Whilst I have never posted here, I have been reading the Stephen Fry forum regularly and consistently since the very beginning. Since September, the forum has been home to a myriad of witty and intelligent discussions, many of which have been a credit to both the community and to Stephen.
However, it is normal for such discussions to lead in some cases to dispute and disagreement. Most of the time this aids the debate and makes the forum a more interesting place to visit. But sometimes, albeit rarely, such disagreements can lead to irrational and unfair comment and behaviour.
The vast majority of members here will know about a certain member's recent suspension from the forum, to which this observation refers. Over the past couple of weeks a couple of threads have discussed the state of the forum and the community. Many members, I notice, are unhappy.
"I used to enjoy the debates and humourous wars of words which took place on here, but all this has been pruned away for the sake of wet, dippy chatter by members i shall not mention. This site is unrecognisable from the one i registered with in January, i have nothing in common with, or to say, to the majority of the members on here," said one very active member.
Whilst I don't want it to, it is my feeling that eventually this forum may be forced to close. Everything that is published here becomes part of Stephen's official website, and, for a proper discussion to occur, I believe that it is only fair to take the community somewhere where it cannot impact negatively on Stephen and his press. This forum is, at its best, too valuable to be simply deleted, and those who have left it deserve an alternative.
Registration is now open at a new unofficial forum. Administrators will be trusted members of the posting community and will help to more tightly manage the forums, hopefully preventing a repeat of recent events, without limiting the right to a reasonable debate.
I hope that many members who have decided to leave this forum will register on the unofficial one and resume posting right away, and that many who have decided to stick around will also engage in the discussions alongside those here on the official forum. Please understand that this is in no way an attempt to diminish this forum, merely an alternative and a backup plan. Even if you decide to join the other forum, please continue to contribute to the discussions here!
Lastly, the unofficial forums are by no means finished. If they are well received and remain active in a couple of months time we shall register a proper domain name and establish ourselves properly. In the mean time you can visit http://fry.qupis.com/ to register for an account.