I think the rise of SE23.life was to do with being so much easier to use and smarter looking than SE23.com, and the leg work put in by Chris, Snazzy and I think many others I'm less aware of, meeting people face to face, and getting them to sign up. It still wouldn't have worked without the over controlling moderation of SE23.com, but it took more than that to instigate SE23.life.chrisbeach wrote: Nothing instigates a new forum quicker than totalitarianism on the old forum.
I wonder about the long term future of SE23.life now, because, as others have noticed, two of its mod team, including Chris, who starts so many of the threads there, have moved away, Chris to Tunbridge Wells, and Londondrz to Norfolk
I'd have given the link to where Chris posted about his move to Tunbridge Wells, and all the factors considered, but when I just searched SE23.life for it, it seems to have been deleted
However, there's one posting he made referring to it which the airbrushing may have missed, and as you can see, above it, the moderator action taken against me a few days ago on another thread, in which I queried Chris suggesting he still lived near the South Circular.
Here's the post
https://se23.life/t/invisible-killer-ho ... tory/10374
but it's worth noting it was edited at 9.26 am, 27th September. Previously it had "for those of us living near the South Circular". OK, that's not outright Chris saying he does still live round here, but it's the impression given. His profile does also still have Honor Oak Park as his location, and Londondrz still has 'resident in Forest Hill since 2001'
So, with these two leading posters there no longer being local, and what I at least find a slightly totalitarian approach, I think there is scope to a genuinely local, independent and trusted Forum to reinvigorate itself.
One question has to be the choice of software - on which I am not an expert. Could there be a trade off between security and the application used? I recall Stuart's resistance when I once argued for using WordPress, and from what I've learned since, I've come to accept he was probably right.