To start this thread, I’m going to list some quotes and posts from our new overseer, @shaz, just to give an insight as to his thoughts on us, the users.
Putting up a poll to gauge the “pulse” of the community, then disregarding a supermajority of the users.
It’s quite clear to see that Shaz couldn’t care less about this forum, its members, its history, or what else, I think he’d quite happily wipe this forum clean and start again if he thought it was best. At least with past forum leaders they would have some degree of restraint if the community was in open backlash against a policy, but those days are clearly over.
To run a forum, or any body effectively, you need the users on your side, especially a forum with a small core of active members which are, coincidentally, the same people being alienated by these policies.
Leading on from this, let’s address just a few of the quotes above, specifically things like “Don’t worry so much.” “Don’t worry too much about this for now.” I’m sorry, but does he actually know where he is? He’s on a debating forum for politically interested young people, these are going to be some of the most analytical, politically engaged and damn-right argumentative people out there, telling us “Not to worry” about a major change in the forum rules (a paradigm shift from the tradition of free speech that has been championed by this forum since its inception) is quite frankly insulting, and shows how out of touch Shaz is with reality.
So I ask you fellow users this the following:
Does the management care enough about the opinions of the users?
Do you have confidence in the current management’s administration of the forum?