It seems that most of those who have posted want it to remain open but also accept that for a handful of people only really being active, there maybe isn't so much point in doing so. I'm happy to give the forum a chance and to see if things pick up. I won't promise the forum will still be active this time next year. The forum will remain open for the WIUO tour of the US this winter. Hopefully in that time some new members may sign up and post and perhaps older ones return for a natter
Should the guys announce an FoTC project then it will of course remain open to ensure people have a place to discuss.
I looked at how many members had logged in so far this year (does not mean they all posted) and it scraped into the low double digits, 26 or so and a handful of those are new accounts who have yet to log in for the first time after activation. And some of those who posted, only posted to comment in this thread. Fair enough as I have feedback from it
After the WIUO tour I'll review the situation with Venus and Max and see where we are. There may be things we can do in the meantime to increase readership and active postings, there may not. I am pondering moving all the main site onto a new look that isn't so creaky and can therefore have a feed installed on it with recent posts/topics on the forum perhaps. I do see that plenty of people still find the main site and read its contents but not as many find their way to the forum. I don't want to make the forum the home page of WTF!, that isn't something I think I could ever do as the main site is WTF! to me and it needs it to be there.
The forum is also in need of a back up and un upgrade as its on and older version and creaking badly. If this happens it may go offline for a few days without any advance notice as Max will just head over and get it all sorted. I have checked the mods that are on offer for this PHPBB softward and will see if Max can install a few small ones. I don't really like the 'Like' button but it seems to be wanted here so will try to get him to do that and one or two other things. Can't promise though as he is really busy and may not have time to poke around with installing new stuff.