Billyboy here, sort of. I check in on the site for new reviews and pop into the Forums to see if anything has changed and very sad to see that it has not. I’ve spoken to a few other Roadfooders on the phone, by text and in-person over the past year or so and we’re all sad about what has happened to the site and OUR beloved Forums. Fexy may own the Roadfood name and control the Forums but the members have always been the lifeblood that kept Roadfood alive in the hearts and minds and stomachs of so many people over the years. I am forever grateful to my friend, Ian, for giving me that well-worn copy of “Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A. back in 2004 and introducing me to the always engaging writings of Jane & Michael Stern.
The Forums really opened my eyes and heart to just how much regional food means to so many people and how important it is to get out on the road to taste the patchwork of flavors that make up who we are. I will always cherish the many, many opportunities I had to break bread with so many wonderful Roadfooders who went on the road with me, welcomed me into their homes and showed me what their regions had to offer and NONE of it would have been possible had we not connected in the Where Should I Eat forum and most notably in the Trip Reports forum where we would exchange comments and read and reread the always hunger-inducing Trip Reports of Buffetbuster, Wanderingjew, the late, sorely missed ChiTownDiner among many, many others.
It truly breaks my heart when I think about all that has been lost and I mourn the “death by apathy” approach that seems to have been taken by Fexy with regard to the Forums and by extension, the members. All of the work that so many have put into the Trip Reports is no longer reasonably accessible and no new reports will be posted and anyone new to the Roadfood concept will never know what they missed. I am glad that many of us are able to maintain friendships outside of Roadfood.com and can keep each other updated via other platforms and even meet-up in real time to swap stories, share good food and relish the chance to connect with one another.
I do hope that one day Roadfood.com can be restored to its former glory. I remain cautiously optimistic…
P.S. – rumaki, you are missed. I love your writing and always look forward to reading about your travels.
I feel your pain! I keep checking in almost every day, and just wonder why, with all the brilliant tech people out there, somebody isn’t able to start a WordPress or other platform Fans of Road Food Forums, taking what has started over at Facebook and making a space available for those of us who would like to write up reports and answer questions about where to eat. Even if it were by subscription, I can’t believe that people wouldn’t chip in to make it work. I wish I understood how to do it, but I don’t.