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Old 04-24-2011, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default WebSleuths Sucks, Alternatives?

Are there any forums where true crime cases are discussed other than Websleuths? I find their moderating tactics a bit too Nazified for my tastes.

There is a case occurring in the news right now where it is rather obvious a family member was involved, so I posted my thoughts and theory about the case. My post was deleted because the admin says "we do not accuse family members here." Uh, well I hate to break it to them, but if family members or friends can never be discussed, that means over 80% of all murder cases cannot be discussed since murders and abductions are perpetrated by family and friends the vast majority of the time. It's stupid logic on their part. Is WS a support forum or is it a forum for objectively discussing cases? It seems to me it is more of a support forum. I have no problem with that, but they need to change the name from WebSleuths to "Web Support Of Crime Victims." It is not an objective forum where people can express opinions, and if one can't express an opinion, then why post?

At least this forum allows people to discuss their thoughts on what really happened. The problem is this forum is dead and I would like to know if there are active alternatives to WS.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:43 PM   #2
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I left WS a few years ago for much the same reason. Actually, they accuse whomever they damn well please and they let it slide when it suits them. Besides, there are too many people there who swallow conspiracy theories hook, line and sinker for my liking.

I prefer porchlight international. It may not be perfect and it may not be exactly what you're looking for, but it's at least friendly.
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Here's another similar to websleuths:

http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestiga...com/index.php?
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Websleuths seem like a strange group to me. They get very emotional. There is also a large contingent who like to say "I can't believe this could happen" and get lathered up about every second crime that gets reported. At some point they have to stop being surprised.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:52 PM   #5
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Websleuths seem like a strange group to me. They get very emotional. There is also a large contingent who like to say "I can't believe this could happen" and get lathered up about every second crime that gets reported. At some point they have to stop being surprised.
Exactly. They come across to me as a bunch of old women who post during commercial breaks of Oprah or Days of Our Lives. Every post is a "I hope they catch the killer" or "I hope they find the girl." Yes, we all hope that, but it's boring seeing 1000 posts stating the obvious. I see no point in any online forum if debate isn't allowed. WS happens to be one of those forums.
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I'm going to check out the one CD posted.

I never joined WS because I have a yahoo email and they require a (dangit... forgot what it's called) anyway, they require one that's attached to your internet service like @ comcast.net or @ charter.net. Without that, I think you have to plead your case, be reviewed, and have a current WS member vouch for you. At least that's the way it was a couple years ago..

I do read there occasionally, but usually just to see if they've got more info on current cases than major news outlets are providing.
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This may fast track me to hellfire and damnation but the hand wringing of all the Nancy Grace acolytes on websleuths now is something to behold.
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This may fast track me to hellfire and damnation but the hand wringing of all the Nancy Grace acolytes on websleuths now is something to behold.
If it fast tracks you, then it put me on the bullet train because I laughed out loud when I read it. I'm not surprised at all by the hand wringing and whatnot. Over there the sun rises and sets on Nancy Grace's opinion of everything.
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Exactly. They come across to me as a bunch of old women who post during commercial breaks of Oprah or Days of Our Lives. Every post is a "I hope they catch the killer" or "I hope they find the girl." Yes, we all hope that, but it's boring seeing 1000 posts stating the obvious. I see no point in any online forum if debate isn't allowed. WS happens to be one of those forums.
Well each case, humans are involved keep in mind. If it were your family member you'd be saying you cant believe it, and so on. And maybe it is old women who care about their own children/grandchildren but it doesn't mean they watch crap t.v. I truly hope you or your loved one never has to be "bored" like that, although i get your point about the posts being redundant. Perhaps you'd do better to read a true crime book then instead of chat boards.
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I'm not a member, but I've found some very good information on Websleuths before.

I do have to agree that there are some loonies in there, though. And the not blaming family is plain silly; you can't be a "sleuth" in any capacity if you can't investigate all angles.

Generally, though, the people seem very kindhearted and often give helpful articles or theories into cases. I'd rather have people thinking about crime, hoping it will be solved, or trying to offer fresh perspectives than turning a blind eye to crime and issues.
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whoever runs websleuths is a worshipper of Hitler. Period. Every once in a while, I will lurk on there and you can get some interesting information about a wide array of cases, but like half of the people that have ever posted there have been banned.
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Can someone help me understand why on WS they close their threads and move to another?

Might be a dumb question but there has to be a good reason for it.

I found out because I was looking at the McStay family mystery and there's like 20 threads!

Is it because they dont want people editing their own posts every so often, thanks in advance, maybe it's something stupid I am just not seeing
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Can someone help me understand why on WS they close their threads and move to another?

Might be a dumb question but there has to be a good reason for it.

I found out because I was looking at the McStay family mystery and there's like 20 threads!

Is it because they dont want people editing their own posts every so often, thanks in advance, maybe it's something stupid I am just not seeing
Most boards limit each thread to x amount of posts if there isn't a limitation set by the board program itself. After awhile, the long threads get cumbersome data-wise and can slow down searches and load times (depending on the forum program). Quite a few boards I've been on have such limits.

I stopped posting there when it became "weird" or "mean" if you didn't take it seriously when someone mentioned the proliferation of human trafficking as a possible solution to a case. They also tend to be very black/white whereas I can and tend to see gray in situations. I really wish there was a good alternative to WS with more level-headed moderation. I think that site could do a lot more good than it currently does but the atmosphere isn't exactly the most friendly and welcoming for the average person.
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www.justicequest.net

The're great. Much better than WS.

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I post on there, but I don't frequent it too much anymore, except for the Lyle Stevik board. I don't post on other threads unless I really have anything to contribute.
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