It will take the wisdom of Solomon to decide what to move and what to leave.
Hopefully it won't be quite that difficult, Duncan! David McKinney will be my able assistant on the new forum, so the judgement as to which threads are deemed fitting will be largely down to him.
Having said that I would encourage suggestions, as always.
What is going to happen to the valuable archive of information that is TNF?
Nothing - why would it? The Historical Research sub-forum is still integral to TNF.
I can't believe that anybody is going to wade through twelve years of threads and decide what belongs in the Historical Sub-forum.
Correct! HR will initially be largely populated by appropriate threads which have seen recent activity. Then, over time, additional threads which are befitting will be moved across as and when they come back to light. Hopefully new threads will be started too.
Does this mean that the archive will be split as it once was?
Only in the sense that some threads will henceforth be placed in a more appropriate environment.
Will newcomers who are urged to search before posting now be expected to search two forums?
This would appear to highlight a lack of appreciation of what the search facility is capable of.
When you first click on 'Search' at the top-right of the page you are presented with the basic search option. If, however, you click on the 'More Search Options' link you are taken to a full page offering more filters. On the drop-down menu on the left-hand side you can select the area you wish the search to operate in. By selecting TNF your search will automatically incorporate searching the TNF sub-fora (or 'child forums' as they are described) because that is its default setting.
Hopefully that clears-up any concerns regarding the availability of sourcing content, be it now or in the future.
Finally I'd like to highlight something Malcolm mentioned;
My own view is that TNF is - or should be - like a club. People belong for different reasons, some social, some serious, but there should be room for both.
If everyone treated the Forum in this way and never said anything in print that they would not say in person and in the bar of their 'club' to a fellow member and with others present the Forum would be a happier, more welcoming place. And if in that club a member spoke to another in the way in which some speak in TNF, they would be thrown out. So should it be in TNF.
I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment and am disappointed to hear that standards appear to have dropped recently.
As has always been the case, I would encourage all members to alert me to instances of inappropriate behaviour and/or attitude seen anywhere under the TNF umbrella. I can't read every post, every day - but if I'm alerted to such instances I will certainly deal with them.
Thanks to everyone for their input. I think all will become a little clearer once Historical Research goes live, which will be in the next few days.