joshpbs - we've been around the block a few times on this, and we keep ending up in the same place. Chaos-management is the order of the day around here. I often wonder what the board would look like if everyone could create their own topics at will. What kinds of topics would there be? My personal fear is a million all-about-me bloggy type topics, which is fine in some places, but doesn't seem to fit the vibe around here.
Was there a conversation you were wanting to have that you don't see a place where it'd fit? Please, drop us a note, or an email, or say something right here, and we'll see what we can do to accomodate you. It's been working pretty well so far, and the chaos, even in the wee hours of the beginning of the new site, has been pretty manageable.
Things are getting better as the kinks are getting worked out, and I'm excited about how the site is shaping up!
If the program you are running only allows staff to make topics, maybe try making a new member group that all members are that allow the making of topics.
If you do this so you can monitor the content better, you should think about making a mod for each board. Just a suggestion.
Really, we've been known to drop the ball sometimes, but we TRY to be responsive...
DNC (DeadNet Central) is one place where regular users can't start topics, and it seems to rock right along. For now at least, it's a chaos management issue, mostly, and the software does not support having one area where people can start topics and another where they can't.
All of which said, if you want a topic on something, speak up! In the What Else Should We Be Talking About topic, a PM to izzie or me, anything along those lines usually works. We check in at various times during the day and evening, most of the time.
I have suggested a fair amount of topics to the moderators and they have responded and put them up in any time from several minutes to several hours (at the longest). They are on the site quite often. Give it a try. Thank you marye and izzie.
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Hello! I love the website and the content so far. It takes a bit of getting used to but it is a very good site.
I was wondering why regular members cannot post their own topics? There should be a general board where members can post what they want to talk about. People should be able to make their own topics on every board too.
Just a suggestion.
I am a member on a few forums and this is the only one where admins make the topics .
and from what I can tell they're mostly using the same names, though a few reported problems. All the old Dead.net forums are defunct. We're exploring the possibility of restoring them as a read-only archive, but we're not there yet. Feel free to discuss Seinfeld in the TV topic here. Meanwhile, DNC is alive and well also, right here, and you'll see quite a few of us over there too.
Did everyone have to re-register? Is there a way that some of us can keep our old user names? (I have a good one, but I know someone complaining...)Can we move some of the funner discussions over from Dead Net Central like the Seinfeld Discussion?
Seriously folks, just drop us a line and we'll see what we can do about starting a topic about something you want to talk about.
thought we'd gotten rid of that one!
My "yes, you can't start topics" response is responding to sixstring's "you (me?) are not..."
this has been this way from the beginning (back in the mists of time, six weeks ago...), and is likely to continue unless some fundamental software limitations disappear.
There is wild variation from one system to another on this issue: DNC, for example, doesn't let you start topics, whereas Ratdog.net does. For the time being at least, this is the way things work here.
That said, if there's something you want started, feel free to post about it or send izzie or me a message; we're usually fairly responsive about it.