The Community Hub

Archive: July 3rd, 2013

[Editorial] Over the years the community has been a friendly one, open and willing to help. It has also been quite diversified with several different forums being active however in the last few years that has changed. Today we have one primary hub, with one set of rules and some favourites who getting ‘extras’.

It is great to see AirDailyX growing and evolving into a hub, especially with its new website and upcoming forum! However, there are some concerns which I and quite a few other simmers share in common; yesterday (4th July) was a perfect example of that. We had quite a large number of trolls and other low-life losers insult and mock one of the best known development teams in our community with the sad end result being, the preview was removed which I and many others did not get to see. It is unfortunate that our community is heading in the wrong directions.

I believe we need to speak up now and protest against the change. We need to weed out all the trolls and spoilt brats before it is too late. Action must be taken now, hence why I support Mr. Allensworth’s iron fist ruling on his forums when it comes to these immature whinge babies. But does that mean ADX should do the same on their upcoming forums? No, of course not! The forums which ADX will host can provide an alternate solution, but with that comes problems. Many banned AVSIM users may simply rush over to the ADX forums and cause continued disruption and chaos.  That must not be allowed to happen, at any cost.

We already see a lot of trolling going on at the ADX blog, though most of it has been halted since the deletion of anonymous comments. I believe the ADX forum must show the entire community an alternative way of running a forum community. It must be open, friendly and transparent. It must not let advertisers get benefits or allow developers who setup commercial support forums get overpowering admin rights to the entire forum, or allow them to have a say in the forum’s future. The forum must have a set of stringent community guidelines that all must follow. If we all follow them we could be the start of a revolution in our small and rapidly decreasing community. We could go back to the old era of being helpful and friendly instead of trying to boost our self-ego.

I never want the new ADX community to become ‘the’ place to discuss everything related to flight simulation. That gives a monopoly and they are dangerous. If that happens there is the fear that AirDailyX will lose its grass roots and begin to take advantage of their position. I want ADX to grow and be a healthy community but there must be alternatives unlike today where AVSIM is king. We must have several hubs to ensure no one community exploits its position.

I am looking forward to the new AirDailyX forum and website as much as you guys but we must remember our founding principles and not feel that we can say anything and hide behind an IP address. Please keep it friendly and supportive.:)

-Aaron Graham