*Blue walks in, pulls the soapbox off the stage,
dumps it in the refuse, and pushes the 'kill' switch on
the unused forum.*
Yeah, this sort of thing goes over REAL well, Blue.
Anyway, now that I'm on my work machine (ezBoard seems to be lightly broken for the browser I use at home, but okay on the one I use at work), here's a rough repeat of what I tried to say yesterday.
Online communities are much less tied to specific URLs and machines than real life ones are tied to places, and even real life communities often wander off to someplace new, leaving very little behind. Additionally, often the reason an online community moves is because of bad experiences with a service provider...ezBoard left a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of ikonSparkers, and many still avoid any board run by the place. The fact that it's not jus ezBoard but ezAllSpark makes it even less likely they'll ever return.
Sure, ikonSpark is having schisms. Get a large enough group together, and I guarantee it will have jerks who some people can't stomach (thus driving non-jerks away) and people with authority issues who will complain loudly about any restrictions on their license to ill. And you might get some oscillation between ikonSpark and ezSpark from these two groups, but I doubt it'll be a lot. Just as people who left Bottalk to form the first AllSpark don't tend to return to the Bottalk fold, I doubt many ikonSparkers will feel like coming to ezSpark, no matter how intolerable they come to find ikonSpark. They'll just go somewhere new, a place without bad memories for them. And with boards proliferating, there's plenty of other places to go without having to go back on one's "I'm never coming back" statements.
Finally, as a side note, like Neale my temper tends to flare quickly. Usually, though, it flares back down before I act on it. The one major exception is when a board's code angers me, since I'm right there and able to vent about it, with no cooling down period in between. But I rarely take irrevocable actions (like erasing directories, spiking fora, etc). However, in order to make my online life less stressful, I have set me "screw this, I'm leaving" threshold far below my boiling point. Basically, once I think the annoyance factor exceeds the utility of a place (and a low-traffic board has a low utility, tobe frank), I bail. Maybe for a while, maybe for a very long while. I have a subdirectory in my bookmarks full of "Dead Boards" that aren't really worth bothering with, but I keep 'em around to check once in a while to see if things have improved.
ikonSpark has a high enough utility to me that I'm willing to put up with a lot and still visit daily. ezSpark does not at this point, so I may leave again for months for what seem to be petty reasons. I'm not being petty, just being practical. I've got enough "causes" to put my effort behind as it is...I bear you guys no real ill will, and hope you find your niche, but I'm not really prepared to offer more than the occasional advice and encouragement.