I don’t think there is any hard feelings for anything that happened. Splitting was just a natural progression. For our own safety, we got our own domain and hosting so we were in control, not a separate person or group that had nothing to do with the academy itself. This just made sense. It’s very difficult to grow and feel stable when someone else has the domain or host that can get screwed up. This way, if we screw up, it’s our own fault
As for mergers, those have to be done carefully. One site can’t just be absorbed into the other. If so, then it’s not a merger, it is one site joining another and losing their identity. That doesn’t go well, and is what killed the Jedi Temple for the final time. If two groups merge, both should maintain some identity that involves using the strengths of one to balance the weakness of the other. If this isn’t the case, if one site doesn’t have strengths, then there is nothing to gain from a merger. Instead, you have more of a takeover
There are things in the works, behind the scenes. But, they probably won’t be mergers. Each site will still exist as it is. But each strength will be used to balance the other’s weakness. It’s more of a partnership than a merger. If you’re looking for training, come here. If you’re looking for ______, go there, for example. I don’t want to say too much right now, because it’s all so new in development and the proposals are still being written.
I think one of the biggest problems of mergers before was speed. People moved too fast and didn’t think of all the repurcussions. So things exploded. We’re going to be very careful in considering any possible partnerships, because the last thing we want is for the academy or any other site to explode. :explode