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Question for you mods

Postby Linnea » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:40 am

Why would you lock a thread in your forum? I noticed Sledge locked one in his for going off topic even though it was still science fiction related. To me, that wouldn't be reason enough to shut a thread down. I'd like to hear others' thoughts on this.
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Re: Question for you mods

Postby spot » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:47 am

I was rather baffled too. Sledge mentions his own "Off Topic" rule, perhaps he'd like to provide clarification.

The Liberation Of Earth is mainstream Science Fiction, it's been "reprinted over a dozen times in various anthologies". Anyway, here's William Tenn's own account from his Afterword which occasionally appears with the story itself:
Though this story was read aloud during protests by students in the nineteen sixties at rallies opposing our participation in the Vietnam War, it was actually written during and about the Korean War, a decade earlier.

My feelings about that situation were really quite simple.

North Korea invaded South Korea across the thirty-eighth parallel. The United States, acting for the United Nations (read, please, the Galactic Federation), came to the aid of South Korea, driving the North Koreans all the way back. Thereupon, the People's Republic of China, with the backing of the Soviet Union, came to the aid of North Korea, driving the U.S. forces back in turn. The entire matter has not been entirely resolved to this day, leaving the country in a kind of military stasis, with armistice and peace talks coming up in a desultory fashion at Panmunjom, the approximate midpoint.

The period covered was roughly the same as the Red-Scare years that began with the Dies Committee and ended with the Senate censure of Joseph McCarthy in 1954. As a result, the organized Left inveighed against what it called "Truman's War," and urged us to get the hell out of Korea; the official Right not only supported the war but considered it perhaps the most crucial element in the battle against the godless Communists.

In writing the story, all I wanted to do was point out what a really awful thing it was to be a Korean (and later a Vietnamese) in such a situation. (But recently I have come to the conclusion that if I had been a Korean, North or South, under those same circumstances, I would very much have welcomed the U.S. intervention. Am I growing old? Or just official?)

As was pretty much the case with "Brooklyn Project," absolutely none of the top science-fiction magazines wanted to touch the story. It was finally purchased by Bob Lowndes of Columbia Publications for his Future Science Fiction, then the butcher-paper bottom of the field.

When I at last read the story in print, I was quite proud of it. But nobody, absolutely nobody, seemed to notice it.

Not even the F.B.I.

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"The Forum is about anything to do with Science Fiction", Linnea and I were probing around the question of what qualifies and what doesn't, whether form or style or content best defined the genre. I'm puzzled as to why we've had our conversation curtailed in this way.
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Re: Question for you mods

Postby spot » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:55 am

lady cop wrote:i've PMed Sledge to ask his thinking on this.


Thank you LC, I'll be interested to see the response.

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Re: Question for you mods

Postby Linnea » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:05 am

I don't want Sledge to feel forced to reopen that thread, I'd just like to understand the reasoning behind his decision. This forum isn't exactly a hive of activity and it seems like any semi-intelligent posts would be a good thing. :dontknow:
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Re: Question for you mods

Postby Linnea » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:09 am

lady cop wrote:in the interim Linnea, do you want to start another thread on the topic in the media forum perhaps?


Not really... it's only 3 AM here and I'm still a little foggy. :oops:
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Re: Question for you mods

Postby 24HourNut » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:32 am

I hope he locked it just to annoy you people. :sneaky:

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Re: Question for you mods

Postby spot » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:11 am

24HourNut wrote:I hope he locked it just to annoy you people. :sneaky:

Go Sledge!


Not everyone shares your quirky moderator technique, Frank.
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Re: Question for you mods

Postby sledge » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:06 am

I locked the forum for Torchwood as Spot and friend started refering to another Sci-Fi but not relate to Torchwood. It's better to just start a new thread as i like good discussions about Science-Fiction. For example i quite interested in time Travel.

If people want to discuss/post more about Torchwood then i will re-open the thread. There is nothing wrong with your posts Spot and Linnea just start a new topic for 'The Liberation of Earth' . :thumbleft:
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Re: Question for you mods

Postby spot » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:09 am

sledge wrote:If people want to discuss/post more about Torchwood then i will re-open the thread. There is nothing wrong with your posts Spot and Linnea just start a new topic for 'The Liberation of Earth' . :thumbleft:


Tell me, do you not have the moderator option to split a thread in such circumstances, rather than introducing a discontinuity in discussion?
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Re: Question for you mods

Postby Linnea » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:32 am

I'd like to hear how the other mods feel about thread drift. When do you step in to correct it, if you do?
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