- Mar 26, 2013
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With otome's unfortunate retirement, is this still going on? I have a few posts I'd like to nominate
This is totally up to the red names.With otome's unfortunate retirement, is this still going on? I have a few posts I'd like to nominate
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and share this reasoned opinion, Otome-san, and thank you so much for your huge amount of volunteer effort in making POTM an amazing effort. I personally believe that for the vast majority of members, it had the effect you desired. Many people told me off-line that they were introduced to new and thoughtful posts that they wouldn't have read otherwise. Every month, I would read the nominated posts and often learn something completely new about Bleach, got introduced to new members who made fascinating and thoughtful comments, and had a lot of fun!This is totally up to the red names.
It is something I thought long and hard about before I left the mod team and pretty much BA. As the one who came up with the general idea for POTM, and was its primary caretaker (with much help from Nick), I believe that my voice should carry some weight.
I have already made Unicorn aware of my feelings, but I will post the Cliff's Notes version here.
I hope that POTM is not brought back. When I came up with the idea, my hope was that the bar would be raised when it came to the quality of postings. It was also another way of saying, "thank you," to those who do post thought-provoking messages across the site. And for the most part, things went just as I hoped. Members were pleasantly surprised, but they simply thought of a POTM nomination and badge as a nice treat. As members became more familiar with first-time badge recipients, they also were able to read a variety of perspectives and themes. That was what I hoped for when I suggested POTM.
Unfortunately, not everyone looked at POTM the way it was intended to be. It was meant to be enjoyable. I had hoped that all members would be happy for one another when they were nominated or when they made the top three. The ones who expected more, or who looked at POTM as part of their BA identity, started to take POTM too seriously.
I deliberately avoided referring to POTM as a contest. That's because it was never meant to be a popularity contest. It was meant only to acknowledge posts that resonated with members. I wanted POTM to be a possible result of posting thoughtfully. POTM was not meant to be a source of resentment because someone thought his/her own post was more deserving than the posts that earned badges. Nor was POTM ever meant to cause members to become upset because they thought they should have gotten a higher place in the voting. Yet that's what was happening.
Running POTM was a lot of work. With the real-life issues we were facing, we both decided some months that POTM would have to take a back seat to our families and our own needs. It was too much for two people. Even with the help Belias was able to contribute, it started to become too much for everyone who had actively worked behind the scenes.
I'm not sure how Nick felt, but I began to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work and by the types of complaints and requests that were coming in—always from the same two people. No matter how hard we tried, it seemed that it was never enough. I was frustrated and discouraged, and I decided that I just didn't have the time or desire to deal with the stress and the time demands.
I think it's time to let POTM remain as a relic of the past, in the Hall of Fame. I'm not sure that anyone else needs or wants to deal with the pressure or with the time demands.
Other contests sound great.