All right, let’s get to it, hm?
Ok, when did it become a rule to post “on topic” stuff in jff?
About 9 months ago.
Your capitalization and stuff is odd and inconsistent in your recent posts as compared to the past (you are still Alex Ghost, right?) Is everything OK? You seem different as of late.
Keep it relevant. If you have nothing to say on a particular subject, you can skip the topic (this is referring to the fact that threads need a topic) and move on.
Mind you, this isn’t from some power-hungry moderator who wants the forum to be “just so.” (From this thread, anyone can tell you I’d lock a lot more threads if I just went with what I thought.) This is from amanda b, who has disagreed with me for being too heavy-handed in the past.
I think I’ve improved since then, but I still moderate based on how I perceive the rules and discussions I have about how I correctly and incorrectly perceive the rules.
ok. I’ve been here almost 2 years and the most of my enjoyment was from the obscure minimal threads in jff. I think that our “true” personalities come out and we have the sense of letting loose.
I don’t disagree that enjoyment can come from simple threads,. The fact that I’ve defended threads with no topic and just have a focus (since that…other thread…ugh) means that I don’t think they should be locked.
But I do believe each thread should have a topic or at least a focus. If you can’t have fun with a thread with a topic as simple as an emote, then I think your issues lie in a place other than with KYM’s moderation.
Saying we’re not allowed to make silly threads in the JFF is like saying we’re not allowed to talk about anything but meme research in the IRC: #knowyourmeme
Oh, there are silly threads all over JFF. I’d argue that most of them are silly.
But I think what you’re talking about with the IRC is about following rules. #knowyourmeme is for meme research, and #OMGKYM is for random chatter. Currently, #knowyourmeme is for random chatter, and #OMGKYM is barely used.
Essentially, those rules in the IRC have changed, despite not being listed as being different.
The ones for the forum haven’t changed. In fact, they’ve been updated and upheld.
And again, I don’t think JFF isn’t less silly. It’s just less random “(and it’s still pretty random.)”:
Now to be moderate, I recognize that the fact that moderation has been enforcing these rules for about a year/a little over a year is different from what KYM was, but just because things changed doesn’t mean it changed for the worst.
I do recognize that older users don’t like it (and apparently newer users like Quantum Meme.) Some have even left with the forum being part of the reason behind it. Some have even left the forum in particular without leaving the site (i.e., the IRC.)
But I still see new users here, and I see more new members coming into the forum than the same users we’ve always had. Some stay, and some go.
I’m a little hurt that users can’t have fun here, and that’s the main reason why I’m listening.
- But as the rules are,
I don’t moderate that way. I don’t moderate based on whether or not the users are having fun. That’s not what I do. That’s up to the users to do within the rules. It would require a conscious effort on my part to prevent users from having fun. (Edited for bad English)
- I don’t moderate outside of the rules, because it invites too much of my personal opinion and not my personal judgement. My opinion and my neutral judgement are two different things.
- Without the rules, you end up with a lot of redundant threads, a lot of flamewars, and a lot less room for expected moderation whenever a rule is broken.
As I see things, I would rather sadly see users who dislike the forum leave than to open up more of what the forum was a few years ago.