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Last Updated: 1/20/2007

On April 11, 2006, I shut down the JGarden.org Forum. While I had always wanted the forum to be a means of supporting an exchange of knowledge, some of the participants had demonstrated substantial lack of adult judgement in their posts and there was a marked decline in the civility of the posts - a pattern that was a repetition to the behavior that had shut down the GardenWeb forum a few months before. It was my intent to implement a new software system for a new forum. I had completed testing of a number of different systems and had decided on one, but this effort has been superseded by the activities of others. (I will still consider implementing a forum on JGarden.org again if there is demand for it, but otherwise will look forward to seeing Mr. Brenner's efforts prosper)

I've been too consumed by my software business to commit the time to developing a new forum that it deserves. Fortunately, Michael Brenner has stepped up to the plate and delivered a new Japanese Garden forum at http://www.myjapanesegarden.org/talk/. If this proves successful, the JGarden.org forum will likely not be restored and we will focus more on content development. Mr. Brenner has implemented a system that fulfills many of the goals I had for the JGarden forum including:
  • User accounts and logins are mandatory to post
  • Moderators that will assist with reviewing posts and pulling them if participants don't abide by some basic rules of civility
  • Different catagories for different topics
  • Searchable
Hopefully, these measures will enable Michael to mitigate the juvenile behavior that wrecked similar forums on GardenWeb and here at JGarden.

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