Quote Jennifer Jones:
The decision to merge forums nobody here will agree was a BAD one, since we actually all agree that it tidies up the list somewhat .... We're only trying to make things better for people
Jennifer, with the best will in the world none of your users care whether SOS people think it was a bad decision. Or whether the place looks tidy. What they think themselves is all that matters.
To give credit where it's due, there's some good points: I welcome the (long-promised) return of the OT forum and the relaxed rules on self-promotion. One of the reasons I gave up moderating 6 weeks ago was that I was tired of having to be anal, sanctimonious and hypocritical (often all at once) on these topics when my sympathies lay entirely with the poster I was supposed to admonish.
But I have two big concerns. The Mics forum was a priceless repository of wisdom and knowledge which is now so dispersed as to be utterly useless (you have no functioning search facility: if you doubt that, search "Neumann U87" in the hope of finding some useful information on how to use this mic - you get 73 threads to read). This was an industry-wide resource which to all intents and purposes has now been shredded.
Secondly, the scrapping (without consultation) of the User Reviews forum is to treat with contempt the many thousands of unpaid hours your own users put in to creating this. A search on "user review focusrite" (or any other brand name) produces no matches. The only practical (???) way of exhuming any of this stuff is to trawl through 47,000 past threads. Again, effectively, you've trashed it forever. Life's too short to find anything.
I can also sympathise with DIY forum regulars, which I personally only occasionally frequented, who have similar views.
On these issues, I think SOS has simply made a horrendous mistake, needlessly alienating lots of users. You are not going to persuade anyone you can't have two or three more subjects on a drop down menu.
You can either listen to what the members are telling you now, or compound the error.
Dynamite with a laser beam...
Edited by Steve Hill (19/07/11 06:08 PM)