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I have to second the thoughts of calimero once again, the layout of this forum, as it stands, is by far superior to any other forum I have ever looked in on.|
I prefer the flat-style layout to the tree-style; perhaps the tree-style is better on server space, but it is not as ready to read and follow.
I agree that the pinned threads need to be limited to only two or three, that although those old topics may represent the kind of discussion the editors would like, and although they may represent the direction the editors would like the contributors to follow, they are somewhat dated.
Perhaps, the editors are looking to find new contributors and forgo the ones that are currently here and have been here? I have no idea.
I do know that the two sections, 'general' and 'friendship, love and relations' in the Living in China division of the forum have attracted nothing but the dregs of humanity, and surely this is not representative of the face of China!
I understand the frustration of seeing forumites squabble and assault each other -- perhaps a separate section just for this could be suffered? -- I mean few of us have any real interest to post anything down in the aforementioned ugly sections of the Living in China division of the forum, we (the whole world) already suffer the slings and arrows of human scum.
I think, that by and far, most of us feel we need a better sense of law and order, policing the contributions, not for content, per se, but for personal garbage. I already posed three good names for you to consider in asking for help in your moderation, I could add others -- how about markwu, for instance. another very good person with nary an ugly thought!
However, the apparent random, senseless removal and disallowance of posts and threads, has got to go -- it has done more to dicourage folks to contributing, than any other single difficulty to date!
Thank you so much for communicating with us, this is a key to achieving the direction you would like the forum to proceed! Any other technique that might be employed will have a far lesser effect than this kind of leadership, and that has already been long established in every social structure, be it the military, the classroon, a business or a political party!