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    HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    I am looking into some changes on the message boards to try and satisfy as many users as I can, so the message boards can be a place where people can get out of them what they want to get out of them.

    For the most part over any given 30 day span during the Iowa sports seasons, there are more than 100,000 people who visit this site. That's roughly the population of Davenport.

    Now, there's no way the entire city of Davenport is going to agree on everything, just like there is no way all of the people of a town the size of Winterset will agree on everything.

    I think there are things we can do so that you can get the most out of the boards, or what you want to get out of them.

    Some people just want to stick to Iowa sports topics. That's why I moved the Off Topic board to opt in status, so those posts do not show up on the main forum landing page. Those who like the OT posts (which I do, for the most part) can still view them on your landing page by opting in. Here is how you do that.

    One you opt in, your HN message board browsing experience will be as it always has been.

    I will also more closely monitor the posts that are made in the ON TOPIC forums, such as the football, basketball, recruiting forums, etc. I would like for posts and conversations in these forums to remain on topic as much as possible. I realize 100% compliance is next to impossible, and I do not want to spend my day pruning posts. Just please keep this request in mind.

    Also, please take care to start a topic in the appropriate forum. Don't start a basketball post in the football forum. Don't start an off topic post in the football forum.

    I am also looking at creating sub forums whose posts will never show up in the forum landing page. A place where those who like to really hash it out with fellow posters can go. Our posting rules (which you can read here) will still apply, such as no profanity or lewd images or discussions), but if you want to go brass knuckles on a topic, have at it. The only way to gain access to a forum like this will be to opt in, so that no one can complain about the forum or what is said in it. NOTE: This does not mean it would be a place to post harmful rumors. It will not be a free for all in that regard. If you want something like that, this is not going to be the site for you.

    The reality is that 95% of the people who visit this site each month never post on the boards. Some just don't enjoy that or don't spend the time to do it. Some see how new posters are treated by other longer time posters, as if their low post count means they are not worthy of being paid any attention or their opinions can be dismissed.

    That's garbage, and that sort of treatment is going to stop on this site.

    That sort of clique behavior turns people off and keeps other people from wanting to get involved and express their opinions. We're done with that on this website. If you want your clique stuff, the subforum will be for you. Otherwise, keep that sort of stuff out of the main forums, or please take it to another website.

    Now, if you have any ideas, suggestions, criticisms, farewell blasts or what have you, let's take care of that in this thread. Let's consider this our Festivus post...the airing of grievances if you want, or ideas to help create a better and more vibrant community.

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    Festivus?? Be careful Jon, it sounds like you're asking for an airing of HN grievances! :-)

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    Whoops damn phone. didn't see your last paragraph!

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    I have opted in to both the OT and political forum. Would like these available for the phone app.

    I really miss the OT.

    Happy Festivus!

    P.S. I think this years feat of strength should go to BK and Vint!

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    If you don't want 'post count' cliques then just don't include the post count on every post. Keep it in the user profile.

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    Quote Originally Posted by BlckNGldHwk View Post
    If you don't want 'post count' cliques then just don't include the post count on every post. Keep it in the user profile.
    People will still seek it out if its there..if its not there somewhere, people will complain.

    So just don't make comments related to someone's post count.

    There, problem solved.

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    Love the changes, Jon. It's a Festivus Miracle! The schtick on this board was getting really old over the last six weeks or so.

    Now on to the feats of strength....

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    It's a festivus for rest of us. Seinfeld classic.

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    How about going back to the positive rep system, our a positive/negative rep system so that posters will be known by the quality (or lack thereof) of their posts? It might help cut down on the in thread sniping if people have another way to let their opinion of a post be known.

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    Quote Originally Posted by FalseMirage View Post
    How about going back to the positive rep system, our a positive/negative rep system so that posters will be known by the quality (or lack thereof) of their posts? It might help cut down on the in thread sniping if people have another way to let their opinion of a post be known.
    Rep systems, or star systems, are the ultimate form of message board cliques IMO. Don't see that coming back.

    People that make quality posts become known by the community. those that don't are also known by the community

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    Re:HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    Sounds good to me, times they are a changin'

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    Jon--if there was a "Report Post" button on each post, your monitoring job may become easier. For example, if the same post is reported 10 times, there would be a pretty good chance that it was violative and you could easily find it, review it, and potentially remove it.

    Just a thought.

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    Applaud your changes.

    The less it looks and acts like a children's playground the better the site becomes in my opinion.

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    I say to the members of HN no more posts asking for Jon to delete or ban or basically tell him what to do on his site... He's a big boy.

    Huge fan of losing the clique mentality around here. **** gets old...

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    Re: HN Festivus: New Site Direction/Moderation

    The only thing I would change on this site would be having a moderator watch the game threads more closely. Sometimes they get out of hand. Other than that, I love this site.
    You're in the Danger Zone!

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