I saw vstromgreg's thread that he wanted to be serious on, and I got to thinking. Maybe it's time we have a serious thread icon.
I'm a member of a very private web forum that's been online for about 15 years or so and has about 800 members. Every thread is a shit storm. Some more than others but it has open HTML tags and let's you just screw with just about every aspect of the site's CSS easily, to the point of breaking the site (but nobody does because that'd be bad).
Anyways, said forum has an eyeglasses icon, and if you use it on your thread everyone takes it very seriously and response accordingly. Generally used for relationship type threads and very personal items, but I've seen it used for car mechnical advice and the like.
You'll see we use small boobies for NSFW theads there.. and some cheese for tasteless threads. Also a pencil for projects.
I've always struggled here, as the moderation staff as because we know so many of us know each other and there's plenty of ribbing that goes on between each other. I don't think losing that is a great idea, but I do think that there's a time and place for being ridiculous and a place where we can actually help each other out.
I also think that having all the actual SPORTBIKE threads be considered serious may be a bit too much to ask, and just having OPEN be a lot more lax.
Your comments and feedback appreciated. If you'd prefer to contact me privately by all means email me at email@example.com too.
I plan to get back into riding in a few years and I sure want to make sure I still have a place to call home, and have it be a place I like. Thanks all!