Denny, I think you are misinterpreting the meaning. It isn't that TT was underused (altho I guess from the forum standards you could consider it that way) but that the information was much more readily available - on TT you do not have to go hunt for anything - it just comes into your e-mail box everyday - you can easily scan the titles to see what is there - those topics of interest can easily be clicked on and you get your brewing fix for the day. It doesn't matter if it is 5 topics or 40 - they are much quicker to scan than the forum is. I have to admit I really prefer this method - I have been trying to keep up with the forum but I just don't have the time to do so. Being the brewing junky that I am I have way to many topics that I am interested in now coming into my mailbox - and no time to really focus on any of them. With TT things do come at a slower pace which many of us like - I don't need to know answers immediately - I like information to come in at a slower pace. If there is something that I really want information on right away then I would come to a forum or do an internet search. I think that the forum and TT are two totally different ways of receiving information and I think it is wrong to assume that one is better than the other as that is very dependent on the individual. TT is better for me - the forum is better for you - but that doesn't make one exclusive to the other - I am sure there are many homebrewers out there that love both and use both. I will use both (plus HBD) but prefer the TT version overall.
I really hope a solution can be found and TT (or a version of it) can be saved.
Susan, I agree with you on a day to day basis. But what about if you recall a topic in TT 6 months back that you want to re-read? In that case, at least for me, it becomes much easier to search a forum than many back issues of TT. And I know that because I've kept every TT going back for years so I could search for stuff. It's quite unwieldy..at least for me. But as you say, different people have different ways to retrieve and utilize info. That's why we're working so hard to try to find a replacement/alternative for TT. We're testing one of those now, and I hope we have good news for TT aficionados soon.