If it ain't broke, don't fix it
I think the original (and proposed) "rules" are reasonable
and the moderators did a good job. It must be quite overwhelming, considering the number of posters and volume of posts...a labor of love
, no doubt.
I also appreciate the input of comments here on this thread -- particularly pertaining to freedom of speech
and where to draw the line and the right
to do so, given the fact that it IS a privately operated site. It's tricky and attempting to make decisions "by committee" and make everybody happy is diplomatic and democratic but probably impossible. It's nice to be asked for an opinion anyway though.
Having the ability to utilize the "signature"
I think enhances the posts and gives a person the option to individualize their posts and thereby present a more cohesive impression, which makes it more gratifying for self-expression and hopefully more interesting for others. It would be nice if that was not discontinued.
The "Off Topic"
thread was a pleasant alternative & hopefully it will be reinstated
. As mentioned, it IS a Dylan fan "community," but most everyone, I would assume, has other interests as well and sharing those gives people an insightful overview of what "Dylan fans" are about, (besides the common denominator of admiration for his music.)
Having a couple of days to "edit"
instead of a couple of minutes was helpful also. After all -- nonsense or profundity -- it may be there for posterity.
And Brairy Rose...don't leave! You've been sweet and add to the flavor of these discussions. I've more than once put ER aside, for various reasons
, only to find myself coming back, for various reasons
...maybe you just need a little break -- and considering THAT, this enforced break gives us a chance to re-examine & reevaluate what it means, if anything, to be here at all and whether it serves "a purpose" or is just for fun, rapport & understanding, consanguinity and/or intellectually stimulating different points of view (could be it's better to just limp along instead of cold turkey) and if it does
becomes tedious or exasperating, the built-in freedom of cyber space is that one can just come and go as one pleases -- providing we "behave ourselves."