Having a good idea and vision for how something will play out is one thing. Executing and seeing the results is another. The Sofa Forums launched at the end of 2020, and a year later, it's time to shut them down.
Why Close the Forums?
There are a bunch of reasons why I'm shutting them down, but the biggest one is that the forums simply feel forced. Maybe sometime in the future when Sofa has a larger audience something like this will make sense. Now is not that time.
The second big reason is time. I work on Sofa by myself, and not full-time (I still have a day job). This means I have to be very picky with where I spend my time. Making the forums better would require more of my time. More time on the forums means less time on other things, like the app. Overall, I think Sofa will benefit by me spending my time in other ways.
I should note, closing the forums is in no way a reflection on how Sofa is doing. 2021 was Sofa's best year so far and I have a lot planned for 2022. Sofa is doing very well 👍.
What about all the content?
I've exported and created an archive of all the important threads just in case they need to be referenced in the future. I have my own internal system for capturing feature requests so don't worry about those getting lost.
When will it shut down?
I will take it offline on Monday, January 10, 2022. At that time all data will be deleted from the servers.
For those of you who have joined and contributed, I really want to thank you. Your support was incredibly generous ❤️.