Any of us who have been here at all during the last year are aware of how incredibly lethargic the Forum is compared to what it used to be.
And we also know that there are reasons to cite for the slow pace - Gary isn't able to attend often, and there are no new Libraries for us to discuss and help each other out with.
Well, as a Beta tester for Gary, but without wanting to be guilty of premature announcements - I want to say that there really and truly are some great things in development. It's all being developed at a slower than usual pace, so I have no idea when new projects will be released, but I can say with confidence that every member here is going to get excited with these new things when they're released. That's all I can really say.
MEANWHILE - There are some things we can do as Forum members which would help immeasurably towards making this place more Happening again:
--We can post our reactions to most anything that comes up here in General Discussion.
--We can take a look at the technical Forums to see if there is info we can pass on.
--MAYBE MOST IMPORTANT - We can go more often to our Listening Room and take a listen to what our friends here are posting. Like all of the pages here at the Forum, fewer things are posted in the LR than there used to be, but that just makes the "job" even easier. Simply go take a listen - AND post a message to the composer.
It doesn't matter in the Least if the musical genre posted isn't what you usually like to hear - that's not the issue. The issue is that there are Forum members deciding to share music with us, and if you're an honest listener, there is Always something encouraging to say in response.
We can do a LOT better than what we're doing currently. 100 hits on a post in the LR garners on the average, 2 response posts. That's 98% of the listeners clicking, listening to at least some of the music posted, and then hastily moving on without bothering to comment. What is That all about?
Please go to the Listening Room, listen to some music from your fellow members, and post responses--at the very least let them know you had a listen, and you want to thank them for taking the time to post the music. It requires extremely little effort.
You don't like what you hear? Who cares?-- Encourage your Forum members, that's much more important than stubbornly announcing your preferences with your silence.
I'm preaching to the choir. Most of the consistently active members here are already active in the LR - But on the off-chance that I can encourage one of more passive non-involved members into participating in the LR, I was motivated to write this little sermon.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!