|A strong team of unified mods/supermods/admins can change a free-for-all into a productive community site... but it ain't easy, and it ain't without struggles. Mods who enforce rules are seen as tyrants who abuse their power, and are ridiculed for sucking up to "the man". Mods also can become victims of burnout when they have to shoulder too much (as in covering too much territory, bearing the brunt of the members' ire, and so forth).|
Gosh....and you said you were new....
It's true that some have suffered 'burnout' and ceased/diminished involvement...but others still 'happily' work at it. It's amazing [for me at least] to realise just how tolerant and patient admins/mods need to be to nOT be seen as tyrannical.
One of the issues with the Wincustomize community is the perception of 'elitism' within....though I've always imagined that is partly a result of the Citizen/Apprentice/Journeyman rankings ....which some may see as preferential treatment by those who do the 'promoting'. For me, it's one of the pivotal things about the WC Community simply as an indicator for others to know who to seek for guidance both in skinning and general onsite behaviour.
Some on this thread have mentioned about wanting to upload works-in-progress to some specific location....well there's no reason they cannot be uploaded to their respective skin galleries...with the title 'WIP' or 'Work In Progress' in their description. What HAS happened, however is unfinished works get flamed by people who should know better saying "how dare you upload unfinished crap", etc....yet, as with screenshots, galleries [in that history that people ignore/forget] were for skins to go out to the public AND for interactive assistance in construction/creation. Instead we DO get 'elitism' from one person proclaiming another as 'inferior' because he/she failed to provide a progress bar graphic, or some such tripe.
There's really only two ways to re-invigorate the forum/community...through added interest in skinning [How-to's, etc would help there, definitely]...or through controversy and flame. The latter isn't really an option, not for what purports to be a friendly community site.
Actually....that mention of a 'WIKI or FAQ' sounds great. Imagine an online How-to that all skinners could edit/contribute to...as and when new 'tricks' were devised/discovered....it'd be more 'community' and less 'do-it-this-way-because-we-wrote-the-proggy.'
I expect 2007 to be a great time for Wincustomize.com. The site will even have shiny new clothes... 2K7 really makes the 'current' site look tired and dare I say....'bland'. The backroom 'admin' end actually has tools that work, so, considering the workload the Stardock crew was under at the latter end of 2006 the creation of the 2K7 site[s] is a tribute to all of them. Frogboy and his coders have provided us the vehicle....now it's up to us ALL to steer it as a successful, supportive, and vibrant Community....