I’m posting this in Philosophy (knowing full well that it might get moved) because i think that it’s in this forum that we have a particular need for somewhat more distinct threads.
I understand that it’s forum policy both to split threads where the conversation seems to split and to merge threads where they seem to become redundant. I agree with this in theory, and perhaps even in practice—i haven’t seen it misapplied—but I’m also concerned with how it might be applied, and this has inhibited me from starting specific threads that i would like to see.
For instance, definitional threads would be very useful. People talk past eachother for pages on end without knowing what the other means by certain key words… and it’s not really reasonable to expect people to go read a 1000-post existing thread on a topic as broad as “free will” to find clues. They would, though, i believe, read shorter threads on defining:
and other subjects.