How do you honestly feel about the merger?
This is the place to get it off your chest.
I don't really have much to "get off my chest", Mark.
I think most of us here approached the merger in pretty good faith & were a little taken aback about how "stand-offish" you philosophers appeared to be at the start. I mean, here were we, welcoming you like mad
(!), inviting you to join in on our discussions, & the response from your members was to start a whole new bunch of what appeared to be "philosophers only" threads!
So I think some of us here went through a "peeved & feeling rejected" stage. I know I did. What are we, chopped liver? How many times could I ask you folk to dance & be knocked back?
But, in retrospect, I do understand your initial reactions. (I think I understood them pretty well at the time of the merger, actually.) Many of you were in a state of shock at the sudden loss of your (obviously much-loved) forum & were indeterminably holding onto your group identity.
If, as you say, you've only retained 10% of your forum members, I'm sorry to hear that. Where do you think they've vanished to? Simply dispersed & given up? You never know, though, a few of them might begin to trickle back. These ties, built up over a long time, can be pretty binding, I've found. It's the people
at A2K, some of whom I've gotten to know over the life of 3 forums (including Ravens Realm
) that keep me returning through the peaks & troughs. Also, of course, more recent A2Kers I've grown to care about. Not just the old timers.
So OK, back to your question. I really, really
welcome the fresh input, the fresh perspectives, you folk have provided here. As I said a few times earlier, A2K was getting a wee bit stale & predictable, quite set in its ways ... I am seeing your group members much more as individuals now, not so much members of a group. The personal interactions I've had with members of your group (including you, Mark) have been really positive. And friendly, too. I particularly welcome the fresh input into the more "political" threads. Prior to the influx of your members (from the UK & other countries) our discussions were pretty much the US perspective (both progressive & conservative) & the rest of us (smallish numbers from other countries) arguing against those US perspectives. (As most A2kers are from the US) It is wonderful to have a more balanced, more "international" feel, the different perspectives, to our debates & discussions. That has been the biggest plus for me, anyway.
Sorry my post has become so long. I don't quite know how that happened. But you are not to feel under an obligation to respond to everything I've said, OK?