i wanna say this as an observational stand point.
how i see the two communities, there is a gap and large confusion. you either have twitter or a forum, you can't have both because you'll end up choosing one or the other.
if i had just joined the community and noticed a split such as this i would feel very much confused, feeling like i have to make a choice or the feeling if i should just continue to lurk and not get involved. it's frankly very unwelcoming and unnerving to get involved in a community that looks divided.
i see a big gap between twitter and the OU community and complaints like it or not are from both sides and you cannot deny it and that only pushes both sides away further making this more and more like all those sonic communities and anime communities dividing each person/community into categories as, purists, elitists, weaboo, fan, super fan ect. ect.
didn't everyone once call VO many of those things? and aren't you all are doing the same thing onto yourselves? the very community you all started to get away from such things.
i'm trying to look at the whole picture here and you can't honestly say that all the things that happen on twitter are "debates" if i recall the whole korean vs OU thing (i'm very glad that was resolved). and there's been a lot of fair share of drama that has happened here as well. drama happens it just depends on how you deal with it, run away or stay.
now for me i never knew vio had left to twitter primarily and we were having so much fun at the time (*pokes grandma vio* you disapeared on me when sparky left me in charge to take care of yous! it was a long time ago i know but i never knew, instead i found out through ari =/ i found out the hardway from everyone). and probly most of the time when everyone asks for opinions on twitter is because lots of people are there and by the time you post here everyone has already viewed it and commented.
(slightly off-topic)(from when everyone was just disappearing or already gone but i didn't know)
[8/20/2010 7:49:13 PM] shinta125: i know that with you, ****, ****, and maybe one or 2 people but everyone else just well poofed
[8/20/2010 7:49:24 PM] shinta125: *2 other people
[8/20/2010 7:50:19 PM] shinta125: sometimes i feel like i gotta be forceful just to know what's going on because no one ever tells me anything DX
[8/20/2010 7:52:24 PM] shinta125: last time i ever talked to vio was in forum chat sparky's sporadic koharurei is rarely on anymore like she's bored with the internet (took almost 2 weeks to get ahold of both sparky and koharu! D;<)
while forums are good for archiving and good for intellectual discussion and spam.
there's also a chat box everyone parties in every morning and afternoon and late nights.
both have goods and bads.
negative and positive views of the two communities:
if i were any other person and only looked at the negative to all this, i would choose to lurk. the gap is very big and i wouldn't want to choose.
i would disappear and would not want anything to do with any of you and instead find my own path. you all would be labeled no differently from "the worst communities" just like how i only lurk sonic communities and never get involved because the fights oh wait "debates" are meaningless, trivial and and lots of the time just plain stupid and incoherent babble on things that can be easily fixed, but no one is willing to listen to eachother.
now the positives
there are very nice people on both sides
everyone (well mostly everyone) likes to have fun and play with utau, coming up with new ideas, designs, helpful critiques.
i would join and get help with things i need help on and get more involved in the community.
dude i'm trying to find some positives but all the negative is beginning to outweigh the positives
i have actually been trying to figure out why there is a bad separation such as this for a while now and if you look at my previous post that shows the skype dates i was researching long before that.
if something doesn't seem right i ask and do research taking into account each person i have talked about involving this category of discussion.
even a simple observation of how everyone acts between the two communities works well too finding out what's what.
but still... this whole gap is mysterious to me and i want to know more.