Posted by mair on January 24, 2005, at 21:55:18
In reply to PB History, posted by mair on January 24, 2005, at 21:33:20
It might be helpful to hear from some members of the 2000 Board on this. I am of the impression, maybe entirely wrong, that many of the 2000 Board members simply don't use any of the Babble sites anywhere near as much as they used to, including the 2000 Board. There may be many reasons for this which are unrelated to the site, or at least unrelated to the 2000 Board.
While it's nice to take a break and come back again to some familiar names, I can also say that for me anyway, it's very hard to come back and get back into the rhythm of the Board. The longer you're away, the harder it is to feel comfortable returning. While Board participation yields obvious benefits for many of us, it's tough to sustain those benefits and connections unless you're actively here.
Is it possible that the more time one spends on a restricted Board, the less time they spend on an unrestricted Board AND at some point the restricted Board person might feel too disconnected from the people on the unrestricted Boards to jump back in?
My posited theory here, poorly articulated, is that members of smaller boards might find themselves drifting away from PB altogether unless 1) they've continued to participate fairly actively on the unrestricted boards; or 2) whatever small board they are on continues to stay active.
Just a theory