Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I am going to quit Global Voices. In fact, as a current enthusiast, I cannot find a reason for myself to quit GV, or even not reading it for more than two days in a row.
The other day I was looking at my translation history. When running through posts, I noticed several authors didn’t show up on GV for quite some time. “Why is that?” I wondered. Maybe they are busy in other parts of their lives, maybe they find a even more interesting project online, maybe they just start to hate GV one morning, or maybe…
It’s quite easy to find out why and when GV people join the organization, compared to get to know why they leave. There is no officially leaving process in GV. People can just stop doing it directly, without giving any notices to others. With more than 150 people working in the group like this, it is sometimes difficult to realize who is gone, except for the related editors. We are not sitting in cubicles next to each other, so you won’t see empty seats when people disappear forever.
I believe some of us in GV have thought about the same question much deeper before. Why people quit GV? What have we done to scare them away? With a simple mind, I decide to email them and ask directly. As a reader and translator, I really want to know some reasons because I used to rely on them so much to provide some precious information from somewhere I don’t know well.
Although sending out some emails, I didn’t expect to receive any responses. After all, why do they have to reply to a stranger who throws questions to them in the first email exchange? Why do they need to explain to a stranger like me? I used to email some members who seem to be gone forever in GV Lingua Chinese team, with no responses, so I am not surprised if nothing happens
Luckily, two days later, I get emails from a gentlemen and a lady, who both spend time telling me their reasons for not writing in GV. The lady details her busy schedule to me (very busy indeed). She says she is currently occupied by other volunteer projects, but really wants to resume posts in GV again some time in the near future. I am very excited to know that, as her country is geographically close to Taiwan, but I don’t have many chances to know it better.
While the lady is away from GV because of other parts of her life, the gentleman decides to leave GV more consciously. He writes, in his email, that he is “reluctant to write for GVO after there’s a new rule where reports cannot publish right away,” but have to be under editor review first. Even though I actually think it is better to have some reviews before posts published on GV, he maintains it is freer to write on his own blog comparatively. That’s why he stop writing for GV.
I only wish him good luck.