Originally Posted by kara speltz
Dear Matt: I'm not sure exactly what you're talking about when you say the unpaid volunteer. I've been the moderator since Jamie left. Steve and Nathan have assisted me. While I knew that this was being discussed, I thought we had a bit more time before the change, and I too had a bit of trouble finding the forums. We're a very small organization, less than a dozen employees, and we're doing the very best we can. I am sorry that I didn't get to post the first announcement of the change, prior to it happening.
Come on, Kara. You may be staff, and you may have some sort of authority, but you're not a message board moderator. When was the last time you took care of the day-to-day business of running a forum? Things like splitting and moving threads, banning troublemakers, checking IP addresses, and well, moderating
Not that that changes what I said in any meaningful way. Accepting your term, your unpaid volunteer "assistant" who does the heavy lifting and has for some years found out about the change by trying to log in to get to work. You don't think it would have been a good idea to drop him a note before the switch was pulled? Kind of like if you're going to shut down a worship service, you tend to contact the organist to make sure he knows not to show up on Sunday morning.
That way he knows that you, you know, respect him and appreciate his efforts, the way a Christian and a good person-who-has-assistants is supposed to do.
I'm not even saying shutting the forums is a bad idea. Quite the contrary, I suggested it almost two years ago
. And I'm not suggesting that forum members deserved anything more than you've given; frankly, we don't. I'm just saying that the way it's being handled with the moderator is, to be blunt, poorly thought out, if it's been thought out at all.
(My words all around, by the way, not Keltic's. He's way more gracious than I am.)