I know we don't usually (or often) post journals of this nature... or post journals at all for that matter but some important issues have come up and we desperately need your input in order to help us move forward.
I'm just going to be very upfront with what has been going on to give a better idea of how to come up with solutions.
Over the past few years, this group has had numerous problems with keeping active moderators to help with updating of the lists. We've also had issues with moderators going MIA and I've been carrying the largest load of approving things. While approving art in this group is quite the breeze, accepting new members can be a bit of a pain (because of our process) and updating the lists.. ugh, I honestly don't even want to have to go and edit what was said each time and format everything properly and find the right page to post it in etc.. I currently moderate 13 groups, not including some extra which I moderate from my alternate account. I simply do not have time to keep up the lists by myself and time and time again, any moderators brought on have proven to me that they also have no desire to keep up the lists.
To be fair, this is not meant as a jab at any current or former Moderators, as said, I also have no desire/time to update the lists the way things are at this moment. Each of our moderators have been an asset in one way or another as time has passed and I thank each and every one of them for all they have done for this group.
That being said, we need change!
When dA released the feature to allow users to change their names, the lists became a bit of a mess. We'd posted a journal asking members to let us know if they changed their names so we could update their information in our lists... again this not only added more work for us, but members simply aren't telling us when they change their names (and hey, why would they think about something so trivial anyway?).
So between the amount of work needed to be put into the lists as they are right now, and having to wade through them regularly to keep everything as up to date as possible.. it seems really silly to keep the lists the way they currently are.
My questions are:
Who actually utilizes the lists?
If you don't currently utilize them, what could we change that would make you peek at them from time to time?
What changes would you like to see to the lists, that can not only benefit any moderators who need to update and look after them, but also benefit our members as a whole?
I am currently in the process of moving but by early July would like to tackle the lists (and some better group rules) and move this group forward again.
Any and all opinions are welcome.