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I'm a new candidate.
So it seems that a majority of the motions are regarding new forums or subforums. As the info in FT expands, it's important to organize this all into a easy to read/find manner so that people can find what they need and care about.
It's tough balance. As one expands forums, you can start losing membership and therefore a diversity of opinions and experiences since there is only so much time one can spend on FT. However, too broad of forums can have too many voices, competing interests and topics and results in too much disjointed info.
Thoughtful discussion as well as thoughtful trial and error are both important in finding things that work for the community. Also as needs change, we have to continue to change to stay current and relevant.
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I'm not yet a TalkBoard member, but do agree with many others here about the most passionate passes: FlyerTalk Cares, Restructure Mileage Run Forum, and the Public Posting of TB Motions.
Overall, I'm most impressed with the passion that comes through the community when a new forum is needed whereas there's significant outreach and support that comes from non TalkBoard members to get such a forum up and running. It's the job of TalkBoard members to be the facilitator to convert that passion to action and to open up new places to discuss.
FlyerTalk Cares is a great example where the Board provided some structure to the charitable aspect of the community.
The Mileage Run forum was a bit hectic and chaotic; again, the Board provided some structure there to make the forum better for all of those that interacted there.
While not a reflection of the passion that the Board facilitates, the passing of the Public Postings of TalkBoard Votes vote simply underlined the commitment the board has to the traveling community to be transparent and efficient. Once people see the transparency of the Board, I think they become more comfortable to share their thoughts and passions on the forums here.
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Of the TB votes during the past year, the 3 that I was most passionate about were:
Change Description of Disability Forum to include alcoholism and addic
I would have voted to make this change, since disability includes many things. Not all of these are apparent or physical. I myself have a neurological problem that affects my balance. Even though you may not see it (because I do not use something like a walker or wheelchair), I still have a disability.
There are many types of disabilities. Why exclude some? (After all - isn't that what is trying to be avoided?)
I am glad to say I would have voted yes on this issue! It says something positive about FT!
Don't Count OMNI Posts In Member Post Counts
Although I personally would have lost well over 2/3 of my posts, I would have voted to approve this motion. Most of the OWOT threads are mainly for post padding. (I'm ashamed to admit that I started one of the counting threads! ) I look to these as a way to correspond to and dialogue with others.
This issue was mainly brought on by a (very) few who excessively padded their post counts.
But I feel that OMNI itself is needed as a relief valve for FT posters. OMNI should remain on FT, but I personally think there are more important issues for TB to deal with than "OMNI post counts"!