Originally Posted by bvdisc
The one thing that I see keeping people away from these forums is that they can become intensley negative. For people who are working really hard to make an event happen/put in a course/etc. it can be very discouraging and frustrating so they stay away.
To a point true. I've been using forums or the earlier form of forums known as your local BBS since the very early 90's(ahhhhh, the days of 9600 baud dialup modems) and in specialty places like this, there is rarely any negativity, not that the occasional bout doesn't happen, as it always will, on forums or even in person, it's going to happen when two people don't see eye to eye. It also depends greatly on those who manage the forum. If they let the place become the wild wild west, then yes, it would discourage people from being more active.
I can tell already that the users of this forum would not tolerate a forum troll and that anyone who's constantly negative would likely either snap out of it and become a part of the solution or quietly fade away.
If they are discouraged into coming to a very useful forum, then they'll be discouraged in person as well, which means they may not have what it takes to tackle events. That's not just for DG either, that's for life in general. If one can't take a little heat on a forum, then how in the world are they going to react to someone in front of them bashing their idea to their face personally.
Personally, I think a TDs only section would be a great idea on the forums where TDs can get together privately to help each other out. They already have a way to talk to players in the form of this forum which I believe is an outstanding tool for them to gauge their ideas and potential events. A private TDs only section would allow them to hone their events down even further.
Another possible reason why some may not be using this forum or any other form of online tools is plain and simple they're not computer savvy at all. Many of the old school players may not even own a computer, or if they do, it's like an Apple IIe or an 8086 with GEM on it, which means they don't have internet access and likely don't use their computers for much of anything.
Alrighty... Old man obviously rambling on here.. sorry about that. /ramblingoff