It is a Michael Archer Heresy that...
"The greatest cause of anger, hostility, bad behavior, acting out, conflict, strife, flame wars, personal attacks, politics, and general crapola is not Standards.
Instead it is Failed Expectations."
Meaning a lad expects one thing. believes in it, seeks it out, thinks he is spending time/money/effort into it.. only to find it is something else that is different or contrary or opposite.
It is why a Farbs and Authentics do not mix. And why Authentics and Farbs do not mix. Not matter what the Period or Era.
History is history. It would be a simpler Life, and a better Hobby (in any reenacted or living history Period or Era) if History dictated Impressions not our Impressions dictate the History.
One of the worst on-line wars ever involved a lad in 1999 who was a Progressive but wanted to be authentic. And created a board for Authentics and those seeking or striving to become one.
Its name said so name said so in bold type.
He created a really tight ship not intended for newcomers or newbies, with many rules,, and rigorous if not severely if jot brutal enforcement complete with time-outs, suspensions,, and outright bannings. He created a moderating group or panel, and charged them with policing his vision and his creation.
Long Story Short. He was a Progressive at heart, and for some reason did not communicate his change-of-heart to the "
policemen' doing his bidding. When it came to a head, he turned his back on the moderators, and stabbed them in back allowing them to be made the villains and monsters.
My point is... please, no matter what it is.. communicate you vision and what you want to see happen. And give us the tools to help you achieve and maintain it in the way you, as "Ramrod" want to see it be. When we all.... owner,. admin(s), mod(s) old and new members can rally around the flag and as Capt. Pecard says...
Make it so.
As I already shared, I would suggest creating a Facebook page version of this here, which a link to this site to attract and bring in the lads who ride the trails of FB Land.
One board I frequent did that and increased visits, 'traffic,' by 300-400% a day.