I'm saying 50% or more. Seems like a lot of old poster names are missing.
If so, It makes me sad.
It seems simple to me...
#1 Football ended on a sour note. Many many people have said that the constant bowl/big game frustration has made them take a step back from VT athletics. That would include message boards.
#2 Basketball having its worst season in years. The interest in VT basketball from the fan base is bigger than you suspect. But this season has been draining in a variety of ways.
#3 (and I put this well behind the other 2) people may not like the new boards, but I doubt that is going to keep many away permanently. TSL is so much better than other Hokie sites that it is going to be the premier one for the true fans. Seems to me its only disadvantage in "getting the word out" is that it isn't in one of the big networks (Scout, Rivals, etc.) but personally that is one of its biggest advantages.
I read TSL almost every day, usually several times a day. I admit I haven't taken the time to really dive into the board changes, and tips, and all of that. I coach high school basketball and I'm taking 5 grad classes in addition to work & family. I just don't have the time. But when I do have a few minutes, TSL is what keeps me up to date. And I can definitely say this...Will & Chris should be commended for doing what they can to try to make people happy. They had no choice in going to a new format. And now they are doing everything they can to try to make it what TSL users want. Why can't people accept that and give them a chance? It seems petty to me if complaints about the new format is what is keeping people from subscribing...knowing what great Hokie fans both Chris & Will are (and no, I don't always agree with their opinions on things, but that is part of life)...that they want this site to be successful and exactly what their fan base wants. I know I'm losing my job this spring, and financial cutbacks are a necessity (no hokie club...no season tickets...no beamerball subscription for example) but I know I'm going to do what I can to put together the few bucks to keep my TSL membership. It has everything---detailed analysis, information, recruiting, all sports, serious stuff, opinions, humor, you name it---and it will be what gets me through with my Hokie-addiction until things are more stable.
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