I must say that this is an outrage! Testing should secede from the main board over this! We have taken enough abuse! An uprising is in order! RAWR!
This whole whine-fest is utterly ridiculous, really. Testing is the place where intelligence goes to die. Or maybe take a nap. Either way. As has been said repeatedly, Testing is where the threads and topics that are ultimately not worth keeping go. Either by being punted there or by being born there. One hour, 24 hours, seven minutes... Ok, so your audience will be a little smaller. Whoody-doo.
I'll admit, I enjoy Testing. It's a chance to just goof off, to get a look at what kind of sense of humor various posters have.
Now that the "Flush for the lulz" policy is actively being practiced , we may miss out on good topics that may have come along. But, to be entirely honest, those were rather rare. And hell, there's still a chance for some amount of ascension should a topic prove to be interesting enough to warrant discussion. If a topic gets interesting, there's still the option of starting a thread for it in a section of the boards that isn't for when you want to take the jackass pill. Hell, link to the Testing post with a note it's to Testing and if a roaming mod/admin decides it actually is interesting enough to keep the entire thing, kick-and-merge can still happen.
Yeah, it's nice to know what the hell the deal was. I never recall there being mention of a policy about Testing being subject to purge-on-a-whim. I would like to point out, though, that /b/ on 4chan has a policy of the mods being able to purge threads for any or no reason at all. Much like Testing. That's not to say that Testing is SDN's /b/. For one, there are actual rules of conduct for the posters beyond "Don't piss off the FBI. Seriously." For another, the general intelligence level seems to be a bit higher. I can enjoy the Testing atmosphere. As to /b/... I avoid it entirely because it's too sophomoric and stupid.
The sheer volume of drama I've seen over this is a bit amusing, I'll admit. Disappointing, too. "WHAH! You've reduced the audience of my wit!" I mean, really? It isn't like the mods and admins just decided to actively pick on the denizens of Testing. The Testing regulars haven't been banned for violating the overall board rules. And yet there's a handful of people who are treating this like there was a mass-banning of Testing regulars.
If it's that big a deal to you, give it a few weeks, a few months at most, and the novelty of purging Testing will have worn off, and things will probably go back to business as usual, or something like it. As has been stated already, there's no option for auto-deleting everything in Testing on an hourly basis. I highly doubt Mike's going to go off and find a hack for the forums to change that. I'd imagine he'd find it to be a waste of time and effort.
Sig images are for people who aren't fucking lazy.