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« Topic Start: October 30, 2009, 09:09:28 pm »

The Cauldron's message board will be undergoing a major reorganization in the near future [Date not yet set]. The following changes are tentatively planned for this reorganization:

1) Boards will move around between categories. New Boards may apparent. Old boards may be merged with other boards. New categories might appear. 

2) Membership Classes will be GREATLY reorganized. Regular members will gain access to almost all non-private boards. Companion and Full memberships will be going away (at least in their current forms). Donor memberships will continue and should get noticeable extras.

The reason for these changes is that TC has lost its focus over the past couple of years. TC used to aim mainly at non-beginners with a lot of more "advanced" discussion and debate than most Pagan-oriented boards have. We have lost that focus since moving to SMF from Beehive. Part of this was caused by the Hosts being preoccupied with things like cancer treatments (and the recovery therefore) but a lot of it was caused by our decision to limit access to the more advanced discussion areas to Full members. We had a number of good reasons for doing this, however, we expected far more people to apply for full membership than we have had. Only about 10% of the membership of this board are full members. We expected 50 to 60%, so most people never even have a chance at posting in the advanced discussion areas.

We will still have boards aimed that those new to Pagan Religions and those New to Magic. They will be staffed by people who like working with newcomers and visited those of our more advanced members who enjoy answering newcomer questions. Newcomers will be cut siome slack in these boards.  Note, however, that nothing will stop newcomers to Paganism and Magic from posting in the advanced boards, but those who do and are not up to the advanced level of those boards will quickly have their ass handed to them in debate and discussion. If you choose to post their, you will be assumed to be able to handle being bluntly told what you learned in some bad 101 book is utter nonsense.
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« Reply #1: October 30, 2009, 09:56:38 pm »

We will still have boards aimed that those new to Pagan Religions and those New to Magic. They will be staffed by people who like working with newcomers and visited those of our more advanced members who enjoy answering newcomer questions. Newcomers will be cut siome slack in these boards.  Note, however, that nothing will stop newcomers to Paganism and Magic from posting in the advanced boards, but those who do and are not up to the advanced level of those boards will quickly have their ass handed to them in debate and discussion. If you choose to post there, you will be assumed to be able to handle being bluntly told what you learned in some bad 101 book is utter nonsense.

Are you looking for volunteer mentors? If so, "ooh ooh, pick me! pick me!"

I do honestly like helping people who are new to Paganism out, I am rarely frustrated by 'beginner' questions, I don't bunny-stomp, I know the difference between good resources and whack-jobs. And it would seriously help me with the direction I feel my own Path is leading me, which is spiritual teaching and mentoring.
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« Reply #2: October 30, 2009, 10:16:28 pm »

Only about 10% of the membership of this board are full members. We expected 50 to 60%, so most people never even have a chance at posting in the advanced discussion areas.

Seriously?!  I had no idea.   This explains a lot!
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« Reply #3: October 30, 2009, 11:01:18 pm »

Seriously?!  I had no idea.   This explains a lot!

There were about 3500 members before I pruned the long gone today. We have about 330 full members, not all of whom are still active.
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« Reply #4: October 30, 2009, 11:03:07 pm »

Are you looking for volunteer mentors? If so, "ooh ooh, pick me! pick me!"

You can pick yourself. All you will have to do is read the newcomer boards and post helpful, accurate info. Any member who wants will be able to do this. Smiley  Those who don't want to will be able to put the newcomer folders on ignore if they want.
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« Reply #5: November 03, 2009, 05:13:09 pm »

The Cauldron's message board will be undergoing a major reorganization in the near future [Date not yet set]. The following changes are tentatively planned for this reorganization:

Wow. I go away for a little while and everything changes.  *gives a thumbs up for the plans*  It sounds like this has been a long time coming and it also sounds like it will tie the forum back together again. This is a good thing.
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« Reply #6: November 03, 2009, 05:15:53 pm »

It sounds like this has been a long time coming and it also sounds like it will tie the forum back together again.

We sure hope so!
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« Reply #7: November 04, 2009, 08:48:58 am »

The Cauldron's message board will be undergoing a major reorganization in the near future [Date not yet set].

Wow! I go away from the Cauldron for a little while, and everything changes! Okay, I'll have to get used to the new arrangement.
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« Reply #8: November 04, 2009, 08:52:12 am »

Wow! I go away from the Cauldron for a little while, and everything changes! Okay, I'll have to get used to the new arrangement.

I knew about the changes before the board at large did and I'm STILL trying to get use to it.
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« Reply #9: November 04, 2009, 08:42:33 pm »

While I'm not a Full member... (limited resources... *sigh*) Allow me to demonstrate why I lurk here, and why I tell my (serious) acquaintances to come here...

but those who do and are not up to the advanced level of those boards will quickly have their ass handed to them in debate and discussion. If you choose to post their, you will be assumed to be able to handle being bluntly told what you learned in some bad 101 book is utter nonsense.

THIS. Exclamation Point. Exclamation Point.

*orders Calming Rest Tea to gift to forum mods and mentors*
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« Reply #10: November 04, 2009, 08:44:27 pm »

While I'm not a Full member... (limited resources... *sigh*) Allow me to demonstrate why I lurk here, and why I tell my (serious) acquaintances to come here...

THIS. Exclamation Point. Exclamation Point.

*orders Calming Rest Tea to gift to forum mods and mentors*

er - do you mean limited TIME/energy resources, or financial?  Because there was never a monetary donation expected or required to join.

*scratches her head* I mean, I'm not saying you had to join or anything, I'm just confused.
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« Reply #11: November 04, 2009, 08:47:17 pm »

er - do you mean limited TIME/energy resources, or financial?  Because there was never a monetary donation expected or required to join.

*scratches her head* I mean, I'm not saying you had to join or anything, I'm just confused.

Time & financial. Mostly time. *attempts to duck back under Rock of Lurking*
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« Reply #12: November 04, 2009, 08:48:56 pm »

Time & financial. Mostly time. *attempts to duck back under Rock of Lurking*

No, we got you out now!  Muahahahaha! Cheesy
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« Reply #13: November 04, 2009, 08:59:47 pm »

Time & financial. Mostly time. *attempts to duck back under Rock of Lurking*

Posting and reading on this forum doesn't create an obligation to post and read MORE on this forum.

Just an overwhelming compulsion....

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« Reply #14: November 04, 2009, 09:05:00 pm »

THIS. Exclamation Point. Exclamation Point.

We have slipped a bit on this in that 12-18 months. We are going to try to do better.
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