|Forum updates (current and pending)|
Subject: Forum updates (current and pending)
by Urulöké on 2010/1/19 11:48:45
please chime in with your thoughts here. I am in the process of setting up a few user profile changes.
First, I have made a small handful of very long-time regulars into forum moderators. They can delete spam posts, move posts between forums (to put them in the proper topic category for example) and other maintenance functions. With this working smoothly, I will be able to turn on more open posting again (I got swamped with porn spam last time I had open posting turned on though this should be better next time around). Having extra hands to keep things running smoothly will really help out. Please contact me if you would like to help in this regard, though I will keep the list fairly short for the time being just for sanity's sake. Just for clarity (I am not at all concerned about this), I have access to the entire historical database of posts and changes, so moderator abuse will be noted and fixed quickly. Let me know if you are interested in helping in this regard.
Second, it was recently pointed out that we might need or want a private forum that is not publicly visible. In the interest of supporting community desires, I have made changes to support this. There is a short list of registered users that I know personally that are now tagged "Members" - members of what, I have no idea - but there is a forum category that is only visible to members now. Not much posted there yet, but if you are logged into the site you will see those posts on the home page (recent posts section) and the category listed on the Discussion Forums page. The posts are otherwise not visible, not even to search engine bots. So anything posted here should be relatively private.
I may have missed quite a few people when I created the "Members" list, so please contact me if you want to be added and we will see what can be done. I am not sure about this whole "Member" thing - this is not meant to be an exclusive site, and I feel there is a lot to be learned and shared by discussing topics openly, but I do understand the concerns that started this idea off in another thread. Please do let me know what you think of the "Member" concept. I have considered making TCG a worldwide/virtual smial for The Tolkien Society, and/or a discussion group for the Mythopoeic Society (neither of which require that TCG members also be paying members of the parent group) so this is another topic for discussion.
Finally, the thread that started all this - In a race between forgers and experts, I feel that open communications help the experts/open market more than they help the forgers. For example, some threads here have been shared with auction houses and private dealers in order to convince them that they are in possession of a forgery, and successfully gotten those items pulled from the marketplace before another buyer was cheated. That could not have happened were the discussions and comparative samples in a private forum. On the flip side, any dishonest person who has been following our discussions is now armed with better information for a future attempt at passing something off.
Given all this, I would like to (a) take a poll and see which way the winds are blowing here (specifically with the experts, whom I want to be comfortable continuing to share their expertise!) and (b) set up some policies and framework for addressing forgeries specifically. An easy way to post questionable items into a database, articles on how to generally spot good/bad items, articles on how to easily report to eBay, etc. I will be working on this over the following weeks, but need input from all of you on ideas, thoughts, and preferences.
More to come, but please respond to this with any thoughts. Thanks!