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Leesa
01-19-2007, 01:24 AM
Maybe itís just me, but it sure seems thereís a lot of new(er), younger members contributing to Blab these days, so perhaps itís time to consider reinstating the youth forum? http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/images/smilies/confused-smiley-013.gif

ponypainter19
01-19-2007, 05:11 PM
I never knew there was such a thing! I must have joined Blab after it was gone. What a GREAT idea!

champlain
01-19-2007, 05:21 PM
Great suggestion!!!

rainworks
01-19-2007, 05:29 PM
yup wicked suggestion

brumby988
01-19-2007, 07:27 PM
Yes, a great idea! And also, how about a gentle "rules of posting" reminder for all the new, younger members?

mysticwarrior620
01-19-2007, 08:00 PM
An excellent plan! Blab - the next generation...needs a place just for them. :)

LaughingStockStables
01-20-2007, 10:24 PM
I'd like it back as well. I used to be the moderator. There wasn't much activity on it back then, though.

DraytonWoods
01-21-2007, 02:04 AM
Make it free, too. :D

Elf
01-21-2007, 11:42 AM
I think that sounds like a good idea. Thanks for posting the thought!

BearsnBugs
01-21-2007, 06:05 PM
This is something we've discussed not long ago in management, and whether there is a need considering the lack of use before. Blabbers on the same page. :) I've put a notice of the request in mgt to be discussed. :)

seventhdream
01-21-2007, 06:53 PM
This is something we've discussed not long ago in management, and whether there is a need considering the lack of use before.

The need is there, the problem being in getting those it is designed for to actually use it.

BearsnBugs
01-21-2007, 06:58 PM
The need is there, the problem being in getting those it is designed for to actually use it.

Which can be the same thing. :)

Stacy
01-21-2007, 07:18 PM
I swear I was going to make the same suggestion today, I don't know maybe younger members need to go through a probitionary (sp?) period in a youth forum before they are alowed full privlages, thats just my opinion

d060301
01-21-2007, 07:45 PM
I swear I was going to make the same suggestion today, I don't know maybe younger members need to go through a probitionary (sp?) period in a youth forum before they are alowed full privlages, thats just my opinion
I like Stacy's idea even better :)

kidwitch
01-21-2007, 08:03 PM
I really like Stacy's idea. I'd volunteer to moderate if the youth forum was reinstated, so that offer is there.

ravensgate
01-21-2007, 08:48 PM
I like Stacy's idea as well. Of course, this being after I got kinda rude with a newbie this morning for having blatant disregard of the rules and posting etiquette. It probably wasn't my place to make the post but I was pretty fed up with seeing chili peppers on mundane subjects just because 'it was cool'.

Then again, they might just start lying about their ages to get in. I think it's a great idea to at least try out. What's the harm in that?

brumby988
01-21-2007, 08:50 PM
I really like Stacy's idea. I'd volunteer to moderate if the youth forum was reinstated, so that offer is there.

That would be awesome! Evelyn would be a great mod for the youth forum, and Stacy's probation period idea is FANTASTIC.

Man O War
01-22-2007, 12:43 PM
That would be awesome! Evelyn would be a great mod for the youth forum, and Stacy's probation period idea is FANTASTIC.
I completely agree with you!

Stacy
01-22-2007, 12:49 PM
I'm more than willing to serve as the "adult" on the board if need be. I'm not too far out of high school (Five? Six? years) And would love to help out. Lets hope Mary sees this! WOO HOO

Beyondanytherapy
01-22-2007, 12:51 PM
I also agree with the idea of a probationary period. I think because this hobby can attract so many younger children, there needs to be a way to ease them into the board. So often they come blazing in and just post up a storm without learning the rules and proper netiquette (I've been dying to say that word.. hehe). I think this is a great way to give them a 15 or 30 day period of ACTIVE posting (not just sign up, go away for 30 days and come back to have instant access) in the Youth Forum before they are released into the "big pool".

