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Shutting down conversations Edit
I don't decide to close conversations on the basis of who started them, so I wasn't deliberately trying to stifle you. I don't particularly take note of who starts threads when deciding whether to close them.
It's important to understand that our forums are not like forums you might find at a place like Gallifrey Base. They aren't a "free-for-all" discussion area. Their principle function is to allow for project collaboration. If the thread doesn't obviously have to do with the editing of a page or a policy question, it'll probably get closed pretty quickly. The Reference Desk is for asking for specific facts that will then be used to write articles.
The notion that forums should be used with editing the wiki as the main goal is clearly established in the policy T:NOT BOARD. Gy closing your threads I was merely upholding a basic tenet of this wiki. Although I suppose I can understand how someone new to the wiki might think that's unfriendly, I just see it as upholding a rule of this wiki that's been around for easily more than five years.
I'm sorry that you felt like you were being "targeted for deletion" and hope you will still find our wiki an interesting place to be. You might find The Howling the kind of free-for-all discussion area that you prefer. But please remember that The Howling is the only place you can talk about speculation or stories that have not been released. If you are going to stick around, it's really important — this year in particular — that you post in accordance with our spoiler policy.
I really appreciated your comment of support on my talk page. I was really surprised by the tone on the forums, and thought for a bit that maybe it was just me and that I was reading more into it then was really there. This came from wondering why the hell I was the only one who seemed to see it. I've since read some threads that I didn't participate in and was just floored at how it seemed like the community accepted certain people being outright insulting. I'm finding it easier to just avoid the forums and talk pages unless absolutely necessary. While I love the communal nature of wikis and normally would participate vigorously in discussion and turn to people for advice and mentoring, I find it easier to shy away from this community as much as possible. Anyway, I really appreciate your taking the time to come to my talk page and let me know I wasn't alone. Anoted ☎ 02:03, April 15, 2013 (UTC)
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