All forums are in financial trouble -- hardly any of them are really a wise investment. I believe that the members at PF at least were worthy of enough respect to where they should have been warned, and included in discussion, on any major forum change like this. Especially members (like myself) who had made (meager, but real) financial contributions to the site, and senior members/mods who had devoted a TON of their own time working on that site. Any new owner should have seen this, and to do otherwise shows a lack of respect to existing members. As for the security issues...perhaps if our new owner had actually logged on once in a while, or done necessary software updates and security checks, it wouldn't have been hacked. Who knows...
That's how I see it, and I don't need to bother saying more about it. As for this forum, it's nice if you like variety, but a PHILOSOPHY FORUM, it is not. This is no knock against members or the forum itself...but you call things what they are, and this thing is not that, etc.
To other refugees from PhilosophyForum.com:
PhilosophyChatforum.com appears to have many of the old features that PF members were used to -- chat room, photo albums, blogs, thread subscriptions, and other style features very similar to the vBulletin board style. The aesthetics are nice, the sections well-organized and concise. Now all it needs is an influx of new members to get things rolling...it's worth checking out, and spreading the word about!
I'll be signing out, and I wish no one any ill-feelings, but only good fortune for your future endeavors; hopefully we may meet at the other forum, if you decide to join. Peace!