I originally quoted a shitload of posts in this thread, but most of them make the same points, so I'm just going to address the points and not the specific people who made them.
Where the heck do you think we should be advertising? If people were interested in discussing Oddworld, they'd have found this place.
Lack of content:
This thread is meant to be about what we can actually do. Lack of content is a chicken and egg problem.
People being rude and aggressive and we should have a mod crackdown:
- If you see something you think is too rude and aggressive, report it. I've had like one report in the last year. There's no point you complaining that I'm not infracting people when you're not telling me what you think deserves infraction.
- Saying that people don't stay because they're treated rudely is a very 2013 thing to say. Have you looked in W&B lately? We're not scaring anyone away because no-one is even joining
I don't really buy that this is enough to put anyone off joining or staying if they really did want to discuss Oddworld.
I do agree that a mobile site/app would help, though.
That said, we're more than willing to update the themes and interface. The problem is that Kristin/Cloverfield/Abe Babe doesn't have the time to lend her expertise any more. And I don't have the requisite skills. And the less said about the last attempt to build a forum theme, the better.
Make it a recognized part of the Oddworld fan community:
Hmmmm... I'm not sure how that'd happen. OWI kinda suck at fan relations at the moment anyway.
It's a tricky thing anyway. There was some discussion a while ago about making OWF an official
OWI forum. The problem then is that if they're officially lending their name to the site, then we'd have to follow their rules for behaviour, language, various legal shit that can get a company into trouble. And given we didn't go down that route, they took two steps further away because there was a time when they were considering setting up their own forum, like Double Fine did.
If I became an owner, I'd have been able to solve this week's outage quicker. But with respect to the problems listed above, I don't think there's much more that I could actually do to fix the place. I'm more than happy to listen to suggestions.
If you truly believe that this place would be better with an active Owner, send Peter a message on Facebook. The only way he'll ever share that with me is if he's convinced it's what everyone wants. And even then... only maybe.
Originally Posted by MoxCo. Executive
So, why did the forums go down?
I don't know the full story, but apparently the ISP detected what they thought was malicious activity. Last time something like that happened, it was that Oddworld Universe (which is hosted on the same account) had been hacked. Anyway, their response was to take down the whole site. Not sure what Peter did to rectify it.