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beginswith_e April 6th, 2005 07:22 PM

What inhibits participation...SEX
I've been considering it further and I come back to... validation and being "heard", but also timing of that.

You will come back here to check for a response, your need is to have been "heard" and responded to, after all no-one likes to just talk to an empty room, so to speak. It's a payoff to be responded to.

Then comes timing...
I mean you will come back to check if there is a response and if there was none, you would check some more until eventually you may check just periodically...conditioning and eventually extinction maybe? The board would hold little interest.

So this is the role of a moderator in part? to respond and encourage. Doesn't it apply to almost all messageboard/forums? maybe important to have a number of moderators to share the load in the hope that with increased participation their role would decrease.

Oh the only other thing where you are guaranteed an audience is to mention sex :-)
I've put it in the title...let's see if there are more hits for viewing the topic anyhow. LOL

John Suler May 26th, 2005 10:20 AM

Re: What inhibits participation...SEX
Sex often gets people's attention :-)

Having been a moderator here and in other forums for quite a while now, I realize and accept the fact that there's only so much a moderator can do. Any forum needs a critical mass of participants for the flow of posting and responding to sustain itself.

D.Biami November 19th, 2009 12:49 AM

What inhibits participation SEX
Which sex is the one that gets bored with that #ing test 1/3 of the way through and says "Screw it" and closes out of it? My brain is that one

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