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post Jan 11 2008, 07:22 PM
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Hi Folks,

On January 8th 2008, we (the community) finalized a decision regarding topics on the same storm, and that was to keep all discussion of the storm under one thread. You can read more about that decision here:

http://forums.accuweather.com/index.php?showtopic=4000

The gist is that there will be:

- ONE Topic Per Storm (Forecast Possibilities)
- ONE Topic Per Storm (Observations & Final Thoughts)
- ONE Topic For Post-Mortem


We appreciate your cooperation with this new guideline. I understand that some of you believe that we should allow a new post for each new thought that you have, but the majority has spoken and this guideline is also in place to help retain users who may leave due to frustration when they see the entire U.S. forum taken up with dozens of posts on the same subject.

If you don't adhere to this guideline, your posts will be merged, possibly deleted or your account could be changed to "moderated" which means you'll have to wait for us to approve each message you post.


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post Jan 25 2008, 04:21 PM
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Just a note that this guideline was reaffirmed in this poll, for all events which are within model range (15 days). Long-range discussion after that is permitted, but the topic will be closed when the dates are 15 days away (see that topic for additional explanation)


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post Feb 24 2008, 04:32 PM
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A note that we made a decision regarding Polls on February 13th. The decision was:

If a user wishes to open a poll regarding something about a storm which already has its own topic, they can do so by creating a New Topic with a Poll, but they must check the "DISALLOW REPLIES" box when making the poll, so that the conversation on the storm is not split between the two topics.


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post Feb 24 2008, 04:34 PM
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Another note that we made a decision on February 22nd to allow a fifth topic for each storm called "School Closing Forecasts."

In summary, the "1 Topic Per Storm" rule now allows for topics titled...

1. (Dates) (Location) Storm (Type) FORECASTS
2. (Dates) (Location) (Type) OBSERVATIONS
3. (Dates) (Location) (Type) SCHOOL CLOSINGS
4. (Dates) (Location) (Type) POLL(S)
5. (Dates) (Location) (Type) POST MORTEM


The only special note is that when #2 is started, #1 is CLOSED.

As a reminder, we follow these rules because of the large size of our forum, so that people visiting the "Current U.S. Weather" forum can find all current topics on the first page. You can imagine the anarchy that would ensue if we had all 4,000 members creating their own individual topics for each storm.


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post Feb 26 2008, 08:41 AM
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We are also discussing regions and whether or not we should change them. Current regions are as shown on the map below. You can join that discussion here.

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post Mar 18 2008, 01:55 PM
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Another note that I don't have a problem separating these three types of weather, when they are happening within the same storm but in separate places (which, by definition, would mean they would be separated by region anyway).

Also, weather which is cause by the current storm system, but will stick around for a long time afterwards (typically flooding) can be discussed on a separate topic.

As always, you can discuss this decision, and the entire 1 Topic Per Storm rule here, but we are considering replacing this rule with regional discussions. You can vote and talk about that here.


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post Mar 29 2008, 09:56 PM
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A word about Titles... based on the discussion above, here are some example titles. Both users and Moderators should try to keep the titles in the Current Weather forum consistent. Space is very small, and changes depending on how long the username of the topic creators are. Here is some advice for topic authors or Moderators creating new topics:

Mar. 3-4 MidAtl/NE Storm FORECASTS
Feb. 29 - Mar. 1. Midw/OV/GL Storm OBSERVATIONS


The second line of the Title can be whatever you want, and can change at any time, for example:

D.C. Northeastward, Post Here!
Forecast Thread Closed, Post Here!
Models Show Big Daddy Storm


The dates always comes first, followed by the region, the word "Storm" (meaning snow or rain), "Severe", or "Flooding." I believe we should drop the "Winter"/"Snow"/"Spring" which were previously used because, outside of the middle of the winter, it's hard for one storm to be completely snow or winter precipitation.

The date should be the day that you believe the precipitation (not low pressure or winds) will hit, with 1 day of padding on either side based on the last four model runs of the GFS and NMM/DGEX (if available). For long-range storms, longer date ranges may be needed. Update these dates on a daily basis.

Midw or MidAtl can be abbreviated to MW or MA in extreme circumstances, but this will make it hard for the readers to understand. I would probably abbreviate FORECASTS to 4CASTS or OBSERVATIONS to OBS before I'd do that.


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post Oct 3 2008, 06:06 PM
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Just a note, that, due to the decision in this thread, the 1 Topic Per Storm Rule now has SPECIFIC TITLE RULES as stated there.


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