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PostSubject: Expansion of WLF   Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:13 am

In the near future, WLF is going to be expanding beyond Wisconsin.

There is likely going to be a push for us to expand to our neighbors in the south, Illinois. If this happens, the Forum will change with seperate High School Discussions for the two states, and joint discussions for General, College, Water Cooler, SDL, Training..etc.

I was wondering everyones thoughts on this. Obviously we would no longer be WLF, nor would the URL remain the same.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:19 am

fine with me, i would just have to alter the logo
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Tue Jul 24, 2007 1:34 am

I'd like it. Maybe change it to the Midwest forums sooner or later? Idk tho..
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:33 am

thats the plan, stan.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:32 pm

Why not shoot for the reach to Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri (Kansas included Very Happy).
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:15 am

How have you gauged the interest of Illini laxers' potential of using this forum?
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:29 am

Couldn't hurt, which means we could be shooting more Lax in Illinois also as a possibly.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:02 pm

A good idea might be to make a separate Illinois forum form this, let it grow, then merge them.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:32 am

The Butters wrote:
A good idea might be to make a separate Illinois forum form this, let it grow, then merge them.


Odyssey wrote:
Maybe change it to the Midwest forums sooner or later?


i agree, i dont think its going to be very easy to start it up for out of state kids though. we got this one started mostly by word of mouth as i remember and so that would make it a little bit harder to get that first group of guys on which gives everyone else who joins someone to talk to and a reason to come back. just my opinion
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:57 pm

But the way Jaron and Jack got alot of it around was posted it in the old Wisconsin thread on TLF and I recall there being a discussion on wissports and Jack posted it in that and whatnot. It won't be hard at all to spread it. Just post in the Illinois(and other states) thread on TLF giving them the website and whatnot. I'm sure some will check it out, like it, and spread it to their team/friends and whatnot.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:44 pm

So will the name be like Midwest Lacrosse? Or Something creative and spunky.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:30 pm

i think midwest lacrosse would be a perfect name for it. its broad enough we can continue to spread without having to keep switching the url.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:25 pm

LoL, that drives me crazy, or when a name is taken, but the site is complete garbage.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:40 pm

The problem is to join them from the beginning, you'll turn away a lot of guys who are like "wow, this is just a bunch of Wisconsin kids, I don't want to talk here." Similar to how Green Bay kids originally were reluctant to talk in the Wisconsin threads on TLF because it was so Madison dominated.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:08 pm

Its not possible to merge two threads, as of now these are free internet forums, and I don't plan on dumping my own money into them until I know we have reached necesary growth. At the current stage, they cannot just make 2 forums become 1.

Butters you claim they will say "Oh these are just a bunch of Wisconsin kids" and leave, which is fine in my opinion. But what do you think they will say if we start an Illinois forum to merge with this one, that is started by 2 Wisconsin kids? I think it makes more sense for Wisconsin players to be creating a thread for the midwest as a whole, rather then an Illinois specific forum.

As for Minnesota, this is a one step process, and certainly it would be next on our list of potential states followed by Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, and Kansas.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:10 pm

I think i have still have hosting space for another 8 months if we ever wanted to make it.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:39 pm

... i like the idea of having the entire forum to ourselves.

i think that if we were to suddenly create an illinois section or merge with an illinois forum that it would create widespread arguements over who plays better lacrosse -- which they do, hands down.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:13 pm

What are you scared of them?

For the most part, you guys will remain seperate from them. Highschool discussions will be kept completely seperate. College, General, Water Cooler, and all that stuff will be mutual. We are even considering putting a game scheduling thread so you guys could ask if any teams were looking for out of state games.

Creating mutual respect between Illinois and Wisconsin is a good thing, Its something they have had with Missouri since I started playing, and just creates more oppurtunities to play lax, which no one on here can argue is a bad thing.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:10 pm

Jaron do you remember Styles? I do. I'm just saying maybe to keep it started keep it separate. But it's your forums man, and I'm guessing you already had your mind made up before any of us said anything, so go for it.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:42 pm

Jaron wrote:
What are you scared of them?

For the most part, you guys will remain seperate from them. Highschool discussions will be kept completely seperate. College, General, Water Cooler, and all that stuff will be mutual. We are even considering putting a game scheduling thread so you guys could ask if any teams were looking for out of state games.

Creating mutual respect between Illinois and Wisconsin is a good thing, Its something they have had with Missouri since I started playing, and just creates more oppurtunities to play lax, which no one on here can argue is a bad thing.

This would be the main reason I would support this. A way to schedule some non-conference games with some Illinois teams is a great idea.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:23 am

Again, why are you bothering to create an Illinois thread? I'd imagine it would take alot of interest to warrant such a thing. Has there been alot of interest, or are you just guessing that once you build it, they will come?

I like the nice feeling of enjoying a thread with all WI folks. If we bring everyone else in the midwest in, we're just going to become a new TLF and the quality will go waaaay down.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:27 am

Maybe we should do some voting of some kind? or...
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:53 pm

this isn't a question or a need for suggestions, this is what we've been planning on doing since the start.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:26 am

I realize this, but our opinion was asked. I think it's a bad idea. What ruined threads on TLF was kids who didn't know flaming on other threads, opening this to Illinois would do such a thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion of WLF   Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:01 am

why do you automatically take the pessimism route and assume there is going to be flaming? part of me wants to say because you are the most pessimistic person ever, but the optimist in me wants to say that people will realize the forums are for the better of the sport and will react with appropriate respect... is it too much for me to expect the best out of people?
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