I have been thinking about the future of this site. The forums are becoming kind of "loud", nowadays little people respect the rule of "not spamming" and making a mess out of topics that should be dedicated to only one issue. It makes me tired, and so more experienced members have probably noticed that I don't fight the spam anymore.
I decided that I'll drastically change the purpose of YOT. I'll remove the forums which I really can't controll, and setup a completely new shrine, where Yoshi fans will be able to maintain their own blogs (including myself). There will be also a advanced photo gallery where you'll be able to create categories, albums and upload all sort of available media, not only pictures. (videos, flash movies, etc).
Of course I'll re-write all old YOT articles, fan fiction, and media center. The only difference is that there will be no longer forums on the site. And that all members will have to re-register on the new shrine.
I'm not yet sure whether I'll remove the forums completely or maybe keep it closed as YOT archives. On the other hand, I still have backups of really, really old forums that were alive during the "best years" of YOT, when Dinaga and Kirimitsu were active and obsessed Yoshi fans. Also, there are still even older YOT archives available on this very site (but there are no links to them ...I'm thinking about adding them all to the new shrine and make a detailed "history page" with screenshots, and then, finally removing the old files (because the server disc is really messy and full of files that most probably have many duplicates)
On one hand: the roots of the site are important and I want to keep them. On the other side, I don't want to listen to the questions "why can't I post in these forums".
My new activity will focus on my personal Yoshi-obsessed blog (and I'll give a possibility to create own blogs to best YOT members, mods and administrators) together with making extensive faq-like articles about Tekken/Yoshimitsu strategy. I'll also create movies of various kinds (the tutorial movies, combo movies, fan movies) about Yoshimitsu, sharing my experince with you.
This will but require a lot of work.
Step one: uploading all the disc content to my hard drive and order the files and folders
Step two: setup a new shrine, make a new theme, and most probably re-arrange the current shrine to become an archive. It is possible that this shrine will also receive a new theme.
Well, that's it...
Tell me what you think about it.