Originally Posted by Abraxis
Yeah in general I've always found your posts to be reasonable sounding and informative whereas I found Jude (Admin of head-fi) to be a money-grubbing opportunist even in person and I'd met him several times, so maybe your huddler experience will be much better! He would give preferential treatment to sponsors who posted and would ban/threaten people who linked to competing headphone forums. I think you are much more even handed in your moderation.It will be interesting to see if there will be an influx of new members due to huddlers SEO/SEM. I know that that was probably the biggest blow to head-fi. Head-fi already was already trending into obnoxious territory with incredibly high noise to signal ratio. I think given that Huddler had incentive not to moderate well there as more traffic = more $$ and probably more control over moderating decisions it quickly devolved into garbage.
There are also differences in audience for the two forums. Audio, perhaps surprisingly, is way more prone to the influences of hype-men and mysticism and trend-slaves. When the population went up the parroting of flavors of the month went up as well. Veteran posters that generated good content fled to less populous alternatives (head-case.org).
Anyway, I'm a consumer at heart personally so as long as the content is good I'm happy
styleforum has given me a lot so I hope that things go well for it.
I'd like to address what you have in bold. Increased traffic is a double edged sword. Obviously, we want to have increased traffic, because without traffic and new membership, a forum dies. On the other hand, we want to make sure that the caliber of our membership and their posts remain high. In the past, we've done this through sheer luck. We've had several high profile mentions (in the NYT and in the WSJ) and the influx of good posters that stay has always outnumbered the bad.
As we move to the new system, we will have tools that will allow us to let our high quality posters lead by example. We will be giving some members special privileges to moderate their own threads. This will allow us to reward members who have consistently made great contributions, allow the forum to have focussed threads, while keeping the freewheeling feel that has always been a hallmark of Styleforum, and one of its strengths.
As for good moderators, we have recently make emptym a moderator for MC, Kyle a moderator for DT (yes, he's well suited it that,) and Brian, the original moderator for SW&D, will be taking a more active role. I've also empowered Pete (Shoreman) to build an editorial team who will be providing editorial content on a regular basis.