Some people take every comment as indicative of site policy or article as a ‚Äôsite‚Äô article.
In reality, that‚Äôs far from the status quo. There is no way that all six of us agree on anything, never mind most things.
So, it becomes an issue of liberal tolerance and the fervent desire to not have to get involved at all in issues of moderation.
For almost a year there was no need to intervene, people understood the bigger picture. Regardless of personal opinions or ego, they subjugated it to the greater ideal of having somewhere to gather where you don‚Äôt get personally attacked for your opinions.
Understandably, new readers most often breached the ideal but it‚Äôs surprising how those very same people became some of the best posters on the site.
The idea of self-moderation is not always an easy concept to grasp but once people see the difference it makes in interaction, it‚Äôs great.
The strange thing is, everyone can still provide their opinion in passionate ways, they can still disagree with other posters vigorously and voiceferously, they just learn to leave the malignancy and provocation out of it.
Obviously some people take pride in being hard cases, I have no idea why, and it takes longer to deal with them but we have over 500 unique registered members, over 4200 unique visitors per month.
We trust that people understand they‚Äôre making a fool of themselves in front of a lot of people.
Anyway, thankfully, it‚Äôs 99% a self-moderating site, users themselves don‚Äôt want to bring their own site down.
It is inevitable that some posters will have a history with other posters outside Rugga World, that’s your business but leave it at the door when you enter here and if you can’t, please don’t join. Derogatory comments towards fellow posters are unacceptable, racist taunting or comments will not be tolerated. On that note, it’s not encouraged, or welcomed, to deliberately post comments that are bound, or intended, to elicite provocative reaction from others.
As for the readers that take personal issue with a particular story or series of posts, it stresses me every time we lose any of them but I have to accept that we cannot satisfy all the people all the time. I wish they‚Äôd consider that as well.
On top of that, Rugga World is not a single entity, there are six of us and we can post what we like – there is no site ‚Äėpolicy‚Äô. It‚Äôs down to common sense. We don‚Äôt agree with each other, we don‚Äôt support the same teams, we disagree on national coaches etc.
Then throw in that, so far, we‚Äôve never turned down a reader‚Äôs contribution, you are all free to express your opinions as long as you remain true to a generally accepted modicum of decency.
So, we know VERY WELL we are far from perfect but we‚Äôre trying to give you a pleasant place to gather and chat about rugby.
Personally, I have a wish that the people who disagree with things don‚Äôt throw their toys but rather use their perfectly reasonable opportunity to show another way, express another opinion, influence people otherwise.
However, after a year, I know that some people just miss the point and there is not a lot you can do to retain them.
Believe me, I wish it was otherwise but humanity is diverse and it‚Äôs diverse for a reason, it helps to ensure survival.
All we can do is remain being different people offering different viewpoints in dfferent ways and trust that enough of you will understand that.
And we sincerely thank all who do understand that.
As importantly, we’d like to invite those who take issue with anything on the site to discuss it. Let us know your thoughts, give us your ambitions for the site, help us out. We’re not omniprescent, most times we’re not even here when the dwang hits the fan.
Most of all, an enormous thank you to all those who have kept visiting over the months, your contribution is what has kept this site going. You are the real STARS.