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It would strike me that after reading some of the chatter in this thread the new admin's and/or mod's would wish to proactively join the conversation and provide at least a little insight into the intent of the new owners regarding the site. While I don't think anyone expects a mission statement or 5-year vision, something more than "hi, we're the new admin's" might be appropriate.

Of course, the idea of us being part of some kind of social experiment to see how long it takes us to conjure discontent and abandon ship is always an intriguing and fascinating alternative. :lol:
 

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Flopian, I don't think our concerns are based on past management practices, rather what may happen under new ownership. No one is seriously talking about jumping ship at this point, we're just looking at a worst case scenario, and if it happens, what can we do about it. As forum users the answer is nothing. But that doesn't mean that we can't move the whole group to a new forum, start over and go on as if nothing has happened. While it's true that there is a huge knowledge base here from past posts, in reality if someone has a question, rather than searching the forum, they pop in and ask. Hence we revisit the same topics all the time anyway. It might actually benefit us to start over and rebuild the knowledge base. Perhaps even do some research on forum management software that might be somewhat more user friendly for PM's and searching.

I'm just throwing out ideas, but wouldn't it be nice sometimes to have real time chat capability where you notice someone like Snurd online and have a quick question about Glocks, or the training pistols he can get, and you could just pop him a quick instant message and deal with it without creating public discussion? I'm not saying we should be facebook for heavens sake, but personally I kind of miss the old time chat boards where there were options to post, or just enter into private or public chat and have real time conversations.

I have absolutely no idea if such software currently exists, but I'm not bad with google and I'm sure there are others here that are better than I am. If it's out there, and the cost isn't outrageous, I'd surely be willing to pitch in on the purchase. Perhaps even just buy it outright and donate it to the board if the price isn't too steep.

Again, no one is panicking, nor are we talking seriously about jumping ship We are just looking for options should this one not be viable. I certainly hope that it's just speculation and we're thinking about something that doesn't matter. Truth be told, this board was far more active 2 years ago when I joined than it is now days. I think it's picking up some, but it's taking an effort by a few of us to post more often to stimulate conversations. Frankly that's why you see my name so often these days. Oh, I nearly always have an opinion on a topic, but was being pretty lax about posting for a long time. Even now you're more likely to see me posting in chit chat or open forums. I still love guns, but I'm at a low period in how much and how often I shoot. And I haven't made a gun deal, or bought anything new since last summer. So unless someone asks about something I own, have owned, or have researched, I'm generally mute in those threads. I still read them all, and occasionally throw in a comment, but we need to do something to bring life back into the forum. I'm hoping new management will do that, and not what we fear. I have a pretty strong feeling that while time was definitely an issue for Paul, he also in part saw what was happening and wanted to try to give it a boost.

Mel
 

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quychang said:
Flopian, I don't think our concerns are based on past management practices, rather what may happen under new ownership. No one is seriously talking about jumping ship at this point (...)

Again, no one is panicking, nor are we talking seriously about jumping ship (...)
I understood that, and did not intend for my statements to be taken as any kind of suggestion - or even a representation of my opinion.

My statement about jumping ship was in reference to the context in which it was found: a short anecdote about a forum that went down hill after being commercialized too quickly and too forcefully.

I don't believe that will be the case here.

At this point, everything is conjecture and I was adding some of my own thoughts.
 

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Flopian said:
quychang said:
Flopian, I don't think our concerns are based on past management practices, rather what may happen under new ownership. No one is seriously talking about jumping ship at this point (...)

Again, no one is panicking, nor are we talking seriously about jumping ship (...)
I understood that, and did not intend for my statements to be taken as any kind of suggestion - or even a representation of my opinion.

My statement about jumping ship was in reference to the context in which it was found: a short anecdote about a forum that went down hill after being commercialized too quickly and too forcefully.

I don't believe that will be the case here.

At this point, everything is conjecture and I was adding some of my own thoughts.
Which is great, and exactly what we're doing here. I really didn't take your comment wrong, it just elicited some additional thinking on my part, not so much conjecture, but rambling about what I might like to see if we were given free reign to start a new community. I very honestly hope that you are correct and that things remain viable here. Like jf, I would hope that the new moderators would weigh in with some sort of reassuring comment at this point.

Mel
 
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