Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Includes our Terms Of Service (please read first)

Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:26 am

Greetings,

Please see this topic for details...

Configuration of the Discovering Theravada forum
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=7764

Please leave feedback here - thanks.

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


Dharma Wheel (Mahayana / Vajrayana forum) -- Open flower ~ Open book (blog)
User avatar
retrofuturist
Site Admin
 
Posts: 14622
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Mawkish1983 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:31 am

Hmmm, I can see the benefits... but it might look at little bit like censorship to an 'outsider'.

Just a thought. Good luck with the extra work :)
Mawkish1983
 
Posts: 1174
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:46 am
Location: Essex, UK

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:33 am

Greetings Mawkish,

Indeed... yes, it's one of the known downsides.

Image

:spy: :spy: :spy: :spy: :spy: :spy: :spy: :spy: :spy: :spy: :spy: :spy: :spy:

That will be factored into the evaluation of the trial.

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


Dharma Wheel (Mahayana / Vajrayana forum) -- Open flower ~ Open book (blog)
User avatar
retrofuturist
Site Admin
 
Posts: 14622
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Mawkish1983 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:57 am

(I know it's :offtopic: , but this just popped into my head.)
Mawkish1983
 
Posts: 1174
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:46 am
Location: Essex, UK

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby PeterB » Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:00 am

I think its an excellent idea and one well worth a try.

There are other message boards, and other forums on this Forum.

I think it is essential that a distinctly Theravadin voice should be available to those who respond most to that.
PeterB
 
Posts: 3904
Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:35 pm

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Tex » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:34 am

Sounds like it's really nothing more than being proactive instead of reactive to posts that aren't in line with the Theravada. I like it. Keep it simple for those looking for a Theravada answer and if they want other Buddhist answers, we know where to refer them.
"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement."-- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi
User avatar
Tex
 
Posts: 622
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:46 pm
Location: Austin, TX, USA

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:17 am

Greetings,

This is just a reminder that all responses made in the Discovering Theravada forum need to be approved by a moderator before they appear.

We've had a spate of queries lately where people thought we'd singled them out personally in terms of limiting their posting ability, and I just wanted to reiterate that this is not the case.

:thanks:

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


Dharma Wheel (Mahayana / Vajrayana forum) -- Open flower ~ Open book (blog)
User avatar
retrofuturist
Site Admin
 
Posts: 14622
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Dan74 » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:30 am

If there are others who multitask while browsing the fora, they could fall prey to not realizing they were replying in Discovering Theravada (like I have done :embarassed: ). A mistake is discovered as soon as one tries to submit the post and the message "to be approved" comes up, but by then one could've spent some time in composing the ill-fated reply.

One idea is to have it display "Disovering Theravada" in boldface in the View New Posts to help us doofuses (or is it "doofi"?) avoid the aforementioned predicament. :smile:
_/|\_
User avatar
Dan74
 
Posts: 2617
Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:12 pm

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:47 am

It's an easy mistake to make. Perhaps each forum could have its own background colour?
Let's see ...
Innocent shell-pink for Discovering Theravada?
Stern, no-nonsense grey for Announcements?
Saffron, of course, for Ordination.
Dusty vellum for the Study Group?
Black with red text for the Dhammic Free-for-all?

This could be fun!
:tongue:

Kim

Edited to add:
'Doofuses' is better. 'Doofi' would be far too high-falutin' for any genuine doofus.
User avatar
Kim OHara
 
Posts: 3001
Joined: Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:47 am
Location: North Queensland, Australia

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby plwk » Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:43 pm

When in Rome, do as the Romans do...especially the Senate :thumbsup: :spy:
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

Anguttara-Nikaya: Ekanipata: Ekadhammapali: Pañhamavagga
VSM VMM WBB TBHT WTBT My Page
plwk
 
Posts: 1126
Joined: Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:14 am

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Jason » Sat May 21, 2011 7:34 pm

Seriously?
"Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya" (AN 7.58).

leaves in the hand (Buddhist-related blog)
leaves in the forest (non-Buddhist related blog)
User avatar
Jason
 
Posts: 465
Joined: Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:09 am
Location: Earth

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby retrofuturist » Sat May 21, 2011 10:21 pm

Greetings Jason,

Jason wrote:Seriously?

