Before I go into the obvious point of this thread I would like to thank all the staff, past and present over the years that have contributed so well towards making arlongpark the site it is today. From admins, mods, translators and everyone (including regular members) that take their time to make valuable contributions, thank you.
Now I've been about for a while now from the early days as a mere lurker and beyond, and throughout that time I've seen a lot of suggestions that benefit the needs of the community. But what we really lack is an overall feedback from the members about the staff themselves, and ways in which we would like to thank or ask for small changes in the way they manage day to day running of the site. Be it a larger presence, more or less toleration and everything between.
Saying this I don't want to see people coming in here being blunt and ruthless if they feel they have been preyed upon, or people demanding the staff slave/dedicate themselves to every single need. What i would like is for this thread to be a respectful place where we can openly and calmly express views on improving or merely thanking staff in regards to their role. After all we have a lot of staff that do masses of work for us that don't get a pat on the back or even have a chance to divulge the effort they have made towards keeping the cogs of this forum running so smoothly.
Now on the outside everything seems calm, but in reality a lot of things happen in the background in the sub communities that paint a completely different picture of an overall view of this place, with some good and bad points that can't be expressed without fear of being targeted. This also means a lot of issues people have can't be dealt with via pm between the two as its not on display to justify a fair judgement call being made.
Realistically we need an open place to voice these thoughts that can be seen by all to paint a clear picture of pros and cons currently held.
I think a tiny example of this would have been the recent staff changes, that while being a delicate subject was necessary, which was impossible to discuss on a one to one basis via pm or randomly posting on an unsuitable thread.
In short although this might be hard, it comes down to freedom of speech, something this forum needs. Or should I say a more democratic approach.
(while being respectful of course)