This forum is by far the best moderated, most reasonable horse forum out. I don't go anywhere else.
I used to be very active on an Australian-based site which I am now watching slowly die because the mods are not part of the community, nor is the admin really. They set themselves apart from the rest of us, and don't participate in threads at all unless they're getting all disciplinary. Not only that, but the mods and admin don't enforce the code of conduct at all on some people... but will rip others' heads off for tiny breaches. It's been going downhill for a long time but it's really been this year that I've watched member after member just stop posting to the point where you're lucky to see one new post a day outside of two specific sections. It has over eight thousand members, but less than thirty actually post. The last post in one section was a month and a half ago! It's really sad. It used to be a great forum despite the staff's flaws.
As a former admin of a forum myself [though nothing on this scale!] I've learned that it's the regulation that makes the community. A code of conduct is all well and good, but you have to actually enforce it, and not just with closing threads when they get nasty... you look at it and look for the repeat offenders, and deal with them. Which is what HF does. The other thing that's great about here is that the mods are active in the community, sharing, posting questions, giving advice. We sort of know who's wearing the mod cap, and that's great, because we know which mods we can stir up a bit and which mods might get a bit offended.
Coming from an Aussie right here - the more we insult you, the more we like you, so if you're feeling insulted, you can always look on the bright side. That means you're loved!
Edit; also, people are sheep. The first person to set a nasty tone then tends to set the tone for a whole heap of other people, simply because we, unconsciously, want to blend in with the crowd. I've been known to take an uncharacteristically snarky tone when I enter a thread where someone has started it off. I don't tend to snark for the sake of snarking - I prefer to believe that people just don't know any better - but if I'm coming in after some random has jumped all over the OP I'm that much more likely to do it myself. It's human nature.
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Last edited by blue eyed pony; 06-03-2013 at 10:41 AM.