guys the times have changed. "ye olde castle" sounds old, stale, nonprogressive, and quite frankly "oldish". also as lot of people will tell you, they equate that with a nadal hangout or a nadal base camp. most everybody that left the castle at mtf over the years was because they wanted to get away from the nadal fans.
of course javi and i worked hard there to change that way of thinking in the last 2-3 years at mtf. still a lot of people did not want to post at the castle because they felt it was a nadal thing.
so we try to break that cycle of thinking here with our more progressive way of thinking.
vast majority of the folks taking part in these forums are young, progressive folks. we have to be able to reach some of them.
and its just a marketing ploy anyway. nothing is changed. the castle is still the castle and the people know that already. its just a camelot castle.
bottom line: camelot story sells. ye olde castle does not. as a matter of fact it is completely dead at TF for example. nobody posts at the "ye olde castle" at TF other than 2-3 people. and even we are not there much. they have 50,000 members and we cant get anybody to post there.
it took me and javi 4 years of hard work to make it work at MTF. he brought diana in and changed that place`s stars. and then we managed to grow there so it could self-sustain.
excellent post as usual generalito.
you are right on all fronts, we worked really hard to revive the castle and we succeeded.
we need to keep in mind that some people are part of this castle too for some years now. change is usually improvement but we also should sustain and keep the trademarks that made this place great and a force to be reckoned with.
authority is good, but we should keep our family happy here.
as i have suggested, absolutely nothing has changed. only a slightly different marketing angle to attract more people.
we have to live with the fact that "ye olde castle" does not sell anymore.
it has brought zero people to the castle at TF.
and i cant keep posting here all by myself around the clock. and i also cant keep posting all by myself at TF.
if it was not for you, me, and mimi, there would be zero people at the castle at TF. it does not work. they all equate "ye olde castle" as a old, stale, and oldish place where nadal fans might hang out.
we need people and we need to try different ideas.
also we change volumes here every 2000 posts. it is impractical to have 600 castles here. so we choose to have one. and we can call it castle camelot. it is still a castle.
right now i dont know of anyone who is unhappy with the idea of some growth here.
change is critical for survival and sometimes people have to take the lead for the common good. for the survival of the entire community. i can assure you nobody is going to be left behind.
everybody is going to enjoy this cruise. we are all on the same cruise.