I agree that it's a little late to act as if the rug was pulled out from under people--the Slitherine news has been out in the open for over 6 months now. However, to beat a dead horse, Owen was absolutely not transparent with us--he told us he was buying the Wargamer, not selling PT to Slitherine. Dave broke that news to us in the 12/30 post--IIRC, Owen had effectively abandoned the site at that point. I don't begrudge the guy the right to move on (and I should move on from being irritated with him), but I think he could have handled the whole thing better.My point is people are acting as if the rug was pulled out from under them. Your thread links just prove my point. Its was a big discussion point in the community. I would call that seriously transparent as opposed to just visiting one day and all the changes take place with no warning. The post from December wasnt even Owens first announcement. Im still of the opinion that PT and staff have been very transparent with all of this business.
People were responding as if they just discovered an epic conspiracy when the transition has been out in the open forever. What does consternation have to do with transparency? Two totally different talking points.
I find it sad that there is little left of the magic that made PT such a great place initially but i suppose thats besides the point.
We can argue about who's been transparent and how transparent they've been for days (or months, as the forum activity has proven). Your last point really is the most important one--the magic here is largely gone. I hope we can get it back, and I suspect the atmospheric shift here is the reason for most of the consternation. I know I'm holding out hope that having a new editor will ultimately restore this place to some of its former glory. I don't expect it to be exactly the same, but I'd like to see a thriving community here with a bunch of interesting articles to discuss. This post obviously wasn't a step in the right direction. I hope it's a rare misstep we can all laugh about in a few months.