As a user of both TT and the forum, I can see both sides. I really think that wherever the decision was made in the AHA to stop TT, the level of immediate visceral reaction rose well above what you guys expected. Hopefully, for the future, when it's something that has a daily send of 2500 people, you will approach it differently.
This shouldn't end up as a debate over 'cool' (pull) vs. 'geezer' (push) technology. Push technology is all around you, TV, newspapers, breaking news e-mails, etc and radio
is push technology. Many of the TT users cannot access the forum (from work), as their company policies block access to any alcohol related sites. I've seen postings that represent that it takes approximately an hour to wade thru the TT topics....well simply put, that is just absurd, an hour....jeez.
Once the announcement was made, the figure $15,000 per year cost was quoted by GG. Since that time, posters that either run similar services, or are familiar with how they work, have directly challenged that figure, and suggested they be contacted to help AHA, with appropriate cost levels for this type of service. Makes one think AHA was using a little puffery, to sell the decision.
I agree that a forum is a much livelier, interactive place over something like TT, but let's not confuse that, with immediacy of response. A quick scan of the forum today, shows only a couple of messages that requested an immediate response.
Anyway, I use this and a group of other homebrew boards (B3, NB, etc) so the closing of TT won't have a great effect on my usage. I do hope whether at CP/GG level, or governing committee level, that you get the message that making unilateral decisions, behind closed doors, without prior larger member input will result in the firestorm you've seen over at TT. As it turns out, this was a major type decision that should have been handled differently.
Thanks again, to the AHA and our elected officers. You deliver on a daily basis and either do it voluntarily, or for the love of home brewing...