|Originally posted by nolo:
There seems to be a split between those who prefer more structure and those who detest it.
That's why it's so fun to be me!
Sorry I arrived so late to the party here, but I just found out what this thread is about. Thanks nolo for starting such a useful and informative discussion (same to Fox for your poll).
Here are some responses/ideas I had from the discussion.
1. Out of the thousands who have joined EpicSki, I can count on one hand the number of members who left out of protest. Of those, the majority left because of too lenient moderating, not too strict.
2. There are a lot of members who think I moderate too strictly, and there are a lot who think I am too lenient. I try to get a sense of the general opinion of the overall community and act based on that. I think that PhysicsMan's original summary of EpicSki is accurate and representative. Your feedback on the subject is always welcome and will be folded into my understanding of the general consensus (which is constantly changing to reflect the growing community).
3. I am well aware of the fates of several once-great discussion forums that met their demise because of a lack of structure.
4. The purpose of what I call "the EpicSki permanent collection" of photos and articles outside the forum is to help introduce EpicSki to new people who have just discovered the site. The forum has always been the core focus. The gear review, weather and resort info is also continually updated through content partnerships.
5. I am closer than ever to adding a less structured general chit-chat forum for things like "I miss my rat", movie/book/tv discussions, and other random stuff that is doesn't fit anywhere else. I am still averse to political discussion because it becomes destructive to the rest of the forum and the online BBS format (being anonymous) does not lend itself to that type of debate. I have, however, considered an environmental issues forum since these topics (though political) are so directly related to skiing and outdoor sports. Your input is very welcome on any of these issues.
6. I see nothing at all wrong with a community of skiers primarily discussing skiing issues, that does not make you a stilted person unless that is the only community you belong to (which would not exactly be EpicSki's fault or responsibiltiy). I also don't see any reason why members not interested in any random thread can't just skip it -- assuming those unrelated threads do not exist in mass quantities.
7. Nolo and I have been tossing ideas around about how to facilitate online learning/instruction and may try some of these things as has been mentioned above My guess is that a Video Forum would not get much activity, but let me know if you think otherwise. Any other ideas on this are also welcome.
...and thanks for the support you have expressed here for EpicSki![ July 03, 2002, 02:35 PM: Message edited by: AC ]