As a previous member of the Green Vanguard under Solorg, I will say that I kinda lost interest when everything changed. Solorg may have had some leadership issues that needed addressed but he was also functioning mostly by himself.
As a member of the Biel Tan Eldar POC I will say that structure does help a lot. It isn't just the leader but they need others inside the POC that are active and help to maintain events, problems, recruitment, and keep people interested. Though our leader spent a lot of his time over seas being deployed the board still functioned well mostly because of the members on it.
Solorg did keep the board interesting. He was very active on the board and had a lot of energy. So i can't talk bad about him.
All this talk about how someone did something in the past, I have no idea what the PoC is for, what is its function? What does the person in charge of PoC do? I don't understand the reasoning behind having some weird position within a forum, but I'm new. I do like the idea of elite names, possibly based on the number of posts one has. I just don't get the whole idea.
A POC basically is for those interested in a particular army or branch of that army. The function is to help newer members with lists, modeling, painting, fluff, tactics and advice. It also works because you get a lot of vetern players who share your interest that you can bounce ideas off of, debate fluff or topics with, or get solid advice or tactics from.
The person in charge of a POC basically watches the members of it's POC plus the whole 40konline community. They plan events, debate topics, publish or assist in the publishing of articles to aid their members.
The reason for promotion / position is very important. First off it shows your devotion to the board or POC to other members. Also as you get more rank your voice seems to get heard more often or you are included in decisions or votes. You have displayed that you are helpful, knowledgable, and devoted. To get rank in most POC's they look at your postings on that particular board. Orks look at posting in ork forums, campaigns, conversion, painting and sometimes in other forums as well. People ask advice all the time, even those who have played awhile or veterns do. Your particpation in helping answer questions, give advice, and help those in your community builds your relationship with them. If someone comments on your list, gives you paint or conversion help, shows you a different tactic that might help your army function better, wouldn't the next time you have a question, wouldn't you ask them? more than likely the answer is "yes" The thing is by having a very helpful and active member on the board and rewarding them with a title it not only inspires people but also know that this guy/ gal isn't full of crap they got their rank cuz they know something so even if their advice is a bit out there at times try it and it might amaze you.
Higher rank usually gives you a place and more imporantly a voice amoungst your board. A double edged sword because you have to get imput on what your memebers want otherwise you make them angry or disappoint them. As the saying goes you can't make everyone happy all the time.
When a board is active, and people post things and get responses it makes them want to continue to post on that board. The more responses usually promotes a debate and a sharing of knowledge and minds. Not only that once you get more and more people involved they feel that they are part of something and their opinions do matter. The activity blossoms and then there are the contests, events and what have you that make fond memories.
So you say that so and so did something in the past why does it matter? it matters because it meant something to enough people that they do remember it. I still remember being a part of the campaign even though I think at the time it was my Tau army that was in it. Not to mention the contests and that really helped motivate people like me to get that squad built, painted and finished. Not only that you kinda got to show it off a bit too... I got more stuff painted than ever.
I am all for a POC or organized board for orks. I have been buying, building and painting a lot of Ork models and they are still one of my favorite armies to build / convert. Not to mention the Forgeworld support that has been coming out for orks makes them my premier Apocalypse army. There has never been a better time to go green. With some organization and some support I think that there is definate potential for an ork POC to grow in interest.