Having access to the advice of the pool pros has been a great relief to me and I'm sure many other new pool owners. On that note, I believe that one of the new forums may soon end up being the forum of choice for new pool owners since we're locked out of PF. Understandably, it seems many of the veterans would prefer to stay at the original "meeting place" but the newcomers that they would be helping have no choice but to come to one of the alternate sites. IMHO, this will inevitably push the traffic to one or both of the new forums. I hope Ben is OK and choose not to judge him by the state of the PF forum. At the same time, I crave the knowledge that made PF such a popular site to begin with and am extremely grateful for the folks that made it possible by creating the other forums. If the status of PF doesn't change soon, it wouldn't feel right to jump ship back to PF after these guys have put so much effort into the new sites (unless of course that is what they would prefer).
I hope my opinion is not viewed as "rocking the boat" because that's not my intention. I just appreciate the new freedom to learn by posting and interacting with the pros as opposed to just lurking.