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Road Work Ahead: What’s Next in the Gulch?

Posted by sdesapio 2 years, 5 months ago to The Gulch: General
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Since the release of “Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?”, many of you have asked “what’s happening with Galt’s Gulch? Is Galt’s Gulch going away?”

With over 18,000 registered members, Galt’s Gulch Online is now the world’s largest and most active online Objectivist community. And, we're not going anywhere.

We are however going to be undergoing some renovations here in the Gulch and we want your feedback.

1.) What do you like most about Galt’s Gulch?
2.) What do you like least about Galt’s Gulch?
3.) What new features would you like to see? 

It's not the end... it's the beginning.


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    Posted by  $  ObjectiveAnalyst 2 years, 5 months ago
    1. I like my fellow Gulchers and the interaction with so many reasonable and generally pleasant personalities.

    2. The occasional trolls, but without them, I 'm sure I would miss some of the laughs.

    3. I would like it if you could change the gray vertical line styles so I could follow the conversations easier. If you were to alternate the columns with solid and dashed lines or different colors... just a thought...
    P.S. One more thing: Since we have been limited on edit time I have felt the desire for an option to add a P.S. to our original post so that we might make notes of correction or addendum without adding another separate entry.
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  • Posted by  $  Eudaimonia 2 years, 5 months ago
    1.) What do you like most about Galt’s Gulch?
    That it exists.

    2.) What do you like least about Galt’s Gulch?
    That it is virtual.

    3.) What new features would you like to see?
    Holographic projection to hide our location.
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    • Posted by  $  Eudaimonia 2 years, 5 months ago
      Seriously though, maybe a user ranking.
      Kind of like voting up or down on a post.

      In this way, newbies can know at a glance if they are dealing with someone legit or not.
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      • Posted by  $  khalling 2 years, 5 months ago
        isn't that what the points are somewhat for?
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        • Posted by  $  plusaf 2 years, 5 months ago
          yes, but what if the data for the 'points' for a user were tacked on to their handle next to their name or 'handle' when they post a comment?

          the other day a whole thread erupted after a comment by someone with _2_ points to their 'name.'

          kind of the same reason I'd like to see the "who is this person" ID at the TOP of a 'letter to the editor' and not way down at the bottom. Transparency? Truth in advertising?
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          • Posted by  $  IndianaGary 2 years, 5 months ago
            Not sure if I agree with "a whole thread erupted after a comment by someone with _2_ points to their 'name'" being a problem. If someone has a valid point (or even an invalid one), causing "whole thread to erupt" is kind of the point of the blog in the first place, right? Making people think and then reply is a good thing, as long as the comments are in the spirit of and consistent with a discussion of Objectivism. Moderators can help ensure that the rules are followed by eliding spurious comments and ejecting posters who consistently violate the spirit of the blog.
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            • Posted by  $  plusaf 2 years, 5 months ago
              ok, I can support that, but like the op-ed pieces in our local paper, the CV of the person commenting... oh, ok, it would plug in to my prejudices anyway, right? And I can always glance down the printed page before reading...
              :)
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  • Posted by  $  richrobinson 2 years, 5 months ago
    I was thinking we could hide the top point earners box to make room for more comments. It could be there but you would have to open it to see it.

    I like the daily e-mail for what is hot in the Gulch. Maybe we could have another that we sign up for that alerts us when a thread receives a certain number of comments in a short period of time.
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  • Posted by  $  Zenphamy 2 years, 5 months ago
    Like most: Interaction with other Objectivists and reminders of AR's thoughts on everyday events.
    Like least: News reporters without comments or relativity to Objectivism.
    New features: An easier way to follow threads within posts.

    Great site, keep it going!!!
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  • Posted by Snoogoo 2 years, 5 months ago
    1.) What do you like most about Galt’s Gulch? The blog platform or format, whatever you use is the best I have seen or used.
    2.) What do you like least about Galt’s Gulch? Some really good discussions fall way down to where you cannot see them. Perhaps a "featured discussion" or "featured topics" section would be good?
    3.) What new features would you like to see?
    Again, the "Featured Topics" or just like the Movie Meetups, using the same feature you could have Gulchers set up their own regular meetups in their area.
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  • Posted by  $  jarvisc 2 years, 5 months ago
    Congratulations Scott and the Galts Gulch Online team, "the world's largest and most active online Objectivist community" is a wonderful accomplishment.

