I for one cannot express enough how happy I am that this discussion board is here. I can personally say it has changed the way that I have done research. To have such a collective of some of the greatest Titanic researchers in one area is bar none! To have a community to bounce ideas & theories around, no matter what they are, is absolutely a blessing; especially when that community is full of committed people who only seek to honor and build the history and legacy. Though there has been times where things seem to get tense on here, I believe this is only because of the passion people feel, and our struggle for the understanding of the truth. The fact is, many of truths will forever escape us, which is why such a discussion board is not only in existence, but is also necessary.
I've been reading this forum for sometime, picking the brains of the many people on here. It took me a long time to feel like I was at the point where, not only could I join, but contribute. So many of the people on here, rather knowingly or not, have paved paths to further my own studies. The fact that a simple nobody, like me, can join in and be assimilated within such a eclectic group of amazing people, who I've admired and respected for so, so long, is one of the greatest honors I've ever had.
So thank you all for this amazing opportunity to be a part of something as great as this site! And thank you Phil for making all this possible!
I don't know... it seems fewer and fewer people want to discuss things in any detail. All we can do is try to make it as easy as possible to take part, hopefully this new system will help as the old one was horrible!
Hope you're getting the hang of this new forum. I certainly find it a lot easier to use. One thing I have noticed that might be a little confusing. Profile posts are conversations that take place on your own profile but are public, while private messages may be sent using the inbox which you will find next you your name.