Had I Known

I recently visited a forum logged in with my user account.  I was surprised, but not necessarily shocked at the reduced activity on the site.  What shocked me was when I logged in with my administrator account to see the almost 15 pages of newly registered accounts not activated.

For clarity’s sake, I was against turning on administrator approval only for new members on this forum, and as such I made it clear to the forum owner I would not be involved in the registration process in any form or fashion.  The owner had brought in another individual and granted that person full and complete administrator privileges and together they would handle the new member registrations.

The last new member was approved Jan 28, 2009! I scanned through the inactive member list and although a great deal of the newly registered account names were most likely spammers or other disruptive individuals, there were also several names that would fit well with the current member base of the forum.

To say I am disappointed would be an understatement.  Myself, and others that work under the JellyBeen banner, put a great deal of time and effort into re-establishing the owner as the primary administrator; as well as, upgrading the forum to the most current version of the forum software.  It truly is a shame to see the other administrator barely making a weekly appearance, and the owner showing up only slightly more often.

I agreed to make the owner the primary administrator and to upgrade the forum to the current version at the time. Beyond those two primary goals being accomplished, I also offered to help explain and coach in managing the forum.  These offers were politely refused, and I was given the impression the new administrator would be taking care of those matters.

In my opinion, this was not done.  The forum is no longer running the most current version (released over three months ago), and the members appear to be dwindling away.

My apologies to those that were involved, had I known this would be the end result of all the work that was put into this project I would not have accepted it in the first place.

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2 thoughts on “Had I Known

  1. Had you taken the time to find out what was REALLY going on when you decided to offer your services to the administrator of this forum, you would’ve realized that things were not as you had been led to believe.

    By parachuting into the middle of a situation that you made no real effort to understand, I think you actually made things worse. It’s unfortunate that you had to learn this the hard way.

    • Actually, our services were requested by the actual domain (and forum) owner, not an administrator, which you are well aware of. We made every reasonable effort to completely understand the owner’s requirements, which we thoroughly thought through and met in their entirety. There was an unfortunate action during this time frame the owner of the forums made and subsequently took full responsibility for, yet to this day others lay blame at our keyboard to the contrary.

      This post is an observation of how the forums in question are reverting to a point prior to our involvement. Hindsight being 20/20, all the work we have done will apparently be for naught.

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