|Barked: Thu Feb 13, '14 9:59am PST |
|I think that for some, this is the answer to everything. I am genuinely very happy for them.
The wider reality is that whatever patch job SAY! is doing right now, some damage has been done. I know on P4P, the sentiment expressed is that some are not coming back, or minimally will now split their time. Some have already stormed off, don't know about this announcement, and likely won't care. And let's face it, while I don't think this community should have EVER been considered as disposable, a lot of people had left already, for things having changed when SAY! took over.
Damaged hull, more or less. IMO. If this change does not include a removal from SAY! entirely, it's a problem. The mag and front pages do not engender a confidence, these forums have gotten weaker and the announcement was hard to decipher in its wording, but it sounds more like merger than selling off Dogster's community areas for a private undertaking.
One of the things I have learned through this journey is our interpretations of Dogster and what values it has to us. These can be different things. Some things that matter to me highly mean diddly to others. Some things that are the world to another I could take or leave....who cares. So this compounds the complex dynamics, how much a "brand" the new investor wants to put on this site and how it affects people. Everything is social media now, it is where the money is at, so I myself am extremely guarded. First if it remains with SAY!, or alternatively, if I am wrong and it doesn't, what fingerprints of the investor's vision has on things.
One of three things. This was a stunt to reignite passion in the community areas...although this I doubt, with some minimal sort of inside track on the situation, as this was hotly debated in the inner workings of actual staff working on this site. Another possibility is that there was fallout...maybe slowed traffic, maybe concern from advertisers.....that has SAY! trying to salvage a very bad decision. Or thirdly, that there is indeed someone who stepped forward and made a lucrative offer, in which case they are likely to have some vision of their own. And that vision, inevitably, will be fine with some here and with others not fine. For in the end, it is unavoidable to notice that the forums have declined in recent times, participation is down, and in the time between when Dogster started and now, there has been the rise of social media, from which the community areas have remained distanced. I would be surprised, if this is indeed an investor who will take these community areas to a new site, away from SAY!, that for his investment there would not be social media oriented changes to give this "product" more potential.
In other words, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"....we don't consider these community areas broken, but someone crunching numbers would and is likely to change things in some way.
Only time will tell what we're looking at. SAY's announcement wants us to do a jig and relax, but that is rather daft given how rudely they have treated the community upon which this site has been built.
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