Stacy
01-22-2007, 01:07 PM
I also agree with the idea of a probationary period. I think because this hobby can attract so many younger children, there needs to be a way to ease them into the board. So often they come blazing in and just post up a storm without learning the rules and proper netiquette (I've been dying to say that word.. hehe). I think this is a great way to give them a 15 or 30 day period of ACTIVE posting (not just sign up, go away for 30 days and come back to have instant access) in the Youth Forum before they are released into the "big pool".
Exactly my thoughts, I think MHB is probably the first real message board that alot of children involved with the hobby get onto and they probably don't know common courtsey yet, took me awhile to get used to things myself :)

Beyondanytherapy
01-22-2007, 04:09 PM
Question though - If it does go to a "trial period" is this going to be retro active? Will all members under a certain age group be relegated back to the youth forum? Because this was brought up as a result of the current issues. If it's not retro active, it kind of bites, you know?

rainworks
01-22-2007, 04:26 PM
Question though - If it does go to a "trial period" is this going to be retro active? Will all members under a certain age group be relegated back to the youth forum? Because this was brought up as a result of the current issues. If it's not retro active, it kind of bites, you know?
But then there are members like Man O War, Ev, and Laughing Stock, as well as NaradaOF (whom I believe is around the same age) would these gals be kicked back to the youth forum for thirty days?

Its a tough spot, but I do agree that some of them do need the probationary period.

Kelsey

Beyondanytherapy
01-22-2007, 04:29 PM
That's the catch 22. I think it's going to be very subjective as to who can play nice.. Guess it'll remain to be seen...

brumby988
01-22-2007, 04:29 PM
Limit probation to people under the age of X, who've been members for 6 months or less....

Stacy
01-22-2007, 04:47 PM
Why can't it be judged on a case by case basis? New members need to be put into a probationary period, I think its fair.

d060301
01-22-2007, 05:17 PM
:yeahthat
I mean, if they have been here for a while and haven't caused problems, I don't see why current members would need to undergo a probationary period. Seems silly.

And Stacy, I like your avatar http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

Stacy
01-22-2007, 05:24 PM
:yeahthat
I mean, if they have been here for a while and haven't caused problems, I don't see why current members would need to undergo a probationary period. Seems silly.

And Stacy, I like your avatar http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif
Thanks hun! I can think of a few members currently that need this. No names mentioned but they are newer members. I have seen so many people come on here as young children and irritate for a bit then fit right in, it just takes time to get the feel of this board and to be respectful and sadly it has been the younger kids. I really hope Mary is seeing this, I think that a good majority of people agree with it and we have a couple people, including myself, willing to moderate if neccesary.

brumby988
01-22-2007, 09:29 PM
Limit probation to people under the age of X, who've been members for 6 months or less....

Oh, I meant that as addressing the problem of who under the age of X needs to be put on probationary period. So if we say everyone under the age of X who has been a member less than 6 months as of today has to go through a probationary period starting NOW, we catch all new members who join today and henceforth, plus all that joined within the last 6 months (some who seem to be having a lot of issues).

Elf
01-22-2007, 10:41 PM
But then there are members like Man O War, Ev, and Laughing Stock, as well as NaradaOF (whom I believe is around the same age) would these gals be kicked back to the youth forum for thirty days?

Its a tough spot, but I do agree that some of them do need the probationary period.

Kelsey
Hope its not me :2spy :peace

I think that it is a good idea that some members may need to be put back. Maybe the ones that have joined in the last 3 months?

The youth forum is also a idea that I support. I would help Moderate with Ev if she needed any help.
I have always wanted to help with the Blab :)

Jennifer2
01-24-2007, 10:06 AM
PLEASE do this! I have thought for a while that we need a "junior forum" for the kids, I get tired of all the jabbering that they do in the other forums.

rainworks
01-24-2007, 01:19 PM
Narada OF....

Oh Goodness no :hugg
I think you and Ev would make excellent moderators :)

Roseridge
01-24-2007, 01:51 PM
Make it free, too. :D

Yes, please do! :cheer

rainworks
01-24-2007, 01:59 PM
I agree if it were free, and they could host an avatar and whatever junk they wanted in that forum,(but not in the main forums) maybe it would be more incentive to stay in it? I'm not saying all of us adults never want to speak to the kiddies again, quite the opposite. I will jump in on an interesting and relevant thread. I am also not saying that I don't want to see the younger members post in the main forums, but honestly and realistically there needs to be a place for them. :) (Them I sound awful...)

Stacy
01-24-2007, 02:06 PM
I agree if it were free, and they could host an avatar and whatever junk they wanted in that forum,(but not in the main forums) maybe it would be more incentive to stay in it? I'm not saying all of us adults never want to speak to the kiddies again, quite the opposite. I will jump in on an interesting and relevant thread. I am also not saying that I don't want to see the younger members post in the main forums, but honestly and realistically there needs to be a place for them. :) (Them I sound awful...)
No you don't, there is a HUGE population of them currently that just don't understand how to behave on a forum. Its frustrating I think for more than you and I.

