- que parlor music and me sipping whiskey in a corner talking to myself about the good ole days -
The site as a whole has switched to more of a commercial site on men's style. Threads that dominate are about brands (why and where to purchase), sales to be had, showing off said purchases, affiliate threads, etc. I would have thought that this might push more traffic to the B&S, but the B&S is a fairly diluted and tough to browse marketplace - which I and other sellers probably exacerbate by dividing items into individual threads for more page views.
To add to this, I think users prefer to support affiliate vendors or SF members that have made full time ventures, rather than buying from one individual hobbyist (or full time seller) since there isn't the same joint excitement about huge and diverse hauls of goods, an identity with repeat large-lot sellers, or a sense of urgency to buy. The design and offerings of some of these sites are hard to compete with - and what would be the benefit to buying from an individual sellers vs. NMWA for instance - a respected member you know, with fantastic offerings, and the ability to return? Possibly lower prices, but maybe this gap has decreased - or users are content to pay more with a better browsing, checkout, and return process.
The social aspect that once existed in sales threads - (oohing and aaahing) now is in spoos/nmwa/etc. threads - choosing custom make-ups, interacting while shopping/designing, and congratulating others on their purchases. There are micro communities based on simply what people buy and like that others purchase. Some of what SF has done here is really nice - and I don't doubt the appeal for new users and senior members alike in the ability to interact with makers as well as other members in designing and purchasing their wardrobe.
However, the downside is that it gives MC a commercial feel - it's the evolution of the site and I don't mean to say every aspect is negative, but this part I find depressing.
Well said. This forum died when they decided to monetize the hell out of it.