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Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:00 am

Greetings members,

Over recent months, one Dhamma Wheel member has expressed grave dissatisfaction in relation to the way this forum is managed, via a blog specifically designed to target this forum and its volunteer staff.

Lest it be soddened by the rain
http://dhammawheel.wordpress.com/2010/0 ... llo-world/

On his blog, the author goes so far as to say, "The bottom line is that my experience at Dhamma Wheel has been by far the most negative experience I’ve ever had on the web."

We feel disappointment that a Dhamma Wheel member feels this way despite our efforts to create a forum in which all members feel welcome and are treated fairly and consistently in accordance with the Terms of Service.

Most of the feedback that we receive from members is positive, but if you are experiencing any dissatisfaction with the way Dhamma Wheel is being managed, we would like to extend an open invitation to all members to raise discussion topics in the Suggestion Box and work with us collaboratively to improve this forum, for the betterment of all. We are volunteers with a genuine interest in making this a productive site for all members and for the online Buddhist community in general. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate any constructive feedback you could offer that may help improve people's experience with this forum.

Alternatively, you are welcome to post comments (either negative or positive) on the aforementioned blog about your Dhamma Wheel experiences without feeling as if you are jeopardizing your standing here at Dhamma Wheel by doing so. Dhamma Wheel staff decided that it would be inappropriate to ban or suspend the author of the blog simply for criticising Dhamma Wheel, so do feel free to speak your mind about your Dhamma Wheel experiences, whether you choose to do it via the Suggestion Box or at Lest It Be Soddened By The Rain. However, if you would like a guaranteed and prompt response from staff to your issue, we would recommend utilizing the Suggestion Box as we are here far more often than we are there.

Thanks for your time.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:10 am

In reference to the above linked blog, since I am the (negative) focus of much of it, I would recommend - if you are at all interested - reading all of the entries.

Also, here are 4 threads referenced in the blog entries where I and/or the DW staff are said to have acted badly:

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6847

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6849&start=0

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6880

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=7174

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby alan » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:09 am

I've read through all these threads and see no problem with what tilt said.
Yes, as a reply to a post that used the word, I said I "scorn" certain arguments. I'll stand by that. We're here to discuss and debate. Not everyone can deal with that--fine. If you can't, there are other places to go where you will not be challenged. I personally find a good argument to be clarifying. Helps to refine my ideas--as long as there is someone on the other side I respect.
I respect those who are honest in their intentions. Crying about how bad you were treated in an honest forum does not deserve my respect.
DW has treated me more than fairly. I've made a few mistakes, no doubt about that, but Mod's have given me chances to redeem myself. No complaints here.

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:29 am

“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby PeterB » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:51 am

Logging on to forum that declares itself to be:

"A discussion forum on the Dhamma of the Theravada"

is an entirely voluntary activity.

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:55 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby PeterB » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:58 am

Actually I have mixed feelings...On the one hand it is a good thing to be open to criticism etc.
On the other hand it is an invitation to those addicted to meta discussion, circular argument, and in fact to anything that gives them reason to ignore their meditation cushion and/or meatworld Sangha.

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby Euclid » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:06 am

I would hazard a guess and say that the bruised ego who created a blog due to perceived persecution on Dhamma Wheel is an outlier.

Not to say that we should close our eyes and ears to criticism, and not to say that Dhamma Wheel is perfect, but I can't think of any simple way you could make my personal DW experience any better than it already is. :anjali:

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby christopher::: » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:14 am

Last edited by christopher::: on Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:17 am, edited 1 time in total.
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby Mawkish1983 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:17 am

Last edited by Mawkish1983 on Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:31 am, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby christopher::: » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:23 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby Mawkish1983 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:43 am

Oh my! I've been reading through more of that blog! It seems the moderating team has been put under a lot of unnecessary strain with these events. It is such a shame a private dispute has spilled out into such a public discussion.

Moderators, keep up the good work :)

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:47 am

Yes, thank you Mawkish.

We appreciate your support.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby appicchato » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:05 am

:thumbsup: :coffee: .

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Re: Open invitation: Help us improve your DW experience!

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:23 am

I've been here since the beggining and only have two major cases where I've been displeased with a moderator or another member: the case which was the reason to create two more subforums for meditation. In that case the moderator said he was sorry in the thread he ruined so no problem there. And the other one is when people make fun of Hanzze, namely alan.

Apart from that I'm quite satisfied with this forum in the years I've been here. And let me take this oportunity to thank David Snyder for the forum he has provided us with and to the moderating team for doing an excelent job in general.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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