Post by coke & comics on Apr 30, 2014 21:44:12 GMT -5
I really am of two minds about the whole thing. And it depends on perspective.
The boards had become bad. We all know that. That's why we liked our little cave. Drastic measures were necessary. So, I see how a reboot is good for the boards.
The classic forums were going great, on the other hand, and in no need of a reboot.
What's mystifying to me is why they were deleted. My instinct, based on the fact that the other boards aren't allowed chat threads and other rules over the years, is that Jonah never wanted subcommunities. He wanted the subforums to be topicbased and the same users to go across all of them and talk about topics in the appropriate board. And the latest move seems to attempt to enforce that, possibly hoping us good people would spread over the community and be a positive influence.
But the forums got far too big for that to be realistic. There are just too many people with too many distinct tastes.
In summary, I think Jonah did what he did for the good of the board. But it wasn't good for the classics board, and I think the classics board should be housed by somebody it matters to, like shaxper.
"We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be." ~Angel
"For all their indisputable intelligence, men take this farce as something serious, and that is their tragedy." ~Brothers Karamazov
Post by M. W. Gallaher on Apr 30, 2014 21:54:16 GMT -5
Thanks, Chris, for that perspective. I was struggling to figure out how this move made sense to Jonah, and that at least sort of does. The light moderation of the Classics board may have made us seem riskier, despite our record of good behavior, and I suppose the topic doesn't really drive the site's revenue, either (I don't see a lot of ad placement for classics collections).