I kind of look at this split a couple of ways...we were thriving, the powers that be didn't have the resources to meet our needs so, they sliced it in half thinking that would be more manageable...didn't care what the fall out was, we were just too much work and it's "just a forum". In some ways the split made sense..."help" us transition into other areas of our life. In other ways, it was really short sighted as they only had one "vision", or, lameass plan they were forcing on us. Apparently they forget we're not all the same.
No one realized we are the ones who make up the forums...without us, their advertising dies, their membership dies and eventually the forums go the way of the dodo. SJM doesn't care...they have no interest in us as users, they're only interested in those buying their product.
As it turns out it was like lighting a hive on fire...everybody got a mad, started swarming and well...some took off for hills, some came back,some fought hard...but really...it's just a burnt out hive someone has to clean up and making something of it again. I have no interest in another hive, so...I stay and carry on as I did before. That said, life has been insane and I haven't had the time to dish about snuggies, pyjama jeans or ask for people to post llama photos I can snork at. I come here when I can...just like I did before. I also plan on posting about books, movies and tv in this forum, because after all...it's miscellaneous.
Sure, it's a little quieter now, but I haven't seen anybody making a run to get a new posting title, no one has come up with a good poll recently...and people have stopped asking if they should eat things. I think someone pointed out how stupid that was and well, maybe the general population is a little put off the topic now.
Although I still question if my salsa in my fridge is good. I know if it's furry toss it, but I can't find an expiry date.
I was pretty twitchy about the split. Fired off an e-mail to SJM and told them what I thought it of. That I knew SJM was going to destroy a perfectly good community, but really, I knew in the end...it would be up to the community members whether it lives, dies or becomes the phoenix and rises from the ashes. I'm hoping it'll rise again, however, as it always been...my participation depends on my life beyond the keyboard. And currently, life limits my time here. It's cyclical...as always.
The FB group, I'm part of a Calgary group because someone was nice enough to bring me along.
If there's a larger group out there...I don't know about it, but then I'm not active on FB...I like stuff and post a random comment every few weeks.
I don't plan to change that. I'd rather stay here, keep my user name, post away on whatever is out there...and maybe, eventually, take over the forums and make everybody bow down to me.