Yes, Hec, but if the rule is "it can stay if everyone is having fun" what do you do about the one person who manages to derail it?
There are a few people who seem to take pleasure in going onto innocuous threads and desperately trying to derail them by either getting the wrong end of the stick or being deliberately obtuse in the way they take offence.
I've lurked for a long long time and there used to be a lot of fun on the threads. Didn't see the spoon thread, but saw what happened to the freddie's parenting advice one last week which made very clear it was lighthearted but got turned into a ranthathon (and disappeared? Certainly the OP was upset at how it turned out). I do think some of the joy has been sucked out by the attitude that we have to be Serious At All Times.
Hullys thread was obviously a joke - as were 95% of the responses. I love the ridiculous joke threads on MN - they are few and far between with the recent influx of PO imbeciles that seem to merely post for the purposes of pissing everyone right off.
Apols if you think we're a humourless lot. That wasn't our intention at all.
We haven't deleted your thread, Hully. Or any of the other spoof/joke threads that have been started over the past couple of days.
What we have done, though, is mail the folks who started them to let them know that we have had a fair few reports from people who either got taken in and thought they were goady/troll threads or who were a bit concerned that others might get taken in and think they were goady/troll threads - given the unfortunate rise of genuine goady/troll/invader threads recently.
All we said in our mail was that we'd appreciate it hugely if they could cool it with the wind-ups for a bit (there are quite a lot of them all at once!), given the number of reports they were generating.
Again, we're sorry if the recent troubles/extra calls on our delete button has made us a bit grinchy. It's been a long month. reaches for gin