From memory, I think the trial is up in approximately a month... but in that time we've had no topic go off-topic, or "go Mahayana" (which is, in itself off-topic in the DT forum).

At the end of the trial I expect we'll seek feedback from members, and possibly even a vote.

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


Dharma Wheel (Mahayana / Vajrayana forum) -- Open flower ~ Open book (blog)
User avatar
retrofuturist
Site Admin
 
Posts: 14622
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby MidGe » Sun May 22, 2011 3:42 am

As an alternative, would simply "move" the posts to an appropriate forum be acceptable, meeting (some) objectives and perhaps not appearing as censoring?
MidGe
 
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue May 17, 2011 6:15 am

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby mikenz66 » Sun May 22, 2011 3:53 am

Hi MidGe,
MidGe wrote:As an alternative, would simply "move" the posts to an appropriate forum be acceptable, meeting (some) objectives and perhaps not appearing as censoring?

In fact, that's what we sometimes do when a post is not suitable for the Discovering Theravada
Forum. However, my observation is that since we started this policy most of the posts in that Forum have been very good. Members seem to be more concious that the purpose of that Forum is to provide straightforward answers to the question. This is good for the moderation team, since none of us likes to have to delete or move posts.

I realise it can be frustrating to make a post and have to wait for a an hour or two for it to be approved (such as your recent post there), but we're only a small group of volunteers here.

And please note that there is no intention of censorship. Anyone is free to take one of the questions and start a deep discussion about it in one of the other forums.
User avatar
mikenz66
 
Posts: 10124
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:37 am
Location: New Zealand

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:55 am

Greetings,

This is just an update to let you know that the scheduled three month pilot of the "moderator queue" functionality is coming to a close, and Dhamma Wheel staff have decided in favour of making the moderation queue an ongoing fixture.

We feel that it has improved the overall quality of responses in the Discovering Theravada section, and helped to ensure that those who come with questions are actually receiving responses appropriately connected to some aspect of the spectrum of Theravada thought.

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


Dharma Wheel (Mahayana / Vajrayana forum) -- Open flower ~ Open book (blog)
User avatar
retrofuturist
Site Admin
 
Posts: 14622
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Sanghamitta » Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:33 am

Good... :twothumbsup:
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.
Sanghamitta
 
Posts: 1614
Joined: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:21 am
Location: By the River Thames near London.

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Jason » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:30 am

I'm glad that it's helping to improve the overall quality of responses in the Discovering Theravada section, but I still find it annoying that I have to wait hours, sometimes even days, to view and edit my posts. :tongue:
"Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya" (AN 7.58).

leaves in the hand (Buddhist-related blog)
leaves in the forest (non-Buddhist related blog)
User avatar
Jason
 
Posts: 465
Joined: Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:09 am
Location: Earth

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:44 am

Greetings Jason,

Well, I suspect it's not really days... :tongue:

That said, we do have some protocols in place to ensure that anything that's neither approved or rejected after 12 hours gets addressed promptly thereafter.

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


Dharma Wheel (Mahayana / Vajrayana forum) -- Open flower ~ Open book (blog)
User avatar
retrofuturist
Site Admin
 
Posts: 14622
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Jason » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:47 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Jason,

Well, I suspect it's not really days... :tongue:

That said, we do have some protocols in place to ensure that anything that's neither approved or rejected after 12 hours gets addressed promptly thereafter.

Metta,
Retro. :)


OK, maybe I was exaggerating just a little. :D
"Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya" (AN 7.58).

leaves in the hand (Buddhist-related blog)
leaves in the forest (non-Buddhist related blog)
User avatar
Jason
 
Posts: 465
Joined: Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:09 am
Location: Earth

Re: Discovering Theravada forum - changed settings

Postby Quiet Heart » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:22 am

:thinking:
I understand what you are saying...and I have to accept it....after all it is a Theravada forum. so you have the perfect right to limit those that respond to a topic on that forum.
But my personal opinion is that it is a poor choice...but I have to accept it and go on from there.
:smile:
In Quietness is the beginning of all things.

When I was younger I used to think I knew all the answers. Now I would be happy to feel I could ask just one intelligent question.
User avatar
Quiet Heart
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Thu May 19, 2011 3:56 am
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Next

Return to Announcements

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 2 guests