I CANNOT believe this......the APP Forum is GONE. No notice, no warning, no consideration -- GONE.
I am actually really angry! I can't believe that the "owners" of A Primitive Place would DO something so sudden, so FINAL, to those of us left who loved it there.....and they KNEW we loved it and didn't want it to go! It's like they woke up yesterday morning and looked at it and just clicked "Delete". Obviously they didn't care AT ALL how that would affect the few of us left who went on there every day. How about a banner along the top telling us it would be gone August 1, the week before?? Or a post?? I've checked their blog (which they don't care about anymore either), and their facebook page (I can look at public FB pages as a non-FB-person, which I only do in Emergencies!), but there is NO MENTION of their plan to delete the forum.
Many of the remaining posters on there were some of the original people supporting the magazine, BEFORE it was created....when it was just an idea. So this is how they treat those people??? And, there were many posts on there with great ideas and great pictures -- some members posted tutorials, or places to find "primitives", there was a whole post about favorite Colonial music (with CD titles and artist names) that I LOVED and referred to -- if I had had even a DAY or two to know what they were going to do, I could have gone back and taken notes or screen shots of those important posts to save for myself.
And one the things I've been working towards, to know that I'm feeling better and ready to be social again, was going back on the forum and posting and joining in. That's been my goal that I've been working on for over a month -- now what? :-(
Also, now I have NO WAY to connect with some of my most favorite people!! EVERYONE left on there for the past 8 months was warm, friendly, helpful, and I felt so close to them all.....now where are they?? I only know most of them from their "names" on there! Maybe with a little warning, we could have all exchanged email addresses or come up with another way to reconnect.
Debra, "Stitcher", my Duntie, my TWO Donnas, Karen, Marlene (so special to me,
even though we haven't talked in awhile), Honora, Jo, Cathy ......and many others who I know only by their site names, and have no way to find now!! :-( These are friendships that I NEED,
friends who help keep me grounded and uplifted, friends who helped me
figure out how to DO things, friends who comforted me when I needed it,
friends who *I* could help and uplift and comfort too!! Sure I can
email some of them individually, but it's much better to be able to be
part of a group, and talk together.
Now that's GONE. It doesn't seem fair!
I just think they should have done better. I expected it after the
way they interacted with us on there. And I think they owed that to the
forum members who had been on there years longer than I had been! Just
DELETING it like that was SO inconsiderate, to put it mildly.
They had to know that the people still using and enjoying that forum would be shocked and upset by this --- did they simply not care??? I am surprised to say that I believe they DON'T.
I absolutely feel wronged, and I'm angry about it. I would think that as "customers" and followers of APP, the forum members would be considered by the APP staff as having the same importance as their Facebook followers ......but I guess not. You definitely DO NOT do something like this to people who matter to you. This is what you do to people you don't care about at all.
SOOOO......what can be done about this....? How many of my readers are from the APP Forum?? Do any of you know how to find others who don't read my blog? Maybe WE should start our own forum??? It could be a Yahoo group -- those are easy to set up (although "ugly" to post to!). Or we could "Create your own free forum with ProBoards!" according to the message on the page that's there now, where the forum should be.
Or maybe no one wants to do any of that, which is ok too (but sad).
So please please comment on here with your thoughts, any of you. I don't want to lose people who are SO PRECIOUS to me!!!! We can make our own site to visit on -- I used to be part of a Yahoo group for homeschooling (actually several), and it's EASY to do!!
What do you think.....??