I just want to clarify right now that I do not intend to leave the forums and would continue to do my duties as a staff member. I've been here a long time(I'm not one of the oldest members for nothing) and I'm not about to abandon TDP just for another forum. In all of the tough times in my life and on the site, I never have and never will. In fact, I've been a part of another forum rather extensively for years and it hasn't interfered with my time(I'm not saying we spend every minute on another forum, its not the way they work
), so no one needs to worry about the factor of staff disappearing because that wasn't on my mind. I'd expect the rest of the staff as well to continue duties too as long as they desire to until the time inevitably comes where the site closes.
The reason I brought up a new forum is because myself and others have been concerned that the site could close down without much warning. Its happened to many sites and while money is being taken in, there's nothing to stop them from just refunding and closing it. My concept of another forum at this point would be to establish us somewhere else and spread word of it now before something happens, all in the event that if things really go downhill here or the site is facing a shutdown, we'd have somewhere else to go. Like a rescue forum, except I want to pre-empt the scrambling and the frequent creation of them after a site goes. A forum for that has been in progress since over the summer(since there were only three of us working on it though to code, pixel, and try to save the RPs though, its been slow moving, especially with the school year again)we came to the conclusion that we are now left to fend for ourselves. I even sent an email to support a few weeks ago(probably my bajillionth) to once more bring the issue of controls back up--I haven't heard a word when usually support is very consistent with getting back within a few days. We've heard over and over that it should be working, that an update could help, etc etc, but nothing has happened since we first brought it up when Miranda was made an admin and we realized there were problems.
Lancaster, I'd be happy to allow a Twilight fan thread if that is part of the problem. I've done it for bigger things before where the clashing is too great(HSM, for example). In fact, I'll put up a thread right away. In my attempts to prevent the massive flaming, it seems some have been put down and have decide to shy away instead and I don't want that. Having the connection would certainly encourage it more.
I'm certain the issues mainsite are contributing, which is part of my frustration since if we can't even get things done here on the forum when we've usually gotten a lot better attention due to our persistence, how can we promise changes on the mainsite? There used to be a time where we could give definitive answers about the site, where support participated and interacted with the members, but that seems to be gone. It makes me feel terrible to constantly try to handle these problems when its not even my site. Its simply difficult to communicate with someone who doesn't want to spend the time with the site anymore.
The other sites are definitely part of it. Support never wanted them to be advertised on here, but its impossible to keep them out. Its almost like TDP signed their own death wish by giving opportunities to these other groups. You have to wonder what will happen to them if TDP shuts down.
By the way, I'm really loving the feedback guys. Its definately something that needed to be brought up and I'm glad to see members being drawn out, like you SRK. I've never really seen you post before much so its nice to see you coming out as a member.