You can't just assume that they are or aren't going to do something. Assumptions are for politiciansDraconisaurus wrote:And Sam, I'm afraid I can't understand not checking all the new posts while we still have so few of them But at least some admins do, I guess it should then be sufficient..
Plus, being a leader, you shouldn't go by what "should be sufficient." You need to make sure you know all alternative routes and have backup plans. Things that "should be sufficient" have a nasty habit of not being sufficient (Look at just about every man-made disaster of the 19th and 20th century, as well as the security on 9/11/01).
The following is a general message to the community and Ops. It's long, but it's not a rant. More of my thoughts on the future of this community based on the Chaos Theory and real world examples from other fan communities for obscure things and some recommendations based upon my experience in group leadership outside of TresCom as well as my Group Dynamics class:
Think of this community as a complex system. You can assume that certain things will happen, but since you don't truly know all the variables it is impossible to know with true certainty what will happen. There are two certainties that are important. This community started and this community will eventually end. What happens in the middle is unknown. We can control certain variables to extend the time or reduce the time before this community falls off the edge of chaos and suddenly finds itself no longer existing. I've seen many fan communities just end suddenly and no one expects it. I've also seen many communities experience some catastrophic and unforeseen incident and never recoup. We averted disaster this time, and we should continue to do just that as best as we can be. I'd love to see TresCom last at least another ~10 years and I'm sure everyone else here that's been here for years would also love to see that. Maybe longer if possible.
When you do a "reboot" you must give the user more (in this case, content) than what you are taking away (in this case, the old look). We might still loose some members/lurkers due to the future change but if you can overcome the initial shock of change, then you can start pulling in more people to make up the difference. It's like economics, raise the price and you will lose some customers but you'll (hopefully) have enough dedicated and new customers to make up the difference and then some. And with new people comes new ideas and new content.
We can extend the life of TresCom but we need to work together to do it. I don't want to see the last update being something like what is at spacecases.tv "Knocked off the dust, kicked the tires (they were a little flat)... and have cleaned up the site. Several pages and links were old, missing, bad... you name it. Most everything should be working on the site now." or even the first Trespasser fansite - Project Trespasser "Well its about that time, perhaps it has past? Perhaps it was this very day or tommorow, no one knows for sure, but it is Project Trespassers 5th anniversary! . . . Anyhow its been a great past five years and who knows? Maybe in five more this site will be here covering Trespasser II? " Both sites believed that things were looking up and that things were going great but nothing else happened after that. A lack of action is to blame. The Admins could very well keep the site up if they wanted to (Like the guy who still updates CloverfieldClues.com, even though the movie has been out for a long time and that there are no longer any clues. His life is dedicated to spotting Slusho in JJ Abram's new show Fringe).
I added both Draco and Mickey to the Ops because they not only have been here for a long time, but they both are also very well regarded by this community. This site needed active Ops members like it had in its infancy, people who knew what they were talking about and had the best interests in mind for the community. The moment alternative/personal objectives enter this is the same moment that this site will start pulling itself apart.
1. Greater cohesiveness among the Ops. The original Ops team were all good friends by the time TresCom became official and it worked well.
2. Greater cohesiveness between the Ops and the Community. The cohesiveness between the two has been wearing thin for the last couple years.
3. Authoritarian leadership until we get this thing back to normal. We need a take charge leader who will do his/her job (Hence why I picked Draco, he had great contingency plans written up within only a few hours when it seemed that the community would fall away below us, even beyond the few ideas I tossed around).
4. Once things are back to normal, a more democratic style should be employed, with regular members making their own recommendations for how the site progresses from that point. (Site features, for example)
5. The senior members here, not just the Ops, should be more supportive of newer members. I know that even I have sometimes treated new members poorly, but if this community is to continue we must have new members and we must pass on our knowledge to the next "generation" as it were.
I'm not an expert in forum politics, but you have to think of the group before you think of yourself. That's gotten people in trouble here before, and led to people having this weird foot taste in the mouth