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Unity in Diversity: A few thoughts towards a stronger community.

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Vandhana, Sep 28, 2007.

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  1. Vandhana

    Vandhana Silver IL'ite

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    Dear IL’ites,

    One member has stopped participating in the site and ruffled few feathers unnecessarily before departing. If that member didn’t find himself at peace in IL, he could have graciously moved on. Instead, he chose to post an unbalanced account of his reasons for leaving. That forced us to respond with our side of the story and the resulting exchanges weren’t becoming of this site.

    These unfortunate incidents happen from time to time and it reminds us to take stock of who we are as a community and reinforce some of the foundations of Indusladies.com.

    • First of all, Indusladies.com is a not an “anything goes” site. Every member needs to follow the “forum etiquette” and we will strictly enforce it. Please use the following link as a refresher to the same: Forum Etiquette and Guidelines
    • As obvious as it sounds, a member pulls readership and appreciation by the quality of writing. We cannot modify policies or programs in ways that are individually beneficial.
    • This is a member driven site. A lot of what we do here is driven by the expressed and implied needs of our members. As such we welcome and crave suggestions and feedback and we have made innumerable improvements as a result of it. Having said that, we only implement suggestions that improve the “collective” experience of our members and NOT an “individual” member’s experience.
    • IL administration will not take unsupported accusations just to be seen as “open to feedback". When a bogus accusation is made against us, we will vigorously explain the fallacy of that accusation. It is more important for the general membership to understand what this site is about than one member to feel that we are open to feedback.
    • To the extent that you want to know, we strongly recommend that members read the FAQ section to familiarize themselves with the Google ad-system and the financial approach to this site. Everything is pretty straight-forward. For your convenience, the link to the FAQ section is : IL FAQs
    • Quality Vs Quantity participation
      • Elite Member Status was introduced with the intention of motivating members to participate more in discussions, to share their thoughts and ideas, to provide comments and suggestions and to connect well with the community. With the games and forward messages, we are seeing that members are reaching the “Elite Status” milestones easily and this creates a dynamic that we didn’t anticipate. We will explore ways to mitigate this and will announce policy changes once we find a good solution.
      • Just as “Elite Member Status” program encourages participation, we wanted to have a program to encourage quality contributions. And that is why we introduced the “Finest Posts” program. We want to encourage both quality and quantity. Finest Posts
      • Several members enjoy participating in the games and forwarded messages forum. We request that you don’t do it for the sake of increasing post counts to reach Elite status milestones quickly. Do it only for the fun of playing games and sharing good forwards (taking care to avoid repeats).
    • Some members are gifted with great English language skills and some members are not. We in IL do not want to exclude people based on the level of English proficiency or grammatical correctness. It is sufficient if the member gets the point across. We ask members to be tolerant of others who are not very comfortable with English.
    • Because of their history of quality and unique contributions, some members command a loyal following and are being adored. We don’t see this as necessarily harmful. IL doesn't exist in vacuum. It’s a free world and so is IL – a tolerant web space.
    • Care, Authenticity, Civility and Friendliness are critical components of this site’s DNA. If you see "politic" behavior within the site, please private message one of the moderators/administrators. We are committed to devising policies and procedures that maintain the site’s DNA.
    • As we sign off on this long post, one word comes to all our minds again and again. And that is TOLERANCE. We should be tolerant of people who cannot express themselves, of those who cannot write good English, of those who will visit only one forum and not others and finally of those, whose views on life are way different from the norm.
    Let’s forget the details of this incident, but let’s remember the lessons so that we grow stronger as a community!

    Thanks,

    Indusladies Team.
     
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  2. suravees81

    suravees81 New IL'ite

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    Hi vandana.
    i appreciate ur way of presentation...so decent and diplomatic n yet explicit! I agree with u 100%...discipline is most essential for nething n everything in life....i find this site really enjoyable! Good going!
    cheers.
    sujatha
     
  3. vivbass

    vivbass Gold IL'ite

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    dear Vandhana,very well write up:clap
    i am enjoying my stay here.
     
  4. PushpavalliSrinivasan

    PushpavalliSrinivasan IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Vandhana,
    Hats off to the Indus Ladies team You are doing a wonderful job in bringing Unity in Diversity. The growing membership itself is a proof of this. Thank you all for your team work.
    With love,
    Pushpavalli
     
  5. latamurali

    latamurali Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Vandhana

    Iam very much thankful to u for this Online community, now iam spending my time in this only(ofcourse my hubby shouting at me that i become addict of IL0 and iam FEELING PROUD THAT IAM ALSO A MEMBER IN IL :-D:-D:-D:-D:-D

    Got lot of good friends without any condition, exchanging our ideas,suggstions etc really ur doing a very very very gud job:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap

    HATS OFF TO U MADAM

    LATAMURALI
     
  6. Malathijagan

    Malathijagan Silver IL'ite

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    Vandana!
    3 cheers to the IL Team! Carry on your great work with the same spirit. As you rightly said,"We should be tolerant of people who cannot express themselves, of those who cannot write good English, of those who will visit only one forum and not others and finally of those, whose views on life are way different from the norm."While you defend yourselves we will ignore such people.
     
  7. subbutr

    subbutr Senior IL'ite

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    Good intentions and well presented theme to encourage every member from Indus ladies team.

    Every one has their own inborn talents and it is forums like this enhances their presentations.

    Motivating the fellow members always yields better results.

    Motivation comes from getting inspired or setting goals but in reality it doesn’t.

    Motivation comes from planning & inspiration, however the largest division in personal development can be found in the difference between motivation & organization.

    Organization requires lists, inspiration, planning, goals & creates some sense of motivation but in reality the two are separate disciplines.

    If all we can do is make lists & we are great at time management we will run rings round virtually all of our colleagues but we may find it difficult to break out of the mold.

    On the other hand if we are great at motivation but lack organisation we may find ourselves heading way off course & constantly distracted.

    To be truly successfull we need more and one key missing ingredient is focus.

    By focus, I don’t just mean the ability to concentrate on one task but the ability to focus on one task & take it through to completion.

    To succeed we need good judgment which results from experience which derives largely from failure.

    Known as tenacity ,the ability to constantly focus & keep trying regardless of discouragement.

    Conveniently, focus is made up of a compelling vision of the future created through motivation combined with organization which provides.

    If we can take the product of this endeavor, focus & combine it with determination & tenacity then we have a big part of the success formula !

    Let's encourage, motivate and focus to bring in more members to join here.


    subbu
     
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