|Barked: Tue Mar 8, '11 10:02am PST |
|Okay! I sent the following feedback to HQ via the contact form:
Dogster is, as always, a great place to be, but I have been noticing some tension among the forums on a certain issue (in case you don't recognize the name and email, I'm one of the mods, so I get to see my fair share of what little drama does happen here) and I have a suggestion that I hope could help to make it even better.
There's been enough kerfuffle about the Small Dogs forum that I decided to say something about it, in the event it has not already been brought to your attention. I know y'all in HQ must have a lot going on behind the scenes so while I certainly trust you to make good decisions as to any site changes because you have the info and experience, I do wonder how much of the forums pulse and general scuttlebutt you are privy to in your day to day affairs!
General consensus seems to be that giant breeds have just as many special considerations as the tinies, and there have been a lot of cries of Not Fair, even a whole thread someone made to wonder at what they viewed as the apparent "small dog favoritism" of Dogster.
I'd like to propose, instead of adding a new forum, a change in name and focus for the Small Dogs forum. Why not call it Size Matters, or something similar, and have it be a forum for discussing the special challenges that are unique to having a dog that is outside of the average size in either direction?
It's not a suggestion I came to lightly. I gave it a good think first, and to solidify my idea I talked it over with some other users via this thread here: http://www.dogster.com/forums/What_I_Love_About_Dogster/thread/70225 4 There were some good suggestions there. There does seem to be a general vibe that there are getting to be a few too many forums, which is why I think changing the existing one would be better than adding another. Some users like having lots of forums, some don't, and some feel just plain put out by it and think it makes the forums less busy and more segregated. Certainly there's no pleasing everyone, but I liked the idea someone suggested of putting in a "hide" function to customize individuals' forums pages to include only the ones they choose to frequent. So that is something to think about, anyway.
Digression aside, my main point is that I really think it would be nice to see the Small Dogs forum renamed to encompass Giant Dogs also. I think this tension is adding to a growing "big vs. little" resentment that I am seeing in some of the threads/posts, and it might be a good idea to address that in some way before it becomes a problem.
Thanks for your time!
For people who still feel they have suggestions or concerns not covered in this thread or in my feedback letter, I'd like to encourage you to send a brief note and make your voice heard as well. The best way to maintain our community as a place we want to stay involved in is, well, to be involved! Dogster, like any forum site, is something that we create together every day!
Yeaaah woohoo community spirit go team!
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