Originally Posted by b3machi7ke
You can feel free to listen to him, but what site owner is going to say "yeah, the decision I made sucked and it drove off 80% of the previous users"?? He's always going to spin information in the most positive and be optimistic about it. I have no problem with that, it only makes sense for him to do so, just be forewarned it's not always going to be realistic.
I do know this, but honestly I trust them more than angry forum goers because "they" don't like how the site looks and are now bashing it by saying the users and posts have dropped off. There are valid reasons this could of happened which have been stated here, it has happened on other sites before, not just this one. While I'm not saying there hasn't been a dropoff, I just know there are reasons we could possibly be seeing this other than the fact that "The new forums are bad imo, so nobody views them", which is what I am getting from a lot of posts here.
Originally Posted by fashric
I did read what he said before I replied and it makes no difference to what I posted as the conclusion is drawn from fact. Are you denying that the forum activity hasn't dropped off hugely since the change? It doesn't matter if the visitor numbers are the same if no one is posting it may as well be zero. People come here to have discussions and chat about things and if that isn't happening then people will find other places rather quickly.
I am not denying the fact, nor am I accepting it. Like stated above, there are valid reasons people might think this and they have been stated in the posts already. The fact you are stating is that it dropped off due to the change, I would like to know where you can draw these "facts" from. It still seems like people think they dropped because of the change because they don't like it. I know quite a few that like it more than the old style including myself. You come off as just drawing conclusions to try and support something you believe, there could be numerous reasons to what is causing it, if it even is in fact impacted at all and not directed into other portions of the forum.