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Changes in Forum management

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For the last several months, I have been thinking about continuity planning for MBT in all of its many expressions. Making sure that MBT will grow and expand both now and in the future. This line of thinking has lead me to start a few new initiatives and make some changes in what was already in place. One of these changes directly affects the forum.

This forum is a very important part of the over all MBT strategy. Besides leading the forum, Ted has undertaken several projects (such as creating an MBT wiki, and extending MBT theory) that are also important. Others can run the forum, but only Ted can finish his many projects. The result is that Runi (Specialis Sapientia), a young man from Denmark who is well versed in MBT theory and understanding, and a forum moderator for some time, is now the leader of the forum. Ted will be spending his time working on special projects for me. Linda, has requested some well earned R&R (rest and relaxation) and will be taking a break from the forum for a while. I will be in and out of the forum over the next few months to see how the transition is coming along. Runi is very knowledgeable and great guy... and I am confident that you will enjoy interacting with him. Ted, who brought this forum from almost nothing to what it is today, and who has an unparalleled in-depth and detailed knowledge of MBT theory, is impossible to replace, but I need him to move on to more critical things at this time.

Before I leave you to begin experiencing the forum under new management, I would like to share my vision of the MBT forum: It has two main goals of equal importance.

The forum's scope is limited to things directly related to MBT. The first goal is to create an environment that facilitates learning through useful discussions of topics relating to MBT. This environment should be collegial, friendly, polite, encouraging, helpful, understanding, and focused on learning. Pertinent personal experience, questions, problems, information sharing, and challenges to MBT theory are all welcome. This function creates the Forum's content.

The second goal is to have the forum eventually accumulate its content into a body of knowledge and answers to questions that can serve as a reference, a vital archive of MBT lore and understanding. A constantly accumulating archive that is a gold mine of useful information for future seekers…in the decades and centuries to come. I am seeing this forum eventually becoming a huge compendium of MBT understanding that researchers can mine to find specific knowledge. This function makes the forum's content accessible and useful to future users.

So the two goals are: the necessity of simultaneously maintaining both an active and effective learning experience for posters and producing a relative junk-free archive as a resource for the future study of MBT. It needs to be “Relative Junk free” because nobody is willing to hunt for needles in haystacks. Occasional nuggets of useful information hidden among large piles of off-topic or out of scope text will make any archive completely useless to most seekers of specific information.

Now it will be Runi's responsibility to see that both of these goals are well met. This can occasionally be a difficult job because posters sometimes have ulterior motives or develop attitudes and approaches that are (or become) contrary to what we are trying to do here, and more difficult yet because goal two requires subjective judgement of content value from forum management.

Anything that is important is usually not easy. All I can say is that we will do our best to get as right as we can... and make changes accordingly.

Welcome to the MBT Forum. Please help Runi make it a success. All ideas on how to do that are welcome.

Tom
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