Any new threads started based on rumor will be merged with this one.
There has been a lot of criticism of the mod team's decision to consolidate the rumour thread. I thought it might help to hear why we decided to do this (at least why I think it was a good idea).
1) There was tons of rumour repeats.
If Code or Eklund reported a Habs-related rumour, we'd often get 3 or 4 reports on the site. This meant that mods had to spend a lot of time cleaning up a lot of threads for rumours which had little probative value.
Whenever a trade, or other major habs-related event occurs, the mod team has to clean up a bunch of repeat threads (e.g. everybody wants to be the first to report the habs signed player X). We sign up to do this sort of clean up and are happy (ok... willing) to do it to keep the board running smoothly. It is harder to summon that same desire to clean up for threads that are much less important to the Canadiens.
2) Rumour threads, by their very nature, greatly overlap.
Rumour 1: Souray is going to be traded to San Jose for a draft pick
Rumour 2: Rivet is going to be traded to San Jose for a draft pick
Rumour 3: Souray is going to be traded to the Ducks for Selanne
(made all these up, obviously)
Now how do I clean this up? Do these all deserve their own thread?
Should I make a thread: "Souray being shopped", "Bob looking to get San Jose's picks", or "Habs going after Selanne"... these rumours could be sliced up a bunch of ways and each is somewhat meaningless without reference to the others.
3) Rumour threads should not be compared to Lounge threads
The Lounge is for things unrelated to hockey... at the very least matters unrelated to North American Hockey. It is thus a relegation for threads unrelated to the thrust of the site.
As a mod, I am generally much more wary of policing the Lounge. I am much more lax in applying most of the requirements of the site. I basically do 2 things when monitoring the Lounge:
1) Make sure theres no hate, flame, spam, or a ridiculous amount of profanity
2) Move hockey-related posts to the other forums (rarely have to do this)
I only merge threads in the lounge when there is an exact repeat of a previous (and recent) post. It should be noted that even in the lounge we have often had "mega threads"... for baseball, soccer, Olympics, NFL, nothing....
Maybe this helps a bit... or at least gives a window into my flawed reasoning...