Well, it has been four years spent here on the Vine. Friends and not so friends have come and gone. Hundreds of articles and seeds later, I still publish. But not as much. For camaraderie, the old version of the Vine was better. By that I mean the version in use when I joined. We had list of friends and groups we were in in, and accordingly articles showed up on our tracker according to what our friends published, seeded and commented on. Now we're lucky if the Nations, which I will give my two cents further on down in this article, show up on my tracker at all. It's a simple concept really, if you are a member of a group, or say an administrator, any commented on articles seeded to your group should show up on your tracker. They don't. Notice I keep using the term group, to me that is what they are, what they will always be.
Something happened when we changed over from the old version. We lost scores, no make that hundreds of members. Some of our best and brightest just gone. Many went to different sites, and a few bounce back and forth between them and the new Vine. A few months ago, something really got my goat. It involved inflated votes up on several articles, mine included. I inquired and was told the numbers were the numbers, they were on the up and up. The problem was not on the Vines side. Well, I still don't accept that a seed of mine got over 75 votes and maybe 50 comments. See why I was suspicious? The thing I'm getting at is there are not many active and participating Viners left to account for those numbers. It was an anomaly, just like comments not showing up on my tracker.
Ever wonder why bullies and ancient trolls are permitted to remain? Because they generate traffic, do away with them and the rest of the traffic goes down the shitter. Even stalkers, yes you read that right, are permitted here. I complained about one, showed a pattern of being followed about the vine, have a witness, who calls them my shadow, and the staff said that the user really hadn't broken any rules, they hadn't violated the CoH. Which reminds me, use to be when a person violated the CoH it went something like this, one day suspension, week long suspension, month long suspension, and gone. That is not the case anymore, and I think it has to do with retention. In the user agreement it clearly states something along the lines of abusing fellow users and staff will not be tolerated. Again, their is one here who virtually walks all over the staff, is abrasive as Hell to anyone who disagrees with them, and yet nothing happens. I think the it is Item number 32 on the User Agreement. Since I'm writing all of this from memory don't hold me to exactness. And you have to be "Philadelphia Lawyer" to understand that work of art.
About Nations. Well let's see, real nations in this world, go to war against one another, live in peace with one another, have coups, are democracies, or dictatorships, etc. Now at the Vine level all of that is in practice. Is that what they thinkers of this grand scheme had in mind when they rolled out the new version? Our old groups had neat features where we could make publish announcements, or welcome new members, point out interesting programming coming up. That is a feature which is gone. Nobody has incentive to visit the groups page anymore, except maybe to steal your members. I like the "Feature" article thing though. Again if nobody really visits the page, what good is it? There is another thing I call "infiltrators" that would be a person who joins a group and stacks the archives of that group with their own material. Shouldn't be a problem, except when those articles go against the grain of the group. That is how I earned my stalker four years ago, by removing all of their articles and kicking them out. What makes the infiltrator so invasive is their articles go through entire history of the group, with no comments being made the admin doesn't even see most of these articles. The person joins a group and actually goes back into their articles and checks the box for the "publish to" and those articles are now in your archives.
I love the editing tools here, and the publishing tools too. I have met a bunch of cool people I'm proud to call my friends, and crossed paths with others that I'm sorry I ever met. Mostly I'm grateful for being able to shed light on issues in this world that need light shed on, to bring information to our members about atrocities and suffering that they would not have know about otherwise. There is much work that still needs to be done, the world is still in turmoil, dictators and terrorist still run amok in this world, the pro gun lobby is out of control, and I'm pleased to be a thorn in their sides, none of which would have been possible without the Vine.