Elf
01-24-2007, 02:28 PM
Even I, A younger teenager, get a bit annoyed when they use text talk. I come here to get away from it.
I am happy to do anything to help :)

Kristi Hale
01-24-2007, 02:34 PM
But thanks to the owl, I've become very fond of O RLY.

This is probably a good idea. Under a certain age (16?) and with less than 3mos membership. Everyone else is grandfathered in.

Beyondanytherapy
01-24-2007, 02:37 PM
Thankfully, chat speak is at a minimum here, even with the younger members. What gets me is the gratuitous use of exclamation points and overuse of smilies.. Granted, even adults do that...

I have 7 people on my ignore list, most are kids. The rest are adults who act like kids.

Kristi Hale
01-24-2007, 02:40 PM
What gets me is the gratuitous use of exclamation points and overuse of smilies..
Yeah, some posts are kind of like a rebus...

Man O War
01-24-2007, 02:55 PM
Even I, A younger teenager, get a bit annoyed when they use text talk. I come here to get away from it.
I am happy to do anything to help :)
Me too. If they want to talk like that they should go use it somewhere else like AIM.

I must admit though that in some(not all) posts I do put quite a few smilies :embarras:

Elf
01-24-2007, 02:58 PM
Me to, sorry.

Kristi Hale
01-24-2007, 03:25 PM
Using smilies is fine, that's what they're there for -- it's just that when there are dozens of things hopping and crawling around on the screen, I get a little jittery...

kidwitch
01-24-2007, 03:34 PM
While I agree that excessive exclamations and smilies, as well as chatspeak, is annoying I'm really afraid people that shouldn't get punished will. We have some really awesome teens on here that are well spoken and intelligent. I want to hear from them!

Also, a gentle reminder on netiquette for ALL the members. We have some over 18ers that can bug me just as much as a 12 year old.

Remember that the old youth forum was a WOYM Jr. Will it be the same thing? Or will it end up being a time out corner? I'm worried that instead of gently teaching juniors the lay of the land (WWW!), we're going to run them out all together.

Ive got to go, but I'll come back later and explain myself better!

Kristi Hale
01-24-2007, 03:57 PM
While I agree that excessive exclamations and smilies, as well as chatspeak, is annoying I'm really afraid people that shouldn't get punished will. We have some really awesome teens on here that are well spoken and intelligent. I want to hear from them!
I imagine that everyone like that has been around long enough to be grandfathered in, under a 3-months rule and active posting, or something similar (I think 6 months is too long to make people wait).

Man O War
01-28-2007, 03:04 PM
Any updates about if it's going to happen?

rainworks
01-28-2007, 03:13 PM
Something needs to be done here, there are a bunch of kids running around with red rep points, and those reds appear to grow, go away and come back.

Mods, Mary please.

Kelsey

Stacy
01-28-2007, 03:33 PM
Something needs to be done here, there are a bunch of kids running around with red rep points, and those reds appear to grow, go away and come back.

Mods, Mary please.

Kelsey


We've been asking for a week and no member of Moderation has even publically said a thing :?

mysticwarrior620
01-28-2007, 03:35 PM
Something needs to be done here, there are a bunch of kids running around with red rep points, and those reds appear to grow, go away and come back.

Mods, Mary please.

Kelsey

Yes, I haven't red-repped anyone but they are well-deserved. The snarkiness in those posts is extremely disrespectful.

Man O War
01-28-2007, 03:36 PM
We've been asking for a week and no member of Moderation has even publically said a thing :?

BearsnBugs has but nothing has happened from the mods since....


This is something we've discussed not long ago in management, and whether there is a need considering the lack of use before. Blabbers on the same page. :) I've put a notice of the request in mgt to be discussed. :)

Stacy
01-28-2007, 03:38 PM
BearsnBugs has but nothing has happened from the mods since....
Must have missed that one :3

Yoda
01-28-2007, 03:45 PM
Using smilies is fine, that's what they're there for -- it's just that when there are dozens of things hopping and crawling around on the screen, I get a little jittery...


Do you mean things kinda like this, Kristi? LOL :neener


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mysticwarrior620
01-28-2007, 04:10 PM
OMG!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!

whitetail ridge
01-28-2007, 04:53 PM
I think this is a wonderful idea and lots of good ideas on here as to how it should work. I hope we see some changes soon to avoid some of what has been happening lately with the drama. I think some sort of probabtionary period is a great idea and maybe not even for younger members but for everyone as way to get to know the board better. There seems to be alot of members in comparison to the number of regular posters and it makes me wonder what more "we" could be doing to get some of those members more involved. Hopefully we hear something soon from managment on this matter. Maybe rep could be turned off for new members up to 30 days or something also? That way if they make a dumb mistake they can get past it easier without those red boxes under their names?

