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Chicken
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Jackassistan
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Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
When someone replies to a thread, that thread is supposed to jump to the top of the index. However, there are times when it doesn't. This is an indication that the thread has been "anchored".

You may ask, "Why do threads get anchored?" The main reasons usually have to do with the text inside the subject field.

Your thread title should be descriptive and contain the point of your thread...2-3 key words doesn't state the exact point of your thread. If you have a question to ask, ask it fully in the thread title. If you are linking to a news article, often the headline of the article makes for a good thread title.

Important: Don't force readers to have to click the thread to know what it is about.

Here are some of the main reasons for anchored threads:

1. The subject of the thread is too short and not descriptive enough. We often see users just put one word or sometimes two words. These are immediately anchored. Again, be descriptive.

2. The subject of the thread is cut off. This is also referred to as "Cliffhanger Subjects". This is a problem that has been popping up a lot lately. A user will post a subject such as:

"The key to winning the game is..."

or

"I am about to get torn to shreds but I think that"

For whatever reasons, the user cut the subject off and is requiring that the reader click on the thread to find out what the point of the thread is. We would rather the main idea of the thread to be inside the subject.

3. THE SUBJECT OR POST IS IN ALL CAPS. These are immediately anchored or deleted All caps are hard to read and comes across as shouting.

4. There is already a thread on the info that you are posting. This is self-explanatory. We usually keep the thread with the best subject, and anchor/delete the repeat threads.

5. The topic has been beaten to death. Sometimes, topics have run their course and need to just fade away.

6. A thread has gone off topic. If the replies inside a thread have nothing to do with the main idea in the subject, we often anchor.

Hopefully, we can start improving the readability of SR.com by following the guidelines inside this thread.

This post was edited on 5/27 at 2:35 pm


AirDawg
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The Great State of Calm
Member since Feb 2013
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Bama Bird
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Member since Mar 2013
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re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
Did this thread used to be locked? Or did it actually take 2 years for someone to post in it?


NYCAuburn
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Member since Feb 2011
50168 posts

re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
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Did this thread used to be locked? Or did it actually take 2 years for someone to post in it?


It was re-posted a few months ago, they move it over to the main board on occasion


Cheese Grits
LSU Fan
Wherever I lay my hat is my home
Member since Apr 2012
34935 posts

re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
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NYCAuburn


Interesting that almost everybody on this thread is a Alabama or Auburn fan (obviously not Chicken)


au21tigers
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Thursday
Member since Nov 2009
12548 posts

re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
woooo


NYCAuburn
Auburn Fan
TD Platinum Membership/SECr Sheriff
Member since Feb 2011
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re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
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Interesting that almost everybody on this thread is a Alabama or Auburn fan (obviously not Chicken)



I guess you missed the two UGA fans


au21tigers
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Thursday
Member since Nov 2009
12548 posts

re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
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I guess you missed the two UGA fans


And NC fan


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nc14
New York Yankees Fan
La Jolla
Member since Jan 2012
28193 posts

re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
Not sure who the mod on duty was last night but please pass along to him that I see his dumbass comment and raise him one. Fine group. Great job.


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Cheese Grits
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Wherever I lay my hat is my home
Member since Apr 2012
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re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
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I guess you missed the two UGA fans


I would not say I was missing them.


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WildTchoupitoulas
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re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
bump


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Tornado Alley
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Mar 2012
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re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
Would I get banned for starting a "which admin do you think you could beat in an IRL fight" on the OT?

Please don't ban me for asking such a stupid question. I just would like to know because I'm interested to see the responses of the A-list posters.


FourThreeForty
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WildTchoupitoulas
Member since Jan 2010
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Would I get banned for starting a "which admin do you think you could beat in an IRL fight" on the OT? Please don't ban me for asking such a stupid question. I just would like to know because I'm interested to see the responses of the A-list posters.

Help board.

This thread has been anchored.


Tornado Alley
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Mar 2012
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re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
This thread has been stickied?


WildTchoupitoulas
Member since Jan 2010
32120 posts

re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
'Anchored', 'stickied'...

...w/e.

You've been warned once already.


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ZouKeeper
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re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
Be my guest.


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diddydirtyAubie
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Bozeman
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39829 posts

re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
Thread title has been improved.


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Dalosaqy
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
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5. The topic has been beaten to death
Doesn't this describe a majority of new threads on tSECr?


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mizzoukills
Member since Aug 2011
40686 posts

re: Some of you need to improve your thread titles...
Chicken

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A thread has gone off topic. If the replies inside a thread have nothing to do with the main idea in the subject, we often anchor.



But admins are perfectly fine with hijackers forcing a thread off topic. Makes sense. Almost seems like admin approved trolling procedure. Read between the lines, people!




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The topic has been beaten to death.



Applies to all except LSU threads, amirite?


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