I thought that this forum was going to be entirely focused on stuff like this. Creating a new board for it makes it seem like it ought not be the primary focus of everything.
To be clear, I'm not asking for increased moderation here. I'm trying to encourage the community to do better on our own. It would be a sad statement if we found we could not bring ourselves to do this without moderator or admin intervention. We are supposedly adults here. We ought to be able to, as a community, improve ourselves.
Furthermore, I am increasingly convinced that part of this must involve real-world recruiting. Unfortunately, I am not sufficiently proud of this community to feel like I could invite people I know or could contact here. This place should not be a place where quality people come out of pity. If we strive to do better, we will improve, and we will be able to invite people to participate out of pride, not out of desperation. There are people I know at my local university that study cults and cult leaders. I have little doubt these people are atheists. Yet why would I invite them here? The conversations about aliens and God's erection are embarrassing. What a waste of time. If this community decided to become a clearinghouse for information relevant to God-killing, however, I'd gladly go have a conversation with these folks, and I have no doubt that I could get them to join and contribute. If this forum became truly active and resolved to be a frontrunner in atheist activism, we'd attract more people that wanted to be a part of that and this thing could snowball. When I joined, this forum was looking like it could be that. Then it just sort of stalled. In that vacuum, it became a dwelling for dawdlers and victims. However, the past year has shaken many of those people off and we are again at a point where we could retake the baton. I think we should. I'm doing what I think of. A long conversation about God-killing, where a number of the best members agreed to the premise. I saw some pessimism there, and that's okay, but it can be overcome, I think. I have started some conversations about more serious topics related to God-killing, such as this one and the one about the Asch experiments. Maybe we'll see some shifting. Who knows? I know of nothing else to do but try.