We've had several Sound Science Lounges over the years. I started the first one because I thought that "the regulars" needed a thread where they could let their hair down and not have to defend arguments or provide proofs... a place for us to socialize and chat about subjects without a strict topic. Later, it became a bunker for us to hunker down in when many of us were being harassed. Then came the diaspora and most of the old crew dispersed to other forums. Amid greatly reduced ranks and many missing comrades, the latest Objectivist Board Room was created and it served its purpose well. But I think it's time to put a period at the end of that sentence and start a new era. I'd like to go back to the original purpose of the lounge... a relaxed place for all of us to hang out and let go of all of the competitiveness and animosity. This is our space to make friends and hang out. I hope that someday Sound Science can get back to the way it was before the diaspora. There were a lot of wonderful, entertaining and knowledgeable people in this group. They contributed great things. I've spoken to a few of them in the Sound Science Misery Lounge on Facebook and most of them have a bad taste in their mouth about HeadFi. But if we create the proper environment again, perhaps they'll trickle back. And perhaps we'll get a new crop of great folks to help raise this forum back up to its potential. There are a lot of old timers I'd love to see come back.... Steve Eddy, xnor, nick_charles, Ethan Winer, lots of others... This group would be better with input like theirs. I'm hoping we can create a new fresh start. I'm willing to make the effort.