Joel and Rich...this post is written especially for you and intended for your feedback.
Sometimes I have to scratch my head and wonder, "is this really an entreprenurial forum?" Where`s the tolerance for different types of content?
I consistently post articles on other top forums and they have stimulated some wonderful two-sided conversations. For example:
And yet an article I wrote that had absolutely nothing to do with marketing or entrepreneurship was accepted here:
Doesn`t make any sense. And while I could easily present dozens of other examples, the point is, the members and moderators of those forums don`t view my articles with extreme prejudice.
Sometimes the members and moderators of those forums agree with my position, sometimes they don`t. But at least those forums are open to discussing the content of my articles. After all, isn`t that what forums are designed for - discussion?
If other well-established, reputable forums don`t have a problem discussing the content of my articles...why should this one?
If you`re going to allow some content and exclude others, you really don`t have an "open" forum," now do you?
The basis for any forum will ALWAYS be discussion. I applaud and respect what Rich and Jeff have created here, but the bottom line is, it`s still a forum and it`s all about discussion.
Those aforementioned forums are all JUGGERNAUTS. They are the best of the best. They are professionally run and moderated. They are open-minded and fair and they let everyone have their say to a point.
Rich, be different yes - but also be smart and model the hugely successful forums that have come before you. Learn from them. There`s a reason they`re so succesful. They welcome everyone`s opinions and content with open arms - and that`s a good thing!
Content prejudice should not be tolerated in any forum - especially by the moderators!
The fact of the matter is, it`s a doggone interesting thread! Otherwise, it would have died a long time ago.