Thanks, Josh!! “Properly” moderated, I believe it could be a success. The old Mercury board had zero moderation, allowing waaaayyyy too many personal attacks. The Mercury, in its infinite wisdom, decided rather than have some dedicated moderators it was easier just to not have anyone post.
The Manhattan community remains dynamic!! In the short term, we have the April election cycle on the horizon. We will have long term issues such as NBAF, how federal budget changes affect Ft. Riley, KSU funding, KSU athletics, traffic issues… There are hundreds of “water cooler” discussions every day in corporate and neighborhood circles around town. Those opinions and ideas can be expressed… and discussed with… a much larger audience if we have a well run discussion board.
I subscribe to something on the upside of a dozen discussion boards…. politics, golf, Chevrolet trucks. Every one of those… EVERY one of those requires a verifiable e-mail address and that is all. Screen names are used, NEVER requiring publication of a person’s name. In this society, it is much too dangerous to get into discussions with people you do not know if they can identify you. Sheesh! As far as we know, “Josh Runyan” is a death row prisoner in Leavenworth… controlling a ring of thugs on the ‘outside’ who will settle arguments in person!!!! :>)
Some discussion boards go for quantity. The more posters, the more you will have trolls and trouble makers. Others seem to pride themselves on quality. One of my golf discussion boards is quite personal. We have a small group of dedicated golf fanatics across the U.S., with additional members in Ireland, Hong Kong, and South Africa. We have wept together as members have passed on. We have bonded together as members have had military sons or daughters in harms way. There are get-togethers each summer where participants who want to put faces with names can attend and play a couple rounds of golf together. That forum will NOT allow any political discussion. Politics have a way of bringing out the worst in us… myself included. Yet, in a community such as Manhattan, political issues are important to our quality of life and the future of our community.
Again… Good Luck! Please advise us when you are up and running.