Breaking News - Rear Admiral Hobbie - If it's not broken
If it's not broken, don't fix it. I think that, as far as most people are concerned, pretty much defines how we deal with any situation: namely, by ignoring it until it goes away or there is no choice but to do something about it.
In my opinion, this is mostly what we have done here over the past few years. Of course, it has not escaped anyone that the trend is moving away from chatrooms and instant messengers to the benefit of social networking sites, or that the universes that have been at the core of the Outpost, while still popular, do not generate attention from their fans as they used to. But, at the same time, it's still the same place we are all familiar with, and, while the chat does not draw as much of a crowd as it did in the "good old days", there is enough here to help us pass the time or catch up with some old friends.
So the question is, why would we want to change anything? We could, after all, keep this up for a little while longer. That is true, yet at the same time we don't have anything to lose. If the place starts to look different, or if we decide to move away from Star Trek and Star Wars, I doubt that would be enough to make us all stop coming. We barely use those as conversation subjects anymore. On the other hand, if we manage to adapt to our new surroundings, we could conceivably attract new members, which could in turn help us breathe some more life around here.
Obviously, there is a chance it might not work, but I think we owe it to OTF, as well as to ourselves, to give it a try. I am not sure what it looks like from the outside, but I can assure you that there is real willingness from the leadership to make it happen. However, it has become clear by now that that will not suffice by itself, and everyone will be required to contribute to the effort if we are to aim for better. It's up to all of us now.
Written by: Hobbie (CL9)