether or not you guys feel the entire off-topic section should be allowed to continue, or if it should be closed. I would leave the Jokes and Tech Support section, but basically it would mean discussion of more or less anything else would no longer be allowed in the off-topic areas.

Let me know your opinion please.

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yes

please delete it.

 
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Forgot to mention, I could create a Sports subforum, so basically we would have Tech Support, Sports, and Jokes, but we would get rid of the other stuff, mainly political, religion, war, money, type posts.

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Get rid of it.

Some of the political discussions have turned personal and extremely negative.

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Why the urge to change the forum?

Interesting...

Why the urge to change the forum?

Looking through this section it appears to be surprisingly active with a wide variety of topics.

If you lock the "Off-Topics" section, the political discussions will just move to the "News and Current Events" section. The "News and Current Events" section is just waiting for these discussions.

Sports discussions can get just as heated as political and religeous discussions. Jokes can also go too far to be fit for public consumption.

Having a place to post a wide variety of topics such as why a popular active member is missing is very useful.

Perhaps you should just put up one of your banners in the section to warn against whatever topics you want to exclude.

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2 things I always shoot down when I mod, religion and politic.

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No es necesario - adios, fuera de tema.

 
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Forgot to mention, I could create a Sports subforum, so basically we would have Tech Support, Sports, and Jokes, but we would get rid of the other stuff, mainly political, religion, war, money, type posts.

Mike

Well, I would say that would keep the strongest emotions away for sure.

I always find myself deleting posts after I typed them when concerning those subjects.

 
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How about a "Meet Up" sub-section

I noticed my 1st day here that the "Groups" concept is not effective.

The "Off-Topic" section would be the next best place for meetup attempts.

How about a "Meet Up" sub-section within the Off-Topic" section should you decide to lock it?


Trading can be a lonely existence. I am not here to learn how to trade.

For me, forums are a distraction from the frustrations of programming and a place to meet traders.

 
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...............:)


futures.io (formerly BMT) is marked as my default site everytime i log online.
I truly enojy this site, and for what it is,....in every way.

This is a community. It is an experience
And as a community we will not always agree, and i don't think that we ought to.

We as humans are not built to have a hive like mentality.

Here in the futures.io (formerly BMT) we are traders first!
And there is a very strong reason as to why we have so much passion to be in this business in the first place.

Just think about the nature of an individual that makes the choice in his life to become a trader.

Extremely; passionate, driven, opinionated, emotional, articulate, physical,........

As a community (in my opinion) we need an off-topic vent,
as much as we need the sports and any other off topic venue.

And i believe it to be the true statement that if you take this room out,
the topic will inevitably move to the news section of the site.

Being passionate individuals we want to reach out to other passionate individuals
It's only natural.

At the end of all dialogue, Michael, this is your site.

You navigated thus far with great gusto

And we are on this ride with you for a reason...............


Any decision that you end up making will I'm sure be in the best interest of the futures.io (formerly BMT) forum,
and may not end up to be a decision that everyone will agree with but will respect never the less.



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