I posted some of this as a reply to Hulk reaching out to a few of us DWPL stalwarts, and I think I need to make sure it doesn't get buried (because what I have to say is SO important- wink, wink).
When I saw the change a couple weeks ago, I couldn't believe it. I thought some kind of glitch reverted the forum back to an older (unseen?) version before realizing the entire site had been revamped. I gave it a week or so, hoping things would go back to normal. They didn't, but today I checked in and saw forum activity with some very familiar names and surmised there is reason to be optimistic.
IF all of the old information has been lost, it will be a crime, but I don't see any reason to start pointing fingers, accusing people of things we don't know about (and people we don't really know), and being angry. For years, we were all provided a free venue for our community to discuss something that we all feel is important and by the looks of it, we'll continue to be provided a free venue for our community. Trust me, I generally loathe change, but it has always been there. Remember how we were all angry when the old DWPL forum gave way to the one we're now missing? Does anyone remember this all starting in other places, like the Mr. Boardwalk forum? I do.
I sense many of you are on the fence (those that are posting, and likely many more watching from a distance). I can't tell any of you what to do, but hope you'll see this doesn't have to be the end. We have had many great conversations, and I believe we can continue to have many great conversations, if we all stick around and make this work.