There seems to be a strong case of nostalgia goggles going on in this thread. For example:
That reply seems straight from a press release, vague and under the cover of the moderator and management team. Part of the reason I liked the older forums was the openness, I would like to understand what part of Kook's post require deletion? Was it bringing up past events,the latest research from the USST or arguing about dogma? Was it all of this but posted in a thread where a member is taking a break from this place?
If one were to actually dig through the site's archives, especially the moderation ones, you'd find that at no other time has the site been MORE transparent and open about it's policies and actions. We have never allowed publicly discussing moderation actions. In fact in times past the posts about it would've been straight up deleted instead of us addressing it in the thread as Rusty did.
An earlier post mentioned the respect on the forums. Perhaps in the VERY early days that was the case when most everyone knew each other offline. However, that has never been true in the past decade plus. If one were to read through old moderation threads you'd find that things have drastically improved in terms of having respectful discussions vs. say ten years ago. There has never been a time when the instruction forum didn't devolve into a food fight. Ask someone like @dchan who's been involved since the beginning all the struggles of creating a moderation policy and dealing with the problems in the forums. We've been progressively needing to moderate less and less over the five years I've been involved in moderating the site and that's a result of the good moderation policy that we started developing under @Cirquerider and continued under @Laurel Hill Crazie and now @TheRusty as head moderator.
It's true that P&T were more active than I am in terms of leading the discussion, but that was only marginally related with their admin roles on the site. Even before Tricia became site manager in 2012 (might I add after the site was bought by Vail for those claiming the current situation has something to do with 'current ownership') she and Phil were very active in the discussion forums. Even before the purchase while @nolowas Owner/Site Manager, she was active in the forums, but she wasn't taking on the forums at the same level as P&T did; rather she managed them and handled behind the scenes administration like I do (granted her content was way better than mine I will admit). Likewise I've always been a regular, but not prolific, poster on the site. However as I've often mentioned, my role here is doing stuff that no one sees, stuff that I've been handling in some cases for about 5 years now.
What do I do? When there is a bug in the software, I'm the one that handles reporting it and documenting it for the development team; we get emails every day ranging from password resets, updating email addresses, fixing broken links, updating information for resort pages, and inquiries about businesses wanting to post on the forums. I help new users with questions about how to use the forums. I also maintain our social media presence, update the featured content on the homepage and in the side bars. I tag threads so that we show up more prominently on Google as well as so things are easier to find on the forums. For example because of tagging if you check out a thread planning a trip to Stowe you'll also find a link to the Unofficial Guide to Stowe in the side-bar of the page. I occasionally write articles like this one that was our second most popular article of 2016 thus far. I created our image of the month contests and have been working diligently to get giveaway items for our users (which is something that had been sorely lacking in recent years compared to when I joined). That is just the short list of my many tasks here.
I understand how nostalgia causes one to remember only the good and not all the problems of the past, but if one makes an objective analysis one will see that EpicSki is different than at any time in its history, but that doesn't mean that it is worse.