Hi All... Some old timers have noticed that Ouddict has become very busy in the marketplace and vendor spaces to the detriment of meaningful and fruitful discussions on the main threads. When we started the forum, we wanted a place where people could exchange knowledge and information and cross-check all this to prevent marketing masquerading as knowledge. This is why we made separate provision for a marketplace and placed vendors in their own spaces so that the rest of those who wanted a commercial free environment could discuss on the rest of the forum. However what has happened instead is that the main boards are quiet and the marketplace is booming which is a testament to the success of some vendors on here and that is fine. However, it has to be balanced by the non-commercial side. This is despite efforts from the management to generate a place that has cutting-edge and a great knowledge base. To that end, we have done the following: 1. Paid for and created a blog space - never been used. 2. Paid for and created a wiki - never been used. 3. Initiated Oud of the Year and the UK and USA OudFests which are the largest exercises of their kind globally. 4. Articles section on the home page 5. Asked vendors to share their knowledge by posting informative non-commercial posts and contributions on the main threads that are non-commercial (this has happened to some extent, but not enough). So we are open for suggestions on how to get this place revitalised. It can and should be better than this. I have some ideas and will be asking interested members to take charge of projects that we have planned over the next year. But for those of you who are interested, please let me know your ideas on this thread and what you might be able to do to join in making this forum much busier and larger than it currently is. If there is a muted response, then after trying this positive approach detailed above and it not working, we may decide to curtail the marketplace and limit the number of vendors on here to those that actually make an active non-commercial contribution.... this is imminent if this call to build on what we have does not get the required response. So let’s avoid that scenario by helping rebalance this forum.