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Shut ’em Down

Shut ’em Down

When
we started SA many years ago, we always knew that the discussion forums
would be the lifeblood of the site, and indeed that has proven to be very
true – way beyond our expectations actually. A couple years later we laughed
when we saw that Scuttlebutt USA (a completely different entity from Scuttle
Euro, btw) weakly followed our lead and started their own forum. Given
their tight sphinctered approach to the sport, we didn’t see this being
much of a success. And indeed it wasn’t. It was lame – a boring and uninspired
attempt to capture some of our mojo – and it sucked badly, in no small
part because it was heavily monitored and censored. Nothing says "fun"
like having some a-hole tell you not to use bad words. So after a couple
years of dismal participation (and deleting more than a few anarchist’s
pesky posts!) they shut it down. This from their site: "Scuttlebutt
Forum Has Been Disabled." It also says "We apologize while the
forum is down for maintenance" but that’s bullshit – they’ve had
that message up for like a month. They’re done.

And
now they apparently think their equally banal, uninteresting and snoozy
"blogging" is the way to go. That’s funny. And lame. You can
package crap anyway you want, but when you open it, it’s still crap. Good
times.