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Feb 14th, 2018, 11:57 AM
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OMG tell those poulets to start in the Canada Forum. We‘re thrilled just to be asked a question.

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Feb 14th, 2018, 12:25 PM
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OMG tell those poulets to start in the Canada Forum. We‘re thrilled just to be asked a question.
you always make me laugh.
(that’s a good thing)
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Feb 14th, 2018, 01:25 PM
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A difference of opinion has arisen in connection with the interpretation of ibobi's post above. Some people take it to mean that there will be an ongoing obligation to make a certain number of posts every so often on non-Lounge forums in order to maintain Lounge access, even for long-standing posters who have already posted thousands of times. Others think it means that once people have been here a certain time, and made a certain number of posts, they will have permanent access to the Lounge (unless they get banned for misconduct).

This has given rise to a friendly wager:

https://www.fodors.com/community/sho...8&postcount=53

Perhaps an Administrator can shed some light on this question.
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Feb 14th, 2018, 01:46 PM
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I think many more people find the travel forums intimidating than the lounge. Or at least that is what I read in the lounge. People say that those who answer on the travel forums form a clique, which is exactly the criticism the op is posting here about the lounge. However, it is not true that the people who post in the lounge never travel. I have spent time with a good number of them in various places in the US and abroad. And many of them talk about their travels and post trip reports in the travel forums.

People who spend years, sometimes decades, talking to each other get to feel like they know each other. And sometimes they have met and become good friends. I know this is true for me. And there are plenty more I would love to meet in person. There is a real sense of community, and I have seen plenty of people join in without feeling excluded because they hadn’t previously participated.

Why on earth would anyone want to take a community away from people who feel invested in it?

Perhaps I’m wrong. What do you think?
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Feb 14th, 2018, 07:15 PM
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Why on earth would anyone want to take a community away from people who feel invested in it?
Good question. Loungers and dreamers. Let them both stay.
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Feb 14th, 2018, 07:41 PM
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I think many more people find the travel forums intimidating than the lounge. Or at least that is what I read in the lounge.
In that case there would be more posters in the Lounge than the travel forums.
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Feb 14th, 2018, 11:44 PM
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In that case there would be more posters in the Lounge than the travel forums.
Only if people mostly had questions unrelated to travel. I’m thinking it’s mostly because the people who post in the travel forums have questions about travel. That’s what brings them here.

But there have certainly been posts in the lounge about travel because the person posting says it feels friendlier. And now there is a new policy against this practice, which some posters are unhappy about.

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Feb 15th, 2018, 06:34 AM
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But there have certainly been posts in the lounge about travel because the person posting says it feels friendlier. And now there is a new policy against this practice, which some posters are unhappy about.
Could the poster announce in the Lounge that they are starting a thread in say, just for example, not that it’s scary, the Europe Forum, and ask the nice people in the Lounge to follow them over and respond there?

It would be like a school trip.

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Feb 15th, 2018, 06:46 AM
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I have to wonder why people who want the lounge closed care at all.

but I may be wrong
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Feb 15th, 2018, 07:03 AM
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Why does a misspelled word bother people? It's all answered here:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-t...robert-cormack
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Feb 15th, 2018, 07:08 AM
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Could the poster announce in the Lounge that they are starting a thread in say, just for example, not that it’s scary, the Europe Forum, and ask the nice people in the Lounge to follow them over and respond there?

It would be like a school trip.
I have been known to post in the Asia forum that I am starting a TR on the Europe forum. However, that only works if people in the "source" forum actually go to the "target" forum to post and don't post in the "source" forum. Do you have confidence that that would happen in the Lounge?
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Feb 15th, 2018, 07:53 AM
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Why does a misspelled word bother people? It's all answered here:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-t...robert-cormack
I can be a rather poor speller at times. I see I'm in good company! I spent the afternoon writing in a nearby cafe, no doubt spelling poorly. The census taker just came to my door and asked me twenty questions. I've been counted!
I still don't understand why anyone would care if the lounge exists. If you don't like it, just don't go there.
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Feb 15th, 2018, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by xcountry View Post
Could the poster announce in the Lounge that they are starting a thread in say, just for example, not that it’s scary, the Europe Forum, and ask the nice people in the Lounge to follow them over and respond there?

It would be like a school trip.

This has been discussed. I believe it will be permitted, but I could be wrong. What do you think?
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Feb 15th, 2018, 08:40 AM
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Perhaps as we can ignore certain posters who aggravate us, we could have ignore buttons for those who don’t want to go there.

Perhaps I am wrong.
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Feb 15th, 2018, 08:43 AM
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They don’t have to start a thread to announce it. Pick an existing thread that is likely to get noticed, say “Trump’s doing well” and insert “Please comment on my thread in the Europe Forum ‘Six cities in five days’”.

That has to be allowed somewhere in the TOAs.
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Feb 15th, 2018, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by xcountry View Post
‘Six cities in five days’.
Why stop at six?
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Feb 15th, 2018, 08:48 AM
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Perhaps I’m wrong. What do you think?


I just wanted to see how saying that felt. I may get Mr. Gruezi on here to try it out too.
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Feb 15th, 2018, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by jubilada View Post
Perhaps as we can ignore certain posters who aggravate us, we could have ignore buttons for those who don’t want to go there.

Perhaps I am wrong.

I think xc already pressed the ignore button for the lounge. But it might be going away, as the lounge is opened up again.

It might be harder for him to ignore it after that happens. Perhaps I’m wrong. What does xc think?
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Feb 15th, 2018, 09:01 AM
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I've asked ibobi this question (can I put a thread in the lounge asking lounge posters to respond to my question on a travel thread and adding the link to that question) and was told it's permissible. I've done it several times, both before and after the new lounge rules. I specifically want people to respond to my question on the travel thread (not in the lounge) for two reasons: first, so I have all my answers in one space, and second, so that other posters looking for similar information but who don't have access to the lounge can find it there. It keeps me 'alive' in the lounge, gets answers to my questions and adds to the travel purpose of the website.
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Feb 15th, 2018, 09:06 AM
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Not only should the lounge be eliminated, everybody who thinks it shouldn't be eliminated should be eliminated.
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