Jan 20, 17 / Aqu 20, 01 01:24 UTC
Frustrated with number of pointless posts on forum ¶
In the announcement of the forum opening on 20 December 2016, it was clearly stated that the forum was a "...place to come together, explore and discuss anything related to creating the world’s first Space Nation." It started off that way (with the obvious and understandable exceptions of the off topic and fun boards), and I have greatly enjoyed being part of discussions involving the possible future location and construction of a future Asgardia, issues surrounding militarisation and defence, zero-g adaptation, food production, and population control (to name a few). I have also followed many other discussions with great interest.
However, I have been seeing with increasing frequency a number of posts that appear have nothing to do with creating the world's first space nation and/or add nothing to the various discussions. This has been a source of some frustration with me everytime I click "view unread topics" and see the screen filled by garbage, generally generated by the same handful of posters. Apparently, judging by some other comments made on particular posts, I am not alone. From what I have seen, this seems to include at least part of the moderation team. You guys really have patience by the truckload!
I have tried to point this out to one of the serial posters in a manner I believed to be non-threatening and respectful. However, it seems that I may have been rebuked by the moderators for it. I am very mindful of the posting rules, but surely the broader purpose of the forum needs to observed as a priority by everyone who posts to the forum. I honestly don't see how posts about things like the time of day that philosophers should practice yoga, "wasting" gravity, the health benefits of breathing through your nose, using sci-fi movies as evidence as to how dangerous aliens are and politeness being the best ornament of humanity have anything to do with the world's first space nation.
I realise that the reflex response is "If you don't like it, then keep scrolling". However, that is something I do that on facebook every day - I know I will have to scroll past mountains of rubbish to get to the occasional nugget. I didn't expect to have to do it on a forum created for a singular purpose. I know there are a LOT of educated and enlightened minds participating in the forum and I'd hate to see them lose interest in this venture.
Is it just me? Am I over-reacting?