"If there is no struggle, there is no progress" - Frederick Douglass
I chanced on the M:P&T site while I was researching info on "non-standard" guitar-string gauges (particularly those for quarter-tone players who 'bend' strings). Saw a question which I knew some things about / created an account / answered it.
Then I looked around, read a bit, and had questions about the direction of the site. I've read and contributed to a number of online forums and this one seemed unusual:
- Upvoting/downvoting, editing other folks' posts, and the reputation/privilege matrix DO exist on other sites, but not as evidently as on this one.
- I rarely see this level of effort to control the Q&A. Some corporate HR sites, yeah, but not a public music forum.
- In sixty years spent with creative musicians, we constantly discussed purposes and philosophies (theories) of music. Despite the name, I don't find that on this site.
- The constant shibboleth of "be civil" recurs, but I didn't see real concern about contributors' dignity.
So, I pushed some buttons. I answered a few questions, expanding the area I addressed each time.
I had written an old Amazon blog-post which I converted to Q&A, and through that I stumbled into the "meta". Holy Toledo!
I essayed one more answer which technically met Tour & Help-Center guidelines, but purposely included discussion of individual musicians' concepts of music itself as well. Shut down out of the gate! (Guess somebody laid in wait.)
So, M:T&P is not a place for me! Some OK stuff, but lots of controlling behavior. I pushed for answers to dignity-related questions and was repeatedly treated to "rankism". I acknowledge that some of you are aware of these issues, but there is plenty of abuse.
I wish you folks all the best in your endeavor. Not certain how the universe will treat it - and your meta conversations indicate the answer may be 'not well'. When your organization vests power in people who fail to be fair and accountable, it becomes a dark place.
User '@topo morto' - I wish you the best, but fear you're going to be unhappy. @Todd Wilcox, you're a fair-minded fellow but you get caught by the obsessive arguments of a few control-freaks.