Hey all, I figured with the closure post from FencingForum, it also makes sense to announce this as well. I'll be closing the Fencing.net Forums to new posts the day after Summer Nationals ends and will be archiving the entire forums shortly after. My intention is for all posts and content to be public and referable into the future. I wanted to go ahead and make this post now so that we don't get a wave of FencingForum refugees just to also close down a short time later. My original plan was to wait until later in the summer, but it was happening in the short term regardless. Why? Well, there are obvious reasons, like declining traffic due to social media and declining revenue due to declining traffic. Not enough revenue to pay the bills for the forum. There are strategic ones, like removing the split attention that the forum creates should help create a better primary fencing.net website. There are unfortunate ones, such as a pending legal issue regarding fencing.net that is taking up a sizable amount of attention and money spent on the site. And those are just to name a few. I also believe that the forum format has moved on, with other alternatives providing stronger functionality for what discussion within this sport needs to thrive. Consequently, I heavily encourage anyone here to create an account and participate on /r/fencing as a replacement for Fencing.net's forums. I think its also fitting that the Forums here recently turned 20 years old. A good a time as any to hang up the hat. For a blast from the past, take a walk through the Internet Archive's early caches of the forums here. If anyone has questions, feel free to drop them here, as well as PM or email me directly.