Yes, our existing forum (in its current state) is no longer acceptable. I am embarrassed that we expect new members to utilize it.
I know that this is strong and direct (even harsh,) but it’s not a critique of any individual, but of our unwillingness to acknowledge the obvious and chart a path for improvement.
Rather than merely listing the things that I prefer of this forum to our current forum, let me simply say that this or other modern forum software (that is kept current) is far superior to our legacy message board.
This is stating the obvious, but the fact that activity here has died down should not be construed as evidence of anything other than that it was only visited by a small subset of users to begin with and normal club messaging continued on both the existing message board and on Discord.
As proof: Just compare the amount of use of Discord to the legacy forum. (And that occurred without encouragement.)
I do not advocate Facebook because many members have already stated that they won’t use it (and I personally still find it objectionable that (a couple of years ago) they acknowledged experimenting with manipulating user mood without informed consent.) The club already has FB today — and I and most others choose (almost) never to use it.
I consider Discord an acceptable alternative, yet the icons and animated emojis are not simply not my personal preference of professionalism. I do use Discord today (but essentially only for OKCAC) and would use it if that is our decision…but not if we offer an alternative.
I find that it is a nuisance/hassle that I must now login to our legacy forum at each visit. (I can’t imagine posting the message, “Works best with Firefox.”) It really must routinely work well with at least 2 of the top three browsers. (I routinely use only an iPad and iPhone (both with Safari and Google Chrome.))
Regarding the objections to dropping our existing forum:
It seems that the only true objection is the possible loss of older content (and losing the voice of members passed). I am sympathetic. So,
I would suggest this path to success:
- attempt to upgrade/patch the existing forum all the way to current version;
and if that doesn’t work with reasonable effort, finally,
- migrate to another forum (such as Discourse) and restore and maintain the older forum content as-is, where-is…until it is easily shown that no one (or very few rarely) access it any longer.
p.s., I’m not an OKCAC board member, but am an active participant on our club message board (and others.)