    My feedback is this. I would like to know if Galt's Gulch Online is turning a profit? 18,000 registered users is impressive, but how many of those are 'producers' and does the revenue cover your expense such as your time and the web developer's salary? I think it is nice that there is a $4 membership available because that may be the level that some people wish to contribute, but Galt's Gulch Online means more to me than that and I would elect to contribute more if it had been an option signing up. So my suggestion is, if Galt's Gulch Online is income-constrained in any way or if the people who are making it happen are volunteering their time or not being compensated, then let's talk about that.
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    • Posted by  $  IndianaGary 2 years, 5 months ago
      I agree. Let's make this sufficiently profit-making that it is worth the time and effort of the people responsible for it. Also, as a former Microsoft employee I have skills that I would be willing to contribute to help keep the site going.
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  • Posted by LetsShrug 2 years, 5 months ago
    1) Rational discussions.
    2) (intentionally left blank...until I filled it with this.)
    3) A score board (de ja vu) which shows a member's stats ie; List of member names, Date they joined, last logged in, most recent comment/post, highest rated post/comment...
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  • Posted by  $  Temlakos 2 years, 5 months ago
    I want to see more discussions, specifically about philosophy and its application. That, more than movie news, is what I have found most valuable.
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  • Posted by freedomforall 2 years, 5 months ago
    Thansk for creating this forum for us.

    A small enhancement:
    Allow the original poster the opportunity to modify the original title, link, and comments. This would help all-thumbs (or rushed) typists without having to delete and reenter the entire topic. It would also allow correction of links that fail. You might have to add a clickable option to "open original text" when changes were made after comments were posted , too.
    (This is knit-picking though. I hope there will be lots of better projects for enhancements.)
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  • Posted by conscious1978 2 years, 5 months ago
    I, too, like that the Gulch exists. The discussions can be informative, thought provoking and entertaining.

    The format of the site is awkward. Many other forum formats would be an improvement. Invision offers some you could check out.
    http://community.invisionpower.com/

    It would be great to have increased text formatting options and the ability to easily capture a quote of a previous reply.
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    • Posted by  $  IndianaGary 2 years, 5 months ago
      I checked this link and it appears to be a pretty standard blog format that I, personally, do not like. It's too hard to see the post hierarchy; I MUCH prefer the outline style on this site. I say, don't fix what ain't broke.
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  • Posted by  $  fivedollargold 2 years, 5 months ago
    If Ayn had added one more chapter to Atlas Shrugged, what would it have looked like? Perhaps sponsor a contest in conjunction with her rights holder for the best chapter. First prize a $5 gold piece.
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    • Posted by  $  jbrenner 2 years, 5 months ago
      There are many possibilities, but one focusing on volunteerism would have been nice. I know way too many people who are Atlases within their churches that are getting burdened by it so much that they are switching churches, including my aunt and uncle just last night. A side comment about bringing Ebola to America via a Christian medical ministry would have been a fitting punctuation mark. No good deed goes unpunished.
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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 2 years, 5 months ago
    1. I appreciate the opportunity for78 1`6tintelligent discussions with others who have read Rand and watched her on video.
    2. Pettiness
    3. Focus less on who gets what points, too high school, and more on organized sharing of thoughts, whether we all agree or not. Sometimes having a dissenter makes us think and dig deeper into our Objectivism. Otherwise, I thing the design and philosophy of the website is first rates.
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  • Posted by brando79az 2 years, 5 months ago
    Easily my favorite thing about Galt's Gulch is the emailed daily digest. I learn all sorts of things I, otherwise may not see elsewhere. +1

    I am sure you have your reasons but it is frustrating that I cannot "Thumbs-up (or down)" someone's posting or comment. Maybe ease a little on the requirements?

    I think it would be cool to be able to start groups. Like a local group, for instance. I would like to join a local group for lunch or coffee or go to Objectivist-themed events.
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  • Posted by  $  blarman 2 years, 5 months ago
    I really like the site as is for the most part.

    I'd propose some slight alterations in the categories for new posts.

    I'd put Entertainment in with News or Culture - I rarely see anyone post anything to this one at all.

    I'd combine Government and Legislation.

    I'd also like to see a section for trending conversations on the right to replace the Top Points Earners (always the same people - BORING) and the "Members and Lurkers" (move somewhere else) sections.

    In general, I prefer the Gulch to any of the other online forums I participate in - primarily because the people are generally more polite and thoughtful. I think that counts as much as the design.
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  • Posted by  $  IndianaGary 2 years, 5 months ago
    One issue that occurs on my tablet, but not on my monitor or my phone:

    1) On my phone and monitor, the outline style makes it easy to see what responses occur to which post, and I like that.
    2) On my (Fire HD) tablet, replies are not in outline form; they appear in some random order and the replies are labeled, "in reply to <post>". This makes seeing the post order almost impossible without clicking on a link. Is there a way to do away with this?
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