The latest version of The Hayling Site is pretty different to the last one. What do you like, what don’t you like?
I really don’t like it. Touted as a “relaunch” its really nothing at all like it’s predecessor, in that it is lifeless and sluggish. The “questions” section is difficult to use and the headings bizarre. “Local questions for local people”? What does that even mean. (Did Alan Mak write it?) As for “Mainland questions”.??
I understand there is a requirement for “no trouble” but the answer could have been better management of “trouble” and perhaps some real time consultation with active forum members. Instead it seems to have been to squeeze the juice out of the forum and serve up the dry remains.
I remain upset that just before Christmas and without notice, the plug was pulled with no concern for the impact – in my case fairly minor – though I did regret not being able to greet forum friends who I don’t know face to face – and with the promise that it would be back.
The answer seems to be “well we own it we can do what we want with it”, which is true.
Sad though, that we no longer have a community forum.
I would have preferred a continuation of the ‘old’ forum.
Whilst I acknowledge the site owners aren’t under any obligation to continue with it, I can’t help thinking it would have been a good idea to have at least offered to let other people take it over so it could have carried on, rather than close it with no notice. I’ve seen this happen and work out quite well on other internet forums.