It's not the posts, it's the people (and by saying this I go against all my moderating principles, ehem).
I repeat: it's We, The People.
So, despair, friends. People cannot be changed: you
can change, sure, but people cannot. We haven't essentially changed since the Pleistocene...
For example, somebody with such a high moral stature as Rousseau tried (and tried hard) to change the human race, mainly by guillotining a few thousands. Those guillotined were, well, "out of thread", so to speak.
You know what he said in the end? Go figure: he said that "as we cannot change people, we keep changing the law
". This sentence comes from the man that drowned in a river a few hundred rebels in barges, in front of the rest of the populace "pour encourager les outres" (to encourage the others).
If somebody with such highly developed "moderator skills" couldn't avoid the collapse of democracy and the restoration of the "old order", imagine what Principessa, Tomba and myself can do.
A qualification system won't get us far, I think. You will not get the WDC by running only the qualies: you have to have substance.
So, in the end, my diagnostic would be that the health of a forum depends of a few people.
I've suggested (repeatedly!) to drown in a closed barge some of the forumers that go out of thread or, at least, to drown those that post boring posts. Moreover, I would post a video of this in YouTube, "pour encourager lest outres".
Well, to my disenchant, Tomba has refused sternly to change the forum rules: no drownings allowed.
In the end, after writing and reading a lot about forums, this is my conclusion: there is people around that, when asked something, answer. Sometimes, these same people ask for something, hoping for answers.
Those are few. And they are lonely (I imagine).
On the other hand you have some people, thousands of people, millions
of people, that, well... to put it succintly, they don't.
I mean, they don't answer nor ask. They're more bloggers than forumers.
know, they don't have to ask nor answer.
There is no way to elliminate these people from the Earth: God knows we have tried, and tried hard, with few successes. They breed faster than the speed with which our capacity to erradicate them grows. Perhaps the only solution would be to nuke every major urban area in the world (but Tomba has also ruled this out: the forum servers would take a hit).
BreezyRacer wrote:I would say that the moderators could rate good postings as favorites or some such in each of the subgroups of the forums.
Amazingly, the only posts I consistently rate with 5 stars are those write by moderators (altought the ones by Tomba are not that
good). The rest... well, the rest would get one star from me ("impartiality" would be my second name).
By logic (in a technochratical way) one suggestion we could make to improve the quality and permanency of threads, is to give moderator access to everybody.
This way you would be as inspired as senna-toleman, who is, definitely, a moderator in the making.