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META: Off topic season is OVA
It is an Austrian expression meaning you can do as much of it as you want.
Well, I could be wrong, but I believe verboten is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era.
I don't know what it means. I'll be honest, I don't think anyone knows what it means anymore. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago.
What will we do without drinking threads?
Don't worry, they'll still be here. They'll just be called "Friday night MACtion open thread" and there will be snarky commentary about bad football in addition to everyone's expensive craft beer pontification.
Feel Christmas coming, but this post is the equivalent of mom putting out the advent calendar and opening the first little door and you getting a crappy piece of candy because this is last years advent calendar but she forgot to put it out because she was "away at mommy camp" and you had to stay with uncle Todd who was doing his Gaia thing with his spirit woman Rainsong so instead of Christmas and an advent candy you got winter festival and a piece of vegan jerky that Rainsong makes and you didn't get days off school because living with Todd there was no school nearby but instead of it being awesome you had to hang around the yurt and make soaps to sell at the coop.
I hope you sort these issues out, Tripp. My advent calendar always had Tootsie Rolls.
This is very much against the rules.
There are some single-issue accounts that can be funny (THE_KNOWLEDGE, THE_IGNORANCE, I only post in GIFs, Craig James, etc). This is not one of them. By the way, why didn't you name yourself "The Ghost of No-OT"?
Over and out.
that he should have called himself 'Ghost of no-ot'
maybe it's not just a coincidence that "no-ot" suddenly registered and started posting the very same day that Brian issued his META Proclamation . Could "no-ot" be a minion of Brian, assigned here for no other reason than to seek out violators? Or could it---heaven forbid---be an alter-ego of Brian himself, mingling among us to sniff out infidels?
Wow, nice way to take me back to the '70s. Lemme guess—Rainsong didn't shave her pits or her legs, and she smelled bad.
Uncle Todd smelled worse.
Been there. Who hasn't, honestly?
hoping a random poster was posting this. I was ready for a rally.
Drinking threads only after a loss. So hopefully they are done for the season.
"If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; if nothing happens you drink to make something happen."
So by that logic, win or lose, there should always be a drinking thread.
No OT, didn't you hear the man!?!
Breaking bad is about to start =(
Hopefully Walter decides to get another PhD at Michigan before going out in a blaze of glory so we can talk about it here.
Beat me to it. Sunday is usually a dead day even during the season. Surely we can have one measly Breaking Bad thread on Sunday nights, right?
This blog even has a "John Beilein is pilot Walter White" tag!!!
META topics must wait when the Tigers are busy crushing the spirits of the Indians and their fans. This also explains the permitted OT list, although I feel like it should include a Columbus-area soccer game in a little more than a month, as well.
I was just going to ask, "What about USMNT WCQ's?"
regarding teams representing the USA are fine as long as this doesn't turn into an Olympic trials/WC blog. Major is the key word, changes in lineup or one cut at a camp will be removed.
So, it can't be labeled 'ot' right?
while (possibly) frustrating to look at, has literally nothing to do with the thread standing or not.
Well, B's write-up made it sound like you're wrong. He said it would make him a sad panda.
won't make it off topic any more than leaving the "OT" tag off will let a post about the dating app Tinder stay on the board. That should be obvious.
This is a fun discussion. Your username is creative but here's a tip: You worry about your content and the moderators will worry about what is acceptable and what is not. They get paid good money to do this so please let them do their jobs. If you do, you won't have to post anymore. See, I just saved you some time in the day! You're welcome.
USMNT is good, but in moderation.
like what you did with your seat cushion...
but how else will I tell people that I'm Tindering while watching Doctor Who and investigating if the coaches read MGoBlog for their notes?
That was just yesterday...
Luckily we are in season now so you won't have to.
While doing all that, it would probably be on-topic. Though very painful.
or do other pro threads pass muster? as long as they are properly titled however
Yeah, I seem to remember general NFL Sunday threads and other major sporting events being ok in post years
If it has been okay it will be okay in most cases. Reasonable NFL game threads on Sunday are fine, but every game isn't threadworthy.
I'm pretty sure there was walking dead posts last season...so what about this season?
The October/November episodes didn't always get them, though once in a while they'd slip through.
I want to let everyone know about a new dating site? Is that permitted?
Or am I just a bit off?
you're correct, but I think Dr. Who might have pushed Brian over the edge.
I seem to remember one week before the first game.
It was always the Sunday of the first game week. But it's not like there's a lot going on this August, so I'm not sure we're missing much. (One Shark Week thread was probably enough).
...now have a week for Brian Cook. They never call it OT.
Is news about former Michigan players who are now in the pros (or doing newsworthy things otherwise) on topic, off topic but allowed in moderation, or verboten?
Former Michigan players are on topic.
Articles germaine to the pro careers of Michigan athletes and substantial (as in a major news outlet is covering it) coverage of a non-sports career are welcome. Random articles about former Michigan athletes need to rise to a higher standard of general interest.
If it's Tom Brady talking about his time at Michigan or Denard talking about his good friends on the team, it's on topic.
I believe we are all ready for some football and more on topic discussions. Not to say some other topics haven't been interesting at times, but getting into the football, basketball, etc seasons is always the best.
