Billy Sheehan (19)
I do agree, though, that there is less variety on the Rugby Discussion page. For instance, in the past, the Beale-Vuna incident would have spawned its own thread rather than clogging up the Rebels 2013 one. Perhaps a wider range of members would have gotten involved in the conversation. Similarly, lots of discussion about Waratahs crowd figures fills up the 2013 thread. While relevant, it does mean the topic of the thread is enormous and snippets of info about players and so on get lost.
I think this is very relevant and is probably why we are seeing less variety on the discussion board. The Beale-Vuna incident definitely deserved to have its own thread, but this, along with many others, are being buried in the match threads. It is very difficult to wade through these threads to find interesting posts.
I actually made a post regarding the Beale-Vuna incident, but when I went back a couple of days later, trying to fossick through the rebels posts to try to find the B-V posts become a chore and I gave up.
There are over 4000 posts in the Waratahs 2013 thread, where the hell do you start to look for a specific topic?
This is perhaps the point I was trying (rather ineptly) to make last night, all the interesting posts are being swallowed.
We have (rightly) tightened the site to remove the dross, but in so doing we have discouraged new threads to the point were we are losing the very diversity of threads that drew so many people to start with.
Is it actually the wrong direction though? There are dozens of websites where you can say literally whatever you want about rugby or the players, organizations, other countries etc. This is the only place where you are not allowed to just spout off whatever you feel like saying. I'd rather be called 'elitist' and actually be able to have in-depth discussions and analysis without any of the filler or bullshit that you find on every other rugby forum than to be liked by all at the cost of the one thing that truly makes G&GR special (aside from Lee's/Scott's analysis and Cat's social pages updates).
Yes I was wrong in making that statement, I should have said that we have moved a little too far in the other direction.
If we can get members to start posting more threads again , where they are relevant, then I believe we will have achieved all the goals set out in the mods restructure.
PS I blame over-indulgence brought on by a weekend spent with my kids and grandson for my overly critical tone last night