All things, both good and bad, come to an end. I think MSA has been one of the good ones.
It all started as something floating around in Terry Cowan’s brain
In April of 2000 Terry Cowan’s vision took form as a place or rather places where people interested in various forms of metal working could gather to talk. Car restorers and racers, blacksmiths, artists all had email lists to go to that were sponsored by MSA.
Eventually moderators surfaced for each list. We then met online to discuss various management issues, everything from personality conflicts on line, to trolls, to just how much the lists could be used as a market place.
There were a few attempts made at group purchases. These had limited success.
Eventually as the internet matured we moved on to a website, and later changed the type of format the website took to make it more interactive.
Sites also sprang up sponsored by others. Some of them were very good others not so much, but all were welcome. Many of you belonged to more than one list or group.
Hammer-ins, and work fests of many types abounded. It was a Golden age, hopefully the first of many. We met, talked, argued, improvised, exchanged knowledge and, of course, consumed a beer or two.
Things have moved on again. The interest in groups of all kinds has been waning in favor of the excitement of things of a more instant nature, like Facebook, and instant messaging.
Personally, I think it also has something to do with the lengthening of our lives.
Long story short there have been fewer posts, there has also been a decrease in the funds that came in from supporters and advertisers. Very shortly MSA will run out of cash to support the website, and the site will shut down. The last day the site will be available is August 15, 2016.
The current information has been copied to media, perhaps someday it will resurface.
The Yahoo lists will remain on line if anyone has interest. The moderators will continue to service them.
–The Metalshapers Moderators