To be fair, I think some people recognise it and the club wouldn't be as successful as it is without the mods. Anyone here who is also involved in a club/organisation in real life also knows the annoyance of drop outs and no shows (unless there's a legitimate reason). Am curious to know how you can see the place has more lurkers and followers. That's good to hear.
How about, if you don't turn up this year, you can't sign up for the following one? That way, you're benched without being banned.
If forgetting or not planning ahead is an issue, maybe don't take signups for the full year at once, maybe do 3 or 4 months at a time? Although this does mean a lot more work for mods I know, so maybe not!
Apologies, you're referring to me!
My laptop has been acting up and I don't PMs on my phone. Only had the chance to sit down at a computer today and do out the recipe.
I know I was given plenty of notice but sometimes things happen!
I think it's a good suggestion to get posters to submit their recipes earlier than due.
Also, is it made clear anywhere that the recipes go up on the date you're given? I only ask cos I wasn't sure if my recipe was to go up ON Friday 20th or during the week starting Friday the 20th? Also, the previous Cooking Club recipe went up late too so I wasn't too sure.
Thanks ElleEm . Please don't take my post as an attack or anything, I was just using this week to highlight how we're powerless after a certain point.
I'll post a proper reply to everyone's posts this evening when I'm back on my laptop.
I don't think to have the recipes submitted at an earlier time (say Monday for Friday) is very fair on the mods. It means then the responsibility is passed to them, and they have to be free on that Friday to chase the poster and then post their recipe because they are unable to do it themselves for whatever reason. At the end of the day, we as the users of tCC, signed up to this so it is our responsibility to make sure we make note of our date and post when we have agreed to!
I think maybe an idea could be if someone is a no show, they don't get considered for anymore years. That's it. You blew it.
Also, it might be an idea to have some people who are due to submit a recipe down the line to also be a stand in? Someone reliable and willing to help out? Not that noobs aren't... I'm just saying it might be an idea to get the names of a few people who are regulars and the mods can identify as being regular poster and reliable!
Just my 2c
I'd be only a little forgiving of people forgetting. I have a reminder set up on my phone and email for a date a little ahead of my week! (Cue reallyrose disappearing from the web and forgetting her recipe week. )
Stand-in recipes are a good idea. Perhaps, now, this week, (or whenever you have time! <3) mods could contact the folks that said they'd be available in case of drops outs. Then a little stock of recipe posts could be kept somewhere all mods can access it, on pastebin or similar. If there's a no show, then a recipe can be seamlessly posted! Hurrah! I'm sure other posters would also be willing to contribute. At the end of the year, if there's recipe posts left, they could be posted all at once. An omnibus edition!
Would it be possible to pm all CC participants for the rest of the year to ask if they are still up for it? Perhaps say something like "It's fine if you no longer want to take part but please let us know so we can offer someone else the opportunity."
I agree with the banning idea. I don't think it's fair to say people are not regular users of this forum when they don't post. I read C+R every single day. I rarely post because I don't have much to say.
I'd notice if I were banned and I couldn't come in to drool at the
Food Porn What Are You Cooking thread. I would be sad!
If someone doesn't regularly read or post in C+R, then they probably only put themselves down for the CC on a whim and don't care anyway. We can do little about that! (except throw things at their houses.)
Getting banned doesn't stop you from viewing a forum, it just takes away your ability to post on the forum.
Oh... then I don't get it at all! If I were banned, I mightn't notice.
A banned poster must log out before they can access a forum that they are banned from. Not the end of the world, but a damn inconvenience for the duration of the ban - particularly if they are regulars.
I think some form of a ban is appropriate as well. The Cooking Club is very much over subscribed and its simply not fair on those who didn't get on the list to see some of those who did simply not bothering doing their week.
Honestly, you can't. It's impossible to tell. I've been *convinced* someone will fail to post a recipe, and then they've gone on to post a fabulous, popular one. Equally, I've seen very reliable posters pull out at the 11th hour.
This is a possibility. We'd have to soft-delete them though, and then bump them when we restore them. But it's a good idea.
We thought about doing this year in 2 halves, but it's very complicated. I'm moving country and starting a Masters this summer, so there's so way I'd have time to organise the whole thing at that point.
This, to a degree. It is the poster's responsibility, and we already chase people a lot. Unless we ask the next, say, 4 posters to submit their recipes as soon as possible, and soft-delete them until the correct week.
I certainly agree with this. Although, if someone fails to post a recipe, they almost never sign up again the next year anyway.
I like this. We might consider asking stand-ins to actually post their recipes as soon as they can, and soft-delete them until they're needed.
Would more mods help? I'm sure several regulars would be willing to help out and lighten the load.
In the schedule for 2012 Faith asked if all posters listed could please thank her posting of the schedule to indicate their acceptance of the date offered. There are 48 dates and only 40 thanks.
That's 8 that can get the boot right away. That post is months old.
I think the banning is a fair idea. I'd also make it a month long, so that they properly notice. We already know that you mods are fair and should someone find themselves in hospital or in an emergency of some kind, that would be the exception.
But there is no excuse for not giving notice of dropping out.
What about putting the onus on the scheduled poster to pm and confirm in advance that they are going to put up a recipe? If they don't, they lose their place? Even as I type this I see the problems with it. This is a difficult one.
I also like the idea of stockpiling a few emergency recipes with pictures. I would be happy to submit a recipe in the coming weeks for such a stockpile.
Huge thanks for all the hard work, mods. Most of us appreciate it a lot! C&R is without doubt one of the nicest forums on boards.
Possibly 7 people since Faith can't thank her own post and she already has a recipe up.
How about for the future schedule if you haven't thanked the list after a certain time, say a month after it's posted, you're out and a stand in is put in place. Might overcomplicate things.
This could be an idea alright. PM, say 2 weeks, before your date. No PM? - you get one reminder with 3 days to reply. No reply to the reminder - someone from the 'reserves' gets 10 days or so to formulate something.
I can knock one of these together if required. Pictures are already taken.
Okay, I've fired off a PM to several people who offered to be stand-ins, asking them to prepare recipes in advance. That should help.
We've confirmation that this week's and next week's posters are ready to go.
If you have a recipe that you'd be happy to supply as a stand in, could you send me a PM to confirm, please? Don't include the recipe, just let me know that you're willing.
Hopefully then we can amass a few "spares" that are ready to be activated if someone fails to post .