I am quite shocked at some of the negative language used here. I do not think it leads to compassionate communcation. It seems to be a matter of perception--I am an avid diaperer, I love to talk diapers, but I also love to help others to find that. I do not see reorganization as banishment or as segregating, I see it as taking an overwhelmed, busy forum and making it more user friendly and accessible to everyone--not just the regulars.
To the person who insinuated some lurkers only come out on these threads, that is quite unfair. I have made a large number of my posts in Diapering, but I felt it did not serve the purpose in which I needed it for so I posted here less and less. But I bet my overall totals show a high level of posts here, as others would probably too. Not to mention, recently my son has learned to the use the toliet and my passion lies with Diaper Advocacy and Support rather than about buying.
I agree, people are using this forum for 2 purposes. What is wrong with organizing it as such? I see it merely as an organizational tool--not one to segregate, banish, hide or deter consumerism. I am against rampant consumerism, but that does not mean I need the forum to cater to my life philosophy. However, this is a Natural Living Community, and part of natural living is being conscious of consumerism and how what you buy and use effects the earth and others around you.
I think it is wonderful we support WAHMS, that diapers are becoming more and more labors of love and gorgeous creations and that there is a market in which we can have products that run the gamut. But some contend it does not overwhelm the basics, the questions and the threads seeking advice, but it does for me and clearly it does for others. For me it is not about hyena versus basic, consumption versus conscious buying--it is about promoting and supporting the use of cloth diapers as a real, viable diapering option.
I do think there are way too many subforums, and that they could easily be more streamlined and organized as not to have so much to wade through. And I think that moving reviews in a central location will help, as well as combined the archives. Also, rethinking the FAQs might be helpful as well.