Technopatra, I'm sorry I missed you, and sorryer (sorrier?) still if you feel unappreciated- that was never my intention, and I suspect, never the intention of others asking for changes to this board.
technopatra wrote:Ok, I am really getting to love you, but if you think that a month & a half is enough to time to get anything done immediately after the event, yer sac may be a wee bit tight.
Agreed. Like I said, I know you're volunteers and I never expected immediate solutions, it's just that we didn't hear anything being done to fix the problems we perceived as being responsible for the dearth of posts and absence of the most entertaining contributors.
technopatra wrote:If you are indeed following the Features & Bugs threads, you will see that Spanky, Emily or I at the very least acknowledged most of the posts, and in the cases where we were able, immediately made requested changes. In some cases we didn't have to because another eplayan came up with a solution.
I was somewhat chagrined when I saw that just today you'd posted a progress update over in the Features & Bugs threads, but then I realized it pretty perfectly illustrated what some of us have been saying about all the partitioning- that it makes this place more difficult to navigate. The old bbs's method of the most popular threads floating on top while others slowly or quickly sank to the bottom was ingenious in it's simplicity. Why should I have to check in 2 or more places to find things when there's a better method readily available?
Putting all these discussions in a bunch of little boxes hinders cross-pollination and the likelyhood we will come across interesting or topical stuff. The old BBS had what, 5 divisions? It's like when you move and you have zillions of boxes to go through. It takes energy and time, and eventually you tire of it. This is what's happening now. Especially to those on dial-up.
I've still yet to hear a good explanation of why that method was abandoned in favor of this one, which IMO, was reinventing the wheel- which is fine if your wheel is WAY better than the old one to make the learning curve worthwhile, but I don't see how this method is superior. How is it superior?
technopatra wrote:And I wanted to see if anyone holds themselves accountable for their own negative postings, or those posts effect on the overall experience. I am more than pleased with the thoughfulness of the ensuing discussion.
Are you going to keep repeating yourself and using the design (which I heartily agree is flawed, no question) as the only handy excuse for your continued negativity to each other?
I assume you're referring to flames, not complaints about the format/usability, which is not negativity, it's an information stream. You're (and when I say you, I'm referring to the entire decision making team designing this webspace) really not getting it if you think those who've complained about things on this board just like complaining. Being in the desert is hard enough without complainers (which we are not). We were initially very polite about this board, and I believe gave it much benefit of the doubt while pointing out things we thought should be changed to make it better. The fact that the predictions that were made early on in "the new BBS look" are now coming true should
be clueing someone in that maybe we have a point? That thread is very much worth rereading.
And let me just say again thanks. It's a difficult thing to try and make suggestions while trying not to make you feel like we're dismissing your dedication and the work you've done. Please forgive us if we've not always been as gentle as we could have been. We do appreciate it, we really do, we just see the eplaya dying and want to help save it. Tempers get frayed when opinions differ on what course of action to take to resolve a crisis situation, and especially when we feel like we're not being heard, or are being dismissed. All of our "bitching" is really an attempt to help.
Have a great weekend or however long you're gonna be there!