First off, I'd like to thank every single moderator of this site for the endless amount of crap that they put up with in an effort to make BCSB a better place to be. I honestly never thought that I'd see so much drama from a bunch of motorcyclists like we get here - but it becomes blantantly obvious that we have many cliques or camps here, and it's hard to have everyone get along.
Some folks think it's cool to smoke some weed and go for a spin, others think that they should be tracked down and shot if they are endangering lives. Some folks think shiny helmets are cool, others think heated vests are what is the best. So to each his own absolutetly.
Here's the thing though - where do we go now?
I'm really tired of reading name calling on the site - my site transition never went as far as I'd hoped as I became very tied up with other things - and I'll take some blame for not posting clear and conscise rules.
Ever visit EFNet IRC? Wow, that's a neat place. You so much as make 1 mistake in most chat rooms and they'll ban you for a few days - next mistake, don't bother coming back. 0 tolerance. I've always thought against this with BCSB as we are a local community, and we will be seeing each other around. Most users get many strikes and I can count on one hand the amount of bans in the last couple of years.
BUT. I'm sick of it. This is a motorcycle website, about motorcycles and the people that ride them. Their is too much bickering in the forums, and as much as some enjoy the day time soaps, I think we can have talks about how a dealer didn't follow through with what they said, or how one bike is faster than the next - or better yet - how that 'idiot' cut you off and you want to say something about it; and we can do this all without causing serous injury. In any case, I'm very seriously tired of reading the dribble I've found myself reading too often. I'm not suggesting everyone should be writing essays, but some of the stuff on here just isn't up to par anymore. Shit disturbers be gone.
So saying this - These are my frustrations. It's a bit vague I know - but I guess the ultimate quesiton is do you want change here. Do you want to see the rule breakers gone, if not for good, for quite a while.
I guess annually I write a post like this because I want to know what is missing here. What you want, and what we can all do to make it better.
Rules laid out very clearly, and what rules we want.
For some time now the rules haven't been very clear. I've always thought that it goes without saying that racial prejudice has no place here, or anywhere else - but this seems to come up every once in a while. Often as well, we have users calling each other out -- "tough guys" if you will. Harassing other members and suggesting their penis's are really large. I think we need to decide what the line is, and enforce it.
More moderators added to help enforce and keep a fair line.
Over the last few months, about 1/2 the original moderation staff has found greener pastures. Big Jim, whom has given a huge amount of effort to this site, paticularly at its start has stepped down from being an administrator to being a 'common' folk user; this of course is among others that have rotated through. I don't think moderators need to stay in for very long -- I think our attention spans are relatively short these days and so many things to do. I've found my own attention wane from time to time -- it's in the best interest of the website to have very active moderators - especially given the growth of the site, and the fact that we are busier than ever.
Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.