All or nothing? No quite the reverse. I wouldn't want the CA forum back in its old form.
I disagree with you. I don't think it was working.
Having said that, perhaps I was speaking out of turn. Perhaps there are people here apart from yourself who would want it back in its old form or something similar. To them I apologise for being presumptuous.
Anyway whatever. I've had an idea.
What it seems to me is emerging from this, and what is going on in the Alley and elsewhere, is that there might be a need un-catered for by the present forums (Poetic Haven may be the nearest), for serious discussion of:
"What makes poetry work, tips for writing poetry, getting published, in depth reading and comment on members poems, polishing poems, points of interest from published works, favourite poets, interesting periodicals, poetry competitions, and any other poetry related topic of interest"
It strikes me that the thread on Free Verse that Grinch started here is the sort of thing that people might have liked to have started in the old CA, but the forum was restricted to posting poems.
What about broadening the brief to include any serious poetry related post.
Grinch might for instance like to share his extensive researches into Dylan Thomas, Jenn might tell us about art and poetry, we could have competition links, discussions about new collections, essays on our favourite poets or poems, Ess might give some fascinating insights into the roots of language, and underpinning it all we could still have members posting poems for various reasons, for instance to obtain comment or maybe to polish for publication.
One thing we might do in this respect is, when posting poems, reserve the title line in the forum, not for the title of the poem but for a very specific message about what the poster wanted: "Robust critique please", "Gentle suggestions please", "Advice on how to close the poem please" etc etc.
The forum would be labelled as a discussion forum and the emphasis would be firmly away from simply posting poems to showcase them and towards interactive discussion of all things poetic. Just as in the Alley it is virtually unheard of for the originator of a thread to ignore the subsequent discussion, so in this forum the originator of the thread would be expected to participate and drive the thread along. That would be key to its success in fact. The thread starter would be, in a sense, responsible for the vibrancy of the thread, and to that end, even if a poem was posted for critique, it would, contrary to normal forum etiquette, not be considered impolite to bring your own thread up to the top with a suitably intelligent observation of course!
Anyway that's the way I'm thinking tonight. May all change tomorrow