Ill second all @Bobbi comments.
I know that this is the announcement to say we will consult you. It seems a little late or perhaps just clumsily missed saying what needs to be said? Shouldn’t this idea have been floated? in the lounge for example & been part of the study on your website and branding study, Even/ Perhaps / Maybe?
I can see why you want to change it. I have always said it was a strategic mistake to have a website called my stroke guide and a forum called my stroke guide and for them to be on different domain name to stroke.org.uk - would only have taken a Cname record !- also a really hard question to answer is whether using discourse was & continues to be a good idea. It’s off the shelf and it’s powerful. Powerful equals hard to master. Attwood & co have done a really good job of building a platform that supports incremental familiarisation, plugins, trust levels, gamified incentives, but it’s still more a tool of the developer community than the user community. I couldn’t speculate on the impact of changing it either way.
I can see why from a corporate perspective you’d want to consolidate - We the users are the community here. knowledge of which is spreading. The emerging asset isn’t the stroke associations It’s the communities. (Personally I’ve never found the website has any stickiness, it’s not of much use compared with the richness that is returned across the whole internet by Search engines particularly Google scholar - but the forum is) I migrated from different strokes and I will migrate again if the magic spark is extinguished or dwindles DS are about to put something together they’re not the only ones. I know a number of initiatives that might make havens to fly to.
I would suspect that maybe there are fundraising angles in the SA motives?. So corporate forces may be irresistible.
The strength of this forum - in fact the only way in which it generates momentum is from critical mass -that’s in the participants. Last time you changed the forum you lost a number of key people some of who I presume you automatically promoted into admin positions here and never have taken up the duties that go with the privilege.
By saying it’s gonna change and not what the consultation process is, how to engage, nor the time scales, nor what stays the same - you’ve introduced all the prospect of loss and none of the vision of gain for the people who actually make it something that you value and we value.
First should be involvement, painting a picture of the future with value, allowing stakeholders to scent mark ideas so they have ‘buy-in and skin in the game’. That would have built advocates, champions, you’re most active constituents the ones who are the first to comment & will probably go on being the most active commentators have nothing positive to say only questions and we all now have the natural psychology that fear of loss is hugely stronger than prospect of gain - a la tversky and kahneman
It would be good to share how to get involved in shaping our future. The one thing you can rely on absolutely is that enforced change dictated by others is totally alienating