I'm too cynical not to ask what Autoforums.com is getting out of this. I hope it works out for all.
Well, that's a good question. We can talk about that because of the maturity of everybody here. There are some things I won't mention, because they're nobody else's business, like ..."Hey Al, how much did you get?"
So what did Autoforums get out of this? Well, first and foremost, we got some new forums that we believe in. We believe in their values, their worth and their future. We appreciate what is here today and where these forums can go in the future. We see growth, not stagnation. We see quality interaction, not mindless chatter about everything except the topic of the forum itself.
We see an owner that is going to stick around to be our source of perspective. We see a Mod staff that will continue to understand the daily goings on at a fundamental level. And, we see a group of members that are less about daily drama and more about sharing their enthusiasm for their cars and caring for their community.
There is no progress without change, though not every change is progress. I invite every one of you to share your suggestions with me. This is a dynamic place and it needs to remain so. There will be opportunities to participate in the future direction, bit it won't be about things like... "should this button be on this side or that side?"
There were alternatives, but Al chose this one. If you know him as well as you say, you'll also know that the last thing he wanted was for the Team sites to be torn apart, stuffed with ads and left to be a cash cow. He also didn't want them to languish for lack of technical support, stability and expertise. You are already on new, high end servers on a distributed network that can handle the traffic demands for a couple of hundred sites. Your experience on these sites should already be better and will continue to be so, regardless of how many more members join up.
As you said, I also hope that it works out for all. We've got a great start and all the resources needed to support a vibrant community. There's no reason that we came here to fail.
Thanks for reading... Don