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FORUM GUIDELINES

Postby Jo on Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:25 am

We have implemented the following guide for use on the Oak Island Treasure Forum. This guide is designed to strike a balance between the main goal of our forum and maintaining a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for you, the user community.

1 We require all posts to be polite, constructive, and on topic.

2 From time to time, topics may be removed for being inappropriate even though your individual post in that topic may have been perfectly fine. Please do not feel this reflects badly on you.

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Forum Guidelines

Postby DJ King on Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:06 am

Jo,
I think you are to be congratulated on the new Forum Guidelines promulgated by you. There is no doubt that the tone of this forum declined over the last year or so, with constructive debate being squeezed out by mud slinging.
It always bemused me that one of the more strident transgressors against the previous forum guidelines was actually a (gasp, shudder) moderator of this forum, but fortunately he left and no longer holds that office.
Although the volume of postings may henceforth decline, I have every confidence the quality of them will improve dramatically as a result of your initiative.
Greetings from Down Under.
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Skeptic

Postby Tank04 on Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:35 pm

Dennis,

Don't be shy, we won't bite........ hard. :lol: :wink:
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Re: Forum Guidelines

Postby Jo on Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:42 pm

DJ King wrote:Jo,
I think you are to be congratulated on the new Forum Guidelines promulgated by you. There is no doubt that the tone of this forum declined over the last year or so, with constructive debate being squeezed out by mud slinging.
It always bemused me that one of the more strident transgressors against the previous forum guidelines was actually a (gasp, shudder) moderator of this forum, but fortunately he left and no longer holds that office.
Although the volume of postings may henceforth decline, I have every confidence the quality of them will improve dramatically as a result of your initiative.
Greetings from Down Under.
Dennis King.


Hi Dennis,

Thanks so much for these words of support. I share your optimism that hopefully, in the long run, squabbles will become a thing of the past given these new rules. I've been doing some reading on Internet Psychology, in particular the behaviour of online communities, a subject I personally find fascinating, and some of you might like to read the following cycle.

I do hope we can sway more towards stage 6b than 6a...

Jo

Developmental stages of mailing lists/forums

Every forum seems to go through the same cycle:

1. Initial enthusiasm (people introduce themselves, and gush a lot about how wonderful it is to find kindred souls).

2. Evangelism (people moan about how few folks are posting to the list, and brainstorm recruitment strategies).

3. Growth (more and more people join, more and more lengthy threads develop, occasional off-topic threads pop up).

4. Community (lots of threads, some more relevant than others; lots of information and advice is exchanged; experts help other experts as well as less experienced colleagues; friendships develop; people tease each other; newcomers are welcomed with generosity and patience; everyone -- newbie and expert alike -- feels comfortable asking questions, suggesting answers, and sharing opinions).

5. Discomfort with diversity (the number of messages increases dramatically; not every thread is fascinating to every reader; people start complaining about the signal-to-noise ratio; person 1 threatens to quit if *other* people don't limit discussion to person 1's pet topic; person 2 agrees with person 1; person 3 tells 1 & 2 to lighten up; more bandwidth is wasted complaining about off-topic threads than is used for the threads themselves; everyone gets annoyed).

6a. Smug complacency and stagnation (the purists flame everyone who asks an 'old' question or responds with humor to a serious post; newbies are rebuffed; traffic drops to a doze-producing level of a few minor issues; all interesting discussions happen by private email and are limited to a few participants; the purists spend lots of time self-righteously congratulating each other on keeping off-topic threads off the list).

OR

6b. Maturity (a few people quit in a huff; the rest of the participants stay near stage 4, with stage 5 popping up briefly every few weeks; many people wear out their second or third 'delete' key, but the list lives contentedly ever after).

SOURCE - http://www.enotalone.com/article/3219.html
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Uncanny

Postby Tank04 on Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:36 pm

Jo,

Uncanny, very true.
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Postby D'Arcy on Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:05 am

Jo:

Your post about "Internet Psychology" was just so totally true! Very humorous, and also right on the money.

Having followed and participated in it for a couple of years, I'd say that the OITF has now (on that scale) reached the level of "4'/6.b".

Congratulations!

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