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Just a quick note to explain a "not so recent" change in the forum.

Starting from the beginning:

Beginning: anyone could post

I liked the idea that anyone could drop in and share an idea, feedback, or question.

But because of spam issues, I had decided to move to a "registered users only".

So the era of "free posting" was over and:

2nd Phase: only registered users

In this period users had to register to post.

But anyone could register a user and start posting.

In the beginning I didn't like it because I thought we were going to miss on some raw feedback (even though agood chunk of those raw feedback were going to be haters' posts, or generally non-value adding complaints against this or that article).

But I remember John commenting that "it was better because it was quality above quantity".

And he turned out to be right.
The avergae quality did go up.

Now: courses' alumni only

After the website revamping I had to close the website to new user registrations.

It was for technical reasons and I wasn't happy with it.

However, fast forward a few months later, and I think the quality has improved yet again.

It might be bad for business since peopel cannot "get their feet wet" before going all in.

But I think it's better to develop the discipline and have higher-quality conversations because those who write tend to be:

  • More committed
  • At a higher general station in life (they can afford a course price)
  • More skilled / socially aware (they see the value)
  • Growing faster (they invest in themselves + they're learning with some of the very best material here)
  • More on the same page, including:
    • Personal empowerment and goal-orientation, with no posts complaining about women, men, society, etc. etc.
    • 360^ Personal growth: few posts on asking how to manipulate or asking about products marketed as "mind controlling" since people are more focused on becoming high-quality (which is of course also more effective)
    • "Dark-side aware": there is little finger pointing as people here generally know and accept human nature is both good and bad, and they also have the "bad" within them

So I think that it might be better to keep it this way.

If anyone has any feedback or opinion, feel free to share.

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