I would like to extend my thanks to ALL OF YOU for providing me such insightful ideas and opinions regarding posts about our ex-members, especially with Yamapi. I know the majority of us are still a little shaken up with the situation, but I am sure with time, we will come to accept the situation and continue our never-ending support for our boys. To those who have [moved on], I ask you to please give some time for the others because it hasn't been easy for them.
I've conversed and commented with most of you and it has helped me a lot towards making this decision. I know we've made decisions in the past based on majority rules. However, for this situation, I needed to consider the minority as well because 80+ people is certainly a large amount of people, if you think about it. That's enough to knock over a coffee shop! :P
(lame) Jokes aside, it seems to me that most people who voted to completely take off posts about ex-members don't seem to mind Option 4, which is "Important Announcements." Additionally, some of them do not mind the weekly updates about ALL ex-members. That way, Yamapi wouldn't be hogging the majority of our update feeds. I know this decision is technically based on majority rules (and slightly contradictory), but, it seems to me that some people don't mind the 'once-a-week' posts. At least that's only one out of the many updates that you can scroll past, right?
With that, I propose that we have a weekly/bi-weekly post regarding all updates about our ex-members. With Ryo, there is no need to post Kanjani8 news because there's already a community dedicated to that group. If he is starring in a drama or releasing a solo, that would be appropriate. As for Uchi, it is the same as Ryo's situation. If nothing is going on with any of them FOR THE WEEK, then we simply won't make a post for that week. I don't want to offer any more explanations because I don't want to confuse you all. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and ask!
Weekly posts will be posted every Friday, starting on December 2nd 2011 or even later than that. I still need to organize this at the moment so please bear with me. NO MORE POSTS ABOUT YAMAPI OR OTHER EX-MEMBERS UNTIL THE WEEKLY/BI-WEEKLY POSTS ARE IN ORDER. No excuses. You've seen that advertisement about the Yamapi community. Go there, instead, to see what he's up to at the moment. If I see any posts about any ex-members, they will be removed.
I also need volunteers regarding updates about our ex-members and in case I'm unable to make a post. I'm thinking of either having you guys send updates to the news_jpop email or to my (sumairu) inbox. I know I've mentioned that mods at other communities will be making weekly posts, similar to what tegomassmatsuri has been doing, but I don't want to give them even more responsibilities as it is. So I will be making these weekly posts instead. There will also be a new tag, which will be added along to the tags we've been using regarding our ex-members.
As for the layout contest, I still need to find out what's going on so I will most definitely check up on that as I have promised in the comments from my previous mod post.
I hope this post is simple and clear for you all. If you are confused about anything, I encourage you to leave a comment! I've been a little stressed out at work and needed to laze around for a bit, but I haven't stopped thinking about this community at all. I do apologize for taking longer than a week to figure this out. I needed to get as many votes and comments as I can to figure out what to do. I know I can't satisfy you all and I'm sorry if I didn't meet your expectations. But there's just so many members to this community, and if I had magical powers, I would've tried to accomodate you all. Unfortunately, I cannot, and that's the reality to it.
Alright, that's all I have to say. Hope to hear from you guys soon! :) Can't wait for our boys to make a comeback!
EDIT #2: As you can already see, changes are on the way. Most importantly, all of the graphics have been updated. I hope you guys can understand the header because I think it's absolutely adorable (they're spelling out 'N E W S')!! Anyhow, I just need to organize the ex-members posts, which shouldn't be a problem. I need volunteers to send me updates about ex-members! Send them to email@example.com! Thank you!