It's been a while since I visited these forums with any regularity, although I didn't post much anyway.
I shan't be coming back much, if at all, in the future.
I did get a lot from the forums whilst I was visiting, so I thought if I can help out then I should. The only way I can help is by telling you why it is that I've stopped coming back in the hope that you can work out how to change things so that I - and therefore potentially also others - might have stayed, so that others may stay in the future.
It was a few things
- now the overriding opinion on these forums seems to be that sport = bad
(I think competition is not only fun but also quite important, so I don't feel at home here)
- unwillingness to challenge long-standing members
(I remember reading a thread where an accomplished striker had gone to a BJJ seminar wearing his black belt despite knowing he was still white belt level in BJJ and only one or two people here suggested he had been wrong - this was around the same time as a thread over on the JudoInfo forums where an accomplished ex-international judo rokudan was wondering whether to accept a BJJ black belt promotion which two separate BJJ instructors had tried to give him because he was teaching at their clubs, clearly black belt level in BJJ terms, and holding his own with their brown belts half his age and he was still very determinedly wearing his white belt because that was his BJJ rank)
- unwillingness to be challenged
(I mentioned this at the time when there was discussion over whether to ban cullion after he left, but I think it is important to have your opinions challenged, also of course it is vital for the life of a forum that discussions are provoked because otherwise very little gets written or indeed discussed)
(The thing I got a lot out of whilst visiting these forums was having my views challenged - but now it is rare)
- half the forums are locked if you're not logged in
(laziness prevents me logging in unless I have something to say, but if I can't read half the board then I never will have anything to add to those discussions)
- no interesting discussions
(I got bored)
I hope that helped. Bye all.
OK below are two links to the discussion on the JudoInfo forums that I referenced earlier - the first is the direct link, the second is a google cache of it because the forums are now in different hands and they appear to have destroyed it. The original poster (the ex-international judoka) then had the screen name "ptnippon" but is now "Francois".http://judoforum.com/index.php?/topic/6 ... age__st__3http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... clnk&gl=uk