From Ted Lehman
"I dropped by the Merlefest site (www.merlefest.org)last evening to take a look at their forum, which I try to follow and contribute to, and found a template for a new site to go live on August 31st. This struck me as a good idea, since they've had basically the same site for several years. No links on it are currently alive, but something did catch my attention.
It appears, from the template, that they have decided to eliminate their Merlefest Forum, a place where about 2500 Merlefest fans have had a chance to exchange information, sell tickets they have purchased but find they cannot use, make recommendations for performers they'd like to see, and complain about Merlefest policies.
Recently, there has been a thread running called "Sad News" which explored the removal and resignations of a pretty good number of Merlefest staff members and speculated on what this might mean for the future of this premier festival. Is it possible that the new management of Merlefest has such a thin skin and is so concerned about controversy that they have eliminated this very important internal communications device? At present the question is up in the air awaiting the debut of this new web site, but if you are a Merlefest adherent, you should keep an eye on this.