Let me first preface this by saying that I am by no means an old head here as you can see from my join date. I went down with a knee injury about 6 months ago and because of that I went inactive here. When I come back I notice a different "feeling" here from when I left. When I first started here the only word I could use to describe this board was "family". There was tradjedies abounding with sick spouses and stolen cars or the ever growing line of divorces. However, if you were willing to air your dirty laundry then you would have a support base from all corners of the world willing to help where they could and in any way they could. I threw together my fett and sold some mannequins here and could have walked away if it were not for the sense of community I found here that fell in love with.
I wanted to help (probably the cop or Air Force in me) so I offered up free stuff for extra parts that I had come across and in return I recieved stuff from fellow members at little to no cost. I found help everywhere I looked and did what I could to help in return. I met some really GREAT guys (and gals) on here and made friendships that have endured pretty well. Which brings me to my point...
Since my return, I have sensed a different sensation of competition, frustration and lack of community. I see the Cargo Hold is more of a business and Karma has become a waiting game to see if the last guy will actually go through with what they agree to do. The COC has gone a little unchecked by the Mods and I have seen at least three threads of "Make me an offer" in the Hold. I have heard grumbling that the Wiki will hold all of the knowledge to cut down on the useless questions.
I have seen an outpouring of the "recaster" issue bubbling up to where people are banned while the issue never really gets resolved. I have seen people bowing out of the board and taking with them a great deal of experience and knowledge. Why are these people leaving? They have their reason. Everyone has a life off the boards (if you don't then get one). But the sense of community and family that was so heavilly present when I joined seems to have waned a bit. I have expressed these thoughts to three of my closest friends on here just to hear it echoed back to me from the same disaproving stance. I have even seen them remove their non costumed pics from thier albums so that nobody knows their faces.
Have we strayed so far into this as to have removed the family from TDH? Do we only help the people we know and trust? Do we want a board where the human feeling is removed and all we have are files to rumage through and the next great Fett item is point and click?
If you have positive thoughts or stories then tell the board. If you want to vent then LET IT FLY. Lets try and stay on topic and family friendly. Even if the mods are busy, I want the family mood here.
Gimme your $.02
Ivan (Boomer Fett)