over the years it’s been quite challenging to make the pages (topics/threads) move along, or generate. When the forum slows down. less interest in logging in results. Members fade or move on. No one comes on here to mess with members heads or make folk uncomfortable about posting/contributing to threads or just being part of a community. Complacency/ low motivation, limited time whatever the reason, it’s understandable in these modern changing times. that forum dynamics morph. We have been in a vanilla phase for sometime. This might appeal to a close but insular membership. It won’t bring in new faces it seems. I accept a responsibility with forum membership to lick wounds and promote group healing, but not licking arse. So a spade can be a few things, depending how the context implies. I prefer to approach issues head on, but realise,calling someone out might require tact, if not to cause offence. This is a skill very few have, inc myself.
However, I’m reluctant to let this forum slip into the archives of “back when we” but we have several issues “popping up” that aren’t covered in the rule book and really need to be either discussed/verified or let go. The main thing is upsetting members even if unintended, through posting with a freedom (within the confines of the forum rules) and a limited liberty, with not only the forum rules, to a larger extent, those the server censorship cater for.
We are in danger of devaluing our ancestry if we stray from a freedom to interact collectively. minds to minds, in sharing views and obviously expressing personal opinions. We learn about the metamorphic community struggling to find clarity in this fast moving world. If it was a scientific forum, the community restraints would be so structured/ focused more on the”business end” even though humour and diversity of members would still bring something special for a purpose.
So how should we proceed, regarding keeping the forum content vibrant and interactive, do we need to even address it? Fade into the background and take only what we want from the forum, do we just tick on, face conflicts, issues on a case by case basis. Should we tiptoe and refrain from posting, unless it’s “appropriate, on topic, considerate.”
adopt a disclaimer, whereby, Members suck it up or spit it out. That’s been the ignore button. Should we just step away if it’s offensive, disturbing, upsetting personally? There’s no reason to call members C*nts to get a point across, even though in the real world, we say whatever we can get away. We know there are other places on line for lost souls.
I don’t want to speak for others, but I’m suspecting NRT, Wulfie, others are now getting there fix in other ways/realms. I’ve stepped away for a while as I needed my needs to be met and it was obvious the scope for discussion was leaning to thin ground and or potentially encouraging toxic feedback BREXIT/ political issues etc. I got what I was looking for away from this forum and it was helpful, controlled and focused. This forum has an extremely inclusive remit. One that I find stimulating and narcotic at times. The detox isn’t too bad either.
I recognise and appreciate the diversity of the forum, and hope in the event of a future uprising, characters on here are the real deal and not some manifestation of my ego. Folk like me will shoot on both directions if frontlines are blurred. In the same breath, Not all wars are worth fighting or dying for.