"Friendliness" of the 50+ Forum
Personally, I think the 50+ forum is one of the friendliest and"warmest" forums around.
I do think that there are a couple of things that we could do to increase it just a bit.
1. There is a thread which I started many years ago - it is a "sticky" and is the most posted thread on the 50+ forum. It is the "Special Thread For 50+yo Bicyclists"
Special Thread For 50+yo Bicyclists
Often, new folks will post there, and never get a response. As the OP, I try and get there at times and respond to folk's threads. But it would be nice if others would. I admit I am negligent in not getting there all the time.
OR, perhaps it would be a good idea to simply close the thread, as it already has over 700 posts?
Stickies do tend to get ignored once one participates more in the forum.
2. We do have our inside jokes and "clubbish" talk. Perhaps this is off-putting to others - I don't know. Should we try to temper that or explain it a bit? Perhaps a non-postable sticky explaining the "culture" and "traditions" of the 50+ forum?
Recently someone responded to a post, the title of which had to do with which wife to buy for a bike. A new poster completely misread the humor and told the OP that he must have posted incorrectly, he should have stated, "Which bike to buy for his wife."
Just one example.
3. I have been told by a PM from a Mod that Mods feel very unwelcome in the 50+ forum. I think this is unfortunate, but I think it stems from a couple of things.
* Mods don't generally do POSITIVE things. IOW, they are not seen as a positive force, but rather a negative force. They move threads we don't want moved, they criticize us, they ban us, they tell us we are unfriendly.
* With me, it started way back with a mod severely criticizing the 50+ forum because folks were talking about some of the physical problems associated with aging - we simply shouldn't ever admit, at least in public, that we are aging and having age-related conditions and diseases. As I was going through a rather traumatic time, physically, that really turned me off to mods.
But, this is unfortunate. It needs to change.
They and we are here, and they are a fact of life, AND THEY DO A LOT OF GOOD AS VOLUNTEERS IN KEEPING THE ENTIRE FORUM GOING IN A MORE POSITIVE MANNER. But, often, I fail to recognize that.
How could we get a more positive relationship with the mods going?