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Should the "what are my chances" threads be moved inside another forum ?

menloparkmommenloparkmom 12470 replies540 threads Senior Member

We all know that most of the posts on the chances forum are written by HS kids who have NO way of knowing what another HS's students chances are. They are guessing or bragging.
My concern is the highly visible, equal footing of the "chances" forum , when one scrolls down the list of major forums, gives those posts legitimacy. I believe that hurts CC's overall credibility with new parents or kids who come here for knowledgeable advice.
Does anyone see the harm in putting the "chances" as a sub forum inside HS life, or some other forum?
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  • MrElonMuskMrElonMusk 1104 replies164 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2018
    Well, ouch I feel hurt that I'm considered someone who is guessing or bragging on chance me threads. In fact, I don't do any of those things. Instead, I usually remind such applicants that essays are as important as their stats and extracurriculars.

    Also, the whole point of chance me threads is to allow strangers to give their own opinions on the poster's chances, is it not?
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  • menloparkmommenloparkmom 12470 replies540 threads Senior Member
    the chances thread has value for entertainment purposes only.
    But CC was founded not for entertainment value, but for the gathering and distribution of real information about applying to colleges.
    Real news, vrs fake news, if you will..........

    I just dont think it should be prominently placed on CC's home page.
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  • MrElonMuskMrElonMusk 1104 replies164 threads Senior Member
    You can bring your concerns to the attention of moderators through PMs.
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  • washugradwashugrad 1139 replies13 threads Senior Member
    You might have the unintended consequence of having lots of 'what do you think my chances at xx school are?' pop up in the Admissions thread or each school thread again (I think they used to be all over place several years ago before the dedicated thread was started, but maybe I'm misremembering).
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  • bodanglesbodangles 8628 replies557 threads Senior Member
    You can bring your concerns to the attention of moderators through PMs.

    Or in the Community & Forum Issues board, where it is currently placed.
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  • menloparkmommenloparkmom 12470 replies540 threads Senior Member
    "I wonder if the chance forum was created to put all the chance questions in one area so people (like me) who don't see much value in chancing can easily avoid them."
    that's a good question.......... Mods?
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  • vonlostvonlost 18787 replies14480 threads Super Moderator
    A chances post for one particular school (or some groups of schools) is usually moved to that school’s sub forum (to try to get appropriate eyes on the post, and to cut down on responses by HS students). Posts remaining in Chances are indeed easily avoided.
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  • MrElonMuskMrElonMusk 1104 replies164 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2018
    @menloparkmom SORRY. So sorry. I didn't know that you did that already. My apologies for being a "newbie".
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39596 replies7188 threads Super Moderator
    edited April 2018
    MrElonMusk wrote:
    You can bring your concerns to the attention of moderators through PMs.
    bodangles wrote:
    Or in the Community & Forum Issues board, where it is currently placed.

    @bodangles is correct; it's posted in the correct place. As she indicated, the OP did PM me, and I asked her to post here where the PTB can see. While some might think that the mods are all-powerful, the layout of what subforum goes where, and what is included in each forum, is far above our pay grade. :)
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 38773 replies2127 threads Super Moderator
    Yes, we've asked about this in the past. I don't think the Chances forum is disappearing anytime soon.
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  • patsmompatsmom 4216 replies508 threads Senior Member
    The Chances forum is clickbait, which means $$ for the site owners. It's what drives a lot of the traffic to this site, even though it's pretty much meaningless to actual college admissions. :[email protected] . ML is right -- it's not going anywhere.
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  • thumper1thumper1 75215 replies3300 threads Senior Member
    I’m just glad the Chances forum exists and all the chance me posts can be placed there.

    I wish I could block that from my feed.
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  • jym626jym626 55816 replies2906 threads Senior Member
    The chances thread comes across like a giant humble brag.
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