I definitely noticed the forum going sooo much slooower when I returned a few days ago. And what sucks is that I'm still going on my runthrough so I cannot join conversation on the Sailor Moon section.
I think it depends on where you're looking. The general Sailor Moon section seems pretty lively as ever, and hey, your run-through of the series has something to do with that. The fandom section has been seeing people starting up their own Sailor Moon-related projects. I don't go to the fanart section too much so I can't say. If anything, the off-topic area is a bit slower than usual, but I'd say that's because it really devolved into a drama-llama section, and now that that's been taken care of, people don't know what to do with it.
Not to mention, people kind of have lives? I mean, I sort of don't understand why it's crazy to think that ONE new post in ONE section of the forum between like two and a half hours on a FRIDAY NIGHT means that the forum is dead.
Sailor Moon may be experiencing a revival, but it's not a new, contemporary fandom. It's up to us to keep things alive and well, and this board is going through some good changes, so it's natural that while we struggle to understand our new (old?) identity, things are going to be in flux a little bit. That doesn't mean it's "dead."
(Most of that wasn't aimed at you, Goten, so don't worry about it, lol.)
Sailor Cybertron wrote:
I'm a little bit afraid to write this even now because I'm somewhat nervous about what they're going to say about me on that Wiki of theirs (if they even deem me important enough to write about), but it's really just my opinion and I think that the Team Quality people, while full of intelligent and fun individuals, really needs to shape up and set examples for some REAL quality.
You know, I found the wiki to be rather polarizing. Suddenly everyone on the forum is divided onto teams based on the opinions of three people, and of course
they're on what they call "Team Quality." It just reeked of smugness and implied that everyone who wasn't approved to be on their team wasn't a quality poster. What was the purpose of that? It seemed like it was a ticking time bomb before someone who wasn't deemed part of "Team Quality" got offended and caused a fuss about it, and it wasn't fair that a small group of people got to decide who and who wasn't a quality poster on this forum when several of their posts were spammish in nature anyway.
It sucks that people are leaving because of this, but that's their problem. I was considering leaving the forum for a long time because of the state of things before the mods stepped it up. Call it fascist or whatever you want, but I don't want to go onto a Sailor Moon forum and see threads full of Spider-Man macros or whatever in response to a post. This isn't 4chan. It can get annoying to go read a thread and watch it go so far off-topic that it doesn't resemble the original posts anymore, especially when it has nothing to do with Sailor Moon. The whole BoondocksMoon thing wouldn't have escalated to the point it did if certain members didn't constantly bait her and respond to her posts every time she created a new account -- and yes, I responded once, but I was trying to be helpful. I wasn't calling her names or telling her to go away. If people had left her alone, it wouldn't have become such a big deal.
Honestly, if people think this forum is "fascist" now, go try posting at SomethingAwful or something. You'll get probated for something as small as not using capital letters or punctuation. Compared to things like that, the rules here are pretty easy to abide by.
I feel the same way about TQ and the "teams" they created on that Wiki of theirs. They kept saying, "Oh no, this is our own thing, the forum is separate," but that just seemed like a load of BS to me. Not to sound like Nangbaby, but she had a point about one thing: when you're in a position of influence, it's easy to manipulate things to your liking. Some of the more vocal TQ members carried that "team" mentality with them in their posts. It felt very "us against them" at times. Not that they ever targeted me or anything, but they didn't have to. They always came across as rude and disparaging. Sure, they would say "This person deserved it," or "They had it coming," but that way of thinking is just....silly, I think. Their defenses consisted of, "Well the world isn't a nice place so I don't have to be nice." That's such BS. That's a very convenient excuse for not acting like a decent human being.
I guess I'm getting a bit disparaging right now, so I should probably step back and apologize. I know that lots of the TQ members are still here, and I really don't dislike most of them (for example, people like Gojira and Maria). But I agree. It's not "fascist" or whatever that a forum has rules requiring people to at least be polite. That's a standard forum thing, at least at the good places.