This is what I know.
All four moderators are extraordinary.
John Conde brings unbelievable dedication and commitment. He has the uncanny and remarkable skill to answer questions succinctly and precisely. It cracks me up.
Dan brings outstanding answers that I marvel over but prefers to give kindness and generosity to the users. Something I am trying to do myself.
Bybe brings outstanding technical expertise and very precise answers and is prolific in doing so.
Stephen Ostermiller also brings outstanding answers and too is prolific.
Between Bybe and Stephen Ostermiller, I recognize that the best answers are detailed answers which Dan has mastered as well. I have at times stepped up my game with this in mind.
All have been very kind to me personally and extremely supportive and generous which I appreciate.
I will defend you all tooth and nail and could not imagine this site without you.
But, saddly, it appears this site is failing.
When I arrived it ws bustling with activity and pure fun to participate in. I would stay up to the wee hours of the morning answering far too many questions. I am a night-owl and so this gave me purpose while the others are sleeping. (I am a landlord living in my own building- I cannot play In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and still have tenants.)
Now it seems that we hardly get people at night anymore. And even the afternoons and evenings are getting thin.
I know we are all frustrated. The moderators and the users. Frustration is the downward driving force these days it seems. It is understandable. I believe I can see, at least to a point, both sides of the issue- moderators and users.
Some good ideas have been put forth. I am not sure what the consensus on those ideas has been. But I would like to put them to the test if I may.
For my question.
Dan did the hard work and came up with some ideas. Would it be acceptable that they be posted here one at a time and voted upon and commented on individually? I realize that the format of all ideas in a single answer/post, while outstanding, did not garner much if any user/community discussion and it makes sense in my mind- to many variables and moving parts. Would this be an acceptable way to gauge what ideas should live or die?? Can I get a commitment from the moderators to weigh in on these to see where we are? As well, being a relative noob here, what would be the difficulties and concerns for each idea? This could be a good way for someone like myself to understand these issues better. Could this be a good way to move toward a goal I am sure we all share?
If we can iron out some of these issues, we can at least arrest some of the frustration which is my goal. Not to change the sites mission, but to reduce frustration in a way that makes sense to all of us. Can we agree on this? Or should I put my headphones on and crank-up a CD?