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We really need something to click on when we get suckered into opening a forum message with a misleading subject line. shake
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ironregime wrote:
We really need something to click on when we get suckered into opening a forum message with a misleading subject line. :shake:

Become more involved. Post a message asking for a more informative subject line.

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ironregime wrote:
We really need something to click on when we get suckered into opening a forum message with a misleading subject line. shake


Well, then you're eliminating 3/4 of BGG posts...


Are you suggesting that's a bad thing?
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Become more involved. Post a message asking for a more informative subject line.

Or let users edit content.

There's so much cruft and noise here that's easily dealt with by a proper rating system and the ability for experienced contributors to edit all content. It's a shame BGG is taking so long to get there.
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Aldaron wrote:
TVis wrote:
Become more involved. Post a message asking for a more informative subject line.

Or let users edit content.

There's so much cruft and noise here that's easily dealt with by a proper rating system and the ability for experienced contributors to edit all content. It's a shame BGG is taking so long to get there.


Crazy stuff.
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This geeklist I made was inspired by this thread.

Clickbait headlines for games
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whattheproblemis wrote:
This geeklist I made was inspired by this thread.

Clickbait headlines for games

With a six thumb thread for inspiration, that list should be wildly successful. devil
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Aldaron wrote:
TVis wrote:
Become more involved. Post a message asking for a more informative subject line.

Or let users edit content.

There's so much cruft and noise here that's easily dealt with by a proper rating system and the ability for experienced contributors to edit all content. It's a shame BGG is taking so long to get there.


What, and go to the slow death spiral of Wikipedia?
 
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Aldaron wrote:
TVis wrote:
Become more involved. Post a message asking for a more informative subject line.

Or let users edit content.

There's so much cruft and noise here that's easily dealt with by a proper rating system and the ability for experienced contributors to edit all content. It's a shame BGG is taking so long to get there.
Ok, I have to say that if somebody else was able to just edit my posts in the forums, no matter how experienced they were, I'd immediately stop posting to BGG -- after all, in the forums, we are mostly exchanging our experiences and views, and I don't want them to be replaced by someone else's, especially not since they show up under my handle.
Thread titles only are a bit of a different matter, I guess, and it could be useful if some moderators edited them. (And game pages, sure, obviously. But that is already the case, right?)
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Disagree with OP, too subjective.

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Disagree with OP, too subjective.



There isn't a metric for content that isn't a subjective to some degree though.

I suppose you could allow rules violation flags to have description on why things are flagged, but then you'd have to also have have slightly more robust set of rules and guidelines for flagging and also a lot more moderation workforce, which seems to be something BGG is either unable or unwilling to do.
 
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My original post was only half serious. Mostly I just hate clicking on a thread with amisleading title only to find out its a waste of my time.

My more realistic preference would not be to hide threads that are popularly flagged as clickbait, but merely have a symbol or bit of text auto-appended to the subject line.

You know, kind of like when your email filter appends "[possible spam]" to subject lines, or when "[citation needed]" is appended to certain Wikipedia edits. Same idea here, but maybe more subtlely.



 
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I disagreed with the OP, but then you wouldn't believe what happened next...


Did it blow your mind?
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adamredwoods wrote:
Disagree with OP, too subjective.



There isn't a metric for content that isn't a subjective to some degree though.

I suppose you could allow rules violation flags to have description on why things are flagged, but then you'd have to also have have slightly more robust set of rules and guidelines for flagging and also a lot more moderation workforce, which seems to be something BGG is either unable or unwilling to do.


Clickbait relies on the content beyond the click. Is the content partially useful? Then it may not be clickbait. I feel content usefulness truly depends on who is reading, how far they read, what they understand from it. Very subjective, so it should not be subject to flagging.
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While it's subjective whether the content ends up being useful, there's nothing useful about a subject line that reads "Am I the only one?".

Extending the topic a bit, this is less about flagging clickbait and more about encouraging more useful titles.

It may be sufficient just to tag the thread with something like "looks good but needs better subject" and hope people take the gentle hint. Or maybe thank the person for the useful content and remind the author that more people could find the content if the title were more related to the content.

Rules questions, in particular, benefit from a more specific title. Some real examples of way too common Rules titles that could use improvement:
"Question after reading the rules"
"Need clarification about something"
"Question ..."
"Quick question"
"Another question"
"Newbie question"
etc

I believe most people mean well and when it's pointed out that a good title can help people who are looking for the same answer, they'll adjust it and do better next time.
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Aldaron wrote:
Or let users edit content.

There's so much cruft and noise here that's easily dealt with by a proper rating system and the ability for experienced contributors to edit all content. It's a shame BGG is taking so long to get there.
Ok, I have to say that if somebody else was able to just edit my posts in the forums, no matter how experienced they were, I'd immediately stop posting to BGG -- after all, in the forums, we are mostly exchanging our experiences and views, and I don't want them to be replaced by someone else's, especially not since they show up under my handle.
Thread titles only are a bit of a different matter, I guess, and it could be useful if some moderators edited them. (And game pages, sure, obviously. But that is already the case, right?)


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It seems that the title of this thread should be:

Add "This thread is clickbait" option to the "Flag this thread" menu, so this thread can be marked as clickbait
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rayr wrote:
While it's subjective whether the content ends up being useful, there's nothing useful about a subject line that reads "Am I the only one?".


I tend not to click on posts with such ambiguous titles. So, I guess that might be a good way of handling this type of situation. Don't click the link.
 
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Aldaron wrote:
Or let users edit content, you stupid ass.

Hey, that's not very nice!

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