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Old 05-15-2012, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Not every post that expresses a stance of some kind, or raises an issue, that pertains to a particular defined demographic like seniors needs to be exiled to a another forum like politics. Seniors (most) want to discuss general topics like finance, relationships/family, hobbies, etc from a senior perspective., not from the perspective of just any age. The challenge in forums is structure. I do not know how one of our most popular retirement threads got to be a stickie (how those get created), but perhaps Retirement Forum stickies by subject matter would alleviate the constant straying from the original topic. (What senior in real life conversation even remembers an original topic when speaking?)

In all the years Iíve been on CD, I cannot name (in the Retirement section) a single thread that stayed on topic for very many posts. After a few posts someone rants or digresses, and it goes off from there, sooner or later to sink to the bottom of the radar and disappear. In the Retirement section, we keep reinventing the same general topics from the past, and in so doing lose the continuity that was created when those topics were first created. I for one have no problem with continuing posting on threads created several years ago, if the conversation stays more or less on topic. Many longtime users know what they want to ignore, as well.
I've been participating in different forums for years and years and one of the things I've noticed is that 'off topic' is just a fact of forum life. Like you said, something gets said that's a bit off topic and it goes from there. I, personally, don't mind but some folks are really picky about it. It just reminds me of conversations in 'real life'. A topic can change five times in fifteen minutes and if you don't believe me you should talk to my mom! LOL She wouldn't stay on topic five minutes in the forums.
 
Old 05-24-2012, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I was talking with a younger friend who is still in the work force and she mentioned that she is looking forward to the upcoming three day weekend.

Not something we retirees get to do any more.

I realized that's about the only "bad" thing about being retired.
 
Old 05-25-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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True, but I can feel the excitement in the air eveytime these holiday weekends roll around!
 
Old 05-26-2012, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default New "Caregiving" forum

City-Data now has a "Caregiving" forum. A bunch of threads on that topic were moving from Retirement to the new forum.
 
Old 05-26-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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City-Data now has a "Caregiving" forum. A bunch of threads on that topic were moving from Retirement to the new forum.
You will probably not agree, but I think caregiving as it applies to seniors should stay in the Retirement forum, as long as it doubles as the Seniors forum. Caregiving seniors, especially when the caregivers are boomers, is a demographic subject. But then, there are financial threads in the Retirement forum that could have to do with anyone of any age.
 
Old 05-26-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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You will probably not agree, but I think caregiving as it applies to seniors should stay in the Retirement forum, as long as it doubles as the Seniors forum. Caregiving seniors, especially when the caregivers are boomers, is a demographic subject. But then, there are financial threads in the Retirement forum that could have to do with anyone of any age.
No, I do agree. I have consistently argued against splitting up the Retirement Forum. Not that I am upset about it - it's just not that important one way or another. There must have been a number of people who wanted a Caregiving Forum or the Administrator would not have created one.
 
Old 05-26-2012, 08:51 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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I am in complete agreememt with both of you. Separating various issues of the aged into different fora will reduce both the number of posters and the number of readers. I don't wish to chase all over c-d looking for geriatric topics.

Politics of the aged belongs here as well. Every other c-d forum in which politics are important are full of relevant issues. The key is relevance. Any topic with a focus on the aged belongs here. Patting us on our heads and telling us something is inappropriate will quickly trivialize this forum. Remember when this forum was about casinos and cruise ships?

Vive new england girl!!! Vive Escort Rider!!!

We're not senile droolers; we like substance.
 
Old 05-29-2012, 07:03 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I was disappointed that the one thread I have ever started in Retirement got moved to Caregivers. I assumed someone complained. After considering the "bigger picture," I am thinking it simply was one the mods could move that would fit "caregiving." But I was specifically wondering about senior services, not services in general. After all, someone can have a loved one who had a stroke at 35, putting them in the position of being a caregiver.

I have gotten some great info and advice off this forum. I don't mind when someone digresses . . . but if it gets too far off the topic, no reason the OP can't come in and say - great thought! - but let's get back onto xxx. A moderator doesnt have to be the one to step in and do that.
 
Old 05-29-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I was disappointed that the one thread I have ever started in Retirement got moved to Caregivers. I assumed someone complained. After considering the "bigger picture," I am thinking it simply was one the mods could move that would fit "caregiving." But I was specifically wondering about senior services, not services in general. After all, someone can have a loved one who had a stroke at 35, putting them in the position of being a caregiver.

I have gotten some great info and advice off this forum. I don't mind when someone digresses . . . but if it gets too far off the topic, no reason the OP can't come in and say - great thought! - but let's get back onto xxx. A moderator doesnt have to be the one to step in and do that.
I really doubt that anyone complained. The Caregiving Forum is a new creation, in response to demand. (City-Data only creates new forums when there are enough requests for one.) So naturally upon the decision to create the new forum, the moderator would look for existing threads which would fit under the subject of the new forum and move them there. Yours was not the only thread so moved, and I don't think it has anything at all to do with you personally. I, too, regret seeing the Retirement Forum split up, but that's the way the ball bounces.
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