Into the Forums

What an excellent week it has been on the Mountain Xpress forums! The fallow fields of the last few weeks have finally begun to sprout anew, and this thread—MX Boarder Challenge: A thread a day for a week—is a large part of the reason why. Forum regulars were challenged to create a single new thread each day for a week, but not just any new thread: The threads had to be about new topics that could actually start fresh conversations.

And boy, did it work! In fact, it was so successful and started so many interesting conversations that it’s quite difficult to choose which threads to highlight.

Over in the local section, cool new discussions include: Separated at Birth? (Local version), Where’s the best view in downtown?, Your first Asheville memory, Are local Conservatives treated fairly?, Do you have a favorite downtown building? and the highly entertaining back-and-forth debate in Is there a chain store that downtown Asheville could use?

Non-local news also saw some worthy new threads: The Fairness Doctrine, Obama Insists He’s No Socialist and Wanting the President to fail.

The General Discussion subforum was practically exploding with new content: The Local Nickname Thread, a gun control thread, an appeal to forum moderator Zen to spend more time on the forums and a newbie adoption thread to help get new users into the groove of the forums.

And other exciting new topics include: the difficulties getting an “in” in the Asheville music scene, the most underrated neighborhood, the recent flap over a local Girl Scout’s selling methods (aka “Cookiegate”), a two-fisted discussion of local and regional beers, a surprisingly productive conversation about the benefits of psychological therapy, a still-growing thread about cloth diapers, ideas about places to wear out the kids when it’s cold or raining, thoughts on the Christian Science Monitor‘s editorial about the coming collapse of the evangelical movement and many, many other promising discussions.

Thanks to Xpress forum regulars Jason Bugg, The (PFKaP), shadmarsh, willc, brebro, JBo and WestAVLMama for all their excellent posts this week.

Don’t see a discussion about that burning topic you’d like to talk about? Why not start your own? All registered members of have forum accounts, and if you aren’t a member, joining is easy — just click here.



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