So, in light of recent events (and some not-so-recent), I’m making some decisions with regards to the forum.
First off, I’m limiting posting for everyone. This includes
a. length of individual posts
b. amount of posts that a user may make in a 24 hour period.
No more mass deleting. If you have something to say, then say it, but you are no longer allowed to delete a whole train of posts you made. I may set it at 2 posts a day.
This has mostly come up in regards to @nr.nom. And thanks to him, and @lunar saying that she is leaving the maze I’m now doing what I wanted to do a long time ago - institute some limits and order in this place.
First of all, if a member wants to leave, then bye!
As for me not giving a fuck, let me explicitly state that I’m not in a position to give a fuck about what every person chooses to do or not do in their life. You pay 6 bucks a month to be here. What do you expect for that price? You can get a cup of coffee for 6 bucks.
Things have gotten too out-of-hand with expectations placed on me. I’m not your husband, lover, or therapist.
And some of you are acting like assholes.
I wonder about the use of the forum to people. I’m not a forum-person myself and never have been. I created this forum because I thought it would be a cool addendum to my articles on Stellar Maze and that maybe a community could form around the indisputable coolness of MY IDEAS.
Personally, I don’t care if you are here or not. I want you to be, and obviously I have preferences for other people more than others, but if ANYONE chooses not to be here, then that is their freedom, and I espouse freedom above all other considerations.
Freedom is the best policy as far as I’m concerned.
That includes my own freedom to not be here, which of late has been particularly true, but I, more or less, am not really a forum-person. I don’t find it enjoyable to participate in highly-unfocused discussions, and in subject matter that I don’t care about. But, mainly I just don’t have the attention span for it.
A lot of people want my attention. I get that, but I’m ONE PERSON.
For 6 bucks a month, I can’t attend to everyone like they are my wife. I know that some of you care about me a great deal, and of late may be wondering where I am, but it’s my business at the end of the day. There are reasons I choose not to disclose certain information about my personal life. If you were in my position, you might understand.
I do care @lunar. However, it’s one thing to be a participant (and a highly-valued one at that), and another to be the host of the whole procession. The bottom-line is you are all here because of me. Because of the shit I wrote on Stellar Maze.
Which is good. I wrote some good shit and I want this forum to be a place for people that resonate with it to come together and have lively discussion and community.
I do monitor discussions that are taking place on the forum and currently am the only moderator here (and mostly always have been). This is another issue that I’m torn about. I don’t really think I should be the moderator because I’m the one who created this venue (and the reason for being here) and as such I have undue influence and bias on the proceedings. Like if for example, someone asks me what their type is and I say my opinion, then whether I or they or you like it or not, it has a lot of weight to it. Which I want it to, since I consider myself the foremost authority in such matters, but at the same time, it presents problems when it comes to…let’s say freedom.
In a nutshell, the forum drives me crazy and I can fully understand why it would drive someone else crazy. People come here and they get addicted. It’s internet addiction and it’s not a good thing and I don’t want to encourage that sort of behavior.
The answer I have arrived at to this problem is LIMITATION. How very Saturn in Aquarius (ie timely) of me. The discourse needs limitation in order for it to be more fruitful and healthy for the participants. I’ve noticed this over the four years that this forum has been extant. I’ve learned a thing or two.
And afterall, I’m in charge. I know this might come as a shock to some people, but despite my EXTREMELY lax parameters thus far on allowable discourse, I’m actually more of a hardliner when it comes to group discussion. Part of the reason I don’t participate more (and of late) is because I find most discussions lacking in rigor and sustain (Saturnian things indeed).
For example with this Saturn in Aquarius INQUIRY of late, I did find that interesting because I perceived that its object was to find more info about this astrological position from two members that have it in their birth chart. And there was gonna be @nr.nom playing the interrogator to @schlopadoo. I was asked to participate and I was happy to do so because I was interested in the topic and I liked the rigor of the format.
And because my participation was respectfully requested. If you treat the host of the proceedings disrespectfully, then don’t be surprised at the result.
Why would my participation be requested in the first place?
Because I am the author of Stellar Maze and as such am an authority on the subject of astrology.
