Posted: 07/05/2016 at 18:57
We're very much aware that a lot of you are cross with us at the moment - we (quite unintentionally) annoyed you by making some unwelcome changes to a forum that many of you cherish.
As mentioned on other threads, we're in the process of doing our very best to make up for that. We made the initial changes we were able to as quickly as we possibly could, and more will be released over the coming week (in direct response to the feedback that you've all given us).
Yes, the changes should have been beta-tested first, but they weren't and for that we sincerely apologise.
Some of you are so irritated you feel inclined to jump ship and start a new forum. I understand that, but do ask that you bear with us a little longer while we work to correct the mistakes that have been made.
Anybody who wishes to set up their own forum can do so quickly and easily with various tools such as ProBoards (https://www.proboards.com/). They'll soon find, though, that maintaining and moderating a forum isn't the walk in the park that they might imagine it to be.
We do out best to moderate the forum with a 'light touch' - it's your space, after all. We certainly don't wish to censor forum users or stifle free speech. If a comment or thread is deleted, it's done reluctantly and after careful consideration (in light of our code of conduct).
That said, we are a business and I'm afraid we're not willing to offer a platform for people to freely exchange links to other forums. Any user of this site is quite at liberty to use any other site or forum that they wish, but it isn't our job to promote them. So, I must respectfully request that you refrain from posting any further links. Any other links will be removed. I'm sorry if that seems draconian.
People won't yet be aware of this, but the whole web and technical teams have been working extremely hard over the last six months or so on forthcoming changes to the site - literally hundreds of projects, features and videos. Those changes aren't too far away, so we ask you to cut us a little slack while we finish them off. We're not perfect, but we are doing our best.
So, that's enough from me for the evening.
We are listening.
We will delete any further posts linking to external forums, or those posted with the intention of luring other users away from this forum.