Maybe it’s just me but there is a nicer tone in the forums lately. I really appreciate coming here more. We seem to be more helpful to new users. I wonder what changed?
Flagged for saying that the more civil forums are nice? Go figure. We had better not stand for civility, who knows where that could lead.
Why is that? What´s on your mind?
NB: I too feel that this forum has become more friendly and helpful.
PS: IMO, civility can be bad and good. Too much civility is boring and feels unreal. No civility at all can cause problems.
The forum team (including staff and some behind-the-scenes mods) agreed to toughen up some on posts and users that broke the forum rules often, baited others or participated in trolling. This has been going on for a few months and although it was a bit of an adjustment period, the majority of the feedback about that has been positive. Users who wanted to discuss freelancing or chit-chat in a less disruptive environment seem to have found it easier to do so.
I am not saying this change accounts for everything that might have affected the tone and the tougher stance was criticized by a small number of users, but overall it has made moderation less stressful. I have to agree that the nicer one makes the forums more available to both buyers and sellers who conduct themselves like pros even while having fun. I’m glad you’ve had a better experience lately even if it wasn’t related to moderation efforts!
@fonthaunt I think the admins/mods have done a great job! I can imagine it´s not easy to manage a forum full of people with different backgrounds, opinions, knowledge, and interests.
I’ve noticed it too. People don’t change, so it has to be moderators we have to thank <3
I’m sure there is much that we don’t see. But thanks for your work in keeping this place as pleasant and professional as possible. I have decided to make an effort to answer at least a couple newbie questions every week. If we make them feel comfortable they will become regulars and add to the conversation. I think a great many either were a bit intimidated to ask before the changes, or if they did, they often regretted having done so.