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I've been kicking around a new board feature/setup for a couple months and since its a slow day, now is a good time to get your feedback.
The BOL Round Table is great right now. We have the perfect mix of insiders, quality posters and topics and very few trolls. This was pretty much the case a few years ago with BOL, then we grew, grew and grew some more. Back when BOL had about 8,000 members (prior to growing to 11,300) we had a high quality board.
Despite our efforts to moderate the board, it became increasingly difficult to keep the board focused as the membership grew. So it got me thinking of a way to preserve what we have now -- which is a great board and probably the best of all the college sports communities.
So, here's a potential solution that may actually work. Remember, this is only an idea and I'm not saying we are going to do it.
1). Kind of like an exclusive club. I cut off "posting privileges" specifically to the BOL Round Table to the first 8,000 (or so members -- to be determined) that merge over and sign up. We are beginning to approach that level and will easily exceed those totals by Football season. Basically, we give everyone a chance to get back on and (get "unconfused") and then we lock it down -- FOR GOOD.
2). All 8,000 members and ALL NEW MEMBERS TO BOL would have the right to READ the BOL Round Table, but only the first 8,000 would have the ability to POST on the BOL Round Table.
3). We would CREATE a new member only board called The Deuce or some thing similar -- basically the Round Table 2. ALL BOL MEMBERS could READ and POST to the this board. The purpose would be to have a board (premium and similar to the Round Table) so that NEW MEMBERS would have a 'Bama message board to post on and earn their stripes.
4). After Proving that they are not trouble makers, trolls, or have the ability to provide valuable content to the Round Table, they would have the ability to MOVE over to the Round Table by being invited by charter BOL Round Table members. We will have a group of 20 or 30 on an approval committee that will review accolades a couple times each month.
The downside is that new members would not automatically be eligible to post. While this would keep the trolls and trouble makers at bay, it would keep some quality posters from immediately contributing.
I would never consider this for a smaller member college team site, but for a mega market leader like BOL, it could be a way to preserve the quality of the Round Table for life. And, membership would definitely have it's privileges.
BOLers -- I'm only thinking about this as an option. The Round Table is without question the best part of BOL and the Round Table is you! I want to do everything in my power to keep what we have this time and not lose control.
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by Lucky on 3/30/2011 at 2:15 PM
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I am not a huge poster.......but i do read the board daily and have been a member of several sites for many years. The one feature that i think would help this board is an ignore button. In my world that would clean up the message board enough to allow all members posting ability. Just my .02.
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Not a bad idea, Lucky. Would you use post ratings to "earn stripes" and access to the Roundtable? If so, I'd recommend that only those of us who are already on the Roundtable be able to vote -- that way we are the ones essentially giving access to the newbies who we deem worthy haha.
As far as maintaining the quality of the board, I don't think it's a bad idea at all. I actually like it. The one drawback that I can see, and this is purely from a business/membership/revenue perspective, is that the initial barrier to entry on the "big boys/girls board" might keep some prospective new members from signing up. If you are alright with that being the case, then I think it's a win.
Not a big poster here either, but I think it would be a great idea. You guys have done an amazing job with this new board... its light years ahead of where we were over there.
I actually think this is a good idea. I got so tired of all the bashers and trolls before the switch that I actually didnt want to post anything. It is so much better over here now and it is still the same ol way at the old sight. You've got my vote.
It sounds good to me.
Although the system could cause some frustration among potential new members, and possibly even deter some quality posters from joining, it would definitely help keep the board running smooth and clean in the long run.
Personally, I like the way you are thinking. Keeping out the trolls/douchebags is the key to having a quality board.
"Character" is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.
I like the idea but I'm a little confused where you say it would be locked down FOR GOOD.... Then say you would add posters to it with an invite. Is the amount locked in at 8,000 and new members can be added as others drop off? Or will the restrictions be for good and that 8,000 will increase as the invites are sent out? Sorry for the confusion.
Also, thanks for any attempts made to improve the quality of the board. Even if this idea doesn't pan out, I like that you guys are looking for ways to improve the content.
God, give me patience today. If given strength I may beat someone to death.
I like it.
Love it! Let them earn the right to post.
Don't know how possible this would be, but would like to have a MOD look over their past posts after they had been nominated by a charter member. Just to have an extra review.
But, yes really think it will help with the problem that happened on the other board.
By the way, I just love the way you guys are looking for ways to do things better and when you see that something isn't working, ie the down votes problem, you quickly jump in and make it right. There are a lot of businesses out there that could learn a lesson from you!
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