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Title: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: Pema Dorje on September 25, 2010, 05:53:42 pm
We'd like to begin the post by saying that FS is going through a big change. A lot of change in how things are done staff-wise. As of now, Admin duties are going to be done by myself. Daphne has stepped down for the time being to do regular moderator duties. Our staff has also been shrunken to only a few mods.

Current mods are:

Caz
Monkeymind
Daphne

Right now we are streamlining a process that will only improve the quality of Freesangha as a regular member. Mods will now have a TOS of their own, and will have to abide by rules just like you.
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: Spiny Norman on September 26, 2010, 02:48:18 am
We'd like to begin the post by saying that FS is going through a big change. A lot of change in how things are done staff-wise. As of now, Admin duties are going to be done by myself. Daphne has stepped down for the time being to do regular moderator duties. Our staff has also been shrunken to only a few mods.

Current mods are:

Caz
Monkeymind
Daphne

Right now we are streamlining a process that will only improve the quality of Freesangha as a regular member. Mods will now have a TOS of their own, and will have to abide by rules just like you.

This sounds good to me, I always thought there were too many chiefs and not enough indians. :wink1:  I'm slightly confused by the idea that Mod have a different TOS than members...shouldn't the same rules apply to everyone on a forum like this?

Spiny
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: mindyourmind on September 26, 2010, 03:27:33 am
Thank you for the update, and I wish you all the very best. This process must be very difficult. Please hang in there, we need to get a viable, popular and effective forum going, and that is going to take some patience and hard work.

I trust also that you remember, in those tough moments, that this is really important to the Dharma everywhere, but especially in the West.

Good luck, and shout if there is anything we can help with.


 :r4wheel:



We'd like to begin the post by saying that FS is going through a big change. A lot of change in how things are done staff-wise. As of now, Admin duties are going to be done by myself. Daphne has stepped down for the time being to do regular moderator duties. Our staff has also been shrunken to only a few mods.

Current mods are:

Caz
Monkeymind
Daphne

Right now we are streamlining a process that will only improve the quality of Freesangha as a regular member. Mods will now have a TOS of their own, and will have to abide by rules just like you.
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: heybai on September 26, 2010, 03:32:48 am
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I trust also that you remember, in those tough moments, that this is really important to the Dharma everywhere, but especially in the West.

How marvelous!  I am in the Far East and often wonder if my struggles and travails, and my efforts to overcome obstacles in a spirit of compassion and equanimity are actually benefiting anyone at all.  I get discouraged and often feel like giving up.

Thank you for this timely piece of information!
 :wink1:
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: mindyourmind on September 26, 2010, 03:36:37 am
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I trust also that you remember, in those tough moments, that this is really important to the Dharma everywhere, but especially in the West.

How marvelous!  I am in the Far East and often wonder if my struggles and travails, and my efforts to overcome obstacles in a spirit of compassion and equanimity are actually benefiting anyone at all.  I get discouraged and often feel like giving up.

Thank you for this timely piece of information!
 :wink1:


Your work is hugely important - never doubt that, please  :anjali:
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: catmoon on September 26, 2010, 05:38:27 am
Gee has anyone stopped to think about the merit involved in running a forum like this? If the benefits of merely wishing people well are large, just think of the benefits of giving people access to a Sangha!



Man, you'd need a semitrailer or something to haul it all away...
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on September 26, 2010, 07:07:04 am
As is true with samsara, the only constant is change.  Restructure may still be under construction.
But many thanks to our fine members for hanging in there.   

:jinsyx:
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: Monkey Mind on September 26, 2010, 07:32:56 am
I'm slightly confused by the idea that Mod have a different TOS than members...shouldn't the same rules apply to everyone on a forum like this?
I think moderators should have an even more restrictive TOS, because our actions can have an impact on FS's reputation. I have many more [dim witted] opinions than what I actually post... And when I first became a moderator, I abused my powers by deleting 3 of my posts which, in retrospect, seemed inflammatory and unkind.

