Becaiuse of the lack of Interest in the forum, i have stoppped paying for a service that FEW persons use.
Shut it down
Artie, the decision is ultimately yours. With Gouyave folks showing so little interest in utilizing what is clearly theirs, I won't blame you if you decide to shut it down. It'd be a shame though!
Arthur you must be commended for instituting and executing this site over the years and it is lamentable that only 5 of 150 readers contribute to the discourse. It might be a sign of the times when so much of society has grown comfortable with getting free stuff, without seeing the need to feed the golden goose.
I suspect in some cases folks are uncomfortable with expressing their feelings or opinions for a myriad of personal reasons.Maybe its time to challenge the 145 MIA's to reveal their issues, and assure them that their 2 cents, will be welcomed and respected. No matter how unimportant they might think it is.
The suggestion that the forum be segregated into the 'serious section' and 'others' could be disastrous and achieve the opposite of your goals. If T/S Selwyn for instance believes for a minute that elitism is creeping into this forum he will run away screaming and not stop till he reaches Fedon's camp.Furthermore how many of the 150, is actually on this site to immerse themselves in scholarly theses.The mix is healthy we just need more, much more of it.
Listen! Confusion bu-too, dey sen you for me?
Why you giving me wuds?
Ah going an find me Winter Coat an ah go deal wid you later.
I am a reader on this site, once a week, I come here to see what's going on in the St.Johns community because I am a past student of Schaper. I personally think you should keep it going.
Arthur, as always, I am grateful for this forum and the hard work you put into setting up and maintaining it through the years. The reason for my not posting as before is that I have been awfully busy and maybe mentally tired. I have to admit that I have been spending any free internet time on reading the news recently; absolutely first thing in the am, I swipe across my phone to see what happened overnight - am I the only one left alive in America?
Anyway, I will lend my two cents to this discussion. Please keep the forum going. Things run in cycles and hopefully it can get a jump start again. I would agree with Downstreet and say let it be general. How can one divide into serious or/and other discussion. To me there is a great attraction in having a serious topic being explained or expounded on in a lighthearted manners and as a result I am quite shocked that of all people the Frenchman suggested it.
As to saying that we should just leave it up to you to choose seems a bit too dismissive of your efforts in setting something up out of your love of Gouyave and Gouyaverians/Grenadians and I would think myself unappreciative to fall in with that mode of thought. That said, I know that some non posters would at any given time complain that TS has nothing going on or was not "fun" at any given time, but said person/persons would have never made as much as one post. Once you make that initial post it is not too hard so they should try.
Please keep the TS going Arthur! Time permitting and/or other reasons, we will all be back plus with some more talkshoppers.
Again, thank you!
AM, you and dat boi from Downstreet, take it lite!.
The creation of "an elitist class" of posters was not what I had in mind when I stated my concern to Arthur, neither did I envisioned a special category of any sort, especially one that would segregate posters. In light of those "pending changes", I just wanted a continuation of preserving the "open forum design" so that serious topics can also be discussed.
I will atone for my sins by first going to confession in one of the South Side denominations and accept whatever pennance you and Father Selwyn dishes out on this "Frenchman of all people", to save my soul.
Well said VJL or is it FLJ, cant remember which is which.. Glad to see we are on the same page on this one. I pity however, the "Confusion Butu" who you are about to "Go Gouyave" on. Treat him compassionately, after all he might be family.Go see Father Selwyn and accept a penance of three Hail Marys and two Our fathers, but whatever you do, dont drink the holy water, its for washing your sins away. Seen?
If you recall the object of this whole exercise is to encourage posters and not chase them away, therefore, it will augur well to keep ones L'ansian tendencies in check, even when provoked by others expressing contrarian views.
We need to all get along, and throw the Trumpian playbook in the trash where it belongs. Seen?
Boi, if it is one thing about me, it is I can take me lix when I have too, the true qualities of a Monsieur.
Me and AM is good and it would be wise not putting you mouth in we business.....lol
Now as for you calling me FLJ, I must admit that I could never match the skills of that goodly gentleman ....lol
There is nothing wrong with the Talk Shop, well, Ok a face lift will be welcomed; however, the problem was and still remain that some people drove most of the posters away by not respecting other peoples point of view and always suggesting that they know it all.
It is an attitude that has to change to see the Talk Shop thrive and be successful as it once was and intended. We must be mindful, however; that leopards cannot change their skin. America is experiencing the same problem with their newly elected President.
I hope for the sake of the Gouyave Community home and abroad that some of us with the problem aforementioned will show some restraint, personal growth, maturity, and sense of responsibility so this tool that was so brilliantly designed by Arthur with the help of others be allowed to serve all Gouyaverians, Grenadians and anyone who respects our culture and would like to be a part of a great experience to participate on this Talk Shop without getting their feelings hurt or shun for any reasons what so ever.