Sorry, maybe I’m showing my age. I examined the skrrrt.io website, and it looks like a forum to me. I don’t understand what you mean by “having everything in one place.” The differences I could see were 1. More young riders. 2. More urban/street riders and 3. More video and less text. I also found a post saying the best thing about skrrrt.io was knowing who else was logged in. I’m probably missing something, but isn’t everything I mentioned, above, doable on our forum?
I discovered this forum when I began unicycling. For the first couple months, I was not registered, and I spent a lot of time using the search and reading old posts. My primary inclination was not to become socially more connected. It was, rather, to solve problems and learn how to ride.
Again, showing my age…when I was in grad school, the paradigm for describing the internet was the Gopher server, where our collective knowledge was placed and accessed in a tree-like structure. Looking for fart jokes? Try Humanities / Humor / Scatological / Fart Jokes. The grandiose idea was that all the world’s knowledge could be categorized. Maybe there are still remnants of that idea in the crumbling structure of our beloved unicycle forum. Okay, boomer, that’s like, so 5 minutes ago!
Fast forward to 2021. What’s the purpose of the internet? Just like any other form of media that has existed for long enough, the elites have found a way to use the internet to divide and conquer the rest of us. They have done it cleverly, as well, by creating an environment we describe as “more connected”.
My point here is that we shouldn’t be just looking at technology and saying “this is old” or “this is out of date”. We should be looking at technology as a way of understanding what has changed in human beings.
I’m glad the f***book crowd has an alternative. The business model for skrrrt.io relies on donations from users. In that regard, it has more in common with our forum…compared to the alternatives. The “original sin” of the internet has been described as giving away free services to capture users while forming a business model built on exploiting the personal information of users.