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Cosmic Mayhem

My forums are a constant battle, it seems. In one respect, I want them to be about feminism, technology, smart stuff. But I also want them to be a cool place where people can chill and be themselves. The useless blobs and other silly features of the site attract some pretty random freakizoids to the forums, some are smart, some aren't, but there my freakizoids dammit, so I want them to be a little happy.

So I opened up a special forum for members under 16 so they could just chat with one another without supervision from the moderators, most of whom are older. And the forum has really taken off, the seem to love it. What scares me is that I read comments in there like, "It's fun in here, not like the other forums where *insert moderator name* is judging your every post."

True dat. That's why a few months ago, I gave individual forums their own moderators instead of having a few moderators for the whole place... I was seeing too many battles. And I was nervous, because there are quite a few people who spend more time on my forums than I do (I'm like #8 or so on the most posts list) and the whole place was starting to feel like their website. I wasn't going to let that happen.

So anyway, I guess the point is that I'm torn between wanting the place to be fun and lighthearted, and honoring the requests of my more established members to keep some places serious. My gut feeling? There are plenty of serious places on the web. The weirdness is what makes my forums unique. It may not be intellectual, it may even be scaring smart people away, but it's my monster and if you can't beat it, join it.

In other news... made black bean enchiladas last night. and chicken enchiladas Sunday. guess you could say I'm on a kick, eh?

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angry_amy
Apr. 30th, 2003 09:14 am (UTC)
i am not around as much as i was up until 2 weeks ago.

some days, i like to be silly. some days i like to be serious. but to be silly 24-7, is a turn off. everyone likes to know that they are talking to human beings rather than heads of lettuce.
tweekers
Apr. 30th, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
I think the forum has about the right balance, it is a fun place.
sporkopolis
Apr. 30th, 2003 08:40 pm (UTC)
lighthearted is one thing... stupid is another.

I find it funny that I used to add lighthearted quips into serious threads... and now I bash people in inane ones. Go figure.
tanookie
May. 1st, 2003 03:10 am (UTC)
i havent been there as much as i would like not because i choose not to, its cos i have to work full time now.. doh

but i find the forums still good, of course it probably wont beat the good old days but it still rocks for sure, now i am selective as to what i would read first
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