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Announcement Happy new year 2024 & reflecting 2023

dirk

Founder of LMF
Administrator
Dear members,

first I want to wish you, your family and your friends a happy new year 2024!

2024 will be very exciting for us after the chaos in the photocommunity world in 2023. Fortunately we do not need to show consideration for something or wait for something anymore.

The year 2023 was a little bit chaotic because several photo sites announced that they will close. First DPreview. Probably the biggest photosite worldwide, owned by Amazon. They announced that they will delete the whole site incl. the forum in April 23. We created a rescue forum for the DPreview community (DPRforum.com), but Amazon changed its mind later on and sold DPReview to an unknown marketing agency.

Whether the forum of DPReview will stay alive long term noone knows. The new owner does not have any experience with running forums and it seems the whole interest is only on tests/reviews they can sell. Does not matter for us, because our life raft forum DPRforum.com is alive and kicking :)

At around the same time in 2023 the next victim was Imaging Resource. They closed without any notice just like that. From one day to the other. Noone could prepare, noone knew something beforehand.

In Autumn 2023 the next victim is the forum "photography on the net" (POTN). The owner announced, that he will delete his forum in 2024 too. I already offered my help and launched a successor forum for all POTN members (POTNforum.com), in case the users want to have it. But POTN was closed earlier than announced. Already on 31.12.2023, which is a shame since the memebers can not contact each other anymore.

But there is even more...

As I read a couple of days ago, there are also discussions over at GetDPI, how to move forward as a Medium Format only forum (delete all other formats) or close the forum in the long run. In case you have friends there, tell them I can help, if the GetDPI users want to have help or a GetDPI rescue forum or rather join one of our other forums (links at the bottom of this forum).

As you can see, nothing is secure nowadays regarding photo community forums. The more insecure our environment in the world of community forums is, the more proud I am that we are not at all influenced by this.

We are standing like a rock since day one against all this forum-dieing. Since 21 years. Always for free. No matter what was happening around us with other big forums, we stayed and grew. Thanks to you, our users who supported us and recommended us to others.

Thank you again for all your support and recommendations and enjoy also in 2024 our communities, whether it is for the L-Mount family or something else (see the links at the bottom of this forum)!

Your LMF team
 
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