Recently, we have been the victim of some attacks by rogue users who are intent on ruining this site experience for everyone. In light of recent events, it has come to our attention that we simply have too many specific forums for our staff of volunteers to manage. In the next few weeks, we have decided to consolidate a few of our sub forums so that they are easier to manage and develop. To put it simply, we don't want to waste our time (and our volunteer moderator's time) managing the forums and refereeing fights.
At this time, we have decided to consolidate our three Model Railroading sub forums (Garden, Live Steam and Backyard Railroads; Scale Model Railroading; and Lionel, American Flyer, and other Toy Trains) into one forum. The current moderators are invited to continue for as long as they are willing to engage the community.
We are also looking to consolidate the following forums:
- General Discussion: Computer Gaming & Simulations
- Rail Travel & Trip Reports
- Railroads in Books, Magazines, Music, TV, and Movies, and other Media
- Railroad Radio and Communications
- Railroad Photography & Video
The new title would be "Railroad Travel, Media and Technology." The current moderators of those forums would be invited to continue for as long as they are willing to engage the community.
We expect these changes to take place on or about August 1, 2010.
Big changes are in store for this site. Mike Roque and I have had several discussions regarding the future of this site. As you may know, we both have successful day jobs in our respective fields. We want to make sure that this site continues to operate as a benefit for ourselves and the railroad community at large. We would much rather spend our time developing new features and content for this site rather than settling petty arguments. This will not be the last round of forum consolidations, we have some more planned for the coming months, but those will take some time to execute properly.
As always, we look forward to serving the railroad enthusiast community with the best discussion forums and quality content that we can establish.
Your comments are welcome below.
Our history with RAILROAD.NET stretches back to 2002, when we assisted in the transition from the "old" to the "new" with the blessing of founder John Stewart. In fact, we had been using the site since its earliest years, way back in 1996. We've seen a lot of changes in the way people communicate, and we have always tried to make this site easy to use and to navigate. As we approach our tenth year of development, Mike Roque and I have decided to begin the implementation of our long-term plan for the future of RAILROAD.NET.
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