My guess is the whole “Prax being fired” thing triggered this?
Here’s my opinion on all of this. At the end of the day, it is Blake’s site and Blake’s site only. He chooses exactly how he wants to run it. He’s the one that birthed the site and continues feeding it with juicy nummies for our brains. So he has the right to do whatever he wants, whenever. Does that mean he should? Don’t know. If we all leave in protest, then obviously he will have to change how he conducts business. However, what real difference did it make to the community? (Sorry, Prax - but your INTJ self will get this). If you look at her profile, you can see she hasn’t logged in since February. That’s practically half a year and there are some who haven’t noticed.
As far as us having any rights or votes? We’re shit out of luck. I believe there is a page on the main site that describes what we get with our subscription. And I don’t believe voting on how to manage the site was one of them.
Purpose of this forum? To go wherever we want as long as it’s in a logical sequence, meaning, your words are within the main purpose of the thread. There are many people who don’t follow this. Myself included (big time). But it is very hard to regulate how conversation flows. Especially in a forum specifically formed because of personality typing. We want to see all the types freely flowing as real-life examples. Probably the main reason was for the articles, which that purpose is still there - look at all of the available thread categories. People were commenting a lot and wanting to continue conversations on old articles, so I believe that’s initially why this forum was created - to continue the conversations that were being had on the main site. And, as far as business goes, it’s another selling point to our membership which is pretty sweet considering it’s the same price as it was before the forum. That’s quite gracious.
Just because we don’t know the reasons, doesn’t mean it wasn’t heavily weighed and considered in the light of what’s best for the many. This is what I truly believe from knowing Blake for a bit. I don’t believe he has a malicious or dictatious (wtf is that not a word? It should be) bone in his body.
Also, Prax was not kicked out. She was simply revoked the title of moderator or admin…whatever. She has chosen to be absent. I don’t know this for sure, but I’ve known Blake for a little while and cannot see him banning someone (unless something REALLY BAD was being said). Even in the case of Sups (rest his soul), he was merely suspended. He could come back. How do I know this? Example - look at lunar’s profile. She has asked Blake to suspend her for a year - by her request. Same thing was on Sups page, only it read a little different.
Do I absolutely agree with every choice or direction in which the site/forum has gone? Of course not. I’m sure many of us feel the same way. There’s a lot of us and all of us wouldn’t run it the same way Blake has chosen to. But know what? Blake is a pretty cool dude. He has gone through the work and effort to create something for a bunch of strangers. He doesn’t have to care about us. But he does. And he consults with us. Like for real, who does that? Someone who has so much life experience says, “I think I’ll help the world, or at least as many people as I can.” That is pure gold.
I love interacting with ALL of you. I consider you guys a second family or home. I really don’t like very many people. But coming here to this melting pot of personalities really jazzes up my life.