As many of you are aware, the 'word a day' vibe of this community has dropped down to something more akin to 'word a week or possibly two if someone remembers.' This isn't what we want as a community! We want a daily list of fresh words to inspire and learn, not a weekly word from me, and an ever degrading list of occasional posters.
As you'll also have noticed, our illustrious owner and maintainers have all but disappeared, so it's time for some decisive action!
Effective immediately I've taken maintainership of the community and removed everyone else so we can start fresh with new, daily posters. Don't panic, existing mods, maintainers and posters - you aren't banned! More on this below.
Now, this is a pretty adult community - we have relatively little issue with trolls or such. A few arrogant pratts here and there, but usually they're harmless. - but I always have to expect some concern, so here's a few pre-emptive answers to what may be asked:
Q. Is this a hostile takeover? Will there be military personnel in the streets? Will I have to learn to speak Australian to avoid raising suspicion?
A. Not by any means! There has been a lack of maintainership and postership for several months now, and I am simply taking decisive action to get the place back on track, as the prior maintainer sea_gaagii once did ages ago. With all the mods gone, and most of the posters scattered to the four winds, I'm hoping to get us back to daily posts by taking ownership of the situation.
Q. What about my existing maintainer/moderator/poster status? Am I no longer welcome? Don't you love me?
A. A lot of people no longer have a presence in the community under their roles. Those who had the roles have been removed so we can have a fresh start. If any of the people who had certain roles here comment, send me a PM or email me at shirosenshi at gmail dot com, they'll be immediately re-added if they're up for continuing to post or moderate the community! You've just been removed for now because it's easier to remove all and add those who want to continue in their roles than to keep everyone and work out who's just away on holiday or just doesn't check their email often enough.
So, my friends, there are two questions to be asked:
1. Who wants to post? I need six people, and some subs, who are willing and able to post one word per week.
2. What do you, as the readers of this community, want from this place? I've tried to expand the community's horizons a little by posting phrases (anyone remember Fin de Siecle?) and things that technically aren't real (like 'Tetris Effect' and 'Greebles'!). But does anyone else have any ideas for how we might expand the community and make it a little more exciting, and maybe easier for people to post things if they can't find a word?
All comments welcome, I look forward to your questions, queries and feedback. Please, as always, keep it polite and constructive. If you have a serious issue, please contact me privately. This is, once again, not a hostile takeover. I'm just getting things back up and running again.