Such absolute fabrication, A staggering farrago of mendication, green booze drinks are no more, a hallmark of my days of yore, A Green monster by the pint was drunk in the pub called Sinkys And yes the pint glass was held with extended pinkies, Today the coloured drink of choice is Transformer faction led, The Strawberry daiquiri in bold Autobot Red, And a drink of my own creation, Which has caused many a night's devastation, The Purple Intruder is it's name, Sadly it has not yet achieved Daiquiri levels of fame, There are two different variants for you to decide on, Both purple in hue like the logo Decepticon.
There is only one exclusively rhyming thread and you even made a thread to counter that. Non-rhymers have not been stopped from interacting in any other threads and they have continued to post in them.
As has been established for several years, rhyming week is fun but not mandatory. Hubbers who do not wish to rhyme that week can post as usual.
It might be fun for those making the rhymes, but it's not fun for those who don't like the rhyming having to read it all over the forum.
I've given this some thought and I think that's the biggest problem with Rhyming week that it gets everywhere. ALL the ongoing threads. You have to read the rhyming in the toy threads, the comic threads etc. Thank the lord there was nothing major going on last week.
Even when a thread was created for those who didn't want to rhyme with a No Rhyming Here message in the first post, what happened?
I'd give serious thought to limiting the scope next year.
The history presenter top totty thread immediately springs to mind, but I have been told both here and privately it is just a bit of fun on a number of occasions when I have suggested the Hub can be better than that.
I don't tend to even go into these threads so don't really keep a running score on howmmany they are.
Post by Andy Turnbull on Jan 13, 2020 23:03:31 GMT
Pretty sure that's the only one of these threads of that particular nature and even then, has pretty much devolved into a reminder when someone presents a history programme which may be of interest. Although i agree the early posts are less than enlightened. As for other threads like that, can't say there would be many, but vague allusions to threads that may exist, which you've never went into isn't helpful.
As for Phil's earlier points, I am with him. He's made it abundantly clear he doesn't like rhyming week and so has someone else, they do one thread to be rhyme free and someone comes in and posts a rhyme. Yes Rhyming week is fun, and I dip in and out in terms of posting, but if someone has made it clear they don't like it and have decided to do one thread on their own free from it, coming in and doing that is not fun and is quite bluntly put someone coming the cunt. It doesn't happen again.
the biggest problem with Rhyming week that it gets everywhere.
Not everywhere - e.g. not normally the General Channelling Thread or threads relating to illness or Real Life Issues and what-not, because rhyming is frivolous. Though I don't understand it, I am sorry you dislike reading people rhyming, Phil (though of course I do understand why you dislike being heckled for your dislike). But it is just a light-hearted, mildly linguistically-stretching form of personal expression, quite suitable for discussions on non-weighty matters such as alien robots, and it would be wrong to make rules to curb it for those of us who like to switch our brains into a different gear for a few days every so often to lighten the dark winter months.
But folk should tone down the heckling of non-participators. I don't dance - I'm happy watching other people dancing, but don't want people to have a go at me for not doing it myself.
I think my biggest frustration with it is that whenever it occurs we always have to have the same posts complaining about it. It is like clockwork. Sorry to be blunt but best to open about it while we are thrashing it out.
Posting rhymes in the new non-rhyming thread was indeed a step too far, but similarly I don't think rhyming should only be kept to the weekly thread and it should get everywhere else. Most of us are sensible enough to deploy it appropriately as Martin says.
I've always said I dislike it, but I've also always said I'm more than happy for everyone who enjoys it to have fun. It's light relief, so have at it.
My only real issue with it is that it gets in the way of the erudite and informed level of conversation the Hub prides itself on. Trying to make points about what we talk about through tortuous rhymes kills articulate discussion dead because in most cases any attempt at explaining or evidencing a point is lost. You don't tune in to the news and expect to hear it in sonnets because it's the wrong medium for quick and concise communication. It is invasive because it gets everywhere, unlike something like salad week which isn't forced into every thread, eg: 'I'd buy that MP Hound, but where's his lettuce accessory?' - a superfluous addition for the sake of connecting it to salad week, like most rhymes are added for the sake of it.
I find as rhyme week goes on I just stop reading the threads because coming to a huge stream of badly rhyming couplets after a day at work is too much to wade through. An entire week of everything sounding like Wheelie is too much. The closest analogy I can make is like trying to listen to music through increasing white noise. It's there, but I often can't quite make out what's going on and I have to work too hard to hear it.
But like I say, it's only a week here and there and despite my qualms, I'd defend the right of Hubbers to rhyme as they see fit. We're all here to have fun. Maybe just don't force it so *every* post has to rhyme, that way the actual rhyming posts would be much more impressive.