You’ll notice if you go to the WordPress forums that there are no longer Off-Topic or Showcase forums, meaning they have effectively killed off their community.
While the real reasons behind this remain unknown, they’ve cited wanting more activity for peoples blogs as the “offical” reason. However what they don’t understand is most of the people I’ve met through WordPress has been through those forums.
It’s great for starters to showcase their blog, I know without those forums Dark Globe wouldn’t exist, I personally wouldn’t have a readership on my own blog or forge the relationships I have with the people that also use this site.
First, we’ll be removing the Off Topic and Showcase forums. Many of the posts in Off Topic could have been blog posts. In place of that forum we’d encourage everyone to write posts, follow your friends, and carry on the conversation through comments.
Yeah great stuff, although we won’t have any friends because there’ll be no Off Topic or Showcase forums for us to meet any. Then they tell us to look here for more Traffic which also doesn’t work if you’re unable to meet anyone. A lot of us don’t want our real life friends reading our blog. A lot of us don’t want to troll through endless tag pages to find anything interesting.
Needlessly to say, it was a very poor decision and it’s almost like WordPress hate their users and obviously have zero respect for us considering they just made this change out of the blue. Deleting older topics that go back 6 years would have been better than just deleting everything.
Anyway, it seems to me like an excellent time to reintroduce The Dark Globe Forums, we tried introducing it earlier this year although it didn’t really take off, mainly due to us already having WordPress forums to visit.
But hopefully we’ll be able to create a community, if you want to pass on the link to the forums to your followers and get the word out there that’d be great. WordPress seem to have lost touch with reality, people enjoy group discussions, people like to air their frustrations, advertise their work, etc. This is a place for us to do that.
So if you haven’t already signed up, sign up, post, discuss, enjoy!