But, as such, it is our responsibility to be accountable and to improve. Just, improving is hard to do. MW doesn't have money - I live in the USA and am amazed Len will still send me physical discs. (He just sent me one disc to review; postage was about US $7.) This makes it hard to attract new writers, even with the open-door policy.
I agree with MA on one big point: our website design is not ideal. It's improved a lot with the new simpler white, which looks more professional, but it's still clearly old-fashioned. The challenge is that MusicWeb has nearly 50,000 reviews. I would love to volunteer to move MW to a new site platform like WordPress, but converting 50,000 posts to a new format would take a lifetime. (Just ask David Hurwitz over at ClassicsToday how much work his site redesign was.) What's the solution to this? I don't know. MA, your feedback on this topic is very very welcome.
P.S. As far as MWI reviewers fitting a certain template, I am a white male but age 25, median income, and with aspirations to be neither reactionary nor bullying.
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