reply to PSWired
Re: Holmes Fan Forum closed !?! Hi, Seadragon, nice to find you here. Maybe some more members from our forum will find their way here.
I don't believe there were any legal reasons for the closure. I have a theory of why it was closed.
Before I get to that I should mention that Mike was in Central America, visiting one of the SOS Children's Villages he sponsors & he just returned from there quite ill & is now recuperating.
This re-enforces the fact that he knew nothing about the closure & that the post on his Face book page was put there by someone else.
Now to my theory.
Mike is a contractor while the person who persuaded him to start the show was a big wheel with one of the big TV production companies in Canada. He is now one of the top executives with the Holmes Group.
With Mike involved with actual production of the show, interviews, writing a column for the Globe & Mail, appearing on a multitude of TV shows to promote his operation, writing
books, the Holmes Foundation, the Alberta Housing Development, SKILLS Canada, his support of various charities, he would not bother with the running of the office operation except for major subjects.
I've always had the feeling that the Fan Forum wasn't on anybodies radar at the office. That was evident to me when they never bothered to mention any of Mike's activities except on their website " www.makeitright.com ".
I would check their site every day & post the info on the forum. You would assume that with 80 000 members they would bother to do that because not everybody would check
Having been on a construction site, to show appearances, book signings, charity events, met all his crew (except recent additions), many of his regular contractors, all of his top execs, most of the office staff, had my 76th birthday party at their office (still have the giant card everybody signed), I think my theory has some validity.
With Mandy as administrator, who would be expected to protect his interests & with Mike's schedule that would kill an ox, I can imagine that nobody else would care about the Fan Forum one way or another.
With Mandy, as a mother with 2 infants now unable to continue in that role it would require a new administrator.
Because the Fan Forum did not produce tangible revenue, & I'm fairly positive that they would not want to use a volunteer outsider as administrator. Which would mean they would have to hire somebody & put them on the office payroll.
I guess they didn't anticipate the reaction of the members because they really have no idea how successful the Forum really was.
Your post makes a lot of sense. That is very likely what happened. Basically, a suit shut it down (as they are famous for doing).
That would explain a lot since the sudden closure seems out of character given the friendly ecosystem of the forum. I'll miss it.
Those bean counters are only interested in the bottom line.
reply to Jundee80
I find it hard to believe the Holmes Group would not notice a forum with 80,000 members and not view this base as an opportunity to further the brand. I have't read any theory here that explains abrupt shuttering of the forum.
The following is not theory but fact.
The moderators were told by their administrator that discussions were held by the office (nobody specified) to determine what to do
The following options were mentioned:
Archive the forum which had over 1/4 million posts.
Hire a new administrator which would have to be paid.
Place advertising on the forum to cover the cost.
As I mentioned in previous posts, there was no mention of shutting the forum down completely.
I even offered to have my son, who is an IT specialist with IBM, fix the spam problem for them, without any cost to them.
I received a polite thank you.
I find it hard to believe too but over 9 years Mike posted exactly once on the forum, a Christmas message the first
As long as we don't get an explanation, all we can do is make assumptions
I too am disappointed to see the Holmes Forum shut down. I was a member there going back a number of years, and usually enjoyed reading through the posts, and jumping in when I could contribute something worthwhile.
I gotta give the mods there credit (Jundee, Navyguy et al....) for keeping the threads on-topic, keeping the spam and flamewars to a minimum and basically making it an enjoyable forum to participate in. A thankless job, especially considering they were all volunteers.
I can understand the Holmes group's reasoning for pulling the plug though. If they don't have direct control over the content, and don't have the time/budget to pay someone to oversee it, I can see why they wouldn't want their name associated with it. Perhaps they could have renamed it the 'Unofficial Mike Holmes Fan Forum' if they were concerned about protecting the Holmes brand image?
The fan forum was independant before Holmes decided to take it over.
As far as control is concerned, Mike's daughter was administrator & you can rest assured she didn't hesitate to pull the moderators short if she deemed it neccessary.
We also all had to sign an agreement to adhere to certain rules when they took over ownership.