Yes, Hello Everybody, I am with a sad heart having to bring this little bit of news to saber fans. As some viewers here know I have been a long time contributor to the “fan run” lightsaber forum called Saberforge Forum. Well as the title suggests this forum is no more. Members were greeted with an announcement on 25th April that the site would close on the 30th April. This news wasn’t welcomed warmly and many members showed their disappointment and posted “requests” for the owner Mr Isherwood to reconsider the decision as the forum was such a great resource for information and friendship between saber owners and newcomers to the saber hobby online.
But these pleas fell on deaf/ignorant/uninformed ears and as of the 2nd May the OWNER of the forum finally pulled the switch.
It was blamed on the “costs incurred” and “stretching of Saberforge resources” and “not enough usage” and the “there are much more up-to-date social media platforms we could use”. But we have been offered an “Alternative” as you can see in the screenshot……
Well this has in my honest opinion been a mistake. I am not on social media for personal reasons, and because of the current Facebook/Social Media data security issues a lot of other people will prefer not to join up to social media. Other members have already set up various chat rooms for “survivors” to meet up and carry on long established friendships and form new ones. I will in time seek out these groups and join up and hopefully be a helpful contributor to these communities instead.
I just need a break. This past week has been a test. I’d like to think I’m a polite and honest guy/Jedi and if I were to say anymore on this subject in my current frame of mind some of you may question that description of me! I will say that on the forum I had to “bite my lip” to keep to forum rules and tried not to create complications but believe me there were issues that I didn’t speak of and that I feel weren’t dealt with fairly or evenly. I will leave it at that, the people involved know who they are and what they did…whether they say otherwise or not.
I want to celebrate and thank ALL the great members I encountered and shared exchanges with during my time on the now deceased forum. It was a pleasure to be able to help some of you out and the conversations were informative and enjoyable. I will cherish those times and hope some of you will somehow find this place and we can chat again (I couldn’t mention this website on the forum in case I broke Rule Four which said I wasn’t allowed to “recruit” for another website, social media platform or online group/message board).
I now have a lot more time to post here but I will end this post now as I have “wounds” I need to attend to. I am taking as many positives as I can from this experience and will become stronger….as will all of you my friends and forum survivors. I don’t know how many people will see this but it is out there now….take care Forum Survivors and thank you.
(I do want to thank Saberforge for providing the forum in the first place but due to this decision, my praise cannot go any higher than issuing this acknowledgement.)
For Tyeth – former sf forum member.
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