Wow! I've been coming to FOMM since the 90's and I never knew there was a sex thread! I almost never venture out of the General Mariah forum. Probably for the best.
I just read through this juicy thread and as an independent observer who doesn't take anything too seriously, my feedback is:
-everyone who has posted in here is a long-time fan and FOMM member who have a long-time connection with this site. I've come here every day for probably close to 17-18 years, or since whenever Anderz posted about it, and I'm sure a lot of you have it as a daily routine also. So, try to respect everyone's connection with the site itself even though it's "just a message board."
-I think the 3-4 mods try to be fair and are good choices for mods. Although, it seems like we're down to 15-20 regular posters here, lol.
-I understand the frustration of others who had an attachment to certain threads/features and would have appreciated a chance to provide input before the changes were made. Is there a way a mod can send a PM to all registered users notifying them of potential changes with a link to a thread discussing it? Not everybody, like me, visits the feedback forum. If not available, maybe putting a notice near the top of each page for a week would be helpful so all people who log in are aware there are some changes being considered. I don't expect many changes in the future so it's not like it will become a nuisance.
-relax! As late 90's Mariah would say, "it's not that deep!" Although, I do understand people feel like it's a personal attack when they get ignored, but it's usually not. Typing on a website and interacting in person are 2 totally different things and words on a screen can be misinterpreted easily.
Thanks for your feedback!
We discussed the matter over a period of two weeks so, no decision was taken lightly. As Jason mentioned, we take discussions/points from the board into consideration as well as what we have observed throughout the community as a whole over a period of time. So, we definitely didn't just decide to make snap decisions one day to enforce our rule over the kingdom like some feel we have (/sarcasm)
If that was the case, there would be a lot more going on than just rules & forum reviews every year or so.
It really took us quite some time to come to a solution that we all agreed on and felt best represented the current needs of the community as observed by general poster interaction, activity and discussions. Forums that had not been posted in at all for 6 months or more (some had not been touched in over a year) we felt, by way of non-participation by members, warranted integration or removal. Most forums remain hidden so we can move threads to the appropriate forums and is something we are still in the process of doing.
Our main aim was essentially to streamline the look and functionality of the board, drive more conversation to the main Mariah forum and eventually, become a little less confusing/more welcoming for new and current members alike - as well as having forums that are continually active and that has been achieved (of course the Hall of Fame forums serve another purpose). You mentioned you rarely venture outside the main Mariah forum so, we hope, these changes entice you to at least take another look around the board as a whole and provide feedback like you have
We're currently averaging over 1400 unique visits EACH DAY to the forum - which is crazy compared with the number of active posters (anywhere up to 40 or so each day). We hope to convert those numbers into more activity across the board - which is hopeful, to say the least! But we'll try!
As a whole, the board still absolutely maintains its core identity, structure and purpose. Discussions/topics/forums have just been given a more easily, identifiable place on the board and, as you said, "it's not that deep!"
(BTW: Do you know what year FOMM first began? Was it '99 or earlier? I can remember posting back in 1999/2000 but I'm not 100% sure if it started in '99 or a little earlier?)