Why can't we get along?
1st Capt. Ron raised the subject in another post. It was basically "why can't we get along?" While there have always been disagreements, I agree with him that personal attacks have become the norm sprinkled with totally off-topic posts. I don't think we were "friendlier" five years ago but I do think the totally off-topic BS was less of the total content.
I know lots of people who have "given up" because of them. Some people just don't post anymore and many others just decided they didn't want to read the ongoing (and generally stupid) attacks. While each of us will probably assume who are "the problems" I have received private messages defending those that I see as problems. The issue becomes "what to do"?
For me, this is an important question right now because I have been agonizing over how to "upgrade" NicaLiving. The software we are using is old and depends on an outdated version of PHP. As I now have a dedicated server located outside the US and will be moving NL there soon, what to do has moved up on the priority list. I am looking for some feedback to help guide what I do.
Here are some possibilities:
- Shut down NL. It's been fun for over a decade but ...
- Port the existing site with all its baggage to the new server and just let things stay as they are.
- Start a bit cleaner. While there are lots of possibilities here I am basically suggesting that some of the current content gets moved and some is tossed. The new software would, hopefully, make it easier to manage the site.
- Start over. That is, using new software, toss most of what we have (in particular, all the current forums) and "re-start" NL.
I am interested in your feedback. I have been thinking about this for all too long. It's time for action.