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Old 31.01.2011, 16:58
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Should EF have a 'User Panel'

There have been several Forum Support threads active today.

This one, in particular, Is the EF sponsoring ads and this recent thread EF is getting a slightly new look got me thinking.

Is there any merit in having a User Panel to discuss policy and developments? These are quite common with public authorities here in the UK.

The panel would comprise a representative selection of members, possibly including one, or more, mods.

It would be completely separate from moderating issues and could help to clarify some of the 'grey areas'. One of its key aims would be to ensure that any propsed chages were workable and would be accepted by the majority. It may help to avoid the long debates after the event.

I don't have strong views on this, but feel that there is room for improvement with the overall policy within the forum as it becomes a larger, and commercial organisation.

I guess that this would be a 'virtual panel' rather than meeting in person due to the locations of members.
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Old 31.01.2011, 17:32
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Re: Should EF have a 'User Panel'

Isn't the key flaw in this that, fundamentally, we don't really have a say in this?
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Old 31.01.2011, 17:39
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Re: Should EF have a 'User Panel'

Members of the panel:

Dougal's Breakfast
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lostinbroad

And we will make Woli a mod so he can be the token.

That should get results similar to public authorities .
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Isn't the key flaw in this that, fundamentally, we don't really have a say in this?
Perhaps, but if at least the panel managed to ensure that the changes were implemented in the best possible way that should avoid the bad feeling of discovering them after the fact...

Today seems a perfect example: if "they" had made an announcement about the decision to create advertising threads and asked what the best way to implement it was, "they" wouldn't look so stupid and "we" would be less irritated...
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Re: Should EF have a 'User Panel'

well, coming from the UK, i'm used to not having any meaningful say in politics and just having to accept what the political elites decide.
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Re: Should EF have a 'User Panel'

Aren't the panels in the UK absolutely powerless and useless?

I vote for sucking the changes up as they're not the end of the world.

If you're feeling more energetic, you can set up your own forum and play Saloth Sar

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Perhaps, but if at least the panel managed to ensure that the changes were implemented in the best possible way that should avoid the bad feeling of discovering them after the fact...
Bad feeling? C'mon, you're kidding right?

Having a panel to review changes make perfect sence and good business practice - but that could quite easily be "in-house".

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Today seems a perfect example: if "they" had made an announcement about the decision to create advertising threads and asked what the best way to implement it was, "they" wouldn't look so stupid and "we" would be less irritated...
Good use of the ".", 'cos I'm not irritated.

I refer the Honorable Gentleman to the post below, made in regards to the change in look at feel of the EF earlier this year...

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I doubt it. In fact the whole thing went exactly as I expected:-

1. Surprise
2. Uproar
3. Threatened and/or very brief flounces.
4. Calming down
5. Business as usual.

And here we are.
I would edit that last comment to

...And here we are again...

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Aren't the panels in the UK absolutely powerless and useless?
perhaps, but i hear they have pretty good reading comprehension
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