I have a very keen eye for patterns. I see patterns even when sometimes such patterns are not as obvious to other people as they are to me. As far this forum is concerned I have noticed a new pattern albeit a negative one. A pattern of disengagement from the forum due to whatever reasons. I believe (I'm ready to be corrected) that this forum is heading to a form of maturity and we have to recognize that fact and act accordingly, promptly and boldly. I can call to mind how some other online Tanzanian forums prior to this one (especially Nyenzi and Young African) reached the same point and failed to make necessary changes to adopt themselves to new realities. Due to a lot of other factors (among them I believe the current economic crisis) some people have been forced to make some drastic changes and some I believe might have lost their jobs that provided a sense of security that led them to be a little bit comfortable and continuously present in this forum. Not just what might have happened to the members but also what might have happened to close family members that led to some changes (sometimes major changes) in their daily habits. All these (and others) I believe have contributed in one way or another to a noticeable slowdown of the forum. People are prioritizing differently where by JF is not at the top of their agenda (in some cases rightly so). But, I believe as members of this forum we are faced with a number of questions and choices that each of us in his or her own way need to ponder and propose a personal response to. These questions when answered correctly and honestly will form a basis for the future of this forum and its ideals. Among such questions are: a. Why do we discuss, argue and exchange ideas and information here? To what end? b. Since you have joined this forum, you have probably acquired a number of new ideas, new thoughts and probably this new knowledge has effected a personal change in you? Have you changed? c. What would it take for you to actively get involved in politics or in some form participate in changing the Tanzanian society? d. Would you consider it to be sufficient or not sufficient to have just a forum where people would vent their daily anger and frustrations knowing that they are anonymous and hence a little bit comfortable to do that? Should we ask the MoDs to have a section where members who uses their real names and titles to participate? Other regulations might be needed. e. Should JF be an endorsing entity? Meaning, during an election should the forum endorse certain candidates according to certain established guidelines or criteria? f. Should JF be aligned to any political party or should it be aligned to certain positions and hence (e).? g. Should this forum transform into a political or socio-political organization? Say an NGO, Association or even a political party as someone has suggested? As we ponder those questions and others that may come up, I recognize a number of things that might be of caution. 1 ) A good number of members are located outside the URT. This fact alone present an obstacle that need to be considered when thinking of how JF can be active in Tanzanian political scene. 2 ) Even for members who are in Tanzania, the question of anonymity, distance and availability or resources seems to be a very big challenge to any engagement in Tanzanian politics. 3 ) A good number of members (abroad and at home) already belong to some form of organizations or political parties, how then can the same be engaged in JF without creating some kind of conflict with their respective organizations? 4 ) The way the forum operates right now is with minimal hierachy. Once we formally become organized we will be forced to have some form of hierachy. Whenever you create an hierachy you automatically create an impediment to change and progress. So how will such participation create a formal organization while at the same time minimizing problems created by such a formality? As I have written in my annual year report for KLHN that I believe on my part this year is the year that I'll move "from criticism to activism". This move of mine does not depend what happens in JF; it is independent of JF. But knowing that we have in so many ways moved together toward the same goal, I'm challenging all the members to consider moving JF from "venting to movement for change"! I'll stop right here because my neurons are in a state of excitement!