So, I complained about some shit when we first set up this forum. A lot of it was factionalism, and OYID is displaying an alarming amount of it. That's like, straight up nativist shit right there.
This is a collection of words and sometimes images structured around pretending to be Cold War governments, man. Let's not take this so seriously to start with.
Second, all this hard and fast rules shit needs to stop. We're not writing a fucking constitution here. If things happen, then they happen, and we deal with them.
Let's have an example. Say, you and some buddies of yours hang out on a regular basis. One day, one of your bros wants to invite a friend of his to join. The guy joins and is relatively cool. So that's great. Or maybe you guys run into a dude at the local bowling alley/fishing hole/soda fountain, and he seems cool enough to ask to hang out with you guys more often. On the chance that one of those two guys end up being uncool, you can decide, with that current information, for that current situation, what to do specifically, and only for that situation. You do not come up with long, bureaucratic rules for dealing with anything similar in the future. You do not ask prospective guys who want to hang out to submit a resume. And you do not invest quote-unquote power in any member of this group.
Because you're just a group of dudes who hang out. That's it. Nobody here has any real authority over the other, there is no special class of admins or mods that the team is drawn from. The aforementioned analogy doesn't fit perfectly, sure, but at the most, this is like a club. There needs to be a president and some officers, sure, but only for the absolute bare minimum mechanical workings of the forum. The admin team here cannot decide the club's next activity, or run fundraisers for that activity, or any of that sort of thing.
They're the guy you picked to drive tonight, more than anything else.
So, I know this has been long, but, here's what I was trying to say, and some stuff I didn't even address in that rant:
1. Factionalism is dangerous. Trying to establish some sort of power where there shouldn't be any is dangerous. Don't do it. We aren't fucking Bolsheviks in here. (Most of us, at least.)
2. People come, and people go. Who gives a shit. If you thought they were cool, stay in touch. If you didn't like them, then good riddance.
3. There is no sort of real risk involved with new members. The worst that can happen is a troll posts NSFW material and you open it in front of your boss/grandma/probation officer. And while that might be an issue, that was an issue with the whole of the internet.
4. While I like community discussion, we should remember to keep things like that. As just discussions. We don't need to vote on every little thing. We don't need to discuss every little thing. If something comes up that needs to be addressed, there's a forum for that. Let's not be the dad who calls Family Meetings to discuss the content of next week's Family Game Night.
5. I like multiples of five. It's such a nice, rounded number.