Hey everyone, there are a good many new members on this forum who've only been around for a few years, let alone the 5+ years ago when all of this unfolded. I haven't watched all the videos from Eric and don't intend to, but at the start of this year we made publicly accessible again in the "epic topics
" subforum a slightly redacted version of the original discussion threads that took place during this saga. For everyone who wasn't around at the time and is active on this forum I HIGHLY recommend doing the full read of these threads since they get to the very heart and soul of what the ES community is about.
It started off as an "open letter" from the forum host KnightMB, informing us that someone called Trevor would now be taking the reins. Most people were caught completely off guard by this, and in the ensuing discussion it became clear that the planned vision for the forum's future in no way matched the spirit and reasons that brought us all in to participate.
Part One: The Open Letter
At the time, though I had no role in the back end side of ES I was good friends with a number of moderators (YPedal, Methods, Fechter..) who let me know what was going on, and became seen as a trusted person who could potentially be counted on to negotiate with Trevor to get forum back and then host it under the terms that everyone thought
it was for. This all played out here in the update thread:
Part Two: Update on My End
That week Aug 2011 I'll always remember as one of the craziest periods in my life, everything else ground to a complete halt while being holed up in my bedroom dealing with international phone calls, emails, PM's, legal docs etc., with no idea what I was really getting into. Some people were saying it was a waste and we'd start over, while others (myself included) felt there was something very special about ES that would be a shame to loose. In the end the original threads above had to get hidden and swapped for this post here, which was slowly getting buried into obscurity but was always live on this site:
To anyone who wasn't around then and is an active participant on the forum, again I highly
recommend reading through all 3 of the threads above to have a full appreciation on the history of this space.
ES is far from being the ideal graphic and up to date website design of course. Yet I appreciate that the owner does not get involved and kept it a simple forum. That is what is making ES open to all different ideas, and fulfilling the need for info of so many different people.
Thanks MadRhino and I'm glad that people appreciate this. It's super important IMO to the health of this scene that there is a community space where people can share honest experience and opinions about this stuff without ulterior motives, where we can hold to account businesses that overstate and overclaim their products. That more than anything is what I wanted to preserve and not see get lost.
But it is possible to have that and also have a more updated webpage and interface that is easier for people to use, and I am guilty for not being very pro-active on this front. We are having discussions on the moderator panel about certain avenues that could work for modernizing the interface and look of ES while sticking to the mission.
The EV revolution is still a small green area in an immense petrol field, but the knowledge that is building here in endless discussions and experiences is making it grow for sure.