The purpose of the news is for users and locals to send in articles of interest from the area. The following introduced the news and has been repeated on many occasions. I don't think I have had more than half a dozen responces. Maybe if people stopped moaning as much and contributed more the news would be more interesting. I do have a full time job and as we all know trying to make ends meet at the moment is not so easy. Trying to earn a living from being a roving reporter in the Los Gigantes area will hardly feed my cat. (Once again I am asking - are there any volunteers - Mr Max how about you? You certainly have a tallent for writing and the time to do it.)
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Thank you for your reply DD, but once again you have skirted around the issue. My contribution, and arguably my last is:-
In fairness there are now plenty of well known sources of local news, some of which are west coast based, and one of which has become very popular in recent time primarily because of the lack of such a service here. Furthermore, I see no point in encouraging a copy/paste exercise.
Likewise the Bless/Curse debate also skirts around the central issue....... which is......
Until there is freedom in the thread headers or their content, this place will die whilst the other places continue to grow and flourish. That will be a shame.
Nobody is suggesting that you or Paul should personally create new threads, start off debates about local issues or whatever. That is for the users to do, but users need encouragement to engage, and when threads are labelled "positive reports only" and when he who dares does stray and contributions are removed it is no wonder that there is such an acute shortage of users, and therefore contributions.
You simply cannot expect this place to be a hive of active debate, thereby providing a service for your loyal advertisers, if you restrict the content and delete posts, especially those intended to open active debate. With respect, the "its my board so if I don't like it I will delete it" stance is genuinely not necessary, there are rarely posts that warrant that level of dictatorial editing, and in the main such a stance does nothing but discourage visitors to the site and use of this board.
Many of us would agree and understand I'm sure, that you guys are trying to earn a living in difficult times, just like the rest of the world is. That in itself should be a good reason why you can ill afford to allow this place to fundamentally die like many of our restaurants, bars and other businesses locally.
You need to become much less protective and allow free speech within the accepted rules of decency, whatever it may be that a person wants to express. If they have had crap service at a restaurant then they should be allowed to say so, if they have been ripped off by a builder or a shop, likewise. I don't buy the denuncia excuse any more than anyone else here does, but as in my previous post, the introduction of a few independent moderators will allow you and Paul to divorce yourselves from potentially controversial discussions and the burden of policing every word posted allowing you to get on with your business and rather than discouraging use of this site, you will find people will drop in to actually learn about the area and learn about the range of services available to them should they decide to visit. Members of the public thrive on healthy debate and are perfectly capable of coming to their own conclusions about where to go and what to do.
Clearly the future lies in the hands of the operators. Open and sometimes controversial debate has led to the huge expansion of other places and I'd like to think that a significant relaxation of attitude will turn this place around before much longer and more importantly before it is too late.
A final note, there is a lot wrong with our area, much like anywhere else in the world there is always something that could be improved, but often good reason why nothing has or can be done. Despite this, this remains the best place in the world to live - innit