Thoughts towards a better Amateur Radio Forum 24 - January - 2013Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled.
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It seems there is a huge void in the Amateur Radio internet world.
I’ve not able to figure out why the anti-Flex trolls are allowed to run unfettered at eHam.
I moderate a music list (on the uncommon Bass Saxophone) and even have some very well known figures on ‘moderated posts’ because they have a history of others seeing their posts as hot-head moments.
Yet eHam rewards these their trolls, almost cultivating them as star attractions. Why?
Where eHam succeeds is:
- little alternative (for whatever reason otr Amateur Radio forums have’t taken off)
- they make their money by “clicks” so the controversial gains them clicks
- low costs (wondering if the moderators are volunteers, and they definately have little oversight)
- great domain name
- loyal advertisers
Where eHam fails is:
- biased sample issues (Trolls pileing on is one example)
- lack of concern for accuracy, utility, facts or integrity
- never dealing with their chronic trolls
- not fact checking
- allowing unverified non-callsign user names (some trolls seem to control several user names as well)
I’m thinking until their revenue stream is in danger eHam won’t grow up.
When the ad revenue drops they might change.
More likely is someone else will take their place.
The QRZ Forums tend to be a bit better but a clinging to a very old feeling PHP BBS design.
They are also organized in a more difficult to use thread tree.
There are few other internet forums – the Trolls and Moderator Heavy Hand issue is unfortunately far to common among them. A couple of the shooting and preparedness forums that have reasonably sized amateur radio threads suffer from the same trolls, poor moderation, group-think and cultivated bias issues that plague so many forums. A couple have outright offensive moderators and owners – and are best given a wide birth.
Is there room for a new Amateur Radio Forum?
How would you go about it?
Can it be self supporting either via ads, subscriptions, grants or sponsorship?
Would appreciate your kind comments!