Heath I just want you to know I have tried to be encouraging to new members when I was also "new". I was told by several other members that nobody wants rainbows,unicorns or puppies.What is SO wrong about being nice to people? I was attacked for trying to be considerate of others and asking people to do the same. It's not fair that so many members should be afraid to post or ask questions that have been on here for years.
There is a thinly veiled gang like mentality on CC and I'm so tired of members pretending that is doesn't not exist. They are rude and condescending with their replies and they know it but when you've got 3 or more fellow members agreeing that the reply wasn't mean or condescending. What can the OP do about it? If they defend themselves they are attacked or sarcastically made fun of. It's not fair that they should continually be able to get away with this outright bullying of new members or new posters.
I sure you have noticed that attendance has declined on CC. This is a big problem and it needs to be stopped. It's not ALL about pricing and repetitive questions that make them reply rudely because of their "impatience" or "annoyance". Most of it seems like it's about having fun humiliating and attacking people for their own twisted pleasure IMHO.
Personally it sounds like the site needs more rainbows, unicorns and puppies. Maybe that should be the next inspiration challenge
Attendance is not down, though maybe the lurking has increased.
There is certainly no place here for a gang mentality, bullying, etc. But more people need to speak up when it is happening. More people need to come to me or a moderator and raise concern about specific members who are engaging in rude behavior.
There was a time at CC when we used to ban a LOT of people in order to keep things super positive. We backed off that approach at some point and decided to let the community tell us what was acceptable by way of the report post function.
Clearly this has not worked as it seems that some group of members have decided to take a gang like approach. (I am not referring to anyone specifically, just reflecting the feedback I am getting from people in response to this thread, I don't know who those members are or how many of them there are).
Well I can tell you we are about to take matters back into our hands of making sure this community has the tone it started with and was meant to have. People can get on board and be positive and supportive or they will be shown the door.
Again, lets leave the pricing debate out of this thread, it is obvious that it is its own topic to be addressed separately.
This thread is about what we as the Admins and moderators of CC need to create or organize in order to bring new people more smoothly into the community and reduce the friction of getting up to speed and being welcomed as a new member to the club of cake enthusiasts. This should also improve the experience for existing members and expand your pool of cake buddies.