since when was democracy radical? I agree, we don't really have any moderators on this site now and I think it's a good idea to have one. I think they should be a person who seems capable of being impartial, who has been here a while, and is generally a good person.
Amras (and Curufinwe as well), which problems do you experience where you need a moderator for? In other words:'in what way do you experience the 'lack' of presence of a council member?'
Cause, if you have any problems you can always send me a message (or email) and in almost all cases I'll answer within 24 hours.
I think the main thing (at least for me) is that there isn't any real presence of a moderator on this site. I don't doubt that you check often and I have seen you fix problems several times. However, I don't feel as though you (or any other moderators) are keeping an eye on us. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I feel like this site tries to market itself as, I don't know, "carefully moderated by The Council" and I just haven't felt like that's true of late.
Anyway, you do and have done a fine job as moderator, and I don't necessarily think we need more moderators.
Curufinwe and Amras, I get what you're saying. There may be even some truth to your words. But.. This site has existed for a long time. I mean, I've been here for a long time too. On and off since 2006.
And what I'm trying to say is that all these years, they haven't been free to anyone of us. We all age and many kind of things come into our way as it happens. Some of them stay, some of them don't. It has been silent for quite a while now. The council members try to be on the site as much as they can, I'm sure of it. And so do the members. But neither faction has showed that much activity lately and that's the truth.
That's just how it is. I love this site, but I think the glory days are past and gone. Until something revolutionary happens, until we all find time in our lives to spend here on this site again, things will remain as they are.
I've found it difficult to post stuff either, 'cause I know that there won't be any replies due to the fact that we're lacking members and activity.
You two can't help it, I can't help it. All you can do is to continue posting things as often as you can in hopes of gaining some attention. There's one thing you can help the council members with though. You can always spread the word about this site, since it has been an effective method since the day one.
But even thinking about electing new council members is a far cry at this moment. True, they could do some improvements. New polls, new sections and new things. But.. There wouldn't be enough members to make the most of those kind of features.
So, let us silence instead and hope that things won't remain like this forever. However, I feel doubt even as I now write this post.
No offense to anyone.
And Arwen, you've done a fantastic job as a council member. You all have. Taz, Amarie, Rednell, Leelee, legendary Grondy and many others. We owe you for this site.
As I said in my previous post, some things just can't be helped. In today's world, many things are slowly fading away. Many good things. And some are disappearing entirely.
So let us hope that this site won't too fade into the oblivion, 'cause it's current course is pointing towards that end.
The site still receives a lot of visitors each day, however, most of them just view the content and then leave. We're a victim of our own success in some ways, as the site has been around almost 14 years now, we have a huge forum with thousands of quality posts on unique and relevant topics, that have all been indexed very well by Google and other search engines.
When people search for a question relating to Tolkien's works, they almost always end-up on PT. However, they read about what they were searching for and then leave.
I'm not sure how this can be resolved, in terms of bringing new members to our community, however, as always we the council welcome recommendations and help from you all.
Ey, Taz. How're you doing these days? :)
Anyway, you said it all. Apologies for my little, well maybe a bit depressive post. I had drank a few beers at the time I posted that. I think I felt a bit gloomy back then.
But I rarely post something I would take off, so I'll let those posts and those words stay there.
And oh, fourteen years already?
That's a bunch. :)
Let's hope for another fourteen years then.
I'm well, thank you :)
I hope to finish the RPG aspect of the site, once I win the lottery or retire, whichever comes first. That should bring in new members and bring up the activity of existing ones. Perhaps an updated design and more social media integration would help too.
I'm always around though, and the Council list is quite busy – of course, we're very fortunate to have Arwen Undomiel and the rest of you keeping the site active.
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