John, the energy you put into ello ambient is clearly the driving force and what makes it interesting....I have been there for maybe six months and its content without you would be nothing special. Of course its growing and it is still finding its wings so good things to come, yet the sense of a community is lacking and I think that has to do with the format. Lets see.
I was involved in the rM community for its last year and that really work for me because the level of content and intelligent discussion was very engaging....naturally your driving force behind it John was ever present and inspiring. I miss it.
The Hypnos forum is a harder entity to try to figure out....I love being here and the core group of regular contributors, ambient music fans, musicians, op ed advice pieces
seem to me to become this larger "thing" that cant be quantified and the forum tends to expand then dissipate and then expand again over time.....sometimes just when it appears on its deathbed of extended silence something happens that will spark the forum back to life. The success of this forum is really in the hands of its members and the content we contribute.....I feel the Hypnos forum and Relaxed Machinery work because they are/were communities and people will invest time and energy in such a thing because it can be seen to flourishes and each member benefits from the interaction of another, support, advice, constructive criticism etc... This is not so for ello, there is no sense of real community for me, at least not yet.