Originally Posted by klkaye
As an owner or moderator of this site, it might be interesting to poll the membership about
- when they joined the site
- why they joined the site
- what keeps them coming back
- what they like the most
- what they like the least
Now, that's a thoughtful post, including the part I've sculpted out, above.
I'll see your 14 cents and raise you a dollar:
Lars was member number 43 (I think), Pierre was member number 44, and I was member number 45. Without question, EpicSki is not what it once was. In fact, as I look at my son starting the spring semester at University of Vermont, he's definitely not the same kid he was in middle school. That's ok. It happens. Things change. Me? I'm still happy here, and I still love my son.
Now, if I were in a business seeking something in particular - oh, say, money or something like that - I sure would be interested in what people want to buy from me. Like, if I owned a pub, say, and I wanted to maximize (gotta love the ize) customer visits, I really would be interested in what y'all want. On the other hand, if I owned a pub that was doing, for example, ok enough for me, and if I wanted that pub to be THIS rather than THAT, I'd also care about MY OWN desires.
This IS, after all, a truly privately owned and controlled site. Some people have decided that their time, effort and investment of capital is worthy of this web site. What other people want is VERY OBVIOUSLY important, in their view, as is what THEY THEMSELVES want.
If you liked my pub better in the old days when it was up-and-coming, and you don't like it so much now, THAT'S OK WITH ME!!! It's a free country! You don't like it now? You're free to go elsewhere - or, of you choose, NOwhere.
Just to be clear, it's FINE - REALLY - that you folks voice your views. It's ALSO fine that your views may, or MAY NOT coincide with the wishes of the owners.
A word about the "volunteer moderators": In the "old days", it was AC who was the creator and sole owner of this website. There WAS no "board of moderators". He was IT. Period. End of sentence. It was easy to know who "did it" - because it was AC!
The idea of having a BOARD of moderators is a fairly new wrinkle. There is NOT "just one" person, and so the dynamics of the process are different. These volunteers are in the process of learning and developing the criteria and procedures by which they will moderate this web site. It's understandable that (a) they won't always do what they, in hindsight, wish they's done and (b) no matter WHAT they do, someone, somehow, will not like it. It is also clear that working AS A GROUP takes a lot more coordination than working solo.
Good night, and good luck. (Can't you just see the cigarette smoke?
Of course, I don't smoke, but maybe just for affect . . .