@dirvine I hadn’t realised the team have had such a tough time lately. To me you kept us informed and I thought you were just working really hard to get this big change done. It was also, to me, expected that after the series of demos and tutorials which brought a lot of excitement and value, and sent many Devs in the community off to eat pizza late into the night. Also separating the forums has given Devs a useful in depth space that has reduced the amount of discussion here, and given us more capacity for when things hot up again.
So I don’t think you should assume the community are affected by how it has felt in MaidSafe. It’s good to hear about this, so we can encourage you, and show we’re still here, looking to help out and cheer along, or whatever helps.
The forum has been quieter, but lots of people are still here. Each time someone new arrives and asks a question they have been answered soon after by several knowledgeable people each giving helpful answers and perspective. Gone are the curt and unwelcoming “search the forum noob” responses of the early days. Every visitor gets a warm and helpful welcome, and someone else gets a taste of why this community and this project has such sticking power. People notice - @_nur asked exactly that this week.
So why has it been quiet here? The forum is alive, maturing, evolving, and anyway, everything has a rhythm. I think the community has its own ebbs and flows, which of course interact with and are affected by MaidSafe, but not necessarily in phase!
Maybe some are tired. Maybe some moved on (but may well return). Or maybe this is one of those silences that you get in a group, seemingly for no reason all the conversations pause at the same time…and then we all look at each other and laugh
Or, my favourite, maybe this is the calm before the storm. Now, David is the man for the storm.
[In case anyone wonders what I mean by that, he used to captain a lifeboat, and has told us on the forum a little about that (so search if you’re interested).]
Are you ready!?