So, these are some of the points that were brought up on Sunday.
Please note that these are not concrete changes, but feedback is very welcome!
So, there was 4 of us at the meeting yesterday. Which isn't bad for a starter meeting
So a couple of points to try and spruce up the forum:
1 - Colour change. The grey, it was agreed, is uninspiring. Blue was the overall favourite colour to switch to. Maybe pale blue with dark blue for the titles would be best.
2 - Heading changes. It was discussed that the current headers (hall, cafe, pub etc) aren't really all that clear if you want to post something quickly. We went to the East Dulwich forum where their titles are clear (general issues, family things for sale, what's on etc.) So to change the titles to something clearer and easier to follow would potentially bring in more posters. Some other new individual pages that came about were possibly - Councillors - where people can ask questions directly (although we would need to try and get councillors on board for this though). Society (communications with the Sydenham Society). Admin - a page where people can ask questions directly to Admin without a private message. It is appreciated that this could potentially be abused but it's more for questions regarding the forum (i.e. setting up a meeting with other users to discuss the forum and potential improvements).
3 - Tips. For things like the blocking foe and viewing just unread posts, it isn't the easiest to find out all of these little quirks, so if there was a tips thread, maybe from the home page, it would help people navigate around the site a bit easier.
4 - Unread Posts. Again, we had a look at the EDF where it tells you how many new threads and posts have been made since you last logged in. We found that on here, with the slightly different shade of red, it wasn't the easiest to see from the outset what posts you have or haven't seen. A counter type (as per EDF) would be great.
It was unanimously voted that Admin should remain anonymous to the forum and any identity reveal wouldn't serve to benefit anybody.
Sydenham Society. There used to be a relationship between the society and the forum but this seems to have deteriorated over time. Looking at how well everybody worked together for The Greyhound, we really think that bridges should be built again.
Links to Facebook/Twitter/ Other Sydenham forums. An RSS feed if possible or just a Sydenham news where we can link other pages and try and bring all of the sites together. I know that other site admins may not wish this, but Admin here would have overall control on this site and would be the authority on what is allowed.
The Pub page. It was discussed that this page could almost be Admin free where people can post whatever they like. Granted Admin would have to keep an eye on it for racist, homophobic posts etc. but anything that wasn't breaking the law should be allowed to go crazy.
For those posters who do overstep the mark, possible sanctions. A 3 tier warning system like in any job. Polite warning, stronger warning, then a suspension (day, week etc.) then final action is to remove their account.
We also decided to hold meetings every quarter. This is to hope that over time we can encourage more people to come along and express their views.
I look forward to hearing people's feedback on this and hopefully we can get a few new faces at the next meeting too!
I really think that this forum could be a great community hub and I've already seen an increase in activity over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully we can keep it going!
Last edited by Dom Johnston
on 13 Nov 2018 10:10, edited 1 time in total.