Now because I’m the lax and freedom-loving person I am, I do ALLOW other people to put their two cents in on the subject of astrology, but what I do not like is when @JaMisa comes on and does a whole chart interpretation for Schlops because of
a. THE LENGTH of the fucking post
b. I don’t enjoy astrological interpretations, period, even if by a very seasoned astrologer
c. JaMisa is (self-admittedly) a novice astrologer (even if having a knack for getting brilliant hits, which in my opinion she does and has in the past).
d. In short, what bothers me is anyone offering very lengthy astrological chart interpretations in MY FORUM.
So, this is likely to be another actionable rule. No chart interpretations on the forum. We may discuss (with some reasonable degree of brevity) astrological positions (such as Saturn in Aquarius), but for an admitted non-authority in astrology to be offering chart interpretations on Stellar Maze is not cool with me.
And I don’t even offer them (for money or otherwise) and I know more about astrology than anyone you are ever likely to meet.
Which is why you are here.
To be clear, this is not because JaMisa is bad at astrology or anything like that. It’s more because my policy on people getting their charts interpreted AT ALL is just a bad business in my view.
It would be better if a person would learn about the basics of astrology so that they could BEGIN to interpret their own chart.
Which is why I like the Saturn in Aquarius inquiry. I liked that it’s framed as AN INQUIRY.
Indeed, what might this astrological position mean from two people that have it.
And if anyone here has to be an authority on the subject of astrology, it will be me. Case closed, end of story.
But I would rather people inquire into things intelligently.
So, to recap, there is going to be more limitation as a solution to some of the shit that’s been ailing the forum.
Also, as regards some of the people getting addicted and overheated on the forum, leading up to them losing their sanity and then leaving, I have a solution for this too.
Rather than having to ask me to be suspended, which can be a good choice in some cases, there is a less drastic solution that has to do with what are called TRUST LEVELS, an inbuilt feature of any DISCOURSE forum (this forum is built on DISCOURSE, a particular brand of forum software).
Any new user that comes into the forum automatically has a TRUST LEVEL 0. As they read and post a certain amount the TRUST LEVEL goes up to 1. And as they do more, up to TRUST LEVEL 2 and so on.
To make a long story short, I can lock a person at TRUST LEVEL 0, which gives them ability to still post and reply but it’s very minimal.
I first stumbled upon this solution when @nr. nom made his brilliant first appearance on the forum and started heating it up like a motherfucker. I liked his presence here but I thought he was having an overheating effect on certain members + he started wanting to mass delete his whole presence.
So, I locked him at TRUST LEVEL 0 and that seemed to cool him and things down.
I then unlocked him and he went back to his previous TRUST LEVEL.
So, I can do this for @lunar if she wants to stay and still participate, but at a minimum level.
Again, I think limitation is the key to a lot of the issues the forum is experiencing. Limitation is good.
Lastly, in the Curious Case of @nr.nom, I personally am on the fence between appreciating your presence here and wanting to ban you. This seems a somewhat separate issue that may warrant its own thread and be open to the community to weigh in on your presence here. I know you may claim you don’t care and are on your way out, but I think you do care and in typical Saturn in Aquarius fashion are afraid of how hungry you are in this area.
However, I will not tolerate your provocation towards me. You fuck with me or my procedures and you will be gone.
That being said, I think you could be a valuable contributor here but you have some things you need to learn. I’d like others to weigh in on this.
For time being, I have taken nom to TRUST LEVEL 0 because he’s
a. gone too far with provoking and challenging other people such that I see his influence as almost purely destructive and non-helpful. I do think it is beneficial to have some of that influence in a community but too much of it is bad. Moreover, I just see an intent to harm others out of his own pain and hatred. This I will not tolerate.
b. I told him personally that I’m not a fan of mass-deleting and he has gone out of his way to mass-delete apparently with some intention of doing it just to fuck with me.
You wanna fuck with me then get the fuck out.
If that was your intention all along, I can expedite your departure.
I find it hard to care if you don’t care. You get what you put in. You shall reap what you sow.
I’m not your daddy. If he fucked you up, it’s not my fault. I will not tolerate rebellion against me.
As far as I’m concerned, I could nuke this whole forum and go back to being a solo operator. My articles, your comments. Or my articles, no comments.
I’m doing YOU a favor by being here at all and offering what I’m offering. I don’t have to be. And some people seem to have some weird expectations about what they’re entitled to for 6 bucks a month. Or really at all. It’s a disrespectful attitude. It’s alien to me. I would never dream of treating someone I respect in the way some of you do.
Now, if you don’t respect me, that’s a different story. But, in that case
I don’t have time or tolerance for it.
If you want to leave, then do so
And so am I.