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[–] lackscompassion 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Mods having a simple place to answer questions is one good reason, but stopping the spam of new threads is the reason why megathreads are important to me. I pretty much only browse /v/all new and when some micro-controversy comes along new is slammed with different variations of the same loaded questions.Every other post is just someone's opinion veiled as a question so that they can circle jerk with the other people who share that opinion.

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[–] Treysef [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

They seem to be much easier to ignore rather than to answer. New posts can be ignored and hidden below the well established posts that just happened to get lucky and be posted right after the thread's creation. I can't see them being used for anything but ignoring ideas and preventing spam and I don't think preventing spam is a strong enough incentive to silence opinions.

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[–] Jefiakra 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Well, yeah, stifling discussion is kind of the point. They provide a place for potentially controversial posts to be put, while effectively preventing any meaningful discussion on said posts.

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[–] Treysef [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Stifling discussion about a possibly inflammatory topic seems like a poor course of action. I can only see it reinforcing people's ideas about said topic and continuing the CCP circle jerk for the top posts.

EDIT: Changed wording because we're Voat.

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[–] Jefiakra 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It's not meant to convince anyone of anything though. It's a justification for censorship along the same lines as "Free speech zones."

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[–] WatDabney 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

In the simplest terms, it's a thing that mods do either because seeing a bunch of different threads on the same basic topic rustles their jimmies, or because they're so tired of reading messages from users whose jimmies have been similarly rustled.

I don't think it serves any useful purpose, really. It's often presented as if it will somehow make it "easier" to discuss the subject, since it'll all be in one thread, but the reality is that it makes it harder, since the one thread is so enormous.

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[–] Treysef [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's often presented as if it will somehow make it "easier" to discuss the subject, since it'll all be in one thread, but the reality is that it makes it harder, since the one thread is so enormous.

See, this is how I've felt about megathreads even back on reddit. They seem to be a mod's convenient way to ignore regular user's concerns and bury anyone new wanting to discuss the topic.

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[–] WatDabney 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I think that's often the case. There's some topic that's popular enough that it keeps coming up, but the mods don't like it and don't want to see it (or, again, it could just be the case that they're being flooded with complaints from other users who don't like it and don't want to see it). They aren't willing to face the likely reaction to banning it outright, so instead they cram it all into a megathread.

I think a lot of times too though it's an overzealous (possibly autistic?) focus on "organizing" the forum. I've seen a lot of mods (and posters) who seem to be threatened by too many new threads, as if forum space is a finite resource and we might run out of it if we don't ration it carefully.

I dunno... it makes no real sense to me, so all I can do is watch what they do and try to figure out why they do it.

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[–] Nervical 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

As far as I can tell, the only upside to having a megathread is to stop the spam of new threads

There you go. Even if I'm interested in a subject, unless that's the theme of the subverse, I don't want an entire front page composed of posts about the subject. I want variety. A Megathread just condenses all of the discussion into a single thread, which makes it just a bit more contained and convenient.

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[–] Treysef [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It only seems convenient for the mods. Anyone new wanting to join the discussion is immediately at a disadvantage in a megathread. This becomes more apparent the longer a megathread goes on. Who is going to dig through a 3-day-old sticky to find the new posts and respond?