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Old 09-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #1
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Things are changing rapidly at Hamumu, as you no doubtedly are aware. Some of these changes are good, whereas others are bad, and many more are controversial.

I haven't been very active at Hamumu for about a year. I'm here, reading the forums every day, but I rarely say anything, as I feel like I have nothingto contribute. In fact, many of you probably don't know me, and others probably don't like me very much due to my 'serious' approach, and that all I seen to do these days is complain.
Well, this moderator job has managed to keep me here, and is helping me to become more involved in the community once again.

I've been here for almost 5 years now, and I've seen plenty go on: people have come and gone; the site and forums have changed. In the past, I have wished for Hamumu to be more like it was in the 'olden days', but I no longer wish for it to be that way. Instead, I want you to help me move the community forwards.

Although I'm a moderator, I don't necessarily have any power over any of you. I can control what you say, but not what you think, or the attitude you hold. I cannot change what is allowed and what is not allowed on these forums, nor can organise large community events. I can, however, get you all to read what I have to say.

Now, back to those changes I was talking about. I would like each and every one of you to help me combat the 'bad' changes that yhave been taking place here recently, and put Hamumu back on track to being a light, family-friendly, entertaining place.

These changes I am referring to include the following:
  • Members leaving. Okay, so it's up to individuals as to whether or not they want to stay at Hamumu, and we should respect their decisions, but what I am really talknig about here is members feeling 'forced' to leave. I'm not going to name names here, but many of you are aware that there has been a bit of a hostile atmosphere lurking around here recently, and people have argued been offended, and ultimately felt cast aside. Hamumu is, in many ways, a home for people, where they have friends with similar interests, and there are people who respect them and can understand them or sympathize with them. It takes a lot to decide to leave your home, yet it's occuring none-the-less.
  • Disagreements and a negative attitude towards Jamul and Hamumu in general. I'm not going to rant about Jamul authority and the fact that he works hard for us and all that, as I know you've heard it before. However, if jamul proposes a change that you're not happy with, it really isn't acceptable to moan about it, or tell him that he's wrong. If you want your opinion to be heard, then you can PM or e-mail Jamul, telling him what you think. Alternately, set up an opinions poll asking people what they think. There's nothing wrong with expressing yourself, just don't do it in a spiteful way. Please.
  • Spam. It's pretty much always been a problem, and isn't particularly bad at the moment, but it's still worth bringing up. In my opinion, there's no need for it. At all. However, I'm not gonig to stop you if you want to calm down by posting something stupid. Just... before you do, think as to whether you really want to post it, and whether you could post something more meaningful or useful. The quality of your posts affects people's opinions towards you considerably. If you want to be taken seriously, then try not to spam. Or, as I like to think of it: if you don't have anything useful to say, don't say anything at all.
  • Making life difficult. This is a bit of a vague one, but basically it encompasses posting dodgy or unnecessary links. As you are surely aware, Youtube links are banned on the forums due to the uncertainty of the appropriateness of the user comment.s Some people use TubeDubber now, but there are questions arising as the appropriateness of some of the ads on the site. It's nothing concrete, so whether or not posts containing links to the site, and others like it, make it past the moderators is at the discretion of each individual mod. It would hlpe us out considerably if you could be extremely careful when posting pictures and videos. For pictures, check if it has a link attached and, if it doesn't need it, remvoe it. For videos, try to either find a well-respected site that has it on to link to, or try and get the video on it's own, without comments and ads.
All I am asking if for you all to take into consideration what I have said in the points above, and for you to try to follow the advise I have given, to help Hamumu become a happy, friendly place once again.

Thank you for reading this extremely long and serious post. I look forward to reading your responses.
Remember, if you ever need any help, or have any queries or concerns, feel free to ask! You can PM or e-mail me.
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