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a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« on: December 10, 2015, 03:03:39 AM »
This is a NON-BINDING vote and i just wanted to get your opinion on this.

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2015, 03:19:52 AM »
So I just wanted to make sure I'm clear on what you mean. You're asking our opinion on closing registration?

If so, it's kinda cool when you're in but sucks when you're out. When you're in, it makes it feel special. Also, I'd feel safer posting personal shit in members only forums if registration wasn't always open.

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2015, 03:36:45 AM »
yeah. we have an advantage of being, IMHO, a cosy site where i hope that everyone feels inclusive and that they have a voice.

you don't get that feeling from other drug sites, in my experience; drugs.com is huge and to me, largely unappealing due to that.

whilst we hope to grow, we'd prefer to grow slower but with really good people.

i was wondering what you all thought about size vs. closeness, please ...

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2015, 07:32:23 AM »
I voted for the "when it stops feeling tight knit" option.

Honestly I'm concerned with the rapid growth we've had the past month or so. I'm sure some of it has to do with the mass emails. But I think the majority of the members who joined because of that would be more likely to make intro posts.

It seems like a vast majority of those joining are simply making accounts with little to no activity. The pessimist in me has to wonder if some of these new members are simply new, secondary accounts for current members. I'd be shocked if that wasn't the case for some.

That may not seem important, but consider voting. What would prevent someone from using a VPN to create multiple accounts to allow them to cast multiple votes, thereby throwing an election? 
Transparency is necessary to ensure decent staff members get elected. Members need to know when staff are misbehaving, so members can be informed voters.

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2015, 07:42:02 AM »
we have about 40 members who have created accounts and never used them so it's not too bad at this stage.

re. your "throwing elections" thoughts > a user can only cast one (or whatever the poll allows as a specified count) vote so multiple logins will still fail when a vote is cast  more than the specified count.

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2015, 08:05:21 AM »
we have about 40 members who have created accounts and never used them so it's not too bad at this stage.

re. your "throwing elections" thoughts > a user can only cast one (or whatever the poll allows as a specified count) vote so multiple logins will still fail when a vote is cast  more than the specified count.



No, I mean say a member uses a VPN to create multiple accounts. So while one account is created showing an IP in the US, another is created with an IP in the UK, another in France, etc.  So while each account appears to be an entirely unique, individual account, they're all actually controlled by the same member. 
Transparency is necessary to ensure decent staff members get elected. Members need to know when staff are misbehaving, so members can be informed voters.

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2015, 08:18:07 AM »
well, it is possible.

yes, there are flaws in the system but i can only do so much.

there is a lot of trust involved (from us) and all we can do is hope people play fair.

VPNs and TOR present issues that i have not addressed yet.
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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2015, 08:51:26 AM »
We should let the board grow for the time being. That's just my opinion

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2015, 11:22:21 AM »
I agree with nark as soon as it feels not so tight knit which would also kinda be at mods discretion.   Bluelight and drugs are so big it doesn't feel like a community.

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2015, 12:38:44 PM »
I don't really like the idea of locking registration.  I think requiring moderator approval, and maybe weekly open registration would be good as a compromise.

I like intro threads as proof that someone is human, and appropriate to the forum.  I think new members should be required to post an intro within a month of arriving.  It would help us to filter people from bots, and appropriate from malicious.

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2015, 02:36:38 PM »
You know,when I suggested D&U should be run democratically ,I did NOT mean the membership voted on everything!!

I was suggesting representational democracy not this.

The problem with polls like this is,no matter how hypothetical it is,we're pretty much stuck with the result.

So,be very careful what you wish for people. 

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2015, 02:46:06 PM »
Maybe make it where people can register freely but have to be approved or apply to access members only boards?

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2015, 03:08:16 PM »
I think registration should be closed or limited eventually. I like the idea of a "private" site, but I didn't like how they did it on the 'phile (pay or get lucky).  I would prefer a waiting period - you get to register, say, 3 or 6 months after you initially visit and sign up.  This keeps the looky-loos out and requires some dedication to the site, but gives everyone equal access to the forum.

However, since recently signing up here, I've noticed the content and posts are coming in a little slow right now.  It may be wise to keep things open for a little bit until the member count gets a little higher and the pace of discussion picks up.

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2015, 04:52:13 PM »
I was thinking we could grow as long as the load didn't increase server costs. But if we have a truckload of unused accounts, maybe we could require them to login or post once a year? Is that too much? And even if say it was someone who used to be active that got clean but wanted to pop in after a couple years, then they could just be asked by mods where they'd been and reason for absence sorta thing...heck, idk, anybody else with better ideas, I'm open- haven't decided how to vote yet. I also like the tight feel but didn't like the superiority complex some members had a opio bc of closed registration. So whatever we decide, let's just try not to be assholes...please

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Re: a NON-BINDING (hypothetical) Poll on Registrations
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2015, 08:11:15 PM »
remember, I am just exploring the various options.

I think what may work is a combination of a few options.

the founders reserve the right to control intake and will NOT make decisions based on the most popular vote.

registrations remain open until further notice - genuine, new members are all very welcome in the foreseeable future.
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