putz said:So I've been a member on here for years. I mostly stick the shadows and creep posts. Recently I have noticed something that I think should be brought up. It is 2016 and younger generations rely more and more on computers, message boards etc to get information. With that being said I don't understand the need for admins to be condescending, ignorant or in some cases just pain assholes to people looking for information. It's 2016 most people now a days will readily post a questions instead of searching. In some matters DS are telling people to use the search function on topics that may not have been updated in a year or more. I can understand directing people to use the search function or Google. But being condescending and providing "walk through instructions" (one example) on how to use Google is far from professional or acceptable. The search function on this page is not the most user friendly around. I'd like to think that we haven't driven away some future generations by having some retired or currently serving CAF member being the ******* that is the first contact that these people have with the CAF.
Thanks for your posts. They identify some of the key issues that this forum and DS try to find the right solutions to pretty much everyday.MasterInstructor said:I totally agree with the OP. This is not a welcoming environment. I joined about 7 years ago and learned my lesson very quickly not to post here unless I really needed to. I kept my activity to a minimum. Sometimes it is a good source of information but mostly I hear admins, moderators or other old users giving crap to people. If you are going to take time to respond, either respond with some information or do not respond. Do not waste your time and add a reply that does not contribute anything.
PikaChe said:The user base varies from privates to RSMs, from junior lieutenants to generals. Reservists to regs to special forces. Current serving members to retired. Of all trades and varied lengths of service. And a mix bag of civilians of various walks of life.
Scarlett said:< snip > my tip to you is to use the search function on this forum. I have been able to find an answer on here to every question I've had.
Mike Bobbitt said:Bang: I'm a big fan of the StackExchange model, I use it regularly. Some of the code/architecture of this site is a result of StackExchange learning. I'm looking into options there, it seems like there is a paid/hosted Enterprise version available, but those are two terms I try hard to stay away from if I can.
DAA said:Try volunteering for and being a DS and then you will see why they do, what they do and they're not getting paid for it. It's voluntary time on their part, whether they have a job or not, they just seem to enjoy providing information and taking S&A whilst doing it.
When you see the same question, over and over again, it get's pretty old and frustrating. If you want to complain about the site, treat it like your current job and come with not just the complaint but also a solution to what you see as a possible resolution to the problem. Just maybe, the site owners will see some benefit to what you suggest.
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[*]Give feedback. The MilPoints system is here for a reason. It allows users and staff to make their impressions of a post or user known. Please adhere to rule #1 when giving feedback.
PuckChaser said:The problem is that being a volunteer shouldn't give you carte blanche to be a dick to people. There is distinctly 2 different classes of admins that lurk around, ones that go out of their way to either politely or humourously point out the forum rules, and the other minority that gives this place a bad reputation.
Unfortunately the MilPoints system can't be used fully because there are those admins who believe they are beyond criticism and will complain directly to you if they're peer reviewed in any way that doesn't conform to how they see themselves.
That being said, this is still a large source of credible information and discussion demonstrated by CAF recruiting wanting to take an active role here, not in the reddit page. Its unfortunate, but for every 100 great, helpful posts by DS, the 1 crap post by a DS member ends up representing the whole forum.
Often the approach that goes unnoticed by the majority is the approach that sets a thread right the fastest.mariomike said:The Moderators I respect are the ones who perform the thankless task of merging threads.
No scolding. No lecturing. No talking down to people. ...
They just do it without comment. They are Milnet.ca's unsung heroes!