After months of soul searching, the Slyck team decides to dissolve the user forums.
"We aren't taking this decision lightly," Ray Hoffman, owner and administrator of Slyck.com said. "It's truly a sad day in the life of Slyck, and we hope our users understand."
This surprising decision was instigated by several tremulous events. After being rocked by the EarthStation 5 scandal, Slyck's forums continued to degrade by various Internet factions.
"First there was EarthStation 5, and we all remember how they turned the forums upside down," said long time forum member and incognito Slyck news writer ToM. "Then came the WinMX community, and from that point on I knew the forum's days were numbered."
ToM refers to the collapse of WinMX, when an overabundance of refugees filled the Slyck forums, causing server crashes, phpbb errors and other undesirable effects.
"Basically it came down to whether we want Slyck.com to be a news site or a community site. Itâ€™s apparent we can't have both," said Hoffman.
HouseCrowd was adamant about the decision, but never-the-less understands Ray's decision.
"The first point I want to make clear - this is not an incitement against the Slyck community. Quite the contrary actually. It has come to the point where we simply cannot control both the forums and produce news at a quality we are comfortable with. Currently, adding more moderators only adds to the bureaucracy. If we can "cut the pork" sorta speak, we can concentrate on what we do best."
Mr. Hoffman also hints this decision may not be permanent.
"Nothing in life is set in stone. I would like to think that some day, after we've sorted through the mess and have rebuilt our site that our forums will return as well."
According to HouseCrowd, the forums will remain online until the strike of midnight, April 1, 2006. Already, leading member of the Slyck forums have constituted alternative communities until Slyck's return.
"We're really upset about this decision, but itâ€™s apparent the mods and admins of Slyck are overwhelmed," said a ranking member of the Slyck forums who wished to remain anonymous. "We've just built a temporary forum, called "Slyck's Temporary Community. We were sure to add "temporary" in an effort to remind us this is indeed a temporary solution."
Others were less optimistic on Slyck's prognosis.
"I've seen the demise of a lot of websites, and it always begins with the demise of the forums," said Slyck writer Drew Wilson. "I'm saddened by this turn of events, and I hope I'm wrong about my grim appraisal of the situation."
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