Okay, friends, here's the short version -December 4 2006 at 1:15 AM
ThomasM (Premier Login thepurist178)
AP Discussion Group
Response to These are the best of times, and the worst of times...(long version)
All brand forums, except AP, will be moving to a new software platform. It will offer a number of great new features, and will offer some much improved functionality. These will become clear over the coming days.
(note about AP forum - for a number of reasons, not the least of which are personal and private, I am not moving this over at this time. Likely at some point in the future, but not now...I intend to continue personally moderatoring the AP forum)
Peter Conrad and Anthony Tsai, both well known among internet watch nuts, will assume the roles and responsibilities of CEO, and General Manager, respectively, of this new platform and nascent community. Many of the moderators are old timers and well known to you already, and of course, Peter and Anthony will be looking to add new ones as opportunities present themselves. There will also be a new General Discussion Forum on the new platform. The posting and subject standards will be much looser, more "populist" than WatchRap started out being, and should provide a more welcoming environment for newbies and those more interested in social events and "sexier" topics than gear tooth profiles and trivia about micro-rotor development.
WatchRap and the other subject forums (and AP brand forum) will remain on the existing platform, and will "return to their roots" even if that means substantial drop off in posting volume. Under the original conception, it was never about traffic, never about volume, and we are only returning to this.
To exciting times ahead!