So the future isn't likely to be any improvement. I returned in the hope it might be like the old days and sadly that is no longer the case, the only thing here to do is lurk and maybe make comment where forcibly possible. I believe this site has long since peaked and its been on a downward slope for about 2 and half years now.
This has long been a pet peeve of mine. Yes, you're entitled to an opinion, but if all you're going to do with it is say "this site sucks" then you're not doing anything to help
the site, are you?
If you value the resources we have here, then contribute. It doesn't have to be "news" you contribute; why not do a bit of research and write a feature article on something? The site is growing massively; we have the Locations module, our Flickr gallery, and a new Locos database coming soon. The Forums aren't the sole source of data on Railpage.
We have an amazing resource in our membership. How many hundreds, if not thousands of years of collective railway knowledge and experience do they have? Not to mention members like wongm
, who thrive on researching and learning, and sharing that knowledge with the public via our Forums.
In that time, the rise of facebook has seen special groups dedicated to railways in various forms, some public and some private where images and questions and other information can be post all the time, the never ending flow of pictures is great and moderation is pretty much self regulated, members are more likely to socialise and group meets happen quite often. On the spot journalism sees events posted more frequently, particuarly sightings and special operations as well.
Facebook has been fantastic for us. 90% of the squabbling that would otherwise happen on Railpage is now happening on Facebook. At the same time, it lets niche groups have their own little place on the Internet; previously, we would have supplied a forum that would require extra moderating time on our behalf, and if the group should ever go dormant reflects poorly on Railpage (in terms of static, out-of-date content on the forums).
As you say, "on the spot journalism" is a bit part of Facebook's impact on the web, but that's only because of the smartphone apps for Facebook. We have our own little plans for that. We also have plans for sightings; we have plans for lots of things, but I don't have enough time to code them all straight away. The rewrite of Railpage has now taken 12 months, and it's far from complete.
After all of that, if you've made up your mind that Railpage is done for then I have to ask why: why are you still here?