Gee has anyone stopped to think about the merit involved in running a forum like this? If the benefits of merely wishing people well are large, just think of the benefits of giving people access to a Sangha! Man, you'd need a semitrailer or something to haul it all away...[/size]
I shared this story with the moderators, but:
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Something interesting happened for me at this most recent meditation retreat. I signed up to sit the course as a meditator: to practice Noble Silence, 8 precepts, and to sit 10 hours a day in exploration of samadhi, panna, equanimity, anicca, dukkha, anatta. A few days before the course, the organizers contacted me and asked if I was willing to be a server for the course (work in the kitchen and behind the scenes, preparing food for the meditators).  [This type of work is considered a great honor in this tradition, but it is an entirely different practice. Servers, out of necessity, are allowed to speak with each other and are focused on practicing Noble Speech, the Parami, and the Brahmavihara. Although the job still allows for plenty of meditation time, servers are not able to achieve as deep of meditation states as those sitting in Noble Silence.] I agreed to be a server. Then the organizers contacted me and asked me if I would be willing to pick up the  teacher and drive him to the course. I agreed to that too. During the 4 hour drive, the teacher asked me if I would be willing to act as his manager for the course, be his liaison with the students and the other servers. I agreed to that, even though I had never been in that role before. [Although ironically it is very similar to what I do in my career in my mundane life.] The students sat in Noble Silence, and were only permitted to speak with me or the teacher. They asked me for bandaids or ibuprofen, or informed me if they needed special accommodations, or requested a private meeting with the teacher. I provided for their needs or made arrangements with the teacher, as needed. Two different people became frustrated with their practice and expressed a desire to leave, and each time I brought them to the teacher and after hearing his advice they decided to stay. Although the job seemed very simple, students were extremely grateful. To be in Noble Silence, but to have a personal attendant who will help with one's needs, is very reassuring. And in that moment, I got it. I might not be an expert in this tradition of vipassana, but by being of service to others who are in practice of the Dhamma, I generate a lot of merit for myself and for all beings. Performing this role of the manager generated more peaceful feelings than 1000 hours of meditation.

So my goal is to act in my role as moderator at FreeSangha with the same spirit as the manager of the meditation course. If all I do here at FS is keep the trolls out so that the members can have a space to safely discuss the Dharma, that simple act will be of major benefit for us all. If I have no idea what a Kali Mahakala is or how one would use it in a Tibetan Buddhist practice, well that is of no consequence to my role as moderator.
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: humanitas on September 26, 2010, 07:29:41 pm
MM hit the nail on the head. 

I've taken on gladly the role of moderator as I love interacting with all of you, and as I have skills wordsmithing, I would like to use the experience I encounter as a moderator as a template for pitfalls, challenges, and positive ways to respond to negativity without invalidating the suffering of the person that carries the negativity.

It's not always easy, but it's a work in progress, and I have a good feeling about this site.  We are a committed team, our core is still the same it was from day one.   That says something.  It hasn't been easy to advocate freedom of speech that is balanced for all discussing, but it has been a privilege to have you as a membership and striving for your continued growth and connection with other Buddhists around the world is worth every hardship we've encountered. 

Although there have been hard moments, I am happy this place exists and that people can sit down relax, and talk dharma, yours mine, ours, theirs, whosevers.  Ok, that's not really a words, but you get the idea.

As we say in spanish,
Para servir,
:headbow:
Ogyen.
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: catmoon on September 26, 2010, 10:16:25 pm
We are a committed team


Um, committed in which sense?

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Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: Monkey Mind on September 27, 2010, 12:08:15 pm
I'm the model that posed for that cartoon, btw...
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: humanitas on September 27, 2010, 12:45:28 pm
that's hawt MM.
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: Monkey Mind on September 27, 2010, 12:51:37 pm
Seriously, thy guy looks just like me. An I am often wearing straight-jackets... They're actually quite comfortable.
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: bloominRose on May 16, 2013, 09:16:10 pm
like wearing a big hug, all the time?
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: Spiny Norman on May 17, 2013, 04:27:43 am
An I am often wearing straight-jackets...

Useful if you're on a diet? :teehee:
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: songhill on May 17, 2013, 06:57:04 am
We'd like to begin the post by saying that FS is going through a big change. A lot of change in how things are done staff-wise. As of now, Admin duties are going to be done by myself. Daphne has stepped down for the time being to do regular moderator duties. Our staff has also been shrunken to only a few mods.

Current mods are:

Caz
Monkeymind
Daphne

Right now we are streamlining a process that will only improve the quality of Freesangha as a regular member. Mods will now have a TOS of their own, and will have to abide by rules just like you.

Since the 1990s, I have maintained that moderators are, essentially, themselves without guidelines who without realizing it become censors. A perfect example of is the now defunct E-sangha. It was blatantly censorial. It's nice to see FS will have TOS for moderators which, I hasten to add, is quite innovative (maybe a first).
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 17, 2013, 07:19:33 am
It is a strange thing. I went almost a year without censoring anything aside from obvious spam. (And there is a lot of spam, it keeps me busy.) Currently we are experiencing an increase in the use of the "Report Post" feature. We are spending a lot of time comparing posts against our TOS and our stated values. We don't have any easy answers.

We don't delete anything, when a post is removed we save it in an area not available to the public. And the moderators review each others work, to keep each other honest.
Title: Re: Changes in Freesangha Staff structure.
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 19, 2013, 08:48:49 pm
like wearing a big hug, all the time?
Nobody can hug me as well as I can...
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