I have been thinking a lot about the site, and why I’m so uncomfortable here. You’d think that Randy’s new site would be a cause for celebration, and indeed it is. I’m glad for him that he’s back in the game and that he’s found partners with such dedication, on his wavelength and with similar interest in miles and points. I promise, I’m not going to continue caviling here, but just state my concerns and be off. I see a lot of you are very happy here and that’s awesome. To be blunt, I have enough challenges getting points and miles in real life that I don’t want to be challenged to have to get them on a community site. Especially when one of the goals of amassing points is that you get to go to a secret forum where only middle and top tier posters get to post. That I would never have known about if I hadn’t innocently asked another MP’er what silver status was. I also don’t want to have to prove my likeability with a lot of people whom, I don’t know. One reason that “liking” on FB works for me, is that there, I’m already in a community of people I have chosen to be friends with. And “like” doesn’t get me (or them) anything except being liked - there’s no secret FB forum to my knowledge that you get to go to if enough people like you. Maybe I should assume that MP’ers are all in a likeminded community as many here are doing. It still doesn’t explain how “likes” should merit extra points and status. That kills a community, not builds one. Activities like “Everyone who contributed with good posts this weekend “ – who decides good posts? (Actually in this case I’m pretty sure it was RP, tommy, pizzaman and gleff) Even so, the fact that “good posts” are arbited all when it comes to prizes again, serves to close community not build it. And what of the infamous news feeds? I almost responded to one thinking it was a person.. Are the newsfeeds going to be eligible for prizes? I’m also not comfortable with the FT bashing going on – to the extent of a THREAD on what’s wrong with FT. I don’t know what the future of FT holds but I use FB and twitter and other sites where the goal for the owners is profitability. I don’t necessarily hold that against them. I miss Randy big time of course, but he’s a big boy and he makes his own decisions. For me, MP feels way too much like highschool, competing for best liked and for the awards that go with it. This could work if it was a limited, invited community and you all knew who you wanted to be in it. Which maybe you did and it got out of hand. Thanks for listening.