Some of you may have seen Craig's announcement about SSS moving over to Harmony Central, effective on or about 7/20/05... Link 1
Additionally, you may have noticed that Brother Dave Bryce will also be moving "The Keyboard Corner" over to HC... Link 2
Lee Flier will also be moving the SSS Poli Forum over there...
What's going on?
Well, I'll tell you what I can:
CMP has announced their intentions to tie the MP forums into the magazines more closely and revamp the forums. Exactly what that entails, or what they have planned for this site, I can not say, because no one at CMP has told me anything. I honestly don't know anything about their plans as far as that goes. Hopefully they'll let everyone know in the not too distant future.
CMP, via Craig, has allowed me to serve here as a moderator for the past year and a half, and it's been an incredibly rewarding ride, and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity.
However, I have not been contacted by anyone at CMP insofar as the forums go, and I have been offered an opportunity to moderate over at HC, and have decided to join Craig in the move and accept that position.
A few comments about that, if may:
First of all, dB said it quite well over on the Keyboard Corner. I'd like to quote his words here if I may:
Originally posted by Dave Bryce over on the Keyboard Forum:
Here's the deal...my allegiance is to Craig. The reason that I am the moderator of this forum is because of Craig. All of the support that I have ever gotten for this forum over the years has come from Craig; so, when the opportunity arose for me to join him over there, it seemed natural to do so.
That holds equally true for me. I would never have had the opportunity to moderate here if it had not been for Craig's trust in me, and his giving me that opportunity. Craig has essentially been my only point of contact with CMP as far as forum duties are concerned. Of course, that's not to diminish the excellent work of SysAdmin's like Dendy and Jim...
Now some of you may have some concerns about HC. Admittedly, it's been a pretty "wild" environment over there... not a lot of moderator involvement, etc. Also, you may have heard that HC was recently purchased by Musician's Friend... which, as you may also know, is owned by the same parent company as Guitar Center.
However, it's not going to be what you might be thinking, or what you might fear... I can't go into all the details, but can tell you that the people who are moving over there are people who I have the UTMOST respect for, and I honestly wouldn't be doing this (nor would they) if we thought it meant that our forum activities, POV and opinions would be dictated by HC's management. There are some interesting plans in the works, and while I can not go into all the details, the forums are not just going to be an extension of GC or MF, but a seperate entity in their own right. All I can say is that it's going to be cool, and anyone who wants to join us over there (and that doesn't mean you'd have to stop participating here
) would be more than welcome... and I think you might be pleased with some of the things we have planned. As they say... "stay tuned".
So in short, I believe that MP forums will continue to exist in some form, but as far as what that form will take, I can not say.
Craig will continute to write for Keyboard and EQ, and as far as I know, this will not effect my participation insofar as my contributions to EQ either. And of course, if and when the "new" MP forums are put into place, my connection with EQ will definitely see me participating over here from time to time - just not as a moderator.
If asked, I will do whatever I can to help CMP during the transition periods. And again, I want to thank CMP for hosting these forums and for allowing me to serve as a moderator here. I definitely appreciate it.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you as your moderator, and for your valuable contributions and participation on this forum. This place "worked" because of you, and I just wanted to say that not only am I well aware of that fact, but I am sincerely grateful for all that you have done.
Well, that pretty much covers everything. If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them, and I'll keep you informed to the best of my ability during the transitions.
Again, my humble thanks to each of you for all of your contributions. You folks rawk!