The Chainlink is the one-stop Chicagoland resource for connecting cyclists to share info on bikes, routes, rides, and events.
In the past few days many of you have contacted me privately as well as online about recent activity on the forum.
As we all know, the internet is a largely unregulated place open to everyone. The Chainlink exists in the internet, but we want it to be slightly regulated so that it can be a comfortable online space for the community of cyclists in Chicago to share information and experience about cycling in the region. Being a community, we also talk about other things like gardening, and barter, and sometimes politics. In all areas, debate and free flow of information are important and will not be curtailed.
The approach to moderation that we have taken over the years has been light, leaning as much as possible on the community to self police. It has generally worked, although it is not perfect. There is a fine line between stifling conversation and maintaining civil conversation.
That being said the Forum rules will be rewritten in the next few weeks, and a small team of moderators will be put in place. Our new website will be up by the end of the year and will provide new tools for the community and the moderation team to address issues more quickly and to take appropriate action.
I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. I’ll be spending time with friends and family.