A fix for "spooly" threads in forum?
This is just about the CPNHelp site itself. We sometimes have a thread in a forum that gets "spooly;" off-topic and overlong. It's because we are in a conversation, as well as publishing a resource for others.
I think it is perfectly appropriate. Let's keep that door open; if you think it needs saying, say it.
However, in a forum (not so much in blogs), we're producing threads on a topic that presumably can be referred to for a long time to come. In other words, if a newby wanted to know about "Borrelia and C.Pn.", they should go to a forum about that subject and find any data, opinions, insights, or conjectures we've produced.
However, in the course of the conversation, some stuff gets posted that really isn't of much enduring value with respect to the topic. For example, I posted a picture of some of the places I'd visited in Bristol in David Wheldon's "Borrelia" forum. I meant it as a friendly contribution to the conversation, and everyone took it as what it was, and I don't regret posting it. However, it does "dilute" the thread for future seekers of Borrelia/CPN data.
One suggestion might be some "Mark for deletion" option, where we voluntarily mark our post for eventual deletion, when the thread is 'cleansed' or 'archived' or whatever. So, if we'd had the option, I'd have marked my mini-travelogue on Bristol with "Delete B4 archive" or "Delete after 2 weeks" or something.
I don't know if this would be difficult or easy to set up, nor whether it would be a social or administrative hassle. It's just an idea to spark other ideas.