NicoleC wrote:Also, quite a few people told me they are quitting the messageboards altogether...or at least limiting their time on them. Some people were quite turned off by recent events and have decided to rid themselves of us completely. (at least online that is)
I can understand getting bored with the forums and that's a driving force behind our design for this place. Sometimes you don't want to have to wade through a bunch of drama just to find out what's going on Saturday night. But you don't want to just find an event calendar with no community behind it, because you don't know what's really
going on unless you can dip into the scene a little and check out the buzz.
I've spent about five years (I still barely get where they come up with that "seven years" number?) pondering this problem, and I have a lot of ideas for ways to insulate the casual visitor from the drama, while still enabling them to scan the buzz. I have funding and development is in progress. I don't expect anybody to be wowed by the 'alpha' version of the site or even the 'beta', but this machine is going to be pretty neat, I promise.
NicoleC wrote:How am I supposed to tell anyone to come over here when the main issue I had with cooljunkie is on here being compared to Howard Stern? A site where the traffic that is generated by someone who is a bitter racist is of such great importance?
Just like in any night club, one patron's right to free expression only extends to the point of infringing on another patron's right to enjoy themselves without being harassed or offended. We don't want an atmosphere of dictatorial moderator control around here, but we also don't want to run a free-for-all venue that has no bouncers. Bouncers are useful.
I've been Saleen's counterbalance ever since the CoolJunkie forums first went online. I've been resisting endorsing him too officially here
because of his wantonly racist and sexist attitude. Our plan is to foster community values that don't condone behavior that offends, especially behavior that offends our target demographic: women who go out a lot.
Now to be realistic, this community will diverge from our kum-ba-ya peace and love ideals pretty quickly. Remember the fantasy that the Nocturnal management had for an ultra-upscale venue full of rich guys and supermodels in floor-length formal gowns? Hehe. This place is full of humans and therefore it will be blemished and imperfect. When that happens we'll have tools here for insulating Nicole from Saleen's racism and sexism.
Tools for that:
- Nicole, you can add Honky Tonk Man to your "foes" list, making him invisible and irrelevant to you.
- Moderators/admins can 'correct' inappropriate behavior using thread moderation features.
- We will have Slashdot-style post rating/filtering in 2008 once we've got a few hundred more members, which will automatically marginalize a lot of the useless noise.
- The site is fundamentally designed to expose the widom of the forum members through the "wiki" and "guide" tabs to a wider audience that has no interest in forum drama.