There....that was almost "bashing" Rebelscum. is that a little better?
Yes. Thank you.
The bottom line is that we've got the second most active Star Wars collecting forums on the net, behind only RS, so it's not like nothing is happening over here. We just don't get 50 posts of dribble per minute, that's all...
But yes, I'll agree that RS has got a great vintage community, and some good quality posters in the Other Collectibles and Props sections, which should go without saying, since that's where the money is, and it's usually the "older" folks who have the disposable income to dabble in such collectibles.
I do actually like Mark Hurray, who does 'Scum's Q & A though. I've chatted with him on several occasions, and he's good people. As for GH, yep, we definitely like those guys over there, and never question their news either. We usually try to have JD/GH get-togethers whenever there's a convention in town that we're both frequenting.
As for checklists and image databases, we've recently been kicking some solid ass on those, as we've got some new blood that's taken over in both areas - Tydirium behind the lense, and JesseVader08 and his OCD on the checklists. Both are vastly improved now, and I think are very much on a competitive level with much of what the other sites have to offer.
Bottom line is that when Mike split back off of RS, and made GH, 90% of the adult collecting community bailed then, or shortly thereafter, to here and/or over to GH (except the vintage gang). No more "veterans" left over at RS anymore really. Josh is about as "veteran" as they come there now, and he's even relatively "new" in my books. I can probably count on one hand the number of recognizable names over there anymore. Just a bunch of faceless, anonymous names and personalities over there, who couldn't give two ***** about eachother. Not really a "community", I would say. Just a giant posting machine.
And if there's one thing that's important to me in a forum, it's the community feel, where people actually know eachother, are friends with eachother, hang out together, etc. Much more fun that way, when you're discussing stuff with your buddies, and not a bunch of anonymous people who are mostly just out for themselves...
P.S. Welcome to JD finally, efranks! BTW, we'll need a "real world" name for you though, since this is first name territory 'round here. Good to see Greg's butt back over here too! One of the few original JD invitees that didn't
stick around as much as we'd hoped...