Which is why the site is dying. The pony bubble burst years ago; at this point, the majority of the people stay around because its a site they're familiar with and they know a lot of the faces. These people need something to keep themselves occupied after their interest in pastel horses wanes, which they will get either here or elsewhere.
I consistently wonder what management here gains by deleting old boards, even slow ones. Condescending boards down doesn't concentrate users into a smaller space, giving the illusion of activity; it simply puts people that are unhappy with the changes on the spot, forcing them to finally confront that thought at the back of their mind that they'd be better off leaving or moving their community. Some undoubtedly stay and transition, but others leave. Net result: less site users overall. We've seen this time and time again over the years, splinter groups dissatisfied with management and unable to set rules that make sense for them are driven over the edge by one of the million weird reshuffles and away they go.
I don't care if /gala/ gets deleted one way or the other at this point since I no longer post there. The particular case on the table isn't of great interest. It's the mindset itself that's baffling. I mean, who cares if new users can't easily find serials? They're ingrown subgroups - most of them are old friends that want to talk to old friends. While new blood can be welcomed, a complete open-door policy just creates a bunch of stupid drama. Them being difficult to find on a slow board is a feature, not a bug.
And since this is probably the only longish post I'm going to make on this whole reshuffle, I might as well get this one out of the way: this site will not regain any sort of vitality by pandering to the interests of its current, waning membership. For better or worse, the people that post here are already here, having put up with everything that's happened so far. If the site wants to grow, it needs to be thinking about people that don't post here at all. It needs to be a place where communities of many types - not just new fans of the show looking for a discussion - to grow and thrive. Cuz that new fans thing is a tapped market. I don't care what types of other groups the site looks for - in fact, management shouldn't be looking themselves but instead be super willing to create basically any board that more than a couple people request on a whim, assign a community-chosen board mod, and just see how it goes. That's the type of thing that gives the vibe of a growing, vibrant, caring, fun community, one that can be started by one or two people but eventually attract some offsite interest as a good meeting hub. Not threads like this one, where we talk about axing something because screw 'em.
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