Originally Posted by deveanddepot1
FWIW I don't blame the mods one bit. They have ALWAYS been and continue to be fantastic hosts. I enjoyed SF for a good 3 years of my life. I visited the site almost everyday. The lag and spam were minor problems that the mods always attempted to fix. I think the owners/mods of SF joined the Huddler system without knowing, what they were getting into. I KNOW they purposely wouldn't do anything to ruin the experience and community of SF. As they seemed to enjoy the community themselves. I don't like those saying SF sold out. They did what they thought was best for the forum while trying to bring in some revenue that they as owners deserved. While I think SF as we know it is done, I KNOW the mods will do their best to fix the issues and bring a little of the old SF back.
Big +1 to this.
Originally Posted by LA Guy
That quote from HeadFi with the quote from HTF is an inaccurate analysis based on incorrect interpretation of a poorly worded quote, probably from one of the engineers, who are typically good guys, but have a knack of making things sound terrible. [...] Contrary to what some conspiracy theorists on other sites think, fucking things up after you've invested a shitload of money is not a particularly viable business model. I would also take the assessment of disgruntled members of other sites with a grain of salt. You can look at the Alexa stats (which, btw, have issues of their own, but it's the best you can get without getting into proprietary information) for head-fi.org, and you'll see that the site remains dynamic. We are tracking things pretty carefully, and we are always responsive to the needs of our community.
I agree with that Fok, and I sure didn't mean to imply that fucking things up is in the plans so apologies if it read that way. Clearly, a shitload of salt is needed here but I still think that quote was relevant, in the end it's users' perception - be it accurate or not - that counts and that'll determine the fate of the forum.
Activity might stay the same or even pick up if Huddler claims are true (and I have no reason to doubt they are) but if core members start disinvolving themselves as Uncontrol pointed out, the risk is for the forum to turn into an empty shell: all flash (pun) and no substance.
It's not my place to judge the nature of the arrangement made with Huddler and maybe my post yesterday sounded a bit alarmist but after checking those various revamped forums and reading a bit on the company, I can't shake the feeling that its best interest and the community best interest don't completely align.
I hope to be proved wrong on all this and I must say that yours and J's involvement and openess in this transition is something I'm infinitely grateful for (and that seemed lacking on the other websites fwiw), hopefully it'll alter the outcome in a positive way.