It's important to note that I got my start in the online marketing world about 6 years ago, before the Freelancer takeover.. as did many of my colleagues.
It's also important to note that this is the first time I've made a post on WF since 2014.
In this post, I want to share with you a tad bit of history and the revelations that came to my realization after meeting with these guys as well as what I believe to be the future of Warrior Forum itself.
First, let's tackle the elephant in the room.
When Freelancer bought Warrior Forum back in 2014, they made some major changes which many regarded as a very bad idea.
They gutted the whole forum and replaced the team of moderators, they pushed out their payment platform in prominence to squeeze out the other affiliate networks, and many other things that resulted in the majority of the founding community to kick rocks.
We all held a grudge (and many still do).
But this weekend, my hate turned into love.
I invited Marcus to come out to the Warrior Live Event (WarriorEvent.com) here in the states. This is an unofficial event the original core community of Warrior Forum holds every year to hang out & network in person. It's been going since 2011.
To my surprise, not only did Marcus come, but Moss & Marcus both made the 10,000-mile journey from Australia to the USA to mingle with the original crew.
I had the privilege to hang out and talk with both of them quite extensively and I really learned a lot about what their vision of WF is.
Marcus is one cool guy. He has a big heart and loves to network and meet new people. He really wants to help people on their journey.
Moss is classic, sophisticated, data-driven and extremely sharp. He has a laser focus and knows exactly what he wants in life and for the forum.
Both outstanding gentlemen whom I am proud to call friends.
Talking with them made something very clear to me: Warrior Forum will never be the same.
It's never going back to the "old" way. The old community is not coming back (although some like myself will). The old forum is just that... OLD.
Moss is taking this place to a new realm. Forums are simply too restrictive and not conductive of the future. Out with the old, in with the new.
A new community has moved in and they are continuously hammering away to shape and mold the type of community that will be living here in the future.
I believe the community they are building is of the younger generation. That's not to say older generations can't find a home here, but the way Warrior Forum is evolving is toward newer technology and advanced discussion.
For a long time we've seen WF as a place for beginners to learn, and it is... but Moss and the team want to evolve the forum into a place where high-level, in-depth and advanced discussions continue in real time.
And I'm totally on board with that.
I can also see the community incorporating a more mainstream audience. It's always been about IM, online marketing and MMO but I feel that we'll start to see a shift to include more of the startup "silicon valley" scene and big business. Maybe not "corporate" but definitely a broader business audience that reaches outside of the small community of IMers.
We see the "Feed" now in place and they are putting heavy focus to move in that direction. Let's face it, times have changed and we are all accustomed to the way Facebook and other networks streamline discussion and I think it's great to see WF adding this feature.
The other realization I had was that Moss, Marcus & the WF crew are VERY open to feedback and suggestions. They crave feedback and they are definitely listening.
I encourage everyone who reads this thread to provide feedback on what you love/hate about the forum and what kinds of things you'd like to see added.
It's our job as members of this community to let them know how we want this community to evolve. Don't be an asshole, give productive feedback.
All-in-all, this experience completely changed everything for me regarding the Warrior Forum.
If you got your start here and left, I encourage you to take a second look and get back into the discussion. There is a LOT of potential here (and a much bigger and well-funded team to back it up). We can make waves.
Thank you Moss and Marcus for coming out and hagning with us!
How would YOU like to see the forum evolve?