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Thread: Should we have a "Mission Statement" for Ausphotography

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    Should we have a "Mission Statement" for Ausphotography

    I was thinking about the idea of a Mission Statement for the site, and wondered if members thought it was a good idea. Nothing major, just a paragraph or so that encompasses what the site is and how we should interact.

    My idea was to include a few statements like:

    * I will be active in both giving and requesting advice from other members
    * I will respect other members views, even if they differ from my own

    Not 'rules' as such, but rather an encompassing paragraph that tells everyone what we expect and want from the site, as members.

    I am not going to ask members to post ideas for a Mission Statement in this thread, I just want to know if you think one is a good idea or not. If it gets a Yes, then we can proceed to look at, and discuss what will make up our Mission Statement.

    So just a YES or NO, to wanting a Mission Statement, for now.
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    Rick, is this a poll? You asked to say Y or N.

    I say No. If it is a MS for the forum I don't think it needs one. As the two examples stand, they are more statements for individual members.

    A subsequent owner may well feel obliged to change/scrap a MS.

    IMExp, the convoluted phraseology that they often involve is bad for the thinking processes.
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    I voted yes as we have a basic one already at the bottom of each page...

    www.ausphotography.net.au is a photography forum where members share their photography, photo editing skills and techniques. We run regular photographic competitions.
    Emphasis added. Maybe 'share' needs to be expanded (i.e. sharing does not mean lurking ).
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    I think it's already there really in the "about"

    I would like to see discussions on politics banned however. They never lead anywhere good.
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    If I thought that a mission statement was anything more than a feel good thing then I would vote yes, but as it stands I cannot see it adding anything ans as Kym has said above all that is needed is said at the bottom of the page.

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    i voted no... the example you have given are more a code of conduct.

    should I guess have more to do with the site than the people using it... its goals, direction, strategy, etc.

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    They sound like a code of conduct expected from members, just worded in a 'self-help' kind of phraseology. A mission statement would be more what you as the owner want the site to become and to offer to people.

    Either way, I don't think there's any need for it. I don't agree with telling people what to do anyway, especially in something like a public forum. Members know it's a photography forum, and that's all they need to know. The whole point should be photographers, and people with an interest in photography, being themselves and talking to each other. I don't think there should be any expectations beyond those in everyday life away from the computer screen.

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    I can't see it making any difference. Life is already overloaded with us being told what is expected of us by others.
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    Personally I think the site's purpose is clear from the existing blurb already on the site.

    IMO, mission statements are cheesy, and that if an entity needs a mission statement to make clear its purpose, then it's probably not conveying the message in a more relevant and obvious manner.

    I wouldn't expect to walk into a McDonald's restaurant and be greeted with a sign informing me that McDonald's aims to be the purveyor of fine, rapidly-produced hamburgers et al...

    So, it's a no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenedis View Post
    Personally I think the site's purpose is clear from the existing blurb already on the site.

    IMO, mission statements are cheesy, and that if an entity needs a mission statement to make clear its purpose, then it's probably not conveying the message in a more relevant and obvious manner.

    I wouldn't expect to walk into a McDonald's restaurant and be greeted with a sign informing me that McDonald's aims to be the purveyor of fine, rapidly-produced hamburgers et al...

    So, it's a no.
    Yeah. Mission statements are to get loans off banks. (Along with the rest of the business plan). Not really a public thing in my opinion.

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    I too think mission statements are little more than an admission that one doesn't know what one is doing.

    I have to deal with mission statements at work.
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    Thanks everyone for the feedback and votes. Idea scrapped!

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    I would have a members code of conduct however

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    I would have a members code of conduct however
    Yep. I might add something to the rules about interaction. Something about both giving and receiving critique and advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    I too think mission statements are little more than an admission that one doesn't know what one is doing.

    I have to deal with mission statements at work.
    hahaha. so are you saying you don't know what you are doing?

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    I have no problem with the site having a mission statement but I think it is all covered in the Forum Rules but I would expect a lot of people never read the Forum Rules. If it is more than half a page you have lost them.

    While I don't think you need a mission statement unless you have an objective of going somewhere, what it can do is encapsulate the intent of the Forum Rules in a couple of lines. For that reason, I think it has merit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    hahaha. so are you saying you don't know what you are doing?
    I never claimed I did.

    May I suggest a mission statement?

    'If you don't know, find out: if you can't find out... Make up something that sounds good as you go along.'

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    A mission statement, No. A five year plan, possible. That will show us the members what you expect from the site, and give us the members a chance to help you acheive it.
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    Sounds too much like work.

    My photography is a hobby and its for my enjoyment

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