In this thread, we discuss the future of the "no generals" rule. Whether that be to remove it, re-confirm it, reform it, or clarify it, or decide how it should be enforced.
The No Generals rule is one of the oldest rules on our site, but it's also the least consistently enforced. Very many exceptions to the rule exist on /mlpol/, both explict and de facto. Some Anons have wondered if the no generals rule might be outdated or obsolete, while others have stated that it should be enforced more consistently; some Anons have called for clarity for what constitutes a "general" and why they should be disallowed on this site.
Share your thoughts:
Do you like the current rule? Are you just indifferent to it? Do you think it should be changed? Do you think it's fine as is? Do you want to see it enforced more consistently? Is the rule helpful to our site? Could it be detrimental? Just what is a general? Are generals a bad thing? Do generals diminish content creation, or promote it? What do you think about the current existing generals? Etc.
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I, for one, am fine with the way things have been going. Things have been comfy, and the threads we've had in the past week have been decent.
Well if course you do, if you're the one crying about it being "dead".
I'm on it and preparing the party.
~Oh noooo, Anon might make a dozen consecutive shitposts. I'm sooo scared.
You alone posting does nothing but artificially inflate post count. It doesn't make anyone want to post more if you don't engage people. If numbers mean this much to you, try for a position at Reddit. They had the same mentality as you, artificially inflating engagement until it became what it is today. That said, you are only not allowed to spam, as I previously stated. You cannot post groups of random pictures and memes you found on the internet.
Meanwhile, I will actually use the new thread button and make content instead of bumping the same seven threads that don't get engagement outside of you.
I was wondering how long it would take for you to show up to brake the shitposting rampage.
Still lax with reading comprehension I see. I just said you are allowed as long as you don't do one specific thing, along with a couple of jabs because you have earned it. You keep making a big deal about this when it is fairly simply avoided.
Seriously, you are taking this personal on me. Maybe because Nigel is missing you are targeting me?
I am only having fun poking at you because you are very defensive over nothing. One thing denied you and you act like it is the end of the world.
>>7919>One thing denied you and you act like it is the end of the world.
It is the end of the world indeed. I had a folder with at least 700 memes that I deleted a month ago because the /mlpol/ tyranny.
I couldn't post them and that's a tragedy.
Nothing of value was lost. I assure you. However, I don't understand why you deleted them if you love them so much. Just view them on your own time and share with friends. You don't have to post them all here. It isn't appreciated quite clearly. Choose the best of what you find and not every single fucking thing. That will make people happy.
Anyway, in a couple of weeks now a have around 80~100 app to post in the board, but dumping is not allowed, and there is not enough posting to make them fit among replays.
It is a tragedy.
Fucking hell, you never learn. We don't want 100 images randomly thrown into seven threads that have no other posters engaging. This isn't your instagram my dude. We are talking ponies and politics. Images aren't worth a thousand words if you don't have anyone interesting in seeing them.
You should try to make a new thread and see where it goes from there. You might enjoy having to post on a certain topic and discussing when you have time. You might also try posting in threads you don't normally and talk about how you want to learn more about a certain subject. That might actually bring some people back.
I see a trend here. The /mlpol/ staff wants to play the role of middle man and editor on the content of the board.
MFW the micro-management is getting on their heads.
What are you even talking about? The staff barely do anything here.
You saw the posts per day graph, didn't you? The few edits made are to point out something glaringly obvious, like the fact Glimmernigel is a faggot. I can count the number of edits I've seen from the staff on one or two hands in the last....six months.
>>7929>The staff barely do anything here.
True, but in the booms' case is getting hairy. Barely he can post anything without getting flak. That's freaking off putting TBH.
>>7931>You saw the posts per day graph, didn't you?
I did, and it is worrisome, the staff dismisses the post count like is a leddit thing, but it is not. Content quantity is important, even if it is just copy/pasta.
You faggets post nothing, contribute nothing, and are the apex of toxic entitlement, like welfare's moms asking for moar and moar.
>>7929>YOU'RE BATSHIT INSANE
Naaah, I'm only an anon noticing things.
Not really.>the staff dismisses
I dismiss it too, especially in this context.>Content quantity is important
Fair point.>even if it is just copy/pasta
Eh, not really. If it doesn't engage other users, there's no point.
>>7935>Eh, not really. If it doesn't engage other users, there's no point.
Many threads beside the booms' ones have no engagement or a limited one, the generals fulfill a purpose even if it is just to add to the post count, meaning the board is alive.
