Any interest from the LA board in moving to HO?

Mods please leave this on the LA board since it is the most high profile board and pertains specifically to the LA board.

There is some discussion in the Site Talk about how merging FTC and HO would make for a more comprehensive and more interesting board.

I for one agree.

Robert does not want to merge because he wants to keep it for profit in the hopes of eventually making this a profitable site.

Ipse doesn’t think the LA board/group can weather another move.

I disagree. I think we’re clever enough and resilient enough to make the transition now.

The thinking is that it would be better to make the switch now than later if FTC becomes large enough to make it the target of a buyout.

And if it never becomes large enough to be the target of a buyout, then it would probably just eventually fizzle out.

Hence my vote that we should move. Ipse and I had discussed this in private in the past but it was never brought to the group to vote on.

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I’m here for the community, so I’ll go where everyone else goes.


I’m currently splitting my time between the two sites, with more time spent on HO because there’s more content to read. I come to FTC to read the LA and SD stuff, then go to HO for everything else.

I’d be glad to see the communities merge (united we stand / divided we fall, etc.) but have concerns that different moderation styles, combined with some strong personalities, might not be compatible.


I agree. Everyone will scatter to the wind like a La Barbara’s Pizza…


Once you start posting on both boards for some time (and crosslink it) you will get some traction on HO. If you decrease posts on this board over time most likely people will also start migrating over

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^^I’m with these two. I’m not opposed to following the community, but I also think the moderation here is pretty close to perfect, as it feels like self-moderation here.

I have zero experience with HO or its moderation style, as the CH community for Los Angeles migrated here, and I have had no reason to go anywhere else.

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I would prefer not to move (I agree that another move may destroy the community), but I’ll follow where people go.

I also, in some ways, prefer a split board b/c it makes it hard to destroy multiple communities in one fell swoop (a la CH). Yes, it also presumably makes it harder for the board to be the target of a buy out. But, from my perspective, that’s kind of the point…

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Agreed. Not another move; especially one that’s motivated by vague aims. We left CH for a very specific reason. Glad we landed here at FTC and want to stay put until there is another, compelling reason to go elsewhere.

I like flying back and forth between HO and FTC . FTC is more cutting edge . Even though I don’t live in LA I have been there and like reading the posts . HO goes to bed to early also .


I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

Being new, I don’t know how much weight my opinion has or should have, but I’m open to a move. I didn’t go through the great CH migration, so I don’t have the fear of corporate buyouts, but after browsing OH, I do think it could benefit the community to have a wider variety of active boards. I may be naive, but I think a move would be easy enough.

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There’s already been considerable attrition in the move from CH to FTC - we lost some key posters. Is there any reason to believe the same thing won’t happen if we move again?

Well, to be fair (and IMHO), I think we lost a lot of posters b/c they had already abandoned CH 6-12 mos prior to the formatting changes that drove the rest of us away, and those posters (such as Servorg) didn’t post an e-mail address. I’m actually sort of amazed we were able to get as many posters as we have…


I will just create my own board and post to myself.


Well, I guess with Ipse’s unilateral moderation HO won’t be too much of a concern.

Moving to site talk intentionally decreases the visibility of this thread and isn’t th moderation over petty bickering only.

Robert doesn’t give away his writing so I shouldn’t create content for him to cash in on either.

OK, I just ventured over to HO, and I can’t say I’m impressed. Why is Los Angeles grouped with the entire American Southwest + Hawai’i?? I don’t know if the lack of focus on that site for our region makes it dead or what, but it looks like there’s only a few people there talking to themselves. That’s sad.

I remember when we were debating whether or not to split OC off into its own board…LOL

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The two sites have different personalities that would more than likely end up requiring referees. Posters on HO don’t go full asshole on each other like they do on FTC.


And HO is also not 99% about L.A.


Discourse is $100 a month, to date I’ve paid them $900. Google AdSense brings in about $60 a month, to date I’ve gotten $536. So I’ve cashed in to the tune of -$364. You’re welcome.


And that’s why it would make sense to merge both sites

New boards are being added as discussion ramps up. I seem to recall there being a discussion on HO about whether it was better to have more general boards, starting out, where you would have interaction / activity, or empty boards waiting to be populated: which would likely be more appealing to someone new to the site.