The title of this post is more of a teaser and I don’t really contemplate the end of the Taxidermy.net, but in my opinion, it’s clout has fallen from the peak it had a few years ago. This site is still a go-to for all sorts of information, but social media has taken much of the uniqueness that this site once harbored. I should perhaps explain that I have not abandoned the Taxidermy.net, I just question the audience that it now brings to the table. The people who are the current innovators in this renewal of the art, those under 40 and made up of many women, rarely post on this forum. It could be that having their own personal Twitter accounts, Facebook, Instagram, and blogs drive perspective clients to their businesses, and it makes more sense for them to focus on those self-promotion sites. I should explain that while I am savvy in some computer programs maintaining large databases of detailed specimen data and taxonomic systematics, I am in many ways a luddite, or at least unskilled in how social media works. I do not own a cell phone and thus cannot have an Instagram account (it is very difficult to spoof that site as I understand). I had to open an account in order to access a friends account when it went private last year. I have seven followers but have never posted a picture even once – I have no idea what they are following. I also have a Facebook page on which I sometimes type info onto other people sites, but do not make any posts of my own. Seven years I have had it, but I don’t quite understand the system. I don’t have a Linked In site though people all over the world have wanted to connect to me via that method. I do try to keep up on various innovative taxidermists and their journey in learning new techniques and visions of how taxidermy can be improved. I have perhaps 20 people who have various social accounts that I click on individually and see what they have posted. It is one of those postings which spawned this discussion regarding the Taxidermy.net. A couple weeks ago Allis Markam, a taxidermist in California, ventured to the European Taxidermy Championships and entered a piece in competition – a Roadrunner holding a Cnemidophorus. She posted a picture of the piece and a few steps of her process in creating the piece using 3-D printing. Within 24hours, that particular post got close to 800 likes, and currently has 1619 heart shaped likes. I can only guess that only a fraction of people who look at a post would give it a “like”, so to this date, perhaps conservatively 4000-5000 people have looked at that particular Instagram post (I may be very wrong in that estimate – remember I don’t understand this stuff) https://www.instagram.com/p/BffPUUnlavy/?taken-by=allis A week ago, or so, on this Taxidermy.net site, DL made a post on 3-D printing with two images of Allis’s bird (scroll down to find it) and thus far it has only 143 views (and I know at least 5 of those views were mine). It would seem that the traffic to this site appears down, or else people don’t explore to see what is happening in different areas of the site. To be honest I haven’t figure out the new forum much and haven’t quite figured out the alerts or any of the other bells and whistles that Ken has added to update this site. I see comments where people feel they will abandon the site because of the updates, and others which say they will join and contribute more. I am one of those who aren’t familiar with great changes that have occurred and the font size which seems suited for cell phone or I-pad, nether of which I have ever operated. I would imagine only a few people will read this, and perhaps a couple comment, but Allis received 75 comments on that one post. I am not sure how to revive the Taxidermy.net. Some well-meaning people try to start thought provoking discussions which are demeaned or miss-interpreted. Sometimes the exchanges between taxidermists who both love this profession seem more like a political debate between a democrat and a republican where each looks for flaws in the statement and attack those flaws. Perhaps George is right, taxidermists don’t play well together.