So I've been reading these forums for years, and recently I decided to sign up ... And I've still not posted, but now the time feels about right.
First of all I'd like to know what's going on? The forums are nowhere near as busy as they used to be there are hardly any posts and it seems that the staff to members ratio is way out of proportion, I've heard from a few of the forum staff that "there will be more in the summer" but it is the summer now and it appears to be more dead than ever and another thing has really startled me lately are the random and seemingly pointless changes and every time I enquire I get something along the lines of the following that was posted in the Shoutbox yesterday -
You could argue the 'ain't broke' point with anything but in reality there needs to be progression and innovation to keep things fresh...
I want to know how these changes are "keeping things fresh", first of all this -
I'd like to know exactly where the freshness and innovation is there, changing a few letters to add capitals which is fine but it leaves me begging the question why? What's the point? Aren't there bigger issues?
Now for my biggest gripe, what the heck is going on with the ranks? -
Why white, were the blue ones not sufficient? And if not why have they been replaced with these putrid ones?
Look guys, I'm not nit picking here, but I am seriously questioning some of the decisions here, it seems that you've got it stuck in your heads that you've got these big plans for change and all of these ideas when really you are just changing one or two things. It's ok to say well we are just experimenting but that's not good enough, not with a popular (or at least it used to be) site like this where people come expecting a certain amount of professionalism and not what looks like a child set up.
Apart from these issues the 'issues' that are out of your hands are more a cause for concern, there is no debate here any more. Threads are dying and there is just nothing to talk about even the spam topic is relatively quiet. This community has been killed and the few people left here seem to be the ones who were either upset with the former regime or wanted more i.e. a position on the team which seemed to be gold dust for many members.
Even the unbanning of certain members and the recruitment of "old friends" hasn't made much of a difference, yes it appears that you have a good and competent staff (though they've yet to prove themselves due to the lack of discussion!) and the owner is now around but there is nothing to moderate because there are no posts and nothing to do on here. Even the members who've said they are going to be 'big' members on here don't seem to post apart from the odd post in the Shoutbox.
From an outsiders point of view it really does appear that the site has been killed, I signed up because I thought it was about time to join in in some discussion but there just isn't any. You can't keep sitting around and waiting for it forever because it just won't happen like that. TowersTimes is still a recognised name and one that people love so can it be rescued? Well yes of course it can but can you?