An open letter to our founder, Dr Liddle
I have contacted you a few times regarding your plans for TSZ and I promise this will be the last time. As I also mentioned to you before, my real-life commitments mean I can’t personally contribute much to TSZ from now until the end of summer, although DNA_Jock and Neil I believe will still be available. The workload has reduced as both membership and readership has declined recently. Currently, we are down to not much more than 100 individual site visits daily (from a hey-day of 600 to 700 daily) and there is a core of no more than fifty members active at least once a month with very few new participants.
I think the main reason for the decline is your absence and I’m sure that TSZ will continue to decline in popularity and diversity without some input from you. So this is a final appeal to you. I’d love to see you back at the helm here and I have no doubt there are many members and readers who feel the same. If you can find some time for us, I’m hopeful TSZ could recover some of its former vitality.
However, I also think you are under no obligation to return if you no longer see a point in or a future for TSZ. In that case, could I request you make a decision and let us know so that those who might wish to could consider alternative options. I also think the site contains enough original material to warrant archiving and it would be great if the site could be preserved in a searchable form.
Anyway, you are under no obligation and your efforts and achievement in creating and running this site for so many years with the huge investment of time that involved are greatly appreciated. I’d like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to you for those efforts.
I thought I’d share this email with TSZ members as an OP. Fingers crossed you are tempted to visit!
Best wishes, Alan