|Forum topic by StumpyNubs||posted 07-27-2012 01:31 PM||3533 views||0 times favorited||105 replies|
07-27-2012 01:31 PM
I usually don’t get involved in the little spats that pop up on this site from time to time, but there has been a rash of threads lately ripping on the moderators for allowing too much politics and arguing. And since there’s nothing worse than a rash, I want to offer what I believe is some balance to the subject.
I like LumberJocks. I don’t like everything, I am not a fan of political threads, etc. But I think it’s the best woodworking forum on the internet, hands down. They have built a community and they give us a ton of freedom to do what we like within that community. I like having that freedom, even if it allows others to post argumentative topics or insult one another.
Other forums take the opposite approach. They moderate everything and it gets a little heavy handed. One needs only spend a little time at Sawmill Creek to know what I’m talking about. You can’t even post a tool review because they consider that an ad. If one of the countless moderators they have over there decides they don’t like you… well, it can get a little uncomfortable to say the least.
A while ago, as most of the long standing members recall, LumberJocks tried shutting down the off-topic forum (coffee shop). What happened? Everybody was up in arms about it. So they responded and restored the off-topic threads. Then everybody was up in arms about that. It’s a no win situation for them.
I respect those who want them banned. But we tried that and we had just as many threads plugging up the list demanding they be allowed to return and ripping on the “censorship” the site was engaging in.
I think the fact that they removed the titles from the off-topic posts is a clear sign that they are listening and responding to the feedback they get. On one hand they have people upset that they have to see so many off-topic threads, while on the other hand they have people upset if they can’t post those threads. Removing the titles was a good compromise. Now you have to actually click on the thread to even know what it’s about, and it is very easy to just skim past them on the list.
Yes, this is a woodworking forum, not a political one. But it can only exist if lots of people come and read the threads and click on an ad from time to time. Those political threads get a LOT of hits, so a lot of people are reading them. If I have to ignore them on the pulse page or forum list, I think it’s a small price to pay for the community we have.
Now I’m going to crack open a cold one, sit back, and read the topics I enjoy while you can read those you want. If you decide to argue about politics, it won’t ruin my day because I’ll be arguing about hand planes or wood finishes and won’t even notice!
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