These are good points. (I don’t quite get the reference to the model at the end, but that’s okay. It’s been been a day and my brains aren’t at their best.)
If there’s a question on whether or not something is appropriate for the Elsewhere Cafe, that can be a good thing. IMHO, we wanted this place to be of, by and for our community, so we should be willing to discuss what that means, what will work and what won’t.
In order to do that, we’re going to need to be open to opposing views, and maybe not so quick to jump on our own drama llamas. (And that includes me, heaven knows I do it too.) That also means we need to be able to articulate why we feel a topic or thread is or isn’t appropriate. With no disrespect, I don’t think “because I feel it’s wrong” is sufficient. I’m willing to entertain a good faith discussion on the subject. Does every thread need to have value to everyone to exist here? Where do we draw the line?
I don’t want this place to be somewhere people don’t feel welcome. I don’t want anyone to feel they have to leave. I’d like the Cafe to be a haven where we can all appreciate each other, in all our differences and opinions. I don’t know how to make that happen, but I’m more than willing to hear suggestions on how to do it.
Other than that, I’m tired, and I’m sad, and my brains are kind of fried. So maybe I should give it a rest and try again tomorrow.