So a lot of people have been throwing out feelings about RT, the site, and the community. I am reluctant to add to the noise, since it's basically going to be more of the same, but I do have some things to say and maybe a slightly different perspective from what I've been reading all over the place.
To start with, I just cancelled my sponsorship for the first time since shortly after I signed up in 2006. That's 10 years of sponsorship coming to an end. It seems to be a common theme that people don't believe the sponsorship is worth what we get out of it anymore, and RT certainly doesn't need $20/year from me. Between the utter lack of site functionality, the decreasing quality of content, and the long-running low quality of merch(aside from t-shirts, mostly, those seem to actually be pretty good), there just isn't any reason for me to keep that up. Really, not much more reason for me to give RT any money. I have backed the Million Dollars But... Kickstarter, but that is mostly because it seems like a fun game.
When I joined the RT site back in February of 2006, I came for Red vs Blue. I found some forum threads, stuck around, and a few years later discovered a whole world of community that I was able to get into. That is what has kept me around all these years. Red vs Blue has been fun, and the Chorus trilogy was pretty great, but as a whole things have been meh. RWBY is kind of all over the place, and while I think it could be awesome, I am not sure about things with Monty gone and things that have been said about the inside of the company. I am not going to judge anything, just the fact that there are questions makes me want to keep out of it entirely. Not to say I won't give it a chance, but things aren't going in the best direction. Beyond that, I haven't watched/listened to any podcasts in ages and never really followed AH or the newer additions of Funhaus and Screw Attack. The content just has no draw for me anymore.
The other issue with this is that RTX has lost my interest as well. I am not much of a con-goer, so I mostly go for friends. This year will be my fourth as a Guardian, which I started as a way to give back to the community. Now, though, the community is mostly either among the Guardians or just going for each other with little regard for the con itself. As such, I am currently debating whether I will continue on with volunteering after this year. Beyond that, I am not sure whether I will buy tickets for RTX or just go to be with people. All I want is to hang out with my friends, and really in many cases family.
As for the community, this site has been our base. As of July of last year, that base has been destroyed and rebuilt, though it seems that it was rebuilt without any of the community in mind. Everything now is catering to fans - the undying loyalty to the company called Rooster Teeth. There is definitely overlap between fandom and community, but the mass of fans has long since surpassed the community in terms of keeping things going and it has had a distinct effect on how things work. As such, the priority for "fixing" the site has moved towards making content easier to find and left the forums, groups, and everything else in the dust. The site may be stabilizing and workable, but everything else is falling apart around it.
I will say this: I don't think any one decision has been wrong or that anybody/anything is at fault. Things change over time, and this is just what we have to deal with. I don't think there is anything to be fixed, it is just the way things have become.
That said, I have made a ton of friends on here, some of my best friends included. It has also been painful that out of everybody I know, very few people are in my actual physical area, so being with friends doesn't happen often(including non-RT friends). It is lonely and hurts a lot of the time, and I would love nothing more than to be able to travel around and be with everybody. That takes time and money that I don't have, though, so unless I win the lottery I'm stuck. With the announcement of this year being the last Toronto event(again, but nonetheless), that also feels like a huge hit to community events. It would be great to have distinct events within the community where people come from all over, not just conventions where everybody happens to be there among thousands of other people. I would love to see more things like RvBTO/RTO/TO:Uncon where people can have that reason to get together and actually hang out or do things without having to just wander around and wade through a sea of strangers while figuring out respective schedules. That is not being together.
The community came together around RT. Now that RT has changed and our home base is not as feasible, maybe we should become something else as well. Maybe we should just be our own community and not depend on RT. Even some people that have come into the community more recently have had no idea what RT is until later. So do we sit around and let things die, do we split up into local groups or groups based in other things(like RoosterSpeak, or RT Radio), do we continue to try to make things work here, or do we start something completely independent as our own new thing? Something needs to change, one way or another.
So that's basically my feelings for now. I think there is more that could be said, but could and should aren't always the same thing. Things are all over the place and there is a lot of general observation combined with personal feeling in this. I don't expect this to be read by everybody or be any kind of new revelation, but it IS how I feel and I figured this would be a lot easier than trying to reply to every other journal or comment out there, because there are a TON now.