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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.