This is a new idea that was prompted by something Lady Junky suggested here about possibly having some kind of FAQ page to list all currently ongoing or finished community discussion threads as a way to discourage people from making duplicate topic threads if there is already an existing one, and also to keep topics that had recent community consensuses from being reopened for discussion if the consensus is still very recent.
Please use this thread to add any suggestions or opinions about this idea and if you disagree/agree with the concept.
My take on this is that it definitely would be helpful to have a FAQ page for recent community consensuses, but one question I have is how long should a community forum consensus be upheld until a new discussion on the topic is allowed, if there are people that wish to reopen the topic for debate?
I suggested the idea so of course I agree with it xD
To me, it is necessary at this point for our community. We're a really big one community, I think one of the biggest and more active of Wikia. And we have new users everytime. We just can't ask them to know our previous discussions, that's not human xD
Buuuuut... We can ask them to read this list, to avoid what Applegirl said: "to discourage people from making duplicate topic threads if there is already an existing one, and also to keep topics that had recent community consensuses from being reopened for discussion if the consensus is still". They would know that it was already adressed, and that the community already gave a opinion about it.
I mean, we just can't re open all of our previous discussions because a new user is on the wiki, and that he does not know that it was already discussion. At one point, we need to look at the future for our community and decide how to make it better. We should be alwxays blocked on the past with the same discussions again and again ^^
I like the FAQ, particularly if it will provide a link to the thread where the discussion occurred and concensus was reached.
And I'm really not sure having a time limitaion would be the answer as far as potentially reopening topics. If the topic was thouroughly discussed (and the ones on this forum ususally are), then there needs to be a compelling reason to warrant a new discussion on the topic. There would need to be something that provided new insight that was not previously considered. We can't, imo, just say that 6 months (or whatever arbitrary time limit) has passed, it's ok to rediscuss topic X, just because someone wants to express the same arguments that were made previously, particularly if they don't agree with the previous concensus.
The time limit idea is not without its flaws, I agree, though I was thinking it would be useful more along the lines if people's opinions about the topic has changed after the time limit expires and they have new suggestions about the topic.
For the FAQ, totally agree, especially having the links to the forum(s) where it was discussed. As far as talking about something again, I think it should be if someone has a new reasoning (which would of course include new information we get from the show, Adam and Eddy, and other offical sources, etc.) as for why it should be done differently. At the same time, if we haven't disscussed something since Season 1 or 2, I think it could be worth talking about again. After all, many of the users are probably different from who was on here in Season 1, for example, and so may have a different view on something.