Originally Posted by annettemarie
When I first came to MDC I hung out on the diapering boards a LOT, but the show-off and $200 ebay auction stuff got more and more prolific, and I felt less and less comfortable and welcomed.
Whether you understand it or not, this change is making some people feel just as you did, uncomfortable and unwelcome. I think it's pretty easy for you to say that the split will meet everyone's needs since it's a change that you're in favor of.
I don't lump together all of those who want the split. I see differences among you but I do think that there is an undercurrent of self-righteousness among some
of those advocating change, a sense that those people who choose to make all of their diapers or use only prefolds and flats or do things in a more "frugal" way are somehow better. You may not see it or feel it but that doesn't mean it's not there.
I do see that some people want the split because they believe it will be easier to wade through the massive amount of information that gets posted in the diapering forum. I just simply disagree with that notion and that's it. I don't believe that it's ever been difficult to find what I'm interested in reading about and I think it's pretty ludicrous to believe that moving only two types of threads into a subforum is really going to cut down on the number of posts and the amount of information that people will have to sift through in order to find what they're looking for.
I also don't like the idea because I think it's yet another opportunity for the mods to start moving stuff around. Don't get me wrong. I think there is a real need for moderators. That said, MDC is the only online community that I belong to where the moderators "intervene" on such a regular basis.
When I posted several months ago asking if there were other CDing mama's in the Twin Cities who wanted to hang out over coffee, my thread was moved to the "Finding Your Tribe" section of the board. A few good things came out of that for me but regardless I never saw any real difference between my thread and the "diaper party" threads that I see regularly in the diapering forum and the move irked me. Also, recently there've been a number of threads moved to the TP. One mama was offering up a soaker or pair of longies that she'd knit herself and wasn't going to be able to use. She wasn't selling them, she was offering them to anyone who wanted them. By moving the thread to the TP, the mod who did so made it impossible for anyone without 60 days and 50 posts to take that mama up on her offer. I know that the user agreement states that it's against the rules to question moderators but when things like this are done, I do
question them regardless of whether I do so "out loud" or in print. I dislike that the changes being made will create another reason for this kind of shuffling and micromanaging to occur.