The proposal to enforce AC posting for logged in members only on the main page was promulgated to all staff and members of the board 7 days ago. Thank you to all those who contributed to the earlier discussions and clearly expressed their own views, suggestions and potential enhancements. All are being studied for implementation, if feasible, when staffing and resources permit.
There has been unanimous agreement from all responses received in favour of the proposed restriction. However, it was also apparent that there was a wish that this will be only until other alternative methods of restricting spamming, abuse and other disruptions to discussions can be identified and implemented. This is unlikely to be achievable in the short to medium term; other sites are struggling unsuccessfully with the same problem. The long-term aim remains to include AC posting in all discussions if at all possible
Therefore, beginning immediately, all AC posting on the main site will be limited to registered members who have logged in to their account. We regret that this leaves a number of AC community members unable to contribute as they once did, but anonymity remains a personal choice.
This will not affect discussions in journals which will have no limits and will be open to all.
If there is a demand for it, I will look at alternative methods of publishing a small number of stories each day into a journal.
On a more positive note, there is evidence that because of the recent restrictions on AC posting a significant number of existing accounts have returned and are commenting in the discussions. The quality of discussions (i.e. signal-to-noise ratio) is significantly better than it was several weeks ago. Although we have lost overall numbers of comments, the value of many of those lost comments appears to have been quite low. There has also been a noticeable improvement in moderations being awarded with more positive moderations being given when compared to negative ones. It is too early yet to draw any firm conclusions from other site statistics.
I agree things are looking more like the old days here again. I'll happily deal with the fact that there are fewer comments overall, when those comments we do get are ones worth reading and engaging with. I'm one of those who have rarely engaged in recent years, and I will endeavour to start doing so more, now that the atmosphere has improved. I was getting so discouraged with the quality of discourse, I was contemplating allowing my subscription to lapse. The only reason I hadn't done so already is that this site is one of the places I get to see viewpoints that differ from my own, held by people intelligent and articulate enough to be worth reflecting on.
I DID let my subscription lapse because of all the shit:
I, like you, may reconsider and renew now.
And both I, and more importantly MDC, would appreciate it :-) However, we will be more than grateful if you just stick with us and continue to comment as you do.
Oh, i'll be here... now.
This is a good choice, excepting that it eliminates those who cannot be but AC for whatever personal safety reasons they have. THAT'S too bad.
Maybe today i'll subscribe... for MDC :)
Some day, when i retire, maybe i'll start posting stories again! Someday. Just don't burn out, man. Keep calm and edit on!