We set up this place at the request and with the agreement of the community when Fred Clark left to go to Patheos. The understanding was always that it would be a 'group blog', with content provided by volunteers from the community.
At the time of writing this, it looks very much as if the place is going the way of so many new projects: lots of volunteers and contributions at the beginning, but gradually dwindling to a hard core. Unfortunately, the hard core of regular contributors was only about half a dozen people - and in this small group were the members of TBAT (hapax, Kit and mmy), all of whom have withdrawn from commenting and submitting articles because of pressures from both in and outside the community, MercuryBlue who has withdrawn for personal reasons, and Literata, who formally left the board when hapax, Kit and mmy withdrew as participants.
The place is now fatally short on regular contributors. TBAT have continued to create the 'semi-open thread' discussion subjects we always posted to plug the gaps when there were no submissions ready to publish, but now the board is practically nothing else, and such insubstantial fare is not getting much in the way of long or lively comment threads.
The purpose in setting up this board was to provide a place where those unwilling to follow Fred to Patheos could meet and commune. It appears to us that the board has served, or perhaps outlived, its purpose. Some people are now happily installed at Patheos; others have set up blogs and/or established separate online relationships of their own: the volume of contributions here suggests that the place is no longer needed.
This is the impression we have from following the recent progress of the board, and if it is how things are, we do not want to continue to beat a dead cyber-horse: we would rather take the time and energy we spend maintaining this place and dedicate it to other projects. However, we have no wish to pull the plug if people still want the place open. We are therefore giving the community a choice:
1. A substantial number of volunteers can commit to submitting articles on a regular, preferably formally scheduled, basis.
2. We can hand the board over to new moderators, elected by the community, and the three of us can withdraw entirely and move on to other things.
3. We can keep the board going for an agreed-upon period to give everybody here time to set up alternative ways to keep in touch with those they wish to keep in touch with, and then pull the plug, give Fred the choice between taking the board name back and letting it go, and, should there be any surplus in the board's 'tip jar', donate it to a charity of the community's choosing.
Please either volunteer, including a commitment to contribute at least once every two months, or say which of the second and third options you'd prefer, in the comments below.
The Board Administration Team
(hapax, Kit Whitfield and mmy)