= beginning of sports. WOOOO The summer of no sports is almost over! (No offense baseball fans)
And Tool just announced their upcoming tour dates, too...
Did they really?
can you quickly tell me (maybe in code) about any upcoming visits to the Palace?
So that means if you don't want to read something about Ohio State or MSU, you're welcome to not read it. But don't complain that it's OT.
I guess the official end of the off-season for OT posting also marks the official end to the promise of restoring the old voting system during the off-season as well.
Sad old Panda is sad.
ND: Always Returning to Glory
MGoBlog: Always Returning to Posbang/Negbang
How about Brian's new avatar?
How hard would it be to create an OT sub forum?
Why create a subforum here instead of just going to somewhere else? For example, wouldn't a music post be better done on a music blog? I guess the problem I see is it would get out of hand, especially for the moderators, and this is MGoBlog fergodsakes.
But nowhere else has the high level of discussion that MGoBlog has. This place is special in that we are a massively (relatively) educated online community that polices each other well.
I'll never go anywhere else to read Game of Thrones because there will be people purposefully spoiling things.
Also, if you goto a specific board for, say, a TV show - those boards/threads get out of hand and turn into what a game thread looks like here.
If moderating is an issue, then....
I think the people on this blog are pretty smart. I'm trying to buy health insurance on my own for the first time and I'm utterly lost and the broker is useless and the rest of the internet has been as well. I thought about creating an OT topic but then I saw this and did not. You have a lot of smart people here from many backgrounds who give solid advice and opinions. I personally think limiting the talk so much so just to sports isn't the best idea but I respect it. You have to draw the line somewhere I suppose.
on buying any health insurance until the health insurance exchanges come online in the next couple months. When you are thinking about health insurance (or really any insurance), think about what you are insuring yourself for. If you are young, the odds are that you need mostly catastrophic coverage (get in a car accident, need your appendix removed, etc). As you get older, and the problems multiply, and you need better insurance. It is really complicated (needlessly, in my opinion) but once you get the idea of the basic differences (HMO vs PPO, HSA vs regular plan) and nomenclature (deductibles, copays) it makes more sense.
Technically, I'm sure it'd be quite easy. But the mods would have to moderate it, and there is pleeeeeeenty to moderate already during football season. As a former mod, I can confirm that the workload would suck.
Also, the Internet is a vast and diverse place. You can find places to discuss damn near anything. This doesn't have to be that place for everything.
While this is true and a problem, I think I have two counterpoints. 1) Wouldn't that subforum be a little more lax on what was needed for moderation? 2) I think we all do a pretty good job here of calling people out on the crap that is racist, sexist, homophobic, wrong, etc. On other forums I've used, there's been a report feature. Mods get an alert. Maybe that can lighten the load a bit?
OT stuff is the stuff that tends to devolve the worst. A debate about Borges doesn't tend to trigger Godwin's Law nearly as quickly.
But I think the broader point is that this is a Michigan sports blog. And while it makes sense to talk about the rest of the world when there really aren't many Michigan sports happenings to discuss, this is football season at MGoBlog.
I feel that cuts both ways. I think its just as bad (or worse b/c its petty) to have a million "Urbz said/did this" threads.
We're all reasonable people, though, and I feel with very few exceptions we all understand what does and doesn't push the boundaries. I don't think anyone is asking for random ass threads to be allowed, but reasonable stuff: like USMNT or the final season of breaking bad. That's something like 1-2 OT threads per week (throw in Tigers stretch run and it gets higher). I don't think there's enough Michigan talk to be had such that those OT threads burden anything.
Long story short - I feel it's never been an issue in the past.
Which is why stuff like Tigers open threads or USMNT game threads or Lions open threads and whatnot are fine. And while the vast majority of us are reasonable people, the small minority of troublemakers are the reason we can't have nice things.
FWIW, this is the same rule that has been in place in recent seasons.
Yeah - just the "strictly verboten" directive coupled with the... shall we say more aggressive moderating lately has me worried.
Frankly, I'm not one to obsess over 17-year old Tweets, so I am just worried that I simply won't find the board very interesting if we're are only discussing football non-news.
But again, we're on the same page and I'm worrying too much when I should be focused on football. And cats.
yeah, i think the bigger point is that this will drive some people off the site at certian times, which I can't believe would be described as good policy for a blog.
of course, I don't think #s are a problem around here during the season
It takes about 5 posts for someone to compare Borges to Hitler.
More seriously, it may not quite be politics doomed, but an on-topic post loss thread make my head explode more than most of that other stuff. Thank you again for the snowflake threads.
I eagerly await for this META post every summer!
HURRAH for the Yellow and Blue!
Hurrah to FOOTBALL SEASON!
I learn how to make an extra 1,500 bucks a month on my PC?
shit, what do i do with my jesus vs mohammed: the final debate thread now?
Huzzah! This was one of the longest OT seasons in recent memory. RIP.
After OSU to now, instead of an additional 3 weeks till CMU. And with the basketball team doing stuff, there was even more on-topic stuff to talk about longer. But maybe because of that it just wants you to have it all come back all the sooner.
So no Breaking Bad thread this coming Sunday night?
EDIT: Oops, I see this was already brought up. I say we just start one either way. This isn't life or death here.