They were interesting contributors, no two ways about it, but a new server isn't going to bring them back.
I dunno. I was never enamoured with Riccardo starting threads and then, never
participating in the threads. I witnessed him do this often. Albeit, he posed interesting hypotheses, and after, say, fifteen pages, they usually descended into flame-wars.
I dunno about Somebody, either. He seemed to get in the wars outside of RP and then drag them into here. Quite a few people had him lined up. He's done interesting work elsewhere, but I feel that not only he, but many others, have contributed to the burning of bridges. No Kellys Heroes there, just burning bridges.
And as for JOM, well, when he stuck to railways, he had a lot of things to say, much of which was of excellent calibre.
A lot of the problems here are caused by ignorance and people refusing to widen their vision, i.e., tunnel vision or being stuck in a fanciful past and a fantasy future. Real railway operations are confronted by change; what changes in the commercial world and in the world of mass movement of human beings has to be reflected in the mileau of railway operations in all compartments
of those operations ... from infrastructure to the sale of tickets to the service philosophy that now prevails.
All aspect of railway operations are now service focussed (or ought to be) ... and each and every activity needs to be seen in the light of such overarching objectives.
The wheel turns; note that there are many forums here on RP simply reflecting the many facets of railway operations here and overseas and in modelling and in miniature. Some are fast moving forums with high traffic, some are quiet forums, as we well know. On the other hand, consider that the 'Page is a place of reference, there are always more guests and watchers here than members posting in threads. Always.
Our younger participants need guidance, folks, not flames nor foam. And that is the responsibility of all who participate here. Human beings have inherent qualities, one of which is tolerance, another is decency. So don't be pointing the finger and saying "That's where the mod team breaks down". In my perception, the mod team is too busy dealing with the reactions in the high turnover forums and does not have the time (nor, afterwards, the feeling of leisure) to guide the timbre of the place. But then, that is the fault of the contributors.
And you, Vinelander? I disagree with you that there is a place for nastiness and acerbic-acidic replies here. Such acidity might be the locus of your mind, Vinelander; it is not the locus everyone else's mind.
Things will get better, the 'Page will load faster and be more reliable. Why? Bevans
have always delivered. Just have confidence that all thing shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.