fijiNut wrote:With so much discussion on E-Sangha and DhammaWheel forums I must at least give my contribution.
E-Sangha was my first taste of Buddhism in real life from real people who were practicing, after having read several books from Ajahn Sumedho and other books from Buddhanet.net. I feel very much appreciative of the help in terms of pooled resources and combined years of practice that the forum with it's users had to offer, it has saved me years and years of groping in the dark with possibly traditions and practices that were not suited for me.
This has in turn set me on a path to search out real teachers (in the flesh) to actually go on retreat.
So for this, I am very indebted to E-Sangha.
I compare E-Sangha to a giant mango tree laden with delicious fruits on the top. You shake the tree, lots of good mangoes and lots of bad mangoes fall to the bottom. One must wisely pick up the good fruits and discard the rest.
It is one's own fault, if one sits and cries in a pile of rotten fruits and is still hungry, failing to pick the good mangoes.
I haven't had misunderstandings with any of the moderators or users there, so I am not in a position to comment on any bad moderators or abusive users but my sympathies for those who have had bad experiences there. I feel to a certain degree, to correct one's wrong view, one must lay it open for those who are wise and learned to see, and to have a restrictive environment where posts are unnecessarily deleted or modified is definitely not on.
Moreover, there is certainly no compassion in having anybody banned from any forum whatsoever, that is certainly not in line with the Dhamma.
Hello fijiNut, all,
Nice to "see" you!
I think Dhamma Wheel is an admirable site for Theravada discussion and for members with goodwill from other traditions.
Presently, like all small organisations, there is a sense of ease and familiarity between the members and the admins ...... but there will, in all likelihood, be changes in rules and policies as Dhamma Wheel grows in numbers. If, like E-sangha, there were to be sub-forums for other Traditiions and Schools,the changes would be more pronounced.
Dhamma Wheel has 15 forums for members, and E-sangha has approximately 70 forums for members.
Dhamma Wheel has about 180 members at this point. And E-sangha has about 35,000 members, constantly growing even with trolls, double nicks and members inactive for a year being discontinued.
Most posters have no comprehension of the workload of Admins or Mods. of a very large board.
Some well-intentioned members contravene the TOS - either because they do not read or, at least, do not remember them.
Some members who mostly seem to be quite pleasant people, are still afflicted with "The so-precious me'" syndrome, and become outraged and righteously angry when breaches of the TOS are corrected
Some members join large boards to gain the free pubicity from a large membership base in order to promote themselves and their own agendas.
Trolls are numberless and reincarnate immediately after each execution, under another alias.
Even with the best of motives, the huge throughput in posts and threads means that there cannot be the back and forth chat about 'why did you remove my post from view?'.
However - the collegial relationship between the management of Dhamma Wheel and E-sangha is healthy, much appreciated and valued.