We NEED to get back to the BASICS
I'm getting quite aggravated with the way this forum is moderated.
At some point in our past some ill advised admin thought it would be a good idea to MOVE Active Projects and Interest Threads to the Junkyard
At the time some members of the RPF were applying incorrect titles to their threads.
Some people would call "Bulk Runs" Active Projects or Interest Threads.
At first the Administration just looked the other way but eventually it spread and a lot of people started to do it.
The Administration decided to just move all Active Projects, Interest Threads and Bulk Run Threads to the Junkyard.
It was the "Punish Everyone" mentality that is so often used by weak management.
If the admins had just spent the time correcting the members that incorrectly used the AP and IT titles we might not be in the mess we are in now.
Am I being overly dramatic, no
I see so many failed projects and so many people start discussions that might last 10 replies if their lucky.
This forum has transformed from a builders forum to a buyers forum and that's not what The Replica Prop Forum that I joined.
Now, it's more appropriate to have hundreds of threads about licensed props in the Main Forum, yet an Interest Thread to discuss a new obscure prop gets shoved to the Junkyard.
I'm not sure but I think Active Projects still get moved to the Junkyard if someone accidentally mentions anything about price.
To me this is a very backwards way of thinking.
Lets allow the discussion of a licensed props which will have zero effect on said prop but lets disallow the discussion of replica props and parts in the main forum if they even hint at an exchange of money.
I almost can't stand logging onto this place.
Now, I have been here since 1999 and I FRACKING CREATED THE ACTIVE PROJECT THREAD, I still have the original post saved to my hard drive if anyone wants to see it. I also coined the titles of Interest Thread and Bulk Run Thread, so I am more then qualified to correctly define these threads.
So as far as I am concerned this is how I define the following threads:
Active Projects: Threads that invites the entire group of interested people to discuss everything about the research and production of a replica prop or part
Interest Threads: Threads designed to gauge interest for an Active Project and the best way to proceed it there is enough interest
Bulk Runs: Threads designed for the sale of singular items where there is no discussion.
I'm not saying that I invented the processes but I was the FIRST person to put a name to them and find a way to make them applicable to our hobby.
Once again, I must reiterate that it was poor moderation by the past admins that corrupted the definitions of these threads.
Too many people started to use the Interest Thread title for Bulk Run Thread and that's what caused a chain of inappropriate decisions
It's ok to start an Interest Thread for a Bulk Run but it must be label correctly such as:
TITLE - Bulk Run: MR POTC Aztec Coin
BODY - If I can get 20 people to commit to buying at least one MR POTC Aztec Gold coin I can offer them to the group for $8 shipped.
If interested send and email to Blah.com
The first thread the featured the "Bulk Run" moniker was a thread I posted selling Denix Mausers for $45 shipped, I needed at least 100 mausers spoken for ended up selling 200 of them.
However, a true Interest Thread is designed to engage a group of semi interested people into discussing the feasibility of a project, the more it's discussed the more interest it generates, the eventual evolution of any IT is it's conversion into an Active Project.
As for getting tied up in semantics it's the admins that are tripping all over the rules.
As soon as they see the word "Interest Thread" in the title they feel it must be moved to the Junkyard.
I know their heart is in the right place but the ends do not justify the means.
I hate political analogies but your guys are like the Bush Administration.
You're trying to do the right thing but you just can't make it happen.
So I say let the forum openly discuss this issue to see if we need to rethink some of the decisions of the past administrations.