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Moderator's Note:

 

This thread has been broken out from a previous discussion so we can keep the conversations separate. If anyone has any input, myself and the Staff are all ears.

 

Thanks,

Phil

 

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A lot of us were from WBB too, and the old board on that Rangers site before that. We just go by different names now

 

Ironic. We're the people that left the people that left but they want us to be like the first board, and wonder why people aren't active.

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Ironic. We're the people that left the people that left but they want us to be like the first board, and wonder why people aren't active.

 

Very hard for any board to survive long term if it doesn't have the ability to add new posters. From what I saw the posters there liked the board but without an administrator they were not able to add any new posters for years.

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Very hard for any board to survive long term if it doesn't have the ability to add new posters. From what I saw the posters there liked the board but without an administrator they were not able to add any new posters for years.

 

This is something forums across the entire internet are struggling with. Even the giants. Twitter, Facebook, even Disqus have taken over.

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Very hard for any board to survive long term if it doesn't have the ability to add new posters. From what I saw the posters there liked the board but without an administrator they were not able to add any new posters for years.

This board was strong when it was allowed to be.

Added a ton of mods, all wanting say, and it censored the discussion and ... then it got boring and people left. No longer unique and original.

 

Same thing with WBB, too. Once it gets popular, admin wants to change it up. It's been an epic failure for both.

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Thanks for your insightful, utterly wrong opinion of the state of my forum. If we're a failure in any way, it's on me. I run this forum. The Staff work for me, not over me.

 

But since we're on it, any more sage advice based on things you have no inside knowledge about?

 

 

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This is something forums across the entire internet are struggling with. Even the giants. Twitter, Facebook, even Disqus have taken over.

 

Very true.

 

I post on a handful of boards (completely different topics) and all have taken a hit over the past 5 years by Facebook and Twitter.

I don't do either of them so I stick to and enjoy a handful of boards.

 

Not (meaning to) kiss ass here but this is by far the best looking and running board I visit by far. I do much more reading than posting here too and think the information and opinions provided here are both interesting and useful.

 

 

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I think thats part of the issue - we can no longer be constructive without being persecuted.

 

Listen, I'm not here to read my own opinions. I don't think anyone is. Unfortunately, at times, it doesn't seem like you can express your opinion.

 

We've all been guilty of attacking others for their views, label them ignorant, uninformed, never played the game, etc etc. But I've rarely seen people unwilling to debate opinions of others, when allowed.

 

What made this a brotherhood was our brotherhood. We have brothers/friends that you can sit there and scream at each other regarding opinions, and two seconds laters you agree about something else, everything cool and no ones mad... you know its someones opinion and not life or death. You joke, you laugh, you poke fun. Just like you do in real life with your brothers and friends.

 

Thats how and why I thought this board was founded.

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I think thats part of the issue - we can no longer be constructive without being persecuted.

 

Listen, I'm not here to read my own opinions. I don't think anyone is. Unfortunately, at times, it doesn't seem like you can express your opinion.

 

We've all been guilty of attacking others for their views, label them ignorant, uninformed, never played the game, etc etc. But I've rarely seen people unwilling to debate opinions of others, when allowed.

 

What made this a brotherhood was our brotherhood. We have brothers/friends that you can sit there and scream at each other regarding opinions, and two seconds laters you agree about something else, everything cool and no ones mad... you know its someones opinion and not life or death. You joke, you laugh, you poke fun. Just like you do in real life with your brothers and friends.

 

Thats how and why I thought this board was founded.

 

My goal has never been (and still isn't) to prevent anyone from sharing their thoughts/opinions. The thing I've tried to drive home for years is that how we share our opinions is what matters most. If a user has tremendous insight on a subject and writes a small novel, but the entire thing hinges on insulting everyone reading the post/thread, neither I nor the Staff are persecuting that user by removing the thread or giving them an infraction. We're stopping he or she from persecuting others. Mike came close with his Learn the Game thread. It's why I said what I said to him in the thread about being really careful what words he uses. It's not what he had to say we had a problem with. It was potentially how he was saying it.

