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?