tentagil wrote:We'll be tied into *Hick-up* Seibertron network, but *Hick-up* people that will be predominately reading and posting in *Hick-up* Transtopia sections will be kitbashers, those that aren't interested in Kitbashing won't find it that interesting
If you look at any large TF site with a kitbash section you'll find that a lot of bored posters who spend huge amounts of time on the board drift in and comment.
It will happen.
That doesn't mean it will be negative. In fact at first it will be all smiles as people will be happy to welcome everyone on board, but it may not stay that way.
There are people who visit this site and then attack and criticise on thier regular sites.
They don't sign up here because they're lazy and their regular site offers a comfort zone.
If TT is accessible to them, if they can comment knowing they're surrounded by their friends, people who agree with them, they're going to be vocal.
And if even one negative comment comes in as a result of a merger, if any kitbash results in a non basher commenting solely to say that they don't like a bash because they don't like the fiction era or whatever, then the merger just killed a huge part of what made Transtopia Transtopia.
I agree that every site has to grow, I just don't agree that being absorbed or connected to something larger is growth.
In fact, it seems to me to be a step back in many ways.
I'm not fighting the change, I think alleviating the stresses the site gives TFM is more important than this site's direction.
But as TFM said himself, it's something he'd been toying with anyway, it was this site's next step, and that step will bring cons that may be membership breakers for some.
It is wrong to decide it will happen and not give it a chance, but it is right to talk about it, express concerns and look for alternatives.
Not for the name Transtopia, that is TFM's baby, but for the aspects of the community that went beyond any one member.