CWestfall wrote:OYID wrote:Maybe there should be another thread with another poll, but I would like to voice my disapproval of no longer voting to accept new members. I voted "no" because, indeed, I don't know Clancy. Even though he's getting approved, I still think its important to hold on to this practice. I think it's a great thing that we vote on who enters, and if that means the forum will grow slowly, so be it (I'm actually opposed to the forum growing at all, but that's another issue).
We'll probably have to have a separate discussion about that sooner rather than later.
Well lets do that now.
If the forum doesn't grow, it won't stay the same, it'll shrink. I don't want to speak for other people, though it certainly appears to be the case for others too, but I'm increasingly busy now, and it shows no sign of letting up, really. Summer breaks will still be alright, maybe Winter breaks, but on the whole people's lives tend to trend towards becoming ever more complicated.
If we still want this community to exist in any form, we have to grow it and bring new people in. And be patient with the new people. But if we're bringing in people wholly new to the community, it makes no sense to vote on them as no one save the person bringing them in will know them. I think we can trust people's judgements on who would fit into our community and who wouldn't. But no growth is really not an option.
Also, I'd like to get all nostalgic for a moment and remember back to the days of Fo' Dolo before Merdy lost his shit. Around the time of Game V. Aside from the main game (which had over 30 players, I believe) there were a number of successful side games, people actually did their newspapers, there was lots of diplomacy and brinkmanship in the UN forum, the forum was active and fun.
So yeah. The more the merrier. To a certain point. Obviously if we had, say, 1000 people here, that'd be going to extremes. But there've been more people than this before, and it tends to be fine.