Ok, Let me clarify the new site's mission as it was described to me. The way I understand this new site to work is that they will have free events that are built around helping smaller vendors. Smaller vendors and product developers can not afford to display there merchandise at the events now due to large fees involved in setting up booths at the current events. SOG is the link to bring these vendors to the new events that will be coming up in the future.
One of the most important aspects of how the SOG website ties to this forum is that All the "forum" and " discussion" and "help" and "how to" and "general information" will be here on this site. They will use hyperlinks to transport you to this site for the vendors product install information and discussion on other topics. That also brings up some other new news. Each vendor on the SOG must be a vendor on this site. This is so that each vendor has a place to discuss their product (as I mentioned earlier about the discussion about the info being here) and so that our members can see the installs and help if needed. Basically If you want to bring your product to the SOG page so that you can participate in the events offered by SOG you must be a vendor here. Im not sure how that will be implemented by SOG but this step would be important to keep vendors here and to keep the product discussion flowing and growing.
Product developers and smaller vendors should be the very happy with this new site because from my understanding and communication with Ross and Slingrazor that is what the SOG website was designed around. At no point should their be a forum environment on the other site because we have that here. The SOG site should never be a competitor to this sites traffic. If what I was told is correct then I should see an increase in my daily traffic as people find the new site via SOG's advertising methods on other media channels such as Facebook. When someone comes to the SOG site to see what events they have planned or what smaller vendors have on the market they will need to click links to bring them to this site for the product info and event discussion.
It will be awesome if I am correct and we keep the information here and the vendor info here on this site. If everything I was told holds true then I think everyone can see why I am ok with the new site. It should bring even more members to this site. And it will bring more vendors to this site as I mentioned above.
I am going to copy this post to a new thread and add a Thread title so members can find it easier and understand how the new site ties into this site.