Honest and openly. About the SL Sailing Forum, the WTWB forum as it was also known. With Bea having closed her SL account our forum is about to die. Pretty soon if not one individual avie or a group of you contact Bea privately and come to a solution regarding the future of the old forum.
But here’s another question: Do we even want the forum to survive? I always thought our community is so small it doesn’t need more than one forum. And with the new forum going strongly (I guess) we have that one forum, so we could let the old one die in peace. Yaya, I know, of course the new forum isn’t a dream environment for a real forum, a lively forum made for real people and avies, but maybe you/we can change that if enough old forum members join the new one. But let’s not forget, the new forum is controlled by millenials, and we all know how allergic they are to any sort of freedom and open discussions and how they love spying on the forum members and how wicked they are trying to defend their positions. So I would rather not become a member there. Not again.
But I might have found a third way for a forum for us ultra radical democratic oldbies …
Found these two sites after just a couple of seconds researching the interwebz. Looks easy, right? Just register, get a forum, make it beautiful or useful for the needs of a small but fine community of virtual sailors … and tell Orcsi to post about the good news. There you go!
I already checked briefly and from what I’ve found out WordPress won’t offer a good platform for a forum. The comment section below blogposts is as far as it goes. But these two and more services would allow us to make a new forum, a real one … for free and without any contractional hassles. But there is one caveat: Don’t count on me. While I’d love to host even large comment sections inside this bloggy (the last surviving “SL Sailing blog” as I was told), which is clear since I love to have lots of traffic here, I won’t be available to spend much time with managing a real forum as well. But I’d be willing to help setting it up and kinda jumpstart it with some propaganda from this blog. 🙂
So that’s my idea. What do you peeps think about it? And who’s gonna do it? I guess like every forum, the new one would need 1 owner, maybe 1 admin and 2 or 3 moderators. What else? No fukn idea. But just so you know to found a new SL Sailing Forum isn’t rocket science, it’s fairly easy and doesn’t need much or any sort of geekyness. Heck, you could be a brainless dummie like Orcs. All it needs is the right attitude!
Alternatively we could of course start small, with a kinda pseudo forum on this here bloggy. Friends, my offer stands as always: Ask me for an invite and I’ll send you one. Then you can go wild in here. So if you wanna discuss sailing matters it’s even easier than founding your own forum. All you need is a co-blogger status on Thar She Blows! and the SL Sailling world is your oyster.
Or, and this is also a doable solution: Why not creating a kinda web presence for the whole community, something like we already head in place in the past. All sailing bloggers, photogs, product sites, forums, under one roof. The forum or a SL Sailing headblog could be the anchor or roof for all that. Call it SLSA blog/forum or whatever and invite all the individuals to become part of something bigger. And once people see there are already some ppl active on the web, they might feel inspired to join in and start their own blogs and join the network. We could have very nichey stuff, like a hotlaps blog or a permanent hotlaps subforum in forum, or Saturday Shields races. Or someone make a blog just about our cruising clubs, LCC, Rainbow, Topless.
I remember TYC once had a very lifely forum linked to their own website. That was even nicer than the “real” forum. 🙂
So even if you only have one story in you, or you’re not really a photographer but made some nice snapshots of the last NYC Nemo races, you can always find a way to publish your stuff in the SL Sailng Community’s web presence. Wouldn’t that be fun?
And now, people, get your bums in motion. The interwebz is a funny place to do whatever you fancy. So fukn do it!