I disagree with Natsuru (cue suprised looks)
quote: “For Example, instead of Film, Video Game, and Book, etc sections like Blubber is suggesting; we could divide them up into Discussion, Forum Game, and Participatory Project, etc sections. This will give the chance to keep the different fandoms mingled while also keeping practical multi-use sections apart.”
my disagreements with this statement specifically are thus:
1) Having a “discussion” forum is pretty much what we have now in General, and I’m looking at it now and 13 of the threads are “generals” and 8 have the word general in the name.
Generals are not especially well liked by most forums and we should add ourselves to the list
(hell, /v/ got a new board for them)
Generals are: bulky, difficult to navigate, hard to read if you aren’t caught up, often containing things that could serve their own thread and if say, something bad happens in one of them, unless someone reports it or a mod actively reads it, we could let things get worse than they should.
So we HAVE to get rid of generals.
“But Blubber,” your feeble nerd voice whines, “it’s called general, what are we supposed to do?”
Well, general should be just for casual discussion for really, anything not research related. For some reason, there are plenty of threads that would be appropriate for general sitting in JFF being drowned by “user above you” threads.
For example, we have a couple video game generals which would probably fit fine as a few individual threads on a video game board. but we don’t have that so we have a clogged up general.
2) A forum game is a participatory project with a lot less effort. So, unlike dividing boards by the topic, people won’t think “what is my thread about” but “what is my thread” which means a lot more dumb rules. And we have too many of those already.
3) Dividing by the type of thread is an interesting idea, but that means the mod squad (eugh) will have to wrack our brains about how many kinds of threads there are (which natsuru has saved himself the effort of with a convenient etc.) while media is way simpler for the knuckleheads who moderate to figure out what we should have.
4) the “keep different fandoms together” part. last time i checked, people can like more than one thing, has this changed?
as much as I’d LOVE a quarantine forums for bronies that they were not allowed to post outside of, that’s not reasonable and would be difficult to enforce.
Natsuru seems to mistake cluttered for “unified”, when really, if someone refuses to post inside a forum they have no interest in, the community is unchanged, because if someone posts in a thread they aren’t interested in, they are usually being an idiot.
In summary, I disagree with 100% of my heart.
Know Your Meme has a growing userbase with disappointingly stagnant forums. It has been long overdue for more boards, especially since I know of forums that have multiple boards with even less users than us (like the ED forums for instance) that work just fine with them.
If nothing else:
WHAT IN THE NAME OF JESUS, JOSEPH AND MARY COULD IT FUCKING HURT? NOTHING.
We need more boards.