Frankly, though, I'm pretty turned off to the idea of being part of this community after reading the responses from forum members towards those prefering TT. I don't agree with the TechTalkers who have been bashing the forum, and likewise I don't need to deal with you guys on the forum who have responded in kind.
Thank you, honestly, for the civility from those of you (Denny, Drew and many others) who have shown it. It's a shame a vocal minority has to frame this as an "us vs. them" issue.
I've been reading through the posts on this thread tonight as a fan of TT who prefers that format to the forum from an expediency-for-my-limited-available-time homebrewer perspective.
This post struck me as very interesting. I see two groups of people responding in reactionary fashion to protect their own turf. TT readers insulted that their preferred form of communication was arbitrarily being taken away (I'm describing the perspective, not necessarily the facts) and the Forum users ridiculing the TT users as old timers with slow modems who would prefer a BBS format (an analogy I must admit I find quite humorous, having navigated "a maze of twisty little passages, all alike" via acoutstic modem on my father's company mainframe when I was a child).
Both sides reacting similarly. Perhaps we have more in common than we thought <g>.
As gabetoth stated, I also would like to thank the Governing Committee and everyone else who has been thoughtful and respectful in the discussion of this issue.
One thing that has become very clear to me is that our GC is listening to the feelings and desires of it's membership. Regardless of the final outcome it's good to know.
I personally don't think the Forum is bad .... I've used it (and others) and I think it is a valuable resource. I feel the same way about TechTalk. Both have pros and cons. I just like one better than the other. Is that a bad thing? Clearly there are a significant number of people who find TechTalk to be a useful tool. And they use it every day. Just like the Forum users.
I'm embarassed by the "take my ball and go home" tone of some of the responses that were posted to TechTalk. I almost didn't get involved in the discussion because of it. Not the most mature way of handling things, but often the reaction of those who feel they have no other choice if they want to get someone's attention.
Both sides now have an opportunity to elevate the maturity level of the discussion -- both sides are being heard.
I'm pleased that alternatives are being sought to keep TechTalk alive. Just because there is a Forum doesn't mean we don't need TechTalk and vice-versa.