>>7937>the generals fulfill a purpose
In the case of boom booms. It allows him to back up his Instagram content.
I make my allotted couple posts a day. I don't use any other site for news because frankly there's no point in it. I can write, and I discuss things when I think I can offer something. Nothing I can do in the Kaverns and Kobolds or Occupied Equestria threads though, and if I started drawfagging I'd just shit up the board. I was just saying that it's not like every post is getting an edit from staff.
I don't have much of a reason to be here at all, it's really just here or Call of Duty Zombies lobbies at this juncture of my life.
>>7937>the generals fulfill a purpose even if it is just to add to the post count
Post count is just a number. It's meaningless ok its own. What matters is content and conversations.>meaning the board is alive.
So one person making a bunch of shitposts means the difference between alive and dead? As if.>>7939>if I started drawfagging I'd just shit up the board
Go ahead. We won't mind.
>>7940>So one person making a bunch of shitposts means the difference between alive and dead? As if.
Unfortunately yes. If you abandon the board, the board is technically dead.
So the community, events, personalities, lolcows and history of /mlpol/ doesn't matter as long as you can dump your terabytes of faceberg memes. Why do you think people left in the first place?
>>7942>So the community, events, personalities, lolcows and history
You are referring to past times. The community is gone and only a few remain; events, when any, are a shadow of what it was; personalities are missing; lowcows nopony cares anymore; history is longed but those longing are not doing anything to pad the present with new happenings.
So, a lot talking (empty posturing) but no shitposting (dead board).
You have already heard from multiple people that what you see as a living board is not desirable. The discussion is over unless you offer something else to bring to the table. Staff does not care about numbers, nor does the majority of users. We don't mind your posting unless you fucking spam it. This is final.
You do realize the solution is to post more in the threads that are not generals, or to make your own threads, right? You don't just gain passive posting and declare a website is fixed.
I don't see how any of what you do is going to help the site. Posting news articles and low effort boomer memes, using the same generic templates over and over again. It doesn't make you a fucking messiah.>The community is gone and only a few remain; events, when any, are a shadow of what it was; personalities are missing; lowcows nopony cares anymore; history is longed but those longing are not doing anything to pad the present with new happenings.
If everyone started posting news articles and shit memes. None of this would change in the slightest. It would only free you from the burden of samefagging, even in /qa/ threads.
If I wanted a vaguely right wing meme folder I would go just about everywhere in the alternate social media sphere. Or I would make my own right wing meme folder by lurking /pol/ or 8/pol/ for a few weeks. I don't come here just to have my beliefs confirmed. Some of us came here for community, betterment and a shared sense of belonging. There used to be much more good-faith discussion and much more original meme contribution, but now all we get is bottom shelf Gab memes.
I still watch /mlpol/ Movie Night with the boys, no matter how small it is.
>>7946>Posting news articles and low effort boomer memes, using the same generic templates over and over again.
I remember what somepony said above your post: that nobody cares of my posting and is ignored. Well, then why so much resistance?>It doesn't make you a fucking messiah
That insane assessment speaks a lot about you.
Anyways, I won't press this issue further and I leave you the board as you want and as you deserve.
You keep ignoring the qualifier to everyone's problem, which speaks a lot about you as well.
>>7948>I remember what somepony said above your post: that nobody cares of my posting and is ignored. Well, then why so much resistance?
It's not about whether I care or not. You present your "shitpost" as some sort of magical elixir that is going to bring the site back to life.
When it's just a bunch of shit memes and news articles' links.>That insane assessment speaks a lot about you.
Well, am not pretending am doing a massive favour to a bunch of ungrateful faggots. Neither am I using the site as my personal faceberg account. So, there's that.
Yeah I'm on the weeb's side here.
Drawfagging is content.
The difference between drawfagging and Boomer memes is the heart behind it is front and center.
Writefags count as well.
User retention and acquisition is based on a few things outside of the site itself.
The state of the world and people.
Basically the world keeps demanding more time and energy.
People have circumstances and needs and changes.
You know what /mlpol/ is a bastion of confident hope, truth and horse pussy.
Sure there is some well founded stuff tracked in from being in the world, but for a while any anon can stand in this place. Finding treasures both new and old.
It's not quite a proper rest, but still is rest from the world. A bit of distance and closeness to get to heart of issues and for a heart to heart.
With a wild dose of autsims.
Thank you for the sentiment, I was just kinda pointing out that I'm not really equipped for that much noteworthy content creation. Although...I may write filly again sometime.