[Sticky] Possibly Locking Down The Forum
It would definitely be sad to see this forum go. There aren't that many great astrology communities online in regards to learning and getting decent readings, I can barely count them on one hand. Reddit's astrology section is a $hitshow run by corrupt mods and reddit is, well......reddit.
Other have given good advice but even if that is not good enough to keep the forum alive, I recommend that you start a Discord Server since so much seems to be going to Discord. Not that many great astrology discords around either, just all full of teenagers if anything.
Happy to help in ways that I feel like I can but as someone entering a rough Saturn return, I can barely get time to myself haha!
Hope the forum survives. I'm very busy at the moment but I will do my best to post more often.
I'm not sure if this reply will show up as being adressed to MariaR, but I'm trying to reply to "Possibly Locking down the forum" started by Elsa.
I would be really sad to see this forum go. It's about the only place I visit on internet because it opens a window onto "the world" as seen through an astrological prism - a different point of view!
So much interesting stuff and nice people of all sorts here.
Like some, I feel I don't know enough about astrology to contribute anything much. And I'm always afraid to put my foot in my mouth if I do reply sometimes. (I'm afraid to sound stupid, compared to all the other people here!)
Aside from that, I agree about the Random Thoughts thread. It dilutes everything into one big blob and it makes it difficult to follow the subjects.
I'm willing to post stuff, but I don't know what!
Well, this sounds like a realy lame reply, but still, I hope there will be a solution for the site.
The thing is, people can't talk to themselves. I will speak for myself - I have a packed 8th house. If no energy comes in, how am I supposed to put energy out?
I suspect others feel the same.
A forum is a group effort. The quality of posts here is determined by US not me.
If you don't feel like starting threads there are other things you can do. You can post charts of things and people who come up, for example. You can be present in ways that don't cause you personal pain or angst.
You can be the person who is able to find the perfect graphic or meme that adds to the conversation. Or the person who can find related content on the site, that enhances the current conversation.
It's the energy. I have the blog and my letter and mainly my consultations which pay for the whole site. I cannot be the main energy source for this forum too. You (not me) have find some leaders to step up. I am one human being here and no more than that.
I'm really busy due to tutoring for the exams, but I will post my 0.02$ on how things can be improved. I know that many forums have been locked down and the natural Pluto tendency is to purge, but let's see what can be done. A few years ago, I was in this forum as canscocap, but an abusive relationship and the subsequent recovery from this had me disappear for a while.
1. Saw that the 'like' button was eliminated. Excellent!
2. I'd eliminate the "Random Thoughts" thread. Any of the topics discussed in there can be very well examined from an astrological perspective in separate threads.
3. Any topic, even politics, can be discussed through an astrological topic, placed as a question. In fact, any hot topic can be placed as an open question. E.g. "Joe Biden was born with NN in 29 deg Leo. What do you think it means?" or something like that. At that point, there would be the flexibility of discussing Anaretic degrees in general. I can start a thread like that, too, to set an example for the others in order to be encouraged to start a thread like that, too.
4. For those of you who don't feel confident about their astrological knowledge, let's put it this way: I've been learning astrology by myself for the last 14 years, since high school senior year, as there aren't any astrological schools in my country that I'm aware of. I'm still learning. Feel free to share what you think, as sometimes intuition can see and link together things that a textbook definition of an aspect would not have covered.
I'm also available for any kind of help, from topic starting to eliminating inflammatory posts and everything in between.