Dear staff members, dear Chat community,
We are slowly coming to the end of 2019 and I personally wanted to wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year, as well as summing up how the year went for Chat community - building upon the recent survey results.
First of all, let me apologize. I admit I have not been as active this year as I used to be before due to personal constraint, both on xat and in my real life. This recently lead me to spend less time on chats yet helping xat on different tasks.
Hopefully, most of you did not get mad at me for being less active; and do not worry, I am still as dedicated to Chat as I have ever been.
Compared to 2018, 2019 was not a year of changes but rather a year of stability. This lead different staff members to take new responsibilities on their own, which is truly appreciated. Let me personally thank all of the Chat staff members for continuing to be so dedicated without expecting much in return. I will namely thank a few, although everyone deserves credits :
- Masha, for being so much active and for managing the chat on a daily basis;
- Hyperhouse, for livening the radio;
- Elea, for coming up with the recent survey and suggesting improvements.
Nonetheless, as I said, I am thanking all of the staff members.
The survey results has lead me to worry about a few extremely important points, however. It seems that the atmosphere of the chat slowly becomes less and less friendly. I want to remind everyone that staff members are not police forces responsible of punishing "bad users" but rather active members that should bring activity and topics of discussion in a peaceful environment. Drama should be avoided and rules should be enforced accordingly, which means that sometimes a verbal polite warning is more than enough and that sometimes some toxic users should be banned for more than just a couple of hours.
Due to these results, I have decided to take action in 2020, as I truly want Chat to be a friendly and family international chat. Nothing is settle down yet but I am thinking of a reorganization of the staff and of the different responsibilities. The details of the reorganization will be thought out soon and we will come up with a plan. This may possibly include adding a co-main owner to the chat; or assigning precise positions to some of the staff members, allowing them to focus on their position, or even reworking the membership system.
Until now, there were 3 owner positions as well as 12 moderator positions available, this may also change. Actually, anything could change even though I want to keep all of the active staff members (this basically means everyone of you).
If you have any question, or any suggestion, then feel free to send me a message. Every opinion will be considered.
Last but not least, let me again wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year, wherever you are, whoever you are.