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Re: Reduced rate of posting

Posted by Dr. Bob on November 6, 2010, at 16:59:03

In reply to Re: Reduced rate of posting, posted by Free on October 22, 2010, at 23:42:21

> the reasons for reduced rate of posting

Free, thanks for recapping. I've tried to consolidate and categorize the reasons that have been suggested:

A. Issues about which nothing can be done

3) More alternatives on the internet
10) Can't control who posts
30) Posts can be used for research (since they're public)

B. Issues only I can do something about

5) Site old fashioned
6) Facebook and Twitter issues/taciturnity/not acknowledging suggestions x 2
11) Can't delete own posts
29) Posts turn up in google searches

C. Issues only posters can do something about

8.5) Fighting/cliques/the atmosphere/not being objective x 2
11.5) Not enough joking, positives
16) Oversensitive, trigger-happy users of the "report" button
27) Spam-like posts

D. Issues both I and posters can do something about

1) People left/new people aren't coming/inactivity x 3
4) Babble gets fewer hits on google

We can both try to engage new people who are coming and to recruit new people, including by spreading the word online.

7) Blocks x 10

I could block less/more predictably/for shorter periods/more respectfully.
Posters could be more civil.

9) Too many redirects

I could redirect less.
Posters could stay on-topic more.

33) Don't like getting blamed for others' blocks

I could see posters as uninfluenced by each other.
Posters could help each other avoid blocks.

So blocks were the issue mentioned most often. x 10 = 10 times. I haven't finished this thread yet, I just thought I'd pause here and respond to the recap.


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