It has become really obvious over the last 12 months (particularly in the last few months) that having a separate message board for 500 members is really not beneficial at all. In fact, it can be counter-productive if new 500 members wander over there and find:
1. A ghost town.
2. Very loooooooooonnnnnnng waits for replies to their posts.
To be honest, the 500 message boards were a nice idea at the start, but with a very active and healthy regular message board here, the separate message board doesn't really serve any purpose. Now that there are so many special bonuses for 500 members (and there's a rather special extra bonus in the "possibility" stage at the moment), the boards are a nice, old dinosaur that only gets the occasional new 500 member visiting (and a very non-dinosaur-like Darlene to meet them more often than not).
The other problem is that as long as the 500 boards stay there, communication with the majority of 500 members about new things, the magazine, front page showcase, etc., will always be a bit of a hit and miss affair. Far better to use the more popular message boards as the main arena for 500 member communication.
So, because of that, we will be closing down the old 500 boards in the not too distant future. In their place, we will be creating a special section here on the boards devoted to 500 information. It won't be a "private" message board, but that's not really a big issue. There weren't really any private things being discussed over there anyway. Anything that does need to go to 500 members only can just as easily be sent via email.
I hope you'll find the new 500 forums here on the FaithWriters' boards an easier way to keep up to date with 500 information, while also ensuring that your 500 questions will be answered much faster.
With love, Deb