TrYC all-around super woman Lucy hinted me on this tragic post in the SL Sailing Forum:
Oh my. Ohmyohmy 😦
There would be so much to say about this post and the following thread. Soooo much. I, or we, could speculate about Béa’s losing interest in SL sailing since quite a long time, we could speculate about the lack of funding … and it would all be wrong. It would scratch the surface of the problem, not touching the white elephant in the room.
So what is the real problem then, Bitch? Do tell!
Yesyes, moment please. Give this old woman a moment to gather her thoughts and come up with an article that doesn’t sound too flat but also not too hurtful for anyone. See, this downfall of the forum started a long time ago, and the culmination in Béa cancelling her SL account and not renewing the slsailing.co domain is but a logical consequence of a multitude of causes. Let’s go a while back now.
I dunno exactly when, and I’m obviously much to lazy to research it, let’s say 3 or 4 years ago it all started with a new sailor in the community. This sailor was quite an oldbie, probably older than the (rolling) stones but on a very fresh acccount and very new to the sailing scene of SL. Her name was Maiti Yenni. Maiti was a shrewd politician and used a lot of mostly verbal tricks to rile up a lot of oldbie sailors and drive us up on the barricades. This went as far as earning her a ban from the forum. Most of you will remember that, right?
Well, since Maiti, with her youthful energy and an axe to grind, couldn’t sit still and reflect on her shameful behaviour she founded a new forum, which was brought alive with all the fanfare of a typical American politician. Of course she started dissing and libelling the old forum and its surviving main characters and pied-pipered a lot of fellow freshmen – mostly powerboaters and business people – into following her, leaving the old forum and joining hers.
Since the sleepy oldbies of the sleepy old forum didn’t react in the same way but watched the old, the original, forum becoming less and less frequented and less and less exciting. All the while Maiti’s new forum, despite its questionable and illegal politics and practices, grew and bloomed. And the old forum just withered away. Despite of what Maiti claimed all the time our community isn’t huge enough to afford two fori. So the old forum slowly lost its appeal, the old sailors lost interest and gave up, or they just couldn’t stand the barrage of bullshit anymore and caved in.
And in the end even the most spirited, fighting Béa lost interest. So I think the lack of funding is just a scapegoat, not a real reason, for sending the forum off into the darkness. Even the weak reaction to Béa’s OP is a clear sign that nobody is really surprised by this, nor does anyone really wannna fight for the forum’s survival. I mean, come on, 5 replies after 11 years of SL Sailing Forum, are we serious?
What remains to be said is merci Béa, and thank you fellow forumists, for the cool and less cool times we had. 10 or 11 years of the original forum, is quite a stretch, a time span long enough to build many legends and great debates, for technical and personal stuff, for heartwarming friendships and hate, intolerance, stupidity and fun all around. We didn’t always have the best of times, but we had times. So when we say now goodbye to the original SL Sailing Forum it’s not a reason to cry or to be sad. We’ve brought this development upon ourselves and are to blame for the downfall as much as the zeitgeist is.
It’s not good, it’s not bad. It just is.
Byebye SL Sailing Forum, R.I.P.