Well put. I concur.
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We had this problem at E-sangha as well in the Zen forum at one point, which was how I ended up as moderator there in the first place.Dan74 wrote: ↑Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:49 pmI keep getting messages from folks who complain there is too much fluff and nonsence on the Forum and not enough real Zen Buddhism, and from folks who complain about the rules and the discipline. To me it just seems that we have trouble living under the same 'roof', even a virtual roof, with people of a very different temperament/interest/involvement with Zen. But maybe it's still worth trying, even seeing as a part of practice? Or what do people suggest?
The approach I took at the time was to announce a funnel thread for all off topic posts and just indiscriminately move chitter and chatter posts there without warning or announcement. Not all of it, but whenever I felt like it was becoming a thing which was still often enough.
A few people felt it was heavy handed, but I felt it was a kinder approach than deleting posts, closing topics or issuing warnings, and I think people understood quickly enough that if a post was missing it was to be found in the funnel thread. I didn't want to take away people's voice or expression, just help focus it into the proper areas. I was also happy to do requests for splitting discussions out of the funnel thread.
My impression was that it did help focus the discussion a lot, although really others should be the judge of it. Also, it's much easier on the moderator too, when you are just moving posts around rather than telling people what they should or should not be doing.