Jake Reason wrote:Admin,
With regards to your desire to notify all the members....
I used to (every six months) prepare and post an analysis of the members. We found that slightly more than half of all members never post at all. And regardless of how many more members signed on over the years, this ">half not posting" remained consistent.
And approx a 1/3rd of members who did post, never exceeded 10 posts. And only approx 10 percent (of posters) made more than 30 posts.
So doing the math, it works out to approx only 5 percent who where at one time or another, regular contributing members. = 325. (greater than 30 posts each)
I'm doing this by recall btw, but it's close to reality, based on my tracking the stats for years.
Of the approx 325 regular contributors (30+ posts) some came, became active for a brief time, then reverted to lurking over the years. At the peek 6500 members when all the "Special Guests" were at OMF. There were probably no more than approx 250 regular posters = defined as making 2 or more posts per week.
However there were some very prolific posters of course. I personally made 5 percent of all the posts on the forum. And Dan Smith made approx the same. And there were a approx a dozen others who made 2-4 percent of all posts. There were approx 50 members who made 1000 or more posts.
It was these prolific posters that attracted the readership. And at its peek, the readership averaged 1,100 per day (unique hits) Fluctuating between 5,000 and 10,000 unique visitors per week.
Concerning informing them.... The vast majority of the members already know about this forum. It's been streamed on Victor's lists, AND every other UFO type forum became aware of the meltdown while it was happening, and watched with interest. So those on the other forums are also aware this forum is here.
More publicity will make little difference at this point.
Take "TheOutPostForum" as a reference. Victor Martinez has plugged that forum to 2000 ufologists at least a couple dozen times over the past year. Yet, they too are very small, with perhaps 25-50 regular contributing members, and a dozen or two who post 2 or more times per week. They have only 103 "active members" (members who have posted) as of today's date.
Jake, I became an Admin at Alienscientist Forum before Jeremy took it down. One of the things we began to do was anyone over a year we began clearing the rolls. If they had not been posting at all anytime during the past year, they were removed/banned. We also found several sockpuppets and they were removed / banned permanently. We were cleaning up and then an issue arose which literally knocked out the forum because someone broke through and grabbed control. We still don't know who it was but that was a guideline for us. Unfortunately we were down to 2 people trying to clean up a forum that had risen to 3000 members. We maybe had about 300 members that posted. I think a solution could be that anyone that has not posted in a year is really not interested and should be removed. This can keep a forum lean and functional. Guests could have access only to read. If you want to see and participate, then you must ask forum staff so your IP can be checked to see if you are a spammer. Just an opinion...
That is something to think about Spacemaverick. But I think we'd find that in doing that we'd nix something that has always been a huge part of OMF's viewership and appeal as a forum. And that is the traffic of anonymous players out there. There are two types of anonymity in use. The first are those who use established well known monikers like my own. And then there are those who must use or rotate monikers for certain circumstances for security purpose. We are still in a situational landscape which is hostile to both communication and disclosure when it comes to system or prior system inhabitants speaking. Because we don't track and expose those participating in the forum or set any limits upon the access or participation, someone who does work or communication here in one year may return two or three years later and still use that moniker and be recognized as that individual if they so choose.
I've chosen to ignore the limited use of some monikers in order to accommodate those who need to be sparse for their personal security or selective in when and for how long they may operate in the open.
The fundamental focus of Open Minds Forum has always been as a platform for communication and information sharing. Sometimes Identity is a huge part of that process and there are those who need identity in a recognizable fashion without giving the world access to their personal lives.
For example when the headhunters in 2010 chased down the communicator in the ScA affair. The man was receiving harrassing phone calls at home. His family members were hunted down and cornered to make statements. His employers were harassed. He was driven from participation in communities that were meaningful to him as an individual. Regardless of the what anyone believes is truthful or not, the fact is that Identity misused by someone else resulted in a catastrophic meltdown of someone's life and had permanent consequences, to the point the man found it impossible to feed himself in the aftermath. This is not an end result which reflects well on OMFv.1 or any of its members either present or prior. It is not conduct I EVER wish to see repeated in any sense. And I will ban any member, mod, or Admin I catch behaving in that fashion. I am a firm believer in that it is high time the ufology/exopolitics/paranormal/conspiracy community start policing its own conduct and keeping its people practicing by a higher standard. Truth and falsehood are staples in this realm...but it is our conduct and how we treat those who participate, reside, or visit this deep end of the pool, by which we are ultimately judged.
And we were judged by a chunk of observers during that event, to the detriment of the reflectional standing of the ENTIRE Exo/ufo community. I am being exceedingly careful in rebuilding, in that we avoid any repeats and demonstrate at least this forum's capacity to re-earn a positive reputation.
If I have to put up with the presence of some dust-bunnies in the corner as part of operating in a manner that enables ALL parties to come and go freely at any day or hour then so be it.
I therefore choose to leave accounts which are not causing any disturbance alone. Members may come and go without fear of reprisal or time limits to participation. The eye is a bead on the goal which is equitable relations and communication.
Edit to add:
I think I have already demonstrated this when Mur (aka murnut) was allowed to come through here back in this last year, without being banned for his part in the "takedown" of OMFv1.
If I make a rule for open equitable relations and communication across all barriers to enable all parties to participate in the "round" table, then it must apply to all. I will not have one set of rules for one group and another for a different group. This does not fit the definition of justice.So let us begin anew--remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness.
~ John F Kennedy.
Which quote is also found in the final frame/scene of the video "Compass Morainn presents The Return of the Black Swan"
which statement was ensured by the declaration of identity controlling the revised OMF through the song Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys. Last third of the video.