Thanks K1W1. As always, there's a method to my madness...
1. The majority of our member registrations come from first time visitors to YF
, not from regular readers. While the current crop of reviews are from the past, they are 'new' to many readers and hopefully, they like what they see and are compelled to return, or better yet... join. Building membership ranks VERY high for me. It gives YF
more power as a media and it results in more participation, as well as exposure. All of this adds long term value.
's reviews were originally intended to drive membership while we became more deeply propagated on the net, but ultimately what drives membership now is YOU GUYS! I want YF
to be 'forum focused'! This takes pressure off me to deliver content that some builders in the industry have yet to recognize or appreciate. Until that time comes, I decided to expand our brand. Allow me to elaborate...
3. I'm in the process of building two synergistic communities that will add value to YF
. These new sites are far more important to the future than doing a review on anything that has splashed recently. I KNOW we will loose some readers without new reviews every month, but frankly if they are coming here just to see the reviews, they are missing out on YF
's real value... YOU GUYS! Void of new splash page content, I'm hoping this will force readers to focus on the forums.
4. I've recently had meetings with some notable members to discuss a new direction for YF
. I think the time has come to make some money and we're working on a idea that compensates active members for their contributions. Kind of a "YF
gives back" program. More on this later. Maybe not!
5. And finally... I want to make a comment on the thread title... 'mis-dated' reviews. ARE THEY? I think not, because these reviews continue to garner more 'views' every day, month & year. Many of the reviews on the splash page have over 100,000 views. Some are over 250,000. Each one of them tops a Google search, still to this day. The point is... they continue to work and sometimes it's nice for us old-timers to re-visit them.