Hi Helen and Mary
I'm sorry, I didn't know about the http://moodle.org/user/index.php?contextid=55&roleid=3
trick to find the moderators of forum. (Is there a similar trick for 'Using Moodle' too?)
Going through http://moodle.org/mod/forum/user.php?id=14925&course=55
one can see how much effort put into the job. The problem was that recently the OT took upper hand. Remember the discussions in "Facilitators' Corner"?
Anyway, I'll be careful not to reprimand visitors. That subject is AFAIC closed.
Just two points in passing, which in my belief fit the "social" context
I tend to reply to posts the way I would like to have the answer as the one who posted it. Pl. go to forum so and so is a welcome answer to me. Because a) a forum usually has a set of initial pointers in its entry page which spare me asking the obvious b) I can selectively search that forum to find out if the same problem has been reported there, helping me to find the answer to my problem without waiting. And politely getting no answer is the worst, I'm in the dark, losing valuable time. (I know, there is a technical problem in moving posts between the Lounge and 'Using Moodle' because they are two different courses. Yes, after the reorganization http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=196302
everything will be solved and forgotten.)
The second one, how easily one gets misunderstood!
> You yourself make the point that 'This forum has been the connection between Moodle and the world around it'. What kind of first contact would it be if we said ...
Yes I said that, but did not mean a "reception desk" rather thought of all the fields and subject areas which interact with Moodle, like e-learning as a whole, pedagogy, education, technology, evolutions (or revolutions) in the society, etc. In fact in that post I first had a similar enumeration which I removed. I thought it was a too obvious thing to mention talking to Martin.