After the forum transition, for the most part, there will be little change in the people that spend time in any area of the forums. People that have been asking and answering questions will be the same people that have always been there, including hosts.
A group of people that have been actively working in the MM side forums, and who will continue working in those same areas after the change, have been invited here a bit earlier because, for the first time, they will have the same hosting rights in their areas that hosts on this side have always had... and we wanted to give them an opportunity to learn how to do the housekeeping that they haven't been able to do over there before.
In addition, we will all soon have an opportunity to start learning the new software, and we (including everyone that helps with the preview of it that John has discussed) will be able to help others find their way about once it goes public.
The new hosts will need to not only learn the new software along with others, but they will also need to learn how to do the hosting bits. And they and the regulars in their areas will need to figure out their best ways to report issues to hosts to clean up, as we have been doing in the comments forum on this side for the life of these forums.
Since, in addition to all of the above, newcomers to this side will also be learning this current software, please feel free to help them with that. We still have to point out to folks how to use subscriptions and the message center and such. As familiar as we are with it, it is not an intuitive way to follow forum posts.
We will all be meeting new folks as they come from various areas to find out about the changes. We will all be learning together, and, hopefully working together, to make the transition as gentle as it can be. Please help be part of the solution.
John would have to weigh in on who would be at the back end of it or whether we will actually use it or not, but there is a "report abuse" link in each post as part of the new software. *My* ideal for that would be to have it send a post to a thread in the hosts backroom so anyone that would be handy would be able to take care of it immediately. No idea whether that might even be possible tho. I *think* the current report link goes to an employee group, and hasn't proven to be as effective as people would like. Hopefully, if they incorporate the link into the final setup, it will be an effective tool that will receive a timely response 24/7.
But, since hosts will have edit/delete ability in the new software, they will likely be fairly quick on the scene with or without the link. In time methods will likely develop between regulars in different areas and the hosts so that people will be able to post alerts similar to what we use in the comments forum here... http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.59b7a9f3/90
It's all still way too early to have any real guess what will work best, but that is sorta somewhat what I might expect.
I wonder if the report abuse tool will work. I know there are many folk who "report abuse" to the Forum Comments section, and when they are looked into it is discovered that the abuse was started by the person who complained, but only took offense when abuse was redirected back on him (or her, if I recall one instance).
That said, I want to offer kudos to all of those of you who are hosts or moderators. With tags or without. You do a great job, and spend way more time for way less recognition than I ever would.
Thank you all for what you do for the rest of us in here.
Where I'm at it's actually going to stay at or near freezing overnight for the rest of the week, and, hopefully, by the end of the week, all but the biggest snow piles will have melted away. But, it's still early March. We've been known to get snow into May.