Hi there everyone,
I'm about to make myself unpopular, but this is a free country (and hopefully a free world) and free speech is a valuable thing as it provokes thought and progress.
Here is my question: Can there be too much participation of a particular member on the board(s)?
I follow various discussions on and off and have tried to particiapte with knowledge, tips and comments. Over time I have come accross some fellow members time and again. That is a psoitive thing. It tells me there are many helpful people out there.
But it starts to annoy me, that I meet some folks (don't want to name names, because this is not personal), that I meet always and everywhere. I mean it is hard to find a topic where they do not comment on. Let me call such frequent board members "professionals".
I'm somewhat suspicious about people that do have a comment for everything. I somtimes wonder where the "professionals" get the time to write so much and follow so many discussions, because they often comment multiple times on the same subject and comment on other peoples comments. I can't complain about the quality of the comments made by the "professionals" and still the fequency and persistense annoys me.
I have seen many boards die, because the level of communication went from help to bickering and personal comments. Over time this gets boring for the public at large. WebProWorld hasn't reached that yet.
But I'd argue, if I'm annoyed, others might be too. It is not encouraging, if one can't post anything without discussing it with always the same people. Please participate in the poll attached!
Sometimes less is more!
So I'd propose to look at oneself and make a reasonable guess to how much participation is good - to restrict oneself and not comment on everything. Also, one comment per post is enough. Multiple comments in the same thread should be the exception (typically when asked for more explanation or info). One can let other people's posts stand on their own merrits, even if they are factually wrong. Most readers are smart and figure it out themself.
Does anyone share my opinion, fellow WebProWorld members?