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12/2/2012 11:56:00 PM
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Distinctions between a blog post and a 'vent' post?

Has anyone ever noticed the difference between the two? How I would define a 'blog post' - A blog post is a long paragraph of the happenings of someone's day / situations they are in, without any discussion value, essentially retarding the other user's posts as 'comments'. The post is often updated by the same user, in a similar style, for the purpose of getting fans / internet publicity. When I read about 'Blog Posts' in the rules, I think "Well yeah, sites like 'blog.com' and 'tumblr' are great for that, why would you go to a forum to blog?" But I sometimes see posts on the flood about precarious situations, current frustrations, etcetera. Now, I usually read these posts thoughtfully and they sometimes evoke emotions, empathy, sadness, etc. I like these kinds of threads. Often times I encourage these people, give them advice, or I just leave it alone if they don't need my feedback. Then while reading through the replies below I see annoying posts below such as 'Yeah, nice blog OP' or, 'Why the -blam!- are you posting this on the flood?'. I'm often frustrated by these people, but I usually just keep my peace. I wondered if the mods ever take action, so I observe those threads while perusing the rest of the flood. I don't usually see the mods take any action against these threads, thankfully. :) Now I'm no forum cop, so don't mistake me for one, I actually think that the community would be bettered if these threads were more encouraged(As long as they did not melt into blog posts), or at least not discouraged. What are your thoughts on these types of threads? Do you notice them? How do you think the moderators [i]should[/i] be treating them?
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  • Jeez, I'd forgotten the rules had even been updated. [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] True Underdog When the rules were redone, the hard line policy against blogs went away - at least I thought it did. This question hasn't been valid since 2010, IMO. I haven't taken action on a "blog thread" since the rule change. If I'm wrong, I'd like to be corrected. [/quote]
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  • If neither have discussion value, they will both be locked.
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  • Something tells me when Bnet is updated and different things brighten up around here the most distinguishing part of blog and vent posts will b their "lock" icons.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] True Underdog Blogs are against the rules?[/quote][/quote]I think this is the common opinion (and was mine until now) that they were simply because most of them don't promote discussion. I guess Community Joes are blog posts but they definitely promote discussion now that I think of it. Good to know. ©
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  • When the rules were redone, the hard line policy against blogs went away - at least I thought it did. This question hasn't been valid since 2010, IMO. I haven't taken action on a "blog thread" since the rule change. If I'm wrong, I'd like to be corrected.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] True Underdog Blogs are against the rules?[/quote][/quote]These don't answer the question, but they do show why the question needs to be answered. [Edited on 12.03.2012 1:01 PM PST]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Foman123 x [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] True Underdog Blogs are against the rules?[/quote][/quote]They have to promote discussion though, right?
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] True Underdog Blogs are against the rules?[/quote]
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  • Yes. Blog posts can be positive, whereas vent posts involve overuse of exclamation marks, negativity and/or CAPITAL LETTERS.
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  • Blogs are against the rules?
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  • I think you make a valid point. There is definitely a difference between the two based on how they're presented, and they need to be treated as so.
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  • Blog post: "My girlfriend broke up with me. This is how I'm dealing with it." Vent post: "My girlfriend broke up with me. This is how I'm dealing with it. Has this happened to you, Flood? How should I be dealing with this?" One doesn't encourage discussion, the other does. ©
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  • I think they should stay in private groups. It's not that I don't like reading about other people's lives, it's just that I don't think they would have very much discussion value here in the mains. There could also be a lot of flaming in these threads because, as we all know, there are a lot of jerks on the internet. [Edited on 12.02.2012 5:27 PM PST]
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