Moonriver
01-28-2007, 06:07 PM
I'd be another willing to stick my hand in the air and help mod the Youth forum.. I'm only 21.. (only lol.. ) I currently mod the Utterly Horses forum and work with the company.. I reckon 98% of the members on the UH forum are between the ages of 8-16 and in all fairnesss to 'em they're a cracking bunch of kids.. they have all voted against magor use of text speak..

I may not be as well known on Blab (i lurk daily though lol) but I believe I could help out in some way.. :)

So yes.. I have a bit of experience mod-ing, floating and just otherwise keeping an eye on that forum...

In someways, suggesting to them to join the UH forum might be another idea.. as the UH company is trying to tailor itself to bringing up the younger generation of collectors and hobbyists.. those kids who collect Breyer just because they're HSO's.. The membership is mostly UK based but there's a number of US kids as well joined up so it's growing and it's pretty active..

In fact it's very much like a junior Blab lol..

Anywho.. that's me done..

UH forum can be found - http://www.utterlyhorses.com/forums/index.php

mysticwarrior620
01-28-2007, 06:42 PM
I'd be another willing to stick my hand in the air and help mod the Youth forum.. I'm only 21.. (only lol.. ) I currently mod the Utterly Horses forum and work with the company.. I reckon 98% of the members on the UH forum are between the ages of 8-16 and in all fairnesss to 'em they're a cracking bunch of kids.. they have all voted against magor use of text speak..

I may not be as well known on Blab (i lurk daily though lol) but I believe I could help out in some way.. :)

So yes.. I have a bit of experience mod-ing, floating and just otherwise keeping an eye on that forum...

In someways, suggesting to them to join the UH forum might be another idea.. as the UH company is trying to tailor itself to bringing up the younger generation of collectors and hobbyists.. those kids who collect Breyer just because they're HSO's.. The membership is mostly UK based but there's a number of US kids as well joined up so it's growing and it's pretty active..

In fact it's very much like a junior Blab lol..

Anywho.. that's me done..

UH forum can be found - http://www.utterlyhorses.com/forums/index.php

Now there's a GREAT idea! I'm a member of that forum, though I usually just lurk. It is definitely 98% young members. It's a great place for kids to break into the world of forums!

wobbler_kitty
01-28-2007, 10:27 PM
Just an update guys....


I believe we'll give the youth area another shot. I'm going to be in contact with some members to help put this together. And the forum itself probably needs a bit of updating as well.


Should have it up soon.....

BearsnBugs
01-28-2007, 10:29 PM
Back from more carpet cleaning. For such a small house, this shouldn't be an all day project, but you can only do so much at once, moving furniture, etc...)

Anyhow, this is in the works. Melissa is working on the forums, we've been discussing who to ask to be youth mods of the forum and we're throwing around ideas of possibly having a few official mentors for the forum and who, based on their knowledge base. One of the concerns is - if you put all the newbies into a forum, what happens when they have questions the other newbies don't know too? Need to have some not so newbies to the hobby to help them out in the forum too.

I'm hoping we'll have everything squared away soon to start a new youth forum and trying to make it something that will work this time.

mysticwarrior620
01-28-2007, 10:30 PM
Glad to see the wheels of progress moving!

mysticwarrior620
01-28-2007, 10:34 PM
I realize I'm still a newbie, but as a parent of two (one still a teenager), I have some experience with younguns. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Kristi Hale
01-28-2007, 11:49 PM
Do you mean things kinda like this, Kristi? LOL :neener
OMFG, that is like watching the cockroach episode of "Dirty Jobs"... :bolt

Man O War
01-29-2007, 02:53 PM
I'd be willing to answer some of the new members' questions if you need anymore people :)

Elf
01-29-2007, 08:35 PM
I am also happy to do anything to help :)

brumby988
01-31-2007, 07:36 PM
Back from more carpet cleaning. For such a small house, this shouldn't be an all day project, but you can only do so much at once, moving furniture, etc...)

Anyhow, this is in the works. Melissa is working on the forums, we've been discussing who to ask to be youth mods of the forum and we're throwing around ideas of possibly having a few official mentors for the forum and who, based on their knowledge base. One of the concerns is - if you put all the newbies into a forum, what happens when they have questions the other newbies don't know too? Need to have some not so newbies to the hobby to help them out in the forum too.

I'm hoping we'll have everything squared away soon to start a new youth forum and trying to make it something that will work this time.

