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04 July 2010 @ 05:37 pm

So, I don’t know if you guys have been keeping up with the bit of controversy going on at BAM, but the whole mess has had me wanting to start a discussion about an issue there seems to be some debate about:

Who does a community belong to?

Do mods/admins rule as dictators? Do they owe a duty to the members of the community? Do members have any say about the direction/longevity of the community? Should they? I’d appreciate your input!
e_transitions: HP: laws change not justicee_transitions on July 4th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
To get the ball rolling, here's my take: I think a community belongs to its members first and foremost. If a person doesn't want to be mod/admin anymore the right thing to do is to pass the tortch, not just destroy the community - especially after people have invested so much of their own time into the community.

When I looked up the word in the dictionary, I got the following:
1) a unified body of individuals
2) society at large
3) joint ownership or participation
LadyoftheLight: * Rob & Kris - LA premieremarilla_pm67 on July 5th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
It really depends... but mostly I think the comm belongs to the users, even if YOUTUBE proves us time and again this isn't the case ....

Anyway, I understand your frustration ... I'm too, it's like we (people) who are trying to save this vid comm are being the bad guys, because we dared to use some 'harsh' terms... I'm sure some other person though about taking over the payement.

Like I said, I would do it if I had the money without taking over anything ... but it's not in my hand so ...

I'm really frustrated to be treated like a parria because we dared suggesting something :(

I'm 200% with you :)

e_transitionse_transitions on July 5th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you. I was really surprised that they got so upset - they'd expressed that they didn't care to save it - that they were done and had their own reasons for wanting out. Well, fine. Then be an adult about it and hand the reigns over to someone who does want to put in the time to see it continue. I heard from at least 2 users who offered to pay for the whole year plan if they would turn over the site to them & the admins said no! To me, that's just plain selfish.

With projects like Archive of Our Own (AO3) going on, I'm surprised there wasn't more outrage over the whole thing too. Whether the admins like it or not, that site has become a huge part of the vidding community & to just let it die would erase SO many vids off the web completely. As if youtube and imeem haven't hurt the vidding community enough - now vidders have to worry about their own kind screwing them over? Enough is enough. The admins should have realized that it's not personal, it's communal. It's about the survival of the vidding community as a whole.