I think it’s pretty unfortunate that Leaders are sort of just tasked with doing this. You people show other great traits that don’t really bode well with such a task. This is what I’m coming from.
Some people may remember this, and @FearlessPhoenix, you may too, but there used to be Leaders here, even before this whole clive thing. They were here because they played a major part in this community and were really great people to talk with. They showed us what it’s like to be a Hopscotcher and this generated a really cool time. Compound this with great, new updates to the game, and we have what I call the Golden Age of Hopscotch (I will admit, this Golden Age and the time when we had a good amount of leaders simply overlap, I would say the Golden Age started prior to that, but Leaders did definitely play its role during this time).
It’s disappointing that now we have to have people cleaning up after this great time. People are not to serve those who came before. They are here to do things that will benefit themselves and others.
I do have to see what goes on behind the scenes in order to get a full picture, but I will say that this system is sort of inefficient. We want to be efficient, so we can spend more time doing stuff that really matters to us, like improving the state of Hopscotch.
As I’ve said before, I want there to be an explosion of activity in Hopscotch again. I’d like to see it make a comeback and inspire lots of kids to pursue programming, art, etc. It certainly made an impact on mine’s.
But, to do this, we go back to the discussion of efficiency. I know you guys probably still have lots of time to converse with the community, but I think without having to do any cleaning, you guys are free to be leaders. And, with this, maybe we can see some conversation about the app itself and how to make it amazing and appealing to more and more people. This is what I’m hoping for. Although, once again, my lack of knowledge about the state of Hopscotch leaves me to only make speculations agout this. But, in the case that Hopscotch is still very popular, I think there is still room to make it expand even more (although from what I’ve seen here, there are less active people around on the forum, with active meaning “talking and socializing”).
But that’s about the game. What about the forum, you ask? We can apply that here. With more time, we can possibly see some improvements to maybe invite more people here to the great community. This community has grown less and less toxic over time, but that’s I think in part to a shrinking size. That’s a problem. Sometimes, we just have to face toxic people, and that’s what we can do that is more productive and more helpful, because honestly, while I do acknowledge that this clivecation (I like using clive better than clivecate, though lol) probably reduces clutter on the server and maybe (but less likely) make it easier for people to focus on newer topics, this seems relatively unimportant compared to other things that would boost HS.
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That’s actually pretty great that you guys are helping out the community in those ways and so maybe I was wrong in this regard, although I will say that, from what you’ve said, the THT has kept a lot of the discussion about improvements to themselves and put the task to you guys to help and notify others about them. If this is wrong, I think maybe we could have a bit more community (which means you leaders( influence still.
My idea of using bots would work like this:
- Automatically close and archive topics that have had no activity for some agreed upon time.
- You guys can manually put back any topics that are good to have open.
My reason for this working is that a lot of these topics are actually inactive, I would say a lot more than half. This means that it still is better than having to check all of them for relevance and having this only be the case for less than half of them. In this regard, I think the bot system would actually be better.
And, if it isn’t better, you guys can switch back, obviously. Experimentation isn’t always perfect. But I think we need risks and experiments so that we can better ourselves.
One more thing I do ask from you, though, is sort of an overview of Hopscotch today. I’m not sure if you can PM me about this, but if you can, this would be great.