Youre right, features and rules are the guidelines for behavior, and communities model after community leaders.
I however lack the resolve to continue acting as community leader and developing website features by myself. I also lack access to the back end of the website and cant be assed to ask again, meaning I can only change the cosmetic. I cant add a like button. I could rearrange whats here to add features in, giving users some mod features to delete their own comments miiiight be possible…
However, last I checked the actual owner was petrified of change, I cant push for anything big. I have to take these little baby steps toward goals and I was only allowed to make this new gurochan look as close as possible to the old one.
Even News posts are written in the back end so I cant post them.
Anyway, Im out of steam. I have no personal ability to stablize or grow this place, and my feedback loop died out and dried up some months ago.
I would love an official discord
I would love an artist of the day post in news
I would love a gurochan mascot commissioned from an artist
Id love to host guro channer anime watching streams
But Im more or less blocked from doing those things without the permission of a person who is absent. I mean, hes a great guy, but hes not here.
Im tuckered out. Why should I work so hard for a place I cant even get other mods to post, and where none of the old guard ever posts?
Seriously, 5/5 mods I have consistent contact with actively refuse to actually post here when asked, and the actual owner of gurochan and the old mods chill out in a ancient peer to peer chat network where no one has contact with them, with its contact info listed no where. And theyre fine with that.
Its irc #guro or some shit, dont remember the server you have to go on. I cant be assed to find it again.
Look, theres nothing wrong with having a little hobby website you run on the side and not wanting it to be too important to anyone, especially not yourself. so I cant blame leadership for being inaccessible or inactive, but I personally cant be asked to stay indefinitely sandwiched between a dying website I cant even get mods to post on and uncaring leadership that doesnt even post here.
There was a goal to make this a guro community hub through a list of slow changes that would make it a center for this kind of art, even making it a hybrid board/booru where you can add tags to your post and then they can be searched, or something. Theres no high quality, high content gurobooru style board, it could be this.
The end goal would be to make it as popular as possible to encourage larger community projects, guro games, guro content services, patreons for bigger projects. Ive wanted to make a pokenon style rg with raping and goring monsters, or a simulated girl you can cut up.
I saw the path there, but I felt it was blocked. Between gurochan being a pile of fetishists conceptually opposed to community building, and gurochans leader outright refusing to ever consider back end access meaning Id have to slowly vouch for every minute change and push it through him, I gave up. Plus when I said I would take commissions but not requests nobody ever commented in my art thread again lol. But maybe Im just not a very good artist. It lines up with the philosophy here that that would happen though.
I tried to control the pholosolhical discussion by battling it out in /dis/. I welcomed new artist. I played captain. But my powers limited, Im just one of you but I can update the CSS and I have the leaders discord. Thats all.
Im doing a real thing, with a real videogame now. Ill come back to guro and improve this site or make my own when I am stable in my career and have the spare time to safely build this as a secondary source of community. The risk and reward is just not paying out on it right now, for me.
I hope Im not speaking with too much drama, and again, some people are enjoying themselves. But the answer to the question: what am I doing as a mod?
I did an entirely unreasonable amount by changing the front end and acting like a community leader out of pure, unadulterated passion. My reserves have burned up and the returns from doing so have come, and ultimately Im happy with what I was able to do. But for now, Im only ranting about community to share with you an analysis of the OPs question. You can disagree, think of me as a fellow peasant who has spent too much energy here.