Did they all go to a different board, or did it just die down?
Various reasons, I suspect. The original board wasn't being maintained (software was too old and I don't believe the Admin had any interest in it anyway) and was prone to spammers. Instead of closing down CM, the board restarted on Proboards and left to its own devices/die. The Admin had claimed that the old board would be kept in a read-only state (to maintain a sense of history), but was taken offline instead.
Switching board services usually means losing a notable percentage of members. This, compounded with many active members moving on with their lives, some opting for other platforms (such as facebook) in the years prior to the closure, and no record of past posts to reminisce over, the remainder of the once-large community became dominated by highly political partisan provocateurs who frequently trolled, thread-crapped, and flame-baited. This was ironic as the same behaviors were called out on a sister board within the Asshattery thread (granted, it focused mostly on the moderation staff rather than simply its members).
But not all topics and posts were poor. There have been a few discussions of quality (agree-to-disagree, providing sources, asking for clarification, even some agreement), but sadly not enough to maintain the required critical mass of engagement to keep a board from dying. In the end, even trolls need to eat and consequently have either died out or perhaps found more fertile ground to hunt.
To me, CM was like watching a friend slowly waste away. Moving it to Proboards was placing it on life support. Like life, we hope they can recover and sometimes a miracle happens. But alas, this will not be one of those times. It is now the time to let go and keep them in our memories.
Thank you CM, we have had our good, bad, and ugly moments. Go in peace...
Post by Torm (was genuflect) on Dec 20, 2022 13:38:22 GMT
I can't say that I'm particularly upset to hear that the hateful "encyclopedia" that was here is gone (though I'm sure someone probably archived it forever) - but I certainly won't gloat about the board itself: I've had my fair share of places online that I loved going to that have disappeared probably forever. I'm sorry for the loss of what was, for those for whom this was community. And I award you Dignitas (bearing in mind that all I have to give is unfortunately negative - and now only imaginary and lost in the electronic ether) for your response, Devoid. Thanks.
In my case, as I mentioned somewhere else on the boards last month or even a bit prior, my VPN is blocked so I have to use a different browser to check in here (I tunnel it outside the VPN specifically to deal with a few websites that either block VPNS or that I need a more direct contact to like a few .govs). Since my common use browsers are "blocked" I only remember to check in when I'm using Firefox (I hate Firefox's design and ui) to access another site.
Honestly, the site had petered out to only being a few die hard democrats whining abotu the wrong shit anyway so i haven't had much reason to bother.
It's a shame, I hate Facebook, so I've lost touch to almost everyone, I'm a message board Neanderthal, of a breed slowly dying out as the "immediate/in-your-face" socmed youngsters take over the internet.
I'm a little surprised the recent WoTC conflagration hasn't drawn a few people out of the woodwork.
That being said, over the past few years I've found it amusing that consistently across every forum I occasionally stop by....from the fascist police state of RPG.net to the right wing thunderdome of Pundit's site..... everyone gets annoyed with Misty.
I am still around. I still post to ENWorld most days. I still read and sometimes post to TheRPGSite.com despite some truly horrendous people (and some not so horrendous people) that are there. But yeah, I just rarely check in here anymore even though I loved this board.