Excellent please tell us when we are approaching bandwidth limits.
As I originally wrote when the Committee was set up, the whole outcome of exercises when committees are set up, is that they feel it their duty to change things and make new ‘rules’, otherwise, why have a committee in the first place? My prediction seems to have taken the firs step to proving right!
My son, a technocrat, always cites a golden rule “If it works don’t touch it!” and this site has indeed worked.
As you wrote FF, we are still a small and by and large happy community and this site has proved to be a pleasure for us who read and use it. So, why change it? As far as I am aware, no moderation has apparently been used because we have all been sensible and as for those entertaining ‘highways and byways’ threads, they have proved to be a pleasant, entertaining and often educational diversion for many of us. As long as they do not grow too much, why touch them? If you don’t like them, don’t read them!
Well, DT, my main concern is to set up a form of organisation in which other people take over some of the duties which I'm currently trying to cope with single-handedly
This is to a large extent the same community as used the BBC boards and there were certain aspects of them (not least, I would say, the result of the capricious and laissez-faire attitude of the BBC moderation/hosting) which got out of control and created trouble. If members avoid provocative postings (not to be confused with controversial subjects though some may find the difference hard to define), everything will be fine. The aim has been to provide a forum which offers similar discussion facilities to the BBC boards, which I think it now does.
I've been struck down by an on-and-off flu since New Year and even my prolonged absence is barely noticed! I'm therefore hopeful the forum can continue with minimal direction. But the community will develop - I'm amazed at how many newcomers have found the forum, most, I think, referred here by the BBC website. As long as things remain happy, all is well. But forums have certain unfortunate characteristics and we can't guarantee that they won't develop here.
As for rules, I would be happy with the basics which most forums have:
Don't make offensive posts (including gratuitous swearing)
Don't be insulting to other members
Don't disrupt serious discussions with your personal spamming.
How refreshing to read your post FF. May I be permitted to put down my (undoubtedly minority) view how I see this ‘committee’ should be initially working?
a). At this early stage it’s prime object should be to expand the users of the site as, unless this can be done, we can never hope to influence R3 faltering programming and objectives. To do this, needs ideas, dedicated work and yes, funding. Set a numerical objective. Also, I feel it important that clear instructions how to use the site in Plain English be featured for all newcomers. Various items are at present spread all over the board.
b). Take work off FF for the everyday running of the site.
c). No new rules and regulations now unless vital to keep the site attractive and running smoothly.
d). Organise new threads where deemed necessary by the regular users.
And that’s it folks. Remember, it’s easier to destroy but harder to create.
I’ve put the flag up, now you can start shooting at it!
Thanks for the views, DT. If you investigated the Committee Room discussions, the question of 'marketing' [pppphhhhh!] the forum was raised. At the moment I know that we are getting a very healthy number of daily referrals from the BBC site, mostly from the old messageboards and, I assume, from the abundant links that were left there. That is surely the best way to reach Radio 3 listeners who are our primary target group. So I'd argue that this wasn't the prime object at the moment (they may remove the messageboards entirely, which will change the situation).
For b), we have the Host system now set up. Hosts need a bit more joint discussion/querying &c (which I shall set up) and then I shall feel very much less obliged to be trying to keep an eye on everything. Already their (voluntary) support is hugely, hugely appreciated.
On c), call me an optomist in the face of all sorts of depressing evidence elsewhere, and I agree with you. The best thing is for us to cultivate a tolerant, laid-back attitude of general civility where the community, as a whole, disapproves of abuse and the constant attack on particular opinions. This can work in both directions, but people should realise that No Response is the best way to bury 'unpopular' threads - believe me! If you find someone's opinion beyond the pale of respectability, then probability suggests most people will agree. Say nothing and let it die rather than sustaining the 'debate' for weeks on end and getting the forum a bad reputation. If I have to keep drawing people's attention to this, I will!!! What's more, I am minded to be tyrannical about this (and this could mean, not only closing threads, but editing opinions that I agree with), so much am I concerned that the forum is viewed as a rational, relevant and sane contribution to our wide-ranging topics. I would not stop people initiating threads - unless the community asked me to. But they have the option to do so and should use it.
For d), that is one special duty of the Hosts in respect of Radio 3 topics, but all users should be encouraged to start their own discussions. Threads about Radio 3 will - I assure you - have the BBC watching; threads about the veggie patch won't.
I couldn't help noticing that the sentence "Take work off FF for the everyday running of the site" includes 5 fs in a row and makes sense. I think that's quite unusual.
As you were!
Is there a list of hosts that we can access & see please?
They are listed for each forum - just click on the forum name and then scroll down.
Originally Posted by amateur51
Yes, distinguishing (for the puposes of clarification) a forum (the categories indicated on the homepage by being in a red band - Classical Forum, World &c) from a messageboard (the actual boards where the threads are to be found): click on your messageboard (e.g. CD Review) and scroll down to the bottom of the page. I'm afraid they're described as Moderators because you have to get into the software code to change it, 'Host' being our own custom title. Useful to see the names because you can then see which ones are online at the time if you want to PM one of them.