The reason that I set it up in the first place was that there were a group of boardsies that liked to post and chat but didnt feel welcome elsewhere. There was an issue with a mod appointment on the Cuckoos Nest and it didnt bother me. These things blow over.
When I set up the group I did so because others were off to other bulletin boards and community groups including Farmville, reddit, and others.
So I chatted to Dr Bollocko on how best to keep a group of boardsies together as it is a community and I honestly believed it was better for them to be on Boards.ie . (Others disagreed with me but I went ahead -my thoughts on it were that I got a lot of enjoyment from boards and should put something back in. It was really the correct way to handle it )
After been told by a few mods etc -set up a social group & apply for a forum and thats what I did. I was even told we would have a review of our status after 12 weeks. Woohoo. 15 months later it was rejected.
This has been discussed by the admins and we have decided that it does not need to go to the stage of discussion with the cmods/mods.
reasons for rejection were:
The gnome home is not a forum with a topic, its a general chat forum more along the lines of Facebook than boards.ie (a quick look back through this thread here and you'll see what I mean)
There is nothign that could be posted in the gnome home that could not be catered for by an already existing forum:
Cool pics and videos (youtube links & pics)
After hours (discussion of random misc. stuff)
The Cuckoos Nest (the insane bits)
Ranting and Raving (the more seriously insane bits)
sorry guys but the nature of your request is actually best suited to a social group which is where you are at the moment.
marking this one as rejected.
I will quote from a pm from one of the regular posters.
|Even if our forum request was very cruelly and unfairly rejected in my opinion. Comparing us to facebook was a bit harsh. As was telling us to just post elsewhere. I don't like a lot of the places he had named. They aren't friendly.|
The other reason is functionality.
The group was an open group and lots of people tell me it was well run. BriantheBard the Mod on History & Heritage helped me out on how to deal with situations.
People joined cos their friends invited them.
We had a gender balance on the group which probably does not exist anywhere else on boards and often there were more girl posters than guys.
We adopted a "safe to post" policy because for group members who may have been LGBT should be able to post. ( Brian also got a Gay History thread on H&H and was surprised when it worked)
The reason for closing the group is that I feel that an open group dealing with innuendo needs to operate from within Boards rather than outside it.
If any forum had invited us as a sub-forum I would have taken it.
There was a bit more substance behind TLGH than just being a grudge against the Cuckoos Nest. If thats what it was I would never have done it.
Doctor Doom & Cyberwolf offered to let members join and post on the Latverian Army Hosted Forum. As an alternative it is better than nothing and the fairest thing I could do for the group.
This isn't a rant and isn't intended as such, its rhetorical really.