Originally Posted by Savage
Dropping relationships that no longer serve you is something I've been sharing for years. It's all over my blog, it's in my book, and it will be covered at CRW too.
It looks like I'm one of the last members of my former circle on this forum. I'd like to put forth one last thing, just to see if we can get a bit of understanding on both sides.
The greatest achievement I could ever imagine is creating something that becomes bigger than myself. In my eyes, that's what happened on this forum. Your ideas and effort facilitated a massive network of people who are interested in personal development. That's no small feat.
Even though I only posted here for two years, I saw the evolution of this community. We kicked around a lot of ideas about how to make the community better, about where to go next, and even where the SP brand might go next. We didn't just feel like members; we felt like owners.
Sometime in early 2011, the community evolved again. There were more new members than ever, and not all of them seemed to be interested in personal growth. For that reason, a lot of people decided they that this forum was no longer a match for them.
Now here's the thing... this is the part where your teachings and ideas grew beyond you. Members decided that, at least for the time, this forum had served it's purpose. That's something that many of us learned from your teachings; to drop what's not working.
Instead of saying, "Steve, please make this laundry list of changes to accomodate us", they created their own forum.
The forums did slow down for the better part of this year, and recently, they were picking right back up. From talking to various members, it was going this direction, with or without PD For You. Something about the atmosphere was offensive to people.
I had an inkling that this forum was on the way out and I was OK with that. If you're heart isn't in it, why stick around?
This whole debacle shook a lot of people because of the way it happened. The banning of a signifigant chunk of the community basically eliminated any chance of really enjoying this forums last days. I suspect that people will continue to troll until the forum is done for good. That's a sad way for a great thing to end.
Other than that, I don't really know what to say. There has been a lot of damage done (arguably on both sides), but it can be undone. Here's my proposition:
A one-day forum-wide unban so that we can give this forum a proper funeral. I'd be willing to mod it with a zero tolerance policy for trolling.
Up to you.