Yehoshua Werth wrote:By removing Rogov's name we gain non-Religous.. Uh WHAT? He was the link.
Just out of curiousity, Yehoshua, how do you think the serious, non-kosher, wine lovers regard Rogov? Do you really think the mention of his name is going to bring them here. Even while he was alive, opinion on him in Israel was split. I can tell you that in Israel anyway, the mention of his name is definitely not going to bring new participants. No way. If you really think that, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. I think the books have brought in any observant wine lovers and that source of participants is exhausted and you need to re-invent yourself. You can always keep this place going as a shrine - and I think, Yehoshua, that the fact that you capitalized the word "name" when referring to Rogov a few posts back (as in "his Name") is telling - but the majority of you guys seem to want to improve the quality of the Forum.
I really have no interest as a member, I'm not even patriotic enough to worry about the representation of Israeli wines in general, but I do think the industry deserves a more open eco-system where its wines are discussed.
And I want to say something else. Stratsplace, way back, started out as a general forum platform where Rogov was one of the leading members, but it wasn't blatantly HIS forum at the start. At least, I felt that there was a greater sense of an active community and Rogov was "first among equals", or something to that effect. There were a few dubious 'characters' used to echo Rogov's opinions, but generally speaking, even after Rogov took Stratsplace over - and I'm going to be blunt again - the place may have felt like a rabbi and a yeshiva, but there was less of a feeling of a cult that you get here (at least among the Israeli members at Strats - the foreign members were always suspect anyway). The bottom line is that when Rogov moved here and the Forum was renamed, I felt like the Forum was hijacked, even though I hadn't been on speaking/writing terms with Rogov for the previous couple of years. I mean, he put a lot of effort, but like Craig said, a lot of it was PR, in subtle and sometimes un-subtle ways, and that's fine, really, but hey - there's no way he would have made as big an impact if we hadn't been there there making conversation on a daily basis.