|Forum topic by David Craig||posted 627 days ago||1548 views||1 time favorited||54 replies|
627 days ago
Nope, and it isn’t supposed to…
I have been monitoring the forums off and on quite a bit lately. And themes that come up quite frequently (aside from the constant political flaming) are complaints that the site has changed, along with a slew of requests to Martin to add some nifty feature to channel out the bad and only keep the good. (By the way Martin, if you ever develop such an ingenious device, don’t make it a free feature. MAKE US PAY FOR IT! :) But lets take a time out here and consider some unavoidable truths.
1. The site is different now and it will constantly change. – As soon as you joined lumberjocks, guess what? The site changed. All the dynamics have been altered because there is a new and different element. It can be good, bad, or just plain indifferent but, like it or not, the site has changed and will never be the way it was before you came aboard.
2. We are a community. Go into any town and you will find an assortment of characters – likeable drunks, unlikeable drunks, contemplative and silent individuals, loud and boisterous folks who don’t know when to keep their mouths shut, as well as loud and fun people who make the place entertaining. Tell any of these people to keep their opinions to themselves and you have a community war until people get their angst out and start using their heads again. This place is no different. Deal with it.
3. None of us own this site individually but we all own it collectively. Simple as that. This is my site. But, it is also your site and the site of the person whose blog or forum you are reading. Everyone can leave their fingerprint and that is the way it should be.
Now I know that some people think I am trying to lecture and say “play nice.” Nope, play as dirty as you want to. I know enough to take in what I can glean and discard the rest. I know that my own influence can be negative or positive depending on how it is taken and my own sense of discretion at the time. What I am using is my own voice, my own influence, and adding these words to the millions of sentences already out there. Just the way that I feel it should be.
Thanks Martin and Debbie for your efforts to make this place a melting pot of ideas. We can scoop out the slag on our own.
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.