A suggestion to calm nerves.

When we went to DEFCON 3 over the Ukraine crisis, I remember the website crashing due to the massive influx of people here.
This means, that people who don't have accounts here, and don't necessarily have enough context or experience with the type of things we discuss here could panic. For example, nuclear weapons are discussed sometimes. Now, we need these discussions as they're a vital part of what this site is about, however when these are taken out of context (for example, a major event happens, and people flood the forums looking for answers and see a thread discussing nuclear war) it could give people the mistaken impression that nuclear war is likely.

Now there are a lot of assumptions I've made there, but if it happened like that someone may do something silly based on half-assimilated information they quickly read. I think in times of changing the DEFCON level to a higher alert status, a little warning message should pop up to non-members, saying not to panic and things discussed on these forums may cause alarm, referring to the announcement DWS makes to try and give a good overview.

I'm just worried, considering we talk about topics which can be alarming, especially if you take things out of context and haven't read the entire conversation.
Take this as an example of a thread:
What is the probability of the use of nuclear weapons?
- I think that it's unlikely, but can't be ruled out. < This is an example of something someone might say here, and if a random person who came here looking for answers, without any context read this, may panic.
 
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UnderDuck

Guest
People that get panic avoid this topic completly and never will visit sites like this anyway, they don't even know what DEFCON means because they don't want to.
Nobody I have read here was realy worried but some fake it to restrict the access rights of the users here.
That's some sort of manipulation and an abuse DWS should be aware of and hopefully is.
 
People that get panic avoid this topic completly and never will visit sites like this anyway, they don't even know what DEFCON means because they don't want to.
Nobody I have read here was realy worried but some fake it to restrict the access rights of the users here.
That's some sort of manipulation and an abuse DWS should be aware of and hopefully is.
I'm not talking about restricting access to anything, I wholeheartedly disagree with making DWS a closed-gated community, however I think a simple warning or notice that some things discussed may cause alarm or panic and a link to the DWS announcement (which is a good summary of events, telling you what you need to know).

I agree with you that the majority who come here don't need a warning like that, as they've chosen to come here. However, during times of crises people who don't usually read these sorts of things may find this forum. Lets say one of them suffered from anxiety, they might struggle to sleep that night if they half-read something meant for a balanced analysis of possibilities (see example in my message), or worse.

The BBC has something similar, a help page of sorts for if you find something you read distressing. Now, I'm in no way saying DWS is similar to the BBC, this community is laser focused on Geo-political stuff, and goes into more depth than mainstream news articles (in my opinion) and the BBC has a much wider range of visitors, whereas most people who come to DWS monitor this sort of thing.

But, in times of crisis people may hastily find this page who don't usually see this kind of discussion, and it may cause undue distress. So a brief warning to those who may be vulnerable to that sort of thing could potentially help someone. If it helped even one person, I'd say it's a booming success.
 

DEFCON Warning System

Director
Staff member
People who are otherwise unfamiliar with what is going on do indeed come to this site. Just look at the number of posts from new people who were stressed out over what was happening.

I don't know if a pop-up message or anything like that will help. I think being informed is what helps. People are going to be scared, and a two sentence message really isn't going to do anything to assuage that.
 
People who are otherwise unfamiliar with what is going on do indeed come to this site. Just look at the number of posts from new people who were stressed out over what was happening.

I don't know if a pop-up message or anything like that will help. I think being informed is what helps. People are going to be scared, and a two sentence message really isn't going to do anything to assuage that.
Good point.
 

Obreid

Power Poster III
I'm not talking about restricting access to anything, I wholeheartedly disagree with making DWS a closed-gated community, however I think a simple warning or notice that some things discussed may cause alarm or panic and a link to the DWS announcement (which is a good summary of events, telling you what you need to know).
The problem the staff have I think is that this isn’t defcon Twitter.
I don’t mean that disparagingly to either platform.
Being that this is a forum and not just a free for all Twitter type platform. In that the moderators and sure rules allow for removal of outrageous or if you will fear porn post. I have no one in mind but we all know it happens.
When it gets dicey and post increase and become more nervous it’s hard to moderate that and keep the reporting and discussion productive.
That I think is the biggest challenge the moderators have. Correct me if I’m wrong.
 
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