Changes to RIBnet
During the recent discussion about how we might improve RIBnet there were a few issues raised. They have all been considered and a couple of things have already been changed, a couple of things won't be changed, and there are a couple of things that are up for discussion.
We're better at welcoming people who post in the introductions section. This seems to be working well and has had a positive reception. Feel free to jump in if you ever see an introduction post that hasn't had a response yet. Can you beat whisper and Jambo to the draw?
Updated the posting guidelines to include a "no whining" clause and amended some of the other wording, particularly to make it clear that in general discussions the admin team post as regular RIBnet members not as moderators.
There are no plans to make any major changes to the admin team. They do a good job, mostly unseen, and I hope that people will manage to disagree with them in general RIBnet discussions without taking anything personally.
We've looked at the various options for adding a "Like" or "Thanks" button on posts, but the experience from Social Knowledge on their other forums is that it tends not to add much to the experience. So for the moment at least it's a no.
Up for discussion
We had a request for a new section for projects or rebuilds, or possibly repairs and maintenance. There are certainly a lot of threads covering these topics, but does it merit being separated? Would it just mean more work for the admin team moving posts into the right forum?
If we do make a new forum it could be called "Repairs and rebuilds" and cover GRP and tube repairs plus major projects. Engines and electronics would remain in their current sections, and cleaning would stay in RIBs and ribbing.
What do you reckon?
While I'm at it, looking at the use of different sections I plan to do away with the RIB racing forum shortly. There isn't really any RIB racing these days and the amount of discussion really doesn't really merit its own area. All the existing posts would be moved across to RIBs and ribbing though so nothing would be lost.