Food & Drink5 mins ago
Ban the chat!
Ed - Can there not be a more rigorous moderating of the chat on this site? It is, surely, a knowledge exhange.
Yet is seems to be swamped with nonsense posts along the lines of "What's your favourite film/advert/song", "Pity me, my boyfriend's left me/hates my cat" and "I think such-and-such. What do you think?".
Frankly, I don't come here to read people's opinions and personal problems. I want hard facts. Let's return this site to the purpose for which it was created.
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The subject of 'chat', debate, banning, deletion and moderation has been done to death recently and I'm sick of it!!
Answerbank is "where users can ask genuine questions and receive helpful answers, and, on occasion to provide a forum for debate on issues of general interest" to quote!!
If this means some people post personal questions or 'nonsense posts', so be it. It is inevitable that there will also be debates, exchanges of views and opinions throughout the site. You don't have to read the posts if you don't want to, just skip them and move on.
The Editor is doing his/her best to keep everyone happy and unfortunately can't please all the people all the time, so has to please some of the people some of the time!!!
Greedyfly - that is indeed a question.
However, it is not the sort of one that should be asked on a site designed to exchange facts. Perhaps you misunderstand the purpose of AB: to "ask genuine questions and receive helpful answers".
Knowing a stranger's favourite song isn't going to broaden anyone's general knowledge.
Knowing strangers movie tastes may be off importance to some people who need to know. Just don't read the questions you are not interested in, instead of moaning to the AB Ed. Everyone keeps moaning about chat/discussion etc just don't get involved if you don't like it...simple!
Personally i like to come on here and ask/answer/read the 'hard fact' questions but i also like the more 'discussion/chat' threads because it is a way of expressing opinions in a fun way.
"The aim of the site is to create an online community where you can exchange personal views and opinions with other users, on subjects that interest you."
The line is a fine one, and we should respect the editors decision as to where it lies.