FYI, I took the thread title from a Pete Seeger song you can see the lyrics here. At any rate, there's been some talk in the lounge that I think should be accessible to everyone. It pertains to the level of the threads as of late. When TalkBass started out, our membership was comprised of a small number of individuals who were focused on discussing bass. Many experienced players discussed topics that were of interest to everyone and provided an entertaining learning experience. Fast forward three years. TB membership is vastly increased and the forums are riddled with threads that have little if anything to do with bass playing or music. Also, the level of maturity of discussions in general seems to have sharply declined. Now, change is inevitable and change is good and all, but in the eyes of some members, the result of this change is that some of the longtime (and most productive) TBers are leaving and with them, the very thing that made TB so special in the first place. More than a few members are noticing this and adding that the mere mention of the fact in general access threads makes them much maligned, which is why I decided to bring it up. I, for one, am very happy that TB forums have become so popular. A price was paid, however. It's a paradox that the increased number of people has made TB more impersonal. When I joined, everybody knew everybody else and it was easy to tell when a new member joined. Now, there are so many members no one can keep track of who's new and what they're all about. I think that's part of the evolution of TB and can't be avoided, but I also see their point of view and agree that it's a bit sad to see us losing that loving feeling. Thoughts? JT, Jazzbo and Odie: If this gets out of hand, please move it to Miscellaneous.