hmm, well i've been a member for quite some time myself, and i've had my phases during those years when i would be so addicted to BJJ, checking it 20 times a day for many months, posting all the time, and enjoying reading the opinions of members (especially the more outrageous ones; they were ENTERTAINING, haha) and phases where it almost feels like a chore to check the updates and new threads on the forum, so i end up actually procrastinating on my BJJ fix. currently, i don't feel the need to go on BJJ that often. i even stopped downloading music for quite some months now.
as with all things in the universe, everything has its ups and downs, and right now, literally almost EVERYTHING is experiencing its down phase: the economy, music industry, a sense of community on the internet and off, etc and i guess just life right now, which seems to lead to negativity, and we're seeing so much of it at different angles everywhere, and everyone is affected. when things hit rock bottom, there's nowhere else to go but up.
if i really have to single out something to explain BJJ's current state, the server crashes and loss of forum data. if there's one way to discourage members, it's to deny access to the source, much less have their existence/accumulated forum activity erased for that matter.
Also, I think maybe the sudden tightening and moderating on threads during BoA's Japanese single declines of 2007-2008 as well as her American debut talk. members were more vocal about their opinions and the mods were more alert and more keen to keep things calm on threads, and the back and forth of debating with good intentions/locking down on opinions ended up being a double edged sword for the forum as a whole.
the recent flow of events on BJJ during the last two years or so have resulted in all sorts of more, shall we say, extreme activity on both ends of the spectrum and right now, i think the whole community here is just fizzing it all out before starting whole and fresh again. in other words, i think BJJ has reached its end of one cycle/generation and recovering and preparing for the next. i'd give it another year or two.
members and mods here have had their good and bad experiences with each other, and both sides have made mistakes, yes, but i don't think it's necessary to point out which side is at fault, what are they doing wrong, etc. most probably know better and/or are more experienced now.
when things get better (music, quality, etc.), people will start to feel better --> happier feelings --> more willing to be friendly and socialize and have fun.
BJJ has grown with BoA over the years, and it's been very fun to be a part of such a dynamic forum. personally, i'm glad BJJ had its goods and bads and that there are still members and staff willing to keep it alive for as long as BoA has her career. keep up the good work guys!
Edited by whatta-chan, 07 October 2009 - 11:24 PM.