The entire team has been working on this as the conversation progressed here. This is what we have. This is being put out for discussion and refinement by the community we try to serve here, so your input is appreciated and heard.
The moratorium on PMTS was always intended as temporary, and in the second phase of the posting policy (see below), a strict prohibition on words and terms will not exist; however, we will provide guidelines to prevent another marketing attack. Encouraging members to use their own
words and personal
experience to debate technique, was a logical goal of phase 1, as was trying to eliminate the PMTS baiting. This has improved the civility of debate and is a trend we want to see continued.
In this thread and in various comments on moderation, we have observed that we have two distinct groups of posters in the instruction forums; those that like to debate the minutia of technique, and those who feel that endless debate degrades or at least dilutes the contributions of the "master teachers". We need to accommodate both of those needs, and the inclination is to provide two forum areas with distinct objectives. The moderation team along with nolo, dchan and ssh have arrived at the following summary of objectives for these forums, and we are seeking your input for refinement of these ideas.Ski Instruction and Technique
: This forum is for requesting and providing teaching, mentoring, problem solving and discussions of instruction and instructor training, and personal instruction experience. Discussion of ski instruction and technique concepts and ideas in this area are encouraged; however if debate breaks out that is deemed very technical in nature or very narrow in its definition and scope (i.e. a sub-topic to the thread), the posts may be moved to the Tech Talk
where conversation can be continued without disrupting the learning threads. Members wishing to debate details rather than concept, are encouraged to quote the post in question and start a thread in Tech Talk. Consider this the K
imple area of the instruction forums where coaches meet students or other coaches and discuss effective instruction approaches, instructor certification, employment, and coach / student solutions. Moderators will assist thread authors to keep threads on-topic, and will respond to bad post flags
by moderating or moving posts as necessary to achieve this.Tech Talk
This forum is for debate and detailed discussion of advanced skiing and teaching techniques and movements. This forum is intended for skiing junkies who can't get enough detail, and for coaches and advanced students seeking to improve their skiing through better and detailed understanding of skiing and teaching techniques. This area of the instruction forums will receive less moderator intervention to keep threads on-topic. Significantly less moderation is contemplated in this forum provided posts adhere to terms and conditions and posting guidelines.Posting Policy for Instruction Forums
Members are cautioned that branded words, people, and concepts are admissible so long as mentioning them isn't the reason for the post, or of a repetitive nature which we would define as marketing. Posts or links designed to generate revenue from any skiing related activity—the promotion or sale of merchandise, instruction, travel, etc., are treated as affiliate relationships and we will negotiate them case-by-case. Members are encouraged to use their own words and experience to communicate, using links to images and off-site resources in the public domain as needed to support their personal
ideas, theories and opinions.
Thanks to all who have participated in this thread and contributed your ideas.