Good morning guys,
while Cafe related threads have been quite contentious in the feedback forum as of late, the most recent thread was extremely productive in terms of trying to find out where our posters felt the issues were, and more improtantly, what we can do to change that. While I appreciate that on the outside things might appear to be slow moving, I assure you that the feedback thread sparked a lot of conversation has been going on behind the scenes in terms of improving the mood in the Cafe, and making it a place where people are happy to post.
I know that the others might have more to add, but for me, the most recent feedback thread in particular raised a few genuine issues that users perceive to exist in the cafe, one being a lack of clarity of the rules. Quite a few of the comments in feedback (and in many of the reported posts) question if posts or issues with posts fall within the realms of the charter, which in certain cases at least, is a valid point. The second issue that was raised was inconsistencies in moderation, which also is a valid point at times, and is likely not helped by having an unclear charter to follow.
With that in mind, we would like to make the userbase of the Politics Cafe an active part of revising the forum charter, hence this thread. We would like you, the users, to put forward suggestions as to what additions should be made to the charter, what you feel should be changed, and what you feel should be removed completely, with an argument as to why. While I appreciate that this isn't an instant solution to all issues within the Cafe, I do think that making our users a part of the process and the compromise that goes into formulating a forum charter is a step that will benefit us all here. We may not be able to take all of your suggestions onboard, but if we can't, we'll endeavour to give you a good reason as to why.
Reasonable and well thought out suggestions as to how moderation might be improved are also welcome - that being said, using this thread as a soapbox, or as a means to take potshots at the forum mods or other posters will be quickly shot down, and that poster will be asked not to contribute to the thread again. If nothing else, the recent feedback thread illustrated that most people here have a genuine interest in improving the forum and can argue their points rationally, and I'd like to see more of the same here.
This particular thread will be moderated by the SOC CMods - the forum mods are welcome to contribute their ideas and suggestions to this thread, just as our regular members are.
I look forward to your suggestions and contributions, and hopefully it will be a step towards giving you the forum that you want.