Thanks, Mods. Hopefully it'll work well for the younger members....and the older ones as well :)

lilfillie
01-31-2007, 09:50 PM
Back from more carpet cleaning. For such a small house, this shouldn't be an all day project, but you can only do so much at once, moving furniture, etc...)

Anyhow, this is in the works. Melissa is working on the forums, we've been discussing who to ask to be youth mods of the forum and we're throwing around ideas of possibly having a few official mentors for the forum and who, based on their knowledge base. One of the concerns is - if you put all the newbies into a forum, what happens when they have questions the other newbies don't know too? Need to have some not so newbies to the hobby to help them out in the forum too.

I'm hoping we'll have everything squared away soon to start a new youth forum and trying to make it something that will work this time.

My thought, yes often it is just one at a time, is that the youth forum should be available to all young members, paid and unpaid. It seems so many of the younger folks post mostly in the OF forum, and isnt that one not on paid status? So having the forum open to paid and unpaid seems like it could eliminate some of the unnecessary posting that seems to go on in the OF forum and it could be a little less redundant thread-wise. Just my two cents! :2spy

seventhdream
01-31-2007, 11:51 PM
My thought, yes often it is just one at a time, is that the youth forum should be available to all young members, paid and unpaid. It seems so many of the younger folks post mostly in the OF forum, and isnt that one not on paid status? So having the forum open to paid and unpaid seems like it could eliminate some of the unnecessary posting that seems to go on in the OF forum and it could be a little less redundant thread-wise. Just my two cents! :2spy

:yeahthat Please let it be free!

wobbler_kitty
02-01-2007, 12:17 AM
Yes, it will be open to all youths, paid or unpaid.


It will be a forum like WOYM, private with access granted as they ask. (Or if I/we already know they are a youth we'll just give them access automatically.)

I ressurected the forum itself, just finalizing some ideas with the new Youth Mods. It will be their place, I want to hear their opinions and ideas on how they'd like it set up and run. :)

Should *fingers crossed* have it ready by the weekend.

Man O War
02-01-2007, 02:51 PM
Thanks for doing this Mods!

Mary
02-05-2007, 02:49 PM
The youth forum is up and running! Available to all 17 & under, paid and free. PM the youth mods or me directly for permissions if you qualify. Some of you have permissions already ... scan the forum list and you should see it if you do.

Youth Mods:
NaradaOF (Ellie)
LaughingStockStables (Sara)
kidwitch (Evelyn)

Adult Mentors:
to be announced

brumby988
02-05-2007, 07:59 PM
The youth forum is up and running! Available to all 17 & under, paid and free. PM the youth mods or me directly for permissions if you qualify. Some of you have permissions already ... scan the forum list and you should see it if you do.

Youth Mods:
NaradaOF (Ellie)
LaughingStockStables (Sara)
kidwitch (Evelyn)

Adult Mentors:
to be announced

Yay Ellie, Sara, and Ev!!

rainworks
02-07-2007, 08:11 PM
umm....
do the younger members know they can use it? Because currently it reads paid members only.... Maybe invites to all youth would be good to let them know they have a place to hang out etc.
Unless they are using it, and I just need to cram it :D

LaughingStockStables
02-07-2007, 08:24 PM
I've been PMing some people already :D

rainworks
02-07-2007, 08:43 PM
I've been PMing some people already :D
cool :happykiss

wobbler_kitty
02-07-2007, 10:23 PM
umm....
do the younger members know they can use it? Because currently it reads paid members only.... Maybe invites to all youth would be good to let them know they have a place to hang out etc.
Unless they are using it, and I just need to cram it :D


That's (unfortunately) the default message for private forums as well as Paid forums. Anyone not given access to the youth forum will always see that message. That's something that needs to change anyway as it's not very inviting to see "PAID MEMBERS ONLY" to non members and non paid members. Should change with an upgrade.

I'll be posting an announcement to generate more interest soon.

mysticwarrior620
02-17-2007, 09:27 PM
I just wanted to say that my daughter, sbchick123, just said that she loves the Youth Forum and is glad that it was reinstated. Thanks Mary for giving her a place to do the teen Blab thing! :clap

kidwitch
02-17-2007, 10:52 PM
I just wanted to say that my daughter, sbchick123, just said that she loves the Youth Forum and is glad that it was reinstated. Thanks Mary for giving her a place to do the teen Blab thing! :clap

I'm so glad she's enjoying it! Tell her to let me know if she has any ideas for it!

wobbler_kitty
02-18-2007, 06:51 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Deb! Glad she likes it. :thumbsup