Hey all! Friendly neighborhood mod here!

I’ve just been added to this group, “Worldnews”, in addition to my existing group “World”, along with @[email protected] (HEY SQUID!)

The reason being, the mods here had effectively retired. Hurts, the lead mod, stepped away and hadn’t been active for MONTHS, and post and comment reports were PILING up, to a point where the Admins asked in our Discord chat going “Hey, what’s going on with worldnews?”

Which left ME confused, because “world” has a friendly name of “World News” and is generally up to date on the report queue unless two users are engaging in:

https://youtu.be/17ocaZb-bGg

Which, (sigh), happens way more often than I’d like, but what are you going to do?

Before they left 5 months ago, Hurts had pinned a question asking, basically, “Do we NEED world AND worldnews?” which I think is a valid question.

There are some key differences, world doesn’t accept video links or text pieces, but there’s no rule against that in worldnews, so it’s a little more free-form than world, although both require legitimate news sources.

So for now, consider the discussion OPEN! Keep them both? Close one or the other?

The volume difference is pretty dramatic:

world:

worldnews:

  • RubberDuck
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    104 months ago

    I’d say nuke the unused one. Or nuke the posts place a sticky referring to the other and lock it for new content.

    If it cannot be maintained by its userbase, no need to keep it around.

  • @Docus
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    94 months ago

    There are about a dozen worldnews communities. The beauty of the fediverse some would say, but in my view it is one of the weaknesses. So kill off one of the two, just leave a post referring to the other.

    • @jordanlundOPM
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      104 months ago

      Pretty much how I feel, but I didn’t want to just DO that without engaging with the users who ARE here.

  • ThePowerOfGeek
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    54 months ago

    Happy to see active moderation here now. And I can see each community (world and worldnews) having different enough mandates/focuses to coexist.

  • Recreational Placebos
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    44 months ago

    I always assumed the two communities were the result of some mod-drama/schism, if that’s not the case, nuking one makes perfect sense to me. Unfortunately the lesser used and formerly mod-abandoned community has the better underlying name, but what can you do.

    • @jordanlundOPM
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      24 months ago

      Yeah, I agree, it’s confusing, and the creation of both groups happened before my time so I can’t really speak to the motivation behind them.

      I’ll talk to the admins and see what can and can’t be done, but shuttering the smaller one does seem to be for the best.