five years ago i wrote this:
this is brian writing. it’s the vernal equinox. we’ve been struggling to figure out how to “properly launch” a new idea in this saturated digital universe. instead of our typical hyper-minimalist handful of undecipherable words, here is a stream of consciousness, with the help of whiskey.
we’ve been fostering what could be called a healthy online community for just about ten years now. the monome community has generated an admirable amount of open-source code and patches, collaborative music releases, and engaging discussion.
the monome community has brought together mostly people enthusiastic about grids. yet much of the content generated has had a valuable, much broader appeal, and we would like to invite a greater audience beyond the (lovingly) grid-minded.
we’re seeking a meeting place for a community interested in sharing meaningful content and discussion. we value the decentralized emergence of information, not simply reacting to a single voice. we appreciate an environment that does not encourage hyper-consumption. we have no intention of being product-focused.
we are confident in this new forum software: discourse . it contains modern facilities for community building and information sorting. it’s fast, it’s mobile, and it has excellent searchability. well-designed community self-moderation is key. category muting allows you to ignore topics you’re not interested in (ie, trade, or monome).
in the end, this place will be determined by those who choose to use it. in these early days, we hope you might help us shape it, setting it on a path to even greater heights.
needless to say, lines has exploded in size. all of the new energy has been awesome and at times overwhelming. the @moderators have been discussing some substantial changes for months, in an effort to refocus the core mission of the community, which means we’ve all had to figure out what that means. i think the above text actually stands up well.
at the core of lines is respect, sharing, and curiosity— particularly in the realms of music, technology, art, and creativity.
of course many of here have become friends, given it’s been 15 years for some of us. it’s a real community. and we end up wanting to discuss topics off the primary reason for the forum’s existence. and that’s great, and we want to maintain that.
we’re making some changes: (edit: modified these parameters on saturday march 21 in response to various requests)
- a lot of topics are miscategorized in Open, and we’ll be moving those appropriately to the correct category.
- Open will be viewable by Members and up. creating a new topic in Open requires Regular status.
what we hope this will do is acquaint newcomers with the quality of discourse we’re trying to foster here, rather than have the gates open for harder conversations to get derailed.
we’ll need your patience in this process. if you spot a misplaced thread, please DM @moderators and we’ll fix it.
if you’re a newcomer and can’t see a thread that you previously were getting into, we’re sorry— stick around the forum for a bit and you’ll regain access.
thank you all for helping build this community. it is real.