Today marks a bit of a turning point for TDH. TDH was founded in order to help fans of Boba Fett build better quality costumes. Shortly thereafter Jango and Zam were added and our trifecta was completed. As many of you also build other Star Wars related costumes, we eventually added a general Star Wars and Clone section as well, not to mention, the inclusion of the custom Mandolorians.
Back around the time that the Dark Knight was coming out, we somehow became a lightning rod for Joker costumes (probably due to Kwally's fabric run). After the Joker buzz died down Iron Man reared its head and we became inundated with Iron Man costume threads.
How did this happen?
Well, first off, TDH is a very high ranking site and easy to find if you are looking up costumes and one of the only sites that rank higher is the RPF... but historically, the RPF has had a closed registration, so people came here, for the great community and high traffic. Additionally, many of our longtime members have completed their Fett based costumes and have moved on to other non-Star Wars projects. While we love seeing those projects shared with this community via showoff threads in the the Sarlacc Pit, if you are working on a non-Star Wars costume, TDH really isn't designed to support you. As TDH and the RPF are now more or less under the same "umbrella" and now that the RPF has open registration, we want to encourage members to use that site for the non-Star Wars costume builds and this site for Star Wars based costumes, especially you Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Zam Wesell, and Clone costumes!
What does this mean?
This means, starting next week, non-Star Wars based costume build threads and questions are going to be closed and we are going to refer you to the RPF.
Do we want you to leave?
Absolutely not! We love our members, and hope you will continue to participate, but we also want to maintain our brand and identity as a premiere Star Wars (Boba Fett) costume site and want to make sure our primary focus is on Star Wars based characters alone.
Won't this hurt the size of the site?
It is entirely possible that this will cut down on an already shrinking membership but we believe in quality over quantity and having more people here doesn't mean much if they aren't focused on the same goals as the site as a whole. As I have told many of you old timers, Star Wars is on the long downward slide. Many Star Wars sites, including starwars.com and rebelscum.com are losing ground as more and more people are losing interest. It is inevitable that this will happen as more of us get older and Star Wars fails to capture the imagination of the next generation. Again, we feel it is more important to focus on our core audience than bring more people to the site who are completely on a different page than us.
Thanks for you cooperation and understanding!