Occasionally, someone writes to us requesting that we set up a forum where RR fans can talk amongst themselves. We’re always thrilled when people are so enthusiastic about the stories and art that they want to make it a bigger part of their lives (at least online!)
But we’re hesitant – and I’m going to be blunt, here. This is why:
- We have a small staff and, because of that, run a very tight ship. To host our own forum, we’d have to take resources away from the behind-the-scenes stuff we’re currently working on (new shop site, new Membership site, forging ahead into the future, etc.)
- We’ve had a forum in the past and no one used it. The moderators, who are by necessity Members, also stopped moderating and disappeared. (Then again, we were much smaller when this went on.)
- Our real issue is people, and the potential of inviting bad behavior from, well, outsiders. We take great pride in our existing community moderation – basically, we set positive expectations for behavior, and they’re followed! Our Members and readers are a respectful, empathetic group, but this is not true of the world at large…
One solution that looks good is creating a subreddit, but see point #3. Because of my many years of being online, I (Kat) know better than to think we’re so awesome that we can change people’s behavior online. That way lies madness.
Plus, reddit is all about judging, upvoting and downvoting. And this is something that we just do not tolerate. M/M readers are already judged and, often, “downvoted.”
So that’s where we’re at with the forum. However, we are always open to hearing your solutions. If you have a way to work around our obstacles, definitely let us know in the comments. We’re all ears, because we always want to make our Members happy.