Originally Posted by Kadath
It seems you and others fail to understand the significance of this change.
That's the one point I completely agree with you on -- but for entirely different reasons.
I think there's a major element that's getting glossed over here. You just had the CEO of Huddler come into this thread and tell you that he and his brother (the CTO) were inspired by AVS to create a company to support forums like it. These are the guys that, ultimately, decide where all of the company's resources go -- what features get built, what customizations get made, what things get prioritized, and so on.
Let me just repeat that: AVS is one of the reasons they founded the company.
And, they've given you a firm commitment that they're listening to the community's needs to make AVS as great as it can be. You have their ear (not to mention all of the rest of us who also care deeply about this place). That's extremely
valuable, and I guarantee this would not be the case with any other platform provider.
Look, we all know the platform isn't perfect yet (really, what platform ever is?), we know mobile is coming, we know there are lots of things that folks here are going to want us to improve. But that level of commitment -- and that level of personal interest -- is not something to be taken lightly. It demands at least some level of good faith that what you see on day 1 isn't what to expect for good.
So you've voiced your concerns -- good. I don't blame you actually. That's important stuff for us to hear and be aware of. But hopefully it all stems from a genuine interest in the health of AVS and not some grudge against the platform. The reality is, AVS had to get out of its prior situation (David's posted about that in the past, but hit him up if you want more background), and he saw a good fit in -- and level of commitment from -- Huddler.
Honestly, though, talk is talk. We can all say anything at this point -- instead, the real proof should be in our actions. Hold us to an extremely high standard. Bookmark this thread, and if in a few months time you feel like AVS is getting irreparably damaged through a lack of functionality or commitment on our part, call us out on it. If that's truly the case, we deserve it.
(A little context, if you care: I just joined Huddler as VP of Content and Community, and my background spans all sort of community efforts, from forums I've started to larger scale sites like 1UP.com, which, in its heyday, was the most active community for video games on the web. I don't claim to be some know-it-all who can solve everything, but this stuff is in my DNA too, and I genuinely care to make this place better).
PM me anytime with complaints or concerns. I'm listening.