I have been a little crazy recently back and forth between NYC and Israel first specially to attend IsraWinExpo and now for my sister's wedding so I haven't had much time to post in recent days and I usually avoid these types of discussions that aren't directly/solely related to wine/wineries but, given where and how this post has evolved, I wanted to post my figurative 2 cents for whatever it's worth:
(1) While I think it would be helpful to have at least the TNs of the various members on the forum for more comprehensive searching purposes, I hear Raccah and others on cutting out the information and given the fact that a select few are working extra hard on keeping the forum alive by providing wine-related information, it's a little disingenuous to find fault with them preferring not to cannibalize their personal blogs by providing all the information here. In general, i don't think comparisons to Rogov are fair, especially in this context as it was HIS forum and by its very nature, self promotional for him which isn't the case for the other writers/bloggers on this site, many of whom are pretty good writers and have plenty of knowledge to share with us.
(2) Agreed that the posting of one's personal blogs, articles and ect. has certainly increased since Rogov's passing but, as I discussed in depth in a recent newsletter, this is the natural evolution of things as others try to help fill the void of information left by his passing. Unlike some others, I am certain that there is no single replacement for Rogov but rather a few folks writing about Israeli and kosher wines in English will collectively fill the void and the more the merrier (quality remaining hopefully at a reasonably high level but this will be self-selective). For many reasons no one person can really assume all that Rogov did. With Rogov gone, I believe people are more free with their thoughts and opinions here and elsewhere (since they don't need to worry about an indisputable (for the forum) voice disagreeing with them) and, while sometimes the it can be a bit much sometime, I think it is a development to be encouraged as the more voices heard the better. What would be helpful is not opening a new thread every time a forumite has posted a new TN but rather adding it to a relevant thread (or starting a new thread if its a relevant topic deserving of its own thread (i.e. posts about Gotham's event, KFWE/IFWE or IsraWinExpo could all be contained under the initial thread on the topic). This would primarily serve to contain relevant information under the same threads which makes for easier reading but also to limit the appearances of over-posting self-promotional threads.
(3) I do think that cutting down on the flagrant self-promotion (talking about how great one is as opposed to providing relevant and interesting information about wines/wineries) occurring recently by some here it would be most appreciated by many. Let's stick to discussions about wine and similar topics and leave it to others to compliment our abilitites.
(4) While this started to happen WAY before Rogov died, it is obvious that many of the old-time forumites who have been participating on this (and predecessor) forum for nearly a decade have left, as without Rogov's input (and almost no discussion about non-kosher wines) they find little value here. Many have expressed this to me privately and also stated as much a few months ago on these pages. Unfortunately I am not sure there is much to do about this but it might make sense to limit the endless discussions of Jewish law, custom (and vitriol) to specific threads (which people can decide to read or not) and try to prevent it from spilling over onto every thread as this will simply serve to alienate many people. That said, it may be that the current status of the forum, whereby the only people who find real interest here are kosher-focused individuals (and a few passionate English-speaking Israeli wine lovers) is where it is headed, and if so C'est la vie - each member will determine for him/herself whether its current manifestation suits him/her or not..
(5) Lastly, while I'm sure it's great we have all become comfortable enough with each other for a little ribbing, I'd caution on letting things get too loose with the personal (positive or negative) comments, innuendos, and random conversation as it detracts from the forum which I hope we can continue to maintain as a relevant place for quality discussions on wines. Most of the Israeli/Hebrew forums I have [mostly] listened into over the years are far removed from the quality of discussion that sometimes surfaces, has far less knowledgeable individuals and is mostly random sniping, ect for which I would think most of us have little use.