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But my question is simple, what constitutes a good thread? In terms of the writing, pictures (if applicable), formatting and general acceptance of C&C and other tidbits.
Generally a tight winding, high quality cotton, and a lack of loose fibers.
To answer the question though, a good thread is one where the OP presents a well thought out, well structured, well written thought, that is supplemented with pictures, as necessary to support the original thought, and makes it clear what he or she wants from other posters. Follow on posters should be able to provide meaningful commentary or replies in a constructive manner that add to the thread and stay on track. Humor is appreciated as long as it doesn't take the thread off on a tangent.
Nicely said Ifurita . Well depending what thread were talking about here. Let's say it's a dicussion thread. The thread has to bring in a good discussion. If it's like "Which do you prefere, Obliterators or Terminators?" then this may bring in a few discussions.
Generally, the topic has to be a fresh one. I've seen many many many many threads where they are talking about Swooping Hawks " to take them or not to take them". Post that up again and you might not get a good dicussion. Plus you may get a mod coming in, giving you a link to a in progress discussion or a recent one( not sure how it works ) and (s)he then says the almighty words "THREAD CLOSED".
And another important factor is the people( this one unfortunatly we can't control). You can get 20-40 people say their own opinion and an explanation and leave, they don't come back( some just say a sentence and leave...FAIL!). Or you can get the people and get a nice discussion.
Then again in the forums you're interested in duane(painting, modeling) you see alot of "good work". You intend to have a good thread when you are working on something and you actually bother to update it ( which sadly, I tend to do that at time).
And of course, threads like these intend to get nice and interactive .
Questions like yours are good ones actually. I like the LO forum a lot because of the civil and productive conversations that go on.
Obviously topics relate to Warhammer mostly (other games as well), so generally you want to look at if your question will in some way enhance the forum. Since most topics are covered in general already, specificity goes a long way.
Here's and example:
"Are plasma guns better than melta guns?"
Here you have a huge array or scatter answers that tend to reiterate what's been said.
"Are plasma guns better than metla guns against necrons"
Little better, but Necrons have a very flexible list.
"I'm playing Necrons, but I don't really know what I'm up against or what is going to work. I feel that my marines running plasma guns will do better, but I'm worried about 'get's hot' losses. What scenarios have you guys encountered where they've worked/haven't worked."
There you're given people a ton of information to think about, a narrower topic, and as such, better answers.
You want topics to be proactive/positive.
Saying "Such and such rule army and is unfair/cheesy, whatever" Is going to solicit a lot of negative feedback and doesn't help you much.
Never speak in absolutes. The only ruler here is the dice gods. You can never say, unless you go to extreme and specific measures, that something won't work ever.
Again, an example:
"Daemon princes will always crush IG in hth, what's the best setup?"
I've had one lone IG kill a DP in hand to hand.
"What's the best way to use my DP against IG so he gets his points worth, as I know he's a monster in HtH and will usually crush IG with ease."
Lastly, I'm and going to say this in all caps:
REREAD YOUR POST BEFORE YOU SUBMIT THE THREAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Man, this is something we teach since grade school, and it's by far one of the most useful skills people never use. I don't must mean check for spelling, actually make sure what you're saying is what you're thinking.
To me a good thread is something that generates a worthy discussion and also a debate as well (so long as it doesn't deteriorate into name calling and such). Topics that arise when new releases are around are usually good (not the X unit is broken!! Army Y is cheese!! GW Sucks) I mean the ones like - What is everyones thoughts on this new unit, how will this effect your army. I agree with a fair bit that Dr. Paris has said. Good discussion makes a good thread.
Dovie'andi se tovya sagain (It's time to roll the dice)- Mattrim Cauthon
Comments like all of yours are exactly why I do prefer this forum, not that I've really done any shopping for a particular kind of forum but here is everything I could ask for and questions normally answered fairly quick after the fact.
All your points are quite valid, and although the responses were maybe even faster than I'd hoped, I was sort of leaning towards the painting and modeling forum with my question, not that im disappointed or anything, I probably just wasn't clear enough.
How's this? Constructive criticism makes a good thread.
To use the painting forum as an example - saying "Your washes look a little too thick. You should try thinning them out with more water, and perhaps a little soap." - is more constructive than saying "Learn 2 paint, n00b!"
Though we really see none of that kind of behavior at LO.
Just bear in mind that there's only so much the OP can do.
It helps a lot if, as Dr Paris has eloquently stated, the first post is structured. However, even if it isn't. it can be rescued from shame, idiocy and locking by another poster shifting the thread to a more constructive direction.
However, the reverse of this also is true - and a very very good and constructive thread can be ruined by one or two complete idiots.
LO RulesOriginally Posted by AnonymousOriginally Posted by Cyric
I'd say the same thing as a good post, just bear in mind that you're starting a conversation, rather than continuing it.
So, try to keep your questions/ideas relatively open-ended, and follow normal posting etiquette, eg, don't flame, no racism, no pointless posts etc.
Otherwise, what's been said above is pretty good.
One that's posted in the right forum