There have been some instances lately where members have not been happy because we mods moved a thread out of Chit Chat to the Discussion and Differing Views forum. We often hear that what upsets them the most is that they feel that no one ever goes to that area and that their thread will not be seen.

While it is true that Chit Chat is the most frequented section of the site, it is not the place for discussion topics. And even if the thread originally was not intended to turn into a discussion, sometimes, it just happens. If we mods notice this, and especially, if the thread is reported by another member as being, and/or turning into, a discussion topic, we will move the thread to the Discussion and Differing views forum.

Moving the thread is not punishment or chastising of those who want to discuss the issue. Instead, it's simply a matter of moving the thread to a section where it more appropriately belongs.

We mods leave a redirect in the original forum section so that anyone who finds it where it originated can follow it to the new area.

Please note the descriptions of each section found on the index page.

Chit Chat
Chit Chat with all your Ageless friends!

Discussion and Differing Views
Theology, philosophy, current events, and whatever else may come up!

Debate
Debate the issues of World Views, USA, Republicans, Democrats, Elections, War etc. with other Ageless members (limited moderation forum)


Some definitions I found in dictionary.com may help when determining where to post your thread:

Chitchat:
Casual conversation; small talk.
Gossip.

n : light informal conversation for social occasions [syn: small talk, gab, gabfest, gossip, tittle-tattle, chin-wag, chin-wagging, causerie] v : talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze" [syn: chew the fat, shoot the breeze, chat, confabulate, confab, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip, jaw, claver, visit]


Discussion:
Consideration of a subject by a group; an earnest conversation.
A formal discourse on a topic; an exposition.

n 1: an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic; "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race question is badly biased" [syn: treatment, discourse] 2: an exchange of views on some topic; "we had a good discussion"; "we had a word or two about it" [syn: give-and-take, word]


Debate

A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
Deliberation; consideration: passed the motion with little debate.
A formal contest of argumentation in which two opposing teams defend and attack a given proposition.


n 1: a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on" [syn: argument, argumentation] 2: the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote) [syn: disputation, public debate] v 1: argue with one another; "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary" 2: think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind" [syn: consider, moot, turn over, deliberate] 3: discuss the pros and cons of an issue [syn: deliberate] 4: have an argument about something [syn: argue, contend, fence]



Again, there is some notion that "no one" ever goes to the Discussion section. But, nothing could be further from the truth. Of the 20 forum sections, Discussion is the 5th busiest section.

As of today's date:

Chit Chat: 105,575 posts
OW/YM Relationship Support: 54,363 posts
OW/YM Sexually Speaking: 27,836 posts
YW/OM Relationship Support: 15,979 posts
Discussion and Differing Views: 14,712 posts

Maybe it's a perception because it's at the bottom of the index page that "no one" goes there. But, that's just not the case.

But, either way, location of the forum is really beside the point. If the topic has gone from light chit chat to a discussion, it is subject to being moved to the more appropriate section. Otherwise, Chit Chat would become a discussion area, which is what our members told us they did not want.

If you have any questions, you can contact any member of the moderation team. I'll leave this stickied for a while.