Without beating around the bush, I'm going to get straight to the point - I think what IF really needs right now is a revision of the entire Dev. Team, right from the top to bottom. The current DT is extremely inefficient, to say the least. Late answer to PMs, rude behaviour, unecessary WLs, mocking etc etc. Because IF does not have a proper system of moderating the mods
, the entire chain has gone askew.
Bringing in new mods for every section will have alot of benefits:
1. The regular members (who have not been mods) will get to experience what exactly being a mod means.
2. The current mods will get to know what it is like to be a normal member, and just another face in the crowd.
3. A torrent of new ideas. New mods will introduce their own way of dealing with issues which may be better than the previous mods.
4. People will learn to not take power for granted. Just because you are a mod now, doesn't mean you will continue to be after sometime.
These are to name a few. I feel that this revision should take place every 1 year (or anyother fixed time period), an active cycle will be formed this way, and a good democratic system can be estabilished.
Also, the selection of the Dev. Team is a very warped process. The mods themselves don't know how they were selected. This process needs to be well defined. Like I had suggested long time back, the GMs/Admins can select a panel of members who can capable of being on the Dev. Team, and then the members can vote.
Another problem with the IF DT is the lack of interpersonal communication. It takes about a decade to get a small topic shifted from place to another. The different levels of DT lack a communication base which leads to extreme delay in actions. The member actually has no idea who to PM and when to PM to get the job done. There is no proper channel of authority, only a haywire system which leads to nothing.
Lastly, I'd like to request Vijay to stop focusing so much in IF's technological updation. What IF really needs right now is a proper internal functioning system, not the scrap or the testemonial feature. Ultimately, it is the internal structure which upholds the system, the external crust can be updated and beautified later, and unfortunately, IF's internal structure is pathetic and lame. It's like a worthless present wrapped up in a pretty paper.
Setting this structure straight requires time and effort, but in the long run, It will prove to be a beneficial investment - for both IF and it's members.
Edited by -Neetz- - 15 October 2009 at 7:06pm