It’s just been announced that Premier Community, the largest online UK Christian forum, is to close rather abruptly this Friday:
Dear Premier Community Member,
I am writing to inform you that from 5pm on Friday 11th January the Premier Community site will be permanently closed.
As the new media landscape continues to change Premier needs to respond to trends in how people interact online. In this context we have concluded that stand alone community sites are no-longer the most effective method of engaging our audiences or connecting people. There are also significant resources needed to maintain and administer the site and these resources could be focused in other areas of growth.
We appreciate that many people continue to find value and support in the groups, forums and relationships they have developed and that this decision will be very disappointing to some. Premier is very much committed to engagement with social media and during 2013 we will be redeveloping many of our main websites to include more social and visitor interaction. We will also continue to develop and grow our presences on the main social platforms including Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thisispremier) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/premierradio).
After 5pm on Friday any content that you have uploaded to the site will become unavailable and you will no longer be able to contact other users. Therefore if you wish to take copies of e.g. blogs or exchange contact details with other members you wish to stay in touch with, you have until that time to do it.
If you have concerns about how this change might affect you please contact us on email@example.com
The Premier Community Team
It’s fair to say the forum could be something of a bear-pit and was very loosely moderated, but still, even though my involvement waned over recent times, I feel a little sad and nostalgic.
The forum in general probably didn’t present Christians in the best light, but I do feel for some folk who practically lived out their lives on there.
Anyway, this is the time for any intrepid brave warrior to set up a forum.