 

I can't claim to always have done right by this, because I'm sure there have been mistakes made in our history, but I've never intentionally targeted a user because I disagreed with their politics (on any topic). Quite the opposite, in fact. I've tried to encourage members to share their opinions, especially if they differ from consensus.

 

Believe me, I'm not blind to the optics. I know that it hasn't always looked this way. It's actually played a heavy part in how I've recruited moderators to the group, specifically to combat the idea of a clique, or of creating any kind of hive mind. It's why I brought Dave in. It's why I brought Puck Head in. It's why I brought Future in.

 

Again, I'm open to suggestions. Are there specific examples or ideas you have that you think will help?

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My goal has never been (and still isn't) to prevent anyone from sharing their thoughts/opinions. The thing I've tried to drive home for years is that how we share our opinions is what matters most. If a user has tremendous insight on a subject and writes a small novel, but the entire thing hinges on insulting everyone reading the post/thread, neither I nor the Staff are persecuting that user by removing the thread or giving them an infraction. We're stopping he or she from persecuting others. Mike came close with his Learn the Game thread. It's why I said what I said to him in the thread about being really careful what words he uses. It's not what he had to say we had a problem with. It was potentially how he was saying it.

 

I can't claim to always have done right by this, because I'm sure there have been mistakes made in our history, but I've never intentionally targeted a user because I disagreed with their politics (on any topic). Quite the opposite, in fact. I've tried to encourage members to share their opinions, especially if they differ from consensus.

 

Believe me, I'm not blind to the optics. I know that it hasn't always looked this way. It's actually played a heavy part in how I've recruited moderators to the group, specifically to combat the idea of a clique, or of creating any kind of hive mind. It's why I brought Dave in. It's why I brought Puck Head in. It's why I brought Future in.

 

Again, I'm open to suggestions. Are there specific examples or ideas you have that you think will help?

 

Lol, I'm always the example. I just flashbacked to highschool.

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Conversation is becoming an endangered species in our society. Allowed to evolve unchecked, humans may find that our ears no longer work generations from now. They?re not needed when people don?t use them as part of the communication tools we were all born with. Terrible stuff that evolution.

 

WBB was fun until the troll(s) took over and hijacked nearly every thread. Even good natured jabs turned into multi-page wars spewing personal venom. That wasn?t fun to read and on its own, became quite boring. Don?t ever let that happen here.

 

Mods play an important role in the community but only to a point. Civility and decorum are on us first, the posters at large. Maybe it?s somewhat fun or funny to blast an opinion every once in a while. But it?s only when people really listen to one another and get to (virtually) know each other, that occasional gaffs are tolerated if not even wholly understood. Part of that human condition thing I guess.

 

If it?s not fun or not informative or not providing a platform for acceptable/tolerable expression, then WTF are we all doing here?

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Can you give an example of you being "constructive"?

 

As for this conversation, see your post. This is exactly what I mentioned.

 

So welcoming of those with differing opinions...

 

You challenge a new posters opinion or comment like that, you think they'll come back?

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As for this conversation, see your post. This is exactly what I mentioned.

 

So welcoming of those with differing opinions...

 

You challenge a new posters opinion or comment like that, you think they'll come back?

 

Josh, not to make you feel attacked, but Mike (Future) is trying to get to a good point. There's a difference between constructive criticism and outright criticism. What you've offered thus far is criticism regardless of the intention you have behind it. You're challenging the system that's currently in place while offering no solution. That's not really constructive.

 

We're open to criticism and any ideas that help the forum thrive. Rhetorical questions don't aid in that though. You're beating a drum of "posters don't post here anymore." That's something we're aware of and there's a myriad of reasons for it. Be it the reasons that you or Phil have suggested. That said, your argument would likely be better suited if you approached it in terms of "Here's what's wrong, and here are ways that I think you can alleviate or prevent said issues" versus outright saying "Here's what's wrong."

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