Kona Paul wrote:
The '98 split although a little arbitary was far more than '10 years ago'. The goalposts as it were will never be rolling although whose to say the forum won't develop further over time.
can someone explain to me what should be put where now?
i.e ive just had a searpost thread moved to chat 1998 from general and off topic
im far from complaining, just wondering what content base goes where?
Think I set if out pretty clearly in the first post. 'What my dogs having for tea' posts in general and off topic. Bike stuff in here.b
Well actually the 10 year mark was the only reason given, or more accurately the boundary that was used, because one was needed and it seemed as good as any at the time.
It felt a little like segregation once the readers bikes from 98 on dropped way down to the bottom of the page after BMX, general chat, ebay listings and the such. That pretty much killed my love for the site (along with all the "modern" haters snarky remarks.) The sites users are not devided between retro riders and modern bike owners (who are constantly reminded of the other sites on the net), bur retro riders and retro riders who ALSO have and appreciate modern bikes and the evolution of both trails and equipment. So I'm pretty sure almost all the users here either have or have an appreciation for older/retro bikes. Shame the appreciation and respect doesn't go both ways. Now that my oldest bikes are from 2000, despite their classic lineage, with the exception of my 95 Humu cruiser, I don't feel so much at home here anymore. I do still love and appreciate old bikes, the history of mountain biking, steel and ti frames and the feel of rigid forks. As long as it's the right tool for the job...
Right, and I forgot to mention (thanks to clockwork for the reminder) that I understand, appreciate and have always supported that it's a retro site...it is in the name...and that should absolutely take priority. We shouldn't be overrun by the kiddies who only ride DH and only ride 8" travel full sus rigs (why would they be here anyway?), but we also shouldn't knock them, as a lot of the young riders are pretty damn talented. And I mean just normal everday kids, not pros. But before I digress too much, the point is there should be room for retro dudes that don't mind a 100mm fork or disc brakes on at least one bike in the shed.
I know it's for practical purposes, have no problem there, think John does a lurvley job with the site, but to me the original split felt like a message being sent out due to the puritans complaints over the rise in membership of folks with both kinds of bikes polluting the forum.