The best way to keep your thread from getting moved is to post your thread in the proper forum. Many people post threads to 4e General Discussion because it is the most active of forums. This is where threads about the regular columns (Legends & Lore, Rule of Three, etc.) get posted. But a majority of threads started in this forum are inappropriate and get moved elsewhere. Here's the most important guideline to keep in mind before starting a thread in this forum:
This is a Forum of Last Resort, not First Resort
Threads are to be started here only if they don't belong elsewhere. Here are some of the most common mistakes:
- Rules Questions: If you want to know what a rule is or where it is, ask this in 4e Rules Q&A
- Rules Alteration: If you want to suggest a change to a rule, suggest this in House Rules & Homebrew.
- Speculation: If you want to suggest or speculate what might be coming out in 4e in the future, do so in Future Releases.
- DMing Advice: If you have a question for DMs or people interested in DMing, ask this in What's a DM to Do?
- Playing Advice: If you have a question for players or people interested in playing, ask this in What's a Player to Do?
- RPG Comparison: This forum is for 4e only. A thread comparing 4e to other editions belongs in RPGs General Discussion because it is discussing, at least in part, a roleplaying game other than 4e. Discussion of the Next iteration of D&D should be placed in the D&D Next forums.
- DDi: Questions about the Character Builder, Monster Builder, Compendium, Dragon and Dungeon magazines, etc. should be posted in the D&D Insider forum.
- Forum Questions: Questions about the forum or website itself -- glitches you see, where to post, etc. should be posted to Community Business.
- Blog: If you're more interested in stating a thesis than having a discussion, or want to relate a funny anecdote about what happened in a recent adventure, you may want to post it as a Blog. You can see some blogs by clicking on the "Blogs" button at the top of your screen. You can post a Blog by clicking on your Profile and then "Blogs", which appears in the column on the left-hand side of the screen, followed by "Create a Blog".
- Outside Links: If you found a great website about 4e that people should see, you can add it to the Wiki pages made for that: The Dungeon Master Resource and the Player Resource. Since it's a wiki, you can edit it yourself.
So what's left? Frankly, precious little. If you see D&D mentioned in the news, you can link to it in a thread here. If you have a question about 4e design, which isn't a comparison to other editions or RPGs, post it here. If you have a question about playing that applies equally to DMs and players, you can post it here.
Okay. So you thought you posted your thread in the right place, but now it's gone. What happened? Well, it's possible that while your back was turned, the thread became a stomping ground for internet trolls and the mods decided locking it wasn't good enough, so they deleted it. (Sometimes that happens if the discussion turns to inflammatory topics, such as illegal activity, racism, and the like.) Chances are, however, that the thread was simply moved to a more appropriate forum. Since the forum software does not allow for markers indicating a thread has been transfered, you need to go hunting for it. Fortunately, you have some tools at your disposal:
- Your Profile: If you go to your profile by clicking the "Profile" button at the top of your screen, you should be able to see your recent activity. If the missing thread is in that activity log, you can click on it and be taken there. Make a note of where the thread was sent.
- Your Recent Posts: Click on the little head and shoulders to the left of your name in any post you have made -- . Then click on "View All Forum Posts By" you. This will give you a list of all your posts, and you should see your missing thread among them. Click on it and make a note of where it was sent.
- The VCL Request Thread: Most requests for a thread to be moved are made in the VCL Request thread. Go to the end of that thread and see if yor thread is listed and see where it was requested to be sent.
- Ask Someone: If you've done all this and still cannot find your thread, you can start a thread in the Community Business forum asking if anybody has seen your thread.
I hope this has been helpful. Good luck and good posting!