Recently we had some issues shed some light on growing problems we're experiencing here at KKF. These forums have taken off wildly which we see as a good thing but with this rapid growth have come problems that need addressing.
One of the main issues is in the interest in KKF as a venue to sell wares by knifemakers, craftsmen, and retailers. We've been approached by as much as 40% more businesses than what you see doing business here. That means that we've turned down 40% more revenue for this site and we've done this to preserve the integrity of what we enjoy here in our little community. Having said that we do not wish to discourage new businesses from coming here, on the contrary - we welcome them, and have just made changes to help welcome in the businessman & craftsman alike but we've done so with some guidelines in place.
These changes give the person seeking to do business here a platform to conduct their business while the forum retains as much of a non-commercial presence as possible. We have introduced two levels of commercial subscriptions that a business/craftsman may select that will allow them to sell their wares. The idea here is to give them a place to do this within certain guidelines and also generate revenue for KKF at the same time. We feel that those wishing to make money here should pay for the privilege just as many of us already do.
See Vendor/Hobbyist Guidelines for more details.
A second major issue was the need to share the power of running KKF with more people.
We started out with the concept of the moderators operating as a team unit where all decisions would go through all of us but with only 4 mods (including myself) at start up, then one having to step down for outside commitments, & another becoming a lot busier in his private life than when we started the forum we found ourselves short handed and yet the forum was busier than expected and this caused a strain.
We brought on JohnnyChance as our first regular mod and he worked out so well that he's been made a SuperMod (along with Ryan) to oversee the entire site.
This week we made a huge leap forward by bringing on 4 new moderators to oversee specific sections of the forum. We expect that this will help to spread the load out more evenly and thus the strain will be alleviated.
Our new mod team will also be tasked with voting on all change (policies, etc) made to the site as well as approving all vendor subscriptions and bannings. What changes are made here will be made by the team versus one or two of us. We expect that this will provide more evenhanded management of the site.
You can see a list of moderators (and vendors) under Site Leaders
We ask that you please bring problems/concerns to the local moderator of the specific forum first as most issues can be resolved at that level.
I'd like to say to please be kind to the mods - they're volunteers helping to make the community a better place.
I want to give up a BIG to all of the moderators for their help here.
If anyone has any questions or concerns about these changes please feel free to ask or express them here in this thread.