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Hello Everyone,

When I first joined this site, this was the Premier JFK site. Sadly, that is no longer the case. And so having secured the site’s finances, we are interested in hearing your views how we can together return this site to its rightful place on the Internet.

Even though we have taken financial control of the site, this is not OUR site: This is YOUR site and will remain your site for as long as we have financial control. This is about how, together, ALL of us can move this site forward. We do have views and ideas, which we want to share. However what is most important is what do you - fellow forum members - feel needs to be improved OR changed OR added to the site to make it a better site?

So what do you feel needs to happen to improve this forum?

James

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Hi James,for a while,I thought the forum was going to close.I suppose a lot of others did to.So I more or less stopped coming here.

Recently I found out you are to continue for the foreseeable future.Perhaps sending forum members a e mail stating the status of the forum would be a good idea.

And thanks for securing the forums future.

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I will pass along the idea of a group e-mail. That was something we had thought about. We are interested - since the financial future of the forum is now secured - in how to rekindle the interest in this forum as it was in times past. It was once the premier forum - it would be nice for it to be that again.

James.

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Hello Everyone,

When I first joined this site, this was the Premier JFK site. Sadly, that is no longer the case. And so having secured the site’s finances, we are interested in hearing your views how we can together return this site to its rightful place on the Internet.

Even though we have taken financial control of the site, this is not OUR site: This is YOUR site and will remain your site for as long as we have financial control. This is about how, together, ALL of us can move this site forward. We do have views and ideas, which we want to share. However what is most important is what do you - fellow forum members - feel needs to be improved OR changed OR added to the site to make it a better site?

So what do you feel needs to happen to improve this forum?

James

James et al

Thanks for saving the Forum!

Please re-instate the banished and all their now-disappeared posts, if possible.

Peter Lemkin, Jim DiEugenio, even David Reitzes. To name just three.

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For anyone who would be more comfortable with a private comment, our email address is:

edforumbusiness@outlook.com

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I agree with the idea that at least some banished posters should be allowed to join this forum again. In fact, I think it would be a nice gesture to start over with a clean slate. In other words, let anyone rejoin that wants to.

Many of those missing voices would certainly provide for some lively debates.

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It can be taken as a good sign if RCD was to rejoin. But I gather the point of the topic is forum development. Join what forum?. The forum is what members make it. People join it for what it is and can be. Members make it what it is. Dealing with the matters raised by James is what matters at this point.

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I agree with the idea that at least some banished posters should be allowed to join this forum again. In fact, I think it would be a nice gesture to start over with a clean slate. In other words, let anyone rejoin that wants to.

Many of those missing voices would certainly provide for some lively debates.

I think it would be a nice gesture to start over with a clean slate.

Declare a amnesty.

Many of those missing voices would certainly provide for some lively debates.

Agree.

A forum is its members,and while some may have had a big ego.If I knew as much as them,perhaps I would have a big ego.But they certainly brought lively debate to the table.More members equals more interaction.

We have lots of knowledgeable members,authors etc,but I expect they would rather debate with someone who know,s what they are on about.I am a rookie,late starter and freely admit it.But I learn a lot from good members who have a lot to share.

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I agree with the idea that at least some banished posters should be allowed to join this forum again. In fact, I think it would be a nice gesture to start over with a clean slate. In other words, let anyone rejoin that wants to.

Many of those missing voices would certainly provide for some lively debates.

I think it would be a nice gesture to start over with a clean slate.

Declare a amnesty.

Many of those missing voices would certainly provide for some lively debates.

Agree.

A forum is its members,and while some may have had a big ego.If I knew as much as them,perhaps I would have a big ego.But they certainly brought lively debate to the table.More members equals more interaction.

We have lots of knowledgeable members,authors etc,but I expect they would rather debate with someone who know,s what they are on about.I am a rookie,late starter and freely admit it.But I learn a lot from good members who have a lot to share.

Yes, then we can all start insulting each other again. LOL

--Tommy :sun

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As someone who joined this forum fairly early in its existence, and saw its rise and...decline, I think I know what caused both the rise and decline. The forum really took off, IMO, when Larry Hancock came here to discuss Someone Would Have Talked, and a number of members, including myself, joined in the discussion to ADD bits of info we'd either known for awhile, or had recently discovered. It was that spirit--of helping, and sharing--that led to the forum's growth. John Simkin was then able to use this momentum to build upon his own research. He'd begin a discussion of a book he'd recently acquired, or a new angle that had recently caught his attention, and others would join in to fill in the blanks.

After a few years, however, the momentum began to wane, and many of the threads became threads on what so and so thought he KNEW already, and wanted everyone to agree with. The spirit of support that at one point dominated the forum grew nastier and nastier to the extent that many of the threads were no longer about what might have happened, or what someone just learned, but about how so and so can't be trusted because he believes so and so, etc. As a moderator it became increasingly tiresome, not only in that the flow of new information on the threads slowed to a trickle, but the flow of nastiness got stickier and stickier, to the point where a large percentage of the posts were people complaining about their fellow members or even the moderators.

SO... If this forum is to thrive, it needs an influx of new research... Not just a whole lot of whadda ya think? Not just new theories, but new sources.... There's a ton of little-appreciated or little-known material that needs to be shared and absorbed. A lot of this is only available at the National Archives, but there's plenty at Mary Ferrell as well...

Edited by Pat Speer
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This was sent to our email address today by one of our Forum members:

"If we can get back to the spirit of helping and sharing which originally led to the growth of the Forum, then the Forum can be returned to its former glory - however, in view the current pervasive attitude of "I'm correct, and you are wrong", accompanied by name-calling and personal insults, which seems to have overtaken almost the entire assassination research field, I think a very firm hand will be needed to weed out those whose interests seem to be on their own self-promotion, rather than the truth."(Italics mine.)

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