Edward June 16, 2015 Share June 16, 2015 Hello! If you haven't seen me around the forum, it's because I haven't been around much. A very large portion of my personal time from the last six or seven months was stolen away by some serious medical and personal issues, but the majority of that seems to be finishing up in the next week or two. However, I've been active on the IRC. I was recently added to the moderation crew for the .info affiliated channels, which has given me yet another reason to be more active. Suffice it to say, you'll see me around now and in the future. As for my thoughts on the four main points of the original post: -Staff Lethargy This is the bane of online communities. A group can be absolutely wonderful but driven right into the ground by poor moderation and staff, and with a forum that supposedly aims to be a science-inspired place of contribution and level-headed discussion, active staff is of course integral. There's not a lot I can say that hasn't been said before, but yeah, the staff should be more active, myself included, though I'm only a mod on the IRC. Now that my personal issues have finally reached their finale, barring another medical issue, I should be around loads more. As for the rest of the staff, it's really in their hands whether they'll be more present. If they don't want to, they won't, and no amount of complaining will help. I'd love to see a staff filled with ambitious people, and I hope that happens with the staff we have. -Over-acceptance This is the most fluid bugbear of the four. While I personally would love the forum to be filled with serious people who have information-furthering at the forefront of their actions, I don't believe that will happen on any large scale any time soon. However, I do feel that stricter actions should be taken with people who are causing chronic issues and aren't reaching a point of actual action time and time again. Of course, I mainly refer to the IRC since it's what I have the most experience with, however I believe the same or a similar mindset would be beneficial to the forum as well. Now, some small progress has been made with regard to the IRC in the last few days in that they protocol for punishing problem users was adjusted to take into account the aforementioned chronic problems. It's a bit stricter, but if it doesn't end up helping, I'll personally be trying to come up with alternative methods. The problem with tackling over-acceptance stems from the inability to definitively know the intent of others. This is why the problem in the original post (users not being kicked out for "attention-whoring") occurs. They can defend their actions fairly easily by stating that it's a serious issue, or simply "No, I'm not." This is difficult to actually dispute without asserting our understanding and thoughts over the "attention-whore." As such, most disciplinary action is based around the actual actions of these users. To defend the integrity of such discipline calls for previously explained rules that the actions of the user must violate. This is complicated by the slippery and unknowable nature of intent. Attention-whores can use this, and so the safest course of action in my opinion would be to make a stricter set of rules that focus on eliminating common behavior of these problem users. This is something I may work on myself, but I'd be interested and appreciative in seeing anyone else's ideas. -Dilution of information This is natural with a subject of this nature. It can be attacked, but only if the majority of the community adopts a more skeptical mindset which doesn't seem to be the case as of current. Really, all I can suggest at this time is for the (hopefully) active staff to post more questions and responses designed to stimulate more logical discussion on topics brought up. As for terminology, that's actually a current project of mine that was put on hold due to the previously stated medical issues. I've been working on a definitive set of terminology, and as that gets further along I will be asking for input both here and on the IRC. I hope that this will help stimulate some discussion and also bring some clarity, or at least have some sort of definitive reference material. More news on that as I work on it. -Brain drain Monthly activities sound like a decent solution to this problem. I'll be coming up with ideas for this sort of thing as they come to me, and I hope others will, too. Just a point that is probably understood but feels important enough for me to outline: creating useful and contributing users from the current and newly arriving stock is another fantastic solution, though it requires work on the community's hands as a whole. I think the possibility of monthly activities is a good step towards creating an environment that will help grow those sought after users. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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