For many years I would pop by this forum at least once, and often two or three times every day. Now, it's once a month.... if that. I can't really put my finger on why I chose to stay away, but I can give you a few contributions...
(a) It seemed to me that the board's demise started at about the time it became "Mobile Beat" instead of it's original moniker "Pro DJ". To me it will always be "Pro DJ", (as long as it exists, that is).
(b) It also seemed to me that the board was becoming, for lack of a better term "elitist".. There didn't seem to be much room for those of us who did not command the "big bucks" for our services. It seemed that, if you didn't command at least $750. or $1000. or $4000. for your services, your opinion was not worthy. But that's simply the opinion of someone who seldom cracked the $300 to $350 mark.
There also seemed to be a bias against those of us who chose to remain in the so-called dark ages. I never learned, nor did I ever want to learn to "scratch" or "beat match", nor did I play much (if any) RAP... which of course, excluded me from being a "real" DJ.
(c) I also found that my interests were leaning more and more towards Karaoke... and eventually to Karaoke exclusively, and once again, despite Bill Smith's attempt at maintaining a dedicated section, it seemed "Karaoke" was a dirty word here.
(d) Finally, the LDJC, of which I was a charter member seemed to have bit the dust... and let's face it, without the LDJC, DJ life simply wasn't worth living.
Thanks for your response, Earl. It was enlightening. I was always a lurker in this forum, choosing to participate on a couple of other DJ boards. It seems like participation is declining on all the DJ boards and some have simply been shut down. Kinda sad.