In my honest opinion, a forum should be built on a core foundation of commonality, reeling those who share the similar background, values, ideas and other bullshit stuff you think of. A forum is a forum. Differences in opinion is also a commonality.
When I find and join random forums, I see how some of these forums fail. I think their problems are not based on any set rules. All shit goes out like Lord of the Flies book and no one gives a rats ass what is posted. When they stray away from what the core values of what the forum was intended for, all shit goes downhill. I don’t have kids, but it’s like parenting. In other words, I believe there should be some kind of regulation.
Back in the day, Ivan was just being emotional like he naturally was. I will give it to him, because I think he intentionally provoked some things in order to keep the forums going. He sparked conversations. But this is not what I was trying to point out. I am sure there are people who are like him and they are afraid to speak out.
The question is - how do you reeel the newbies in? Who is our target? Are we trying to get Cambodian-Americans? How about putting some features on this site that will also cater to Cambodian-Canadians, French-Cambodians, Australians and other areas? It appears that there need to be some kind of direction.
I am okay with topics like “What is your favorite song?” and i enjoy music and I will contribute to this particular topic, but holy fucking shit, it’s all I see. How about we initiate some kind of dialogue amongst us all? Something that is serious? But while at the same time, monitor the posts that would derail the topic because it is so demeaning towards the Khmer culture.
Just my two cents.
I am glad that thtere are Khmers on here, because you all share the same blood