Patience wrote:Some of the criticisms ... were mainly due to a resistance to change and the pleasure some take in complaining.
In my view, the vast majority of the complaints were legitimate and well expressed. Even bothering to mention the "resistance to change" thing risks betraying a dismissiveness of the complaints and those that voiced them.
Patience wrote:At the same time this was happening, an influx of newbies (such as myself) hit the eplaya, of course, because of BM. The C.O.s, already feeling a bit put off by the format change and the loss of continuity of their old "home," responded to the usual stupid newbie shit with undue spite and venom. (Note that I am not talking about every vet on the board, but generalizing to keep this from getting personal)
The influx of newbies was a major point of the change. The board is easier to use, with lotsa flashy cruft common to Yahoo! Chat and other such venues. The loss of continuity was more due, I think, to the influx than to the change in format. That did lead to some meanness, particularly from me, but 'undue' is quite arguable. Now that I've said that, there's no further need to generalize, you may refer to me specifically.
Patience wrote:Newbies had little clue as to any overriding positive culture on the board.
And precious few even bothered to look. And a few of the "old hats" got the impression that the board admins didn't appreciate the positives that the "old hats" brought, hence the suspicions that the changes were specifically designed to dis-entrench the O.H.'s.
Patience wrote:Nobody seemed to actually care about the board.
Nobody should. The board is meaningless if it doesn't provide a medium for community. Many of the complaints about the new format were that it fosters trolls, flames and clueless drivel, rather than community.
Patience wrote: Even the C.O.'s just bitched about it. It didn't belong to anybody, so why treat it with respect?
All we could do was voice our complaints, repeatedly, and as it still appears to little avail, bitching is all it amounts to. We have no ownership, and little or no apparent influence.
Patience wrote:Since the C.O.s had become too bitter to really teach the past culture of the board, and then largely disappeared, the problems just got worse. No experience to guide and inspire decent discussion, no examples of the positive aspects of the former culture to prevail. People just perpetuated what they had in front of them--flaming, stupid posting and smileys.
We said, again, repeatedly, that there was a problem. Nobody seemed to listen. How did that become our fault? And if the suspicions of some were correct, in that the O.H.'s were being dis-entrenched purposefully, what's left of the board is of a design other than our own.
[insert Detroit story here]
People vote with their presence and with their dollars. If order in any environment has deteriorated into violence, then the individual has a right and responsibility to themselves to remove themselves from it. Yet moreso if there are children involved.
Patience wrote:My goal here is not to blame. It is to encourage the people most connected to this board, those most capable of shaping and participating in a productive, engaging and enjoyable bbs, to work on what's already here rather than self-segregate. Want a better board? Don't allow yourselves to slip into elitism and apathy. Be teachers. Be leaders.
Speaking for myself, <b>I owe Burning Man nothing!</b>
Forgive me if that comes across as <b>blasphemy</b> of some sort, but it's the truth. Moreover, it also applies to this forum and all its newbies. I was here for the community, the exchange of well-formed and expressed thoughts. Now, there's another venue, with practically all the same voices, where I can get that fix.
<b>Elitism?</b> An epithet powered by guilt to manipulate folks into accepting the lowest common denominator.
<b>Apathy?</b> That's what we'd have demonstrated by accepting the lowest common denominator.
<b>Leadership?</b> You know where we went, and could follow our lead just as easily as criticising our decision to be radically self-reliant.
I am my own sock puppet.