I paid for an annual SF subscription about 2 months ago partially on the promise of the SF Android app so I’m obviously going to ‘suffer’ until my subscription expires but I think by that time I’ll have seen and done all the SF has to offer. I think the problem for me is that I was invested in Sufferlandria even as a newcomer, The Sufferfest was a weird club I really wanted to be part of, I liked telling people I was ‘doing The Sufferfest’ it made me stupidly proud, it made me work harder. Yes, the videos are still there as many KoS will pop up and no doubt point out but it’s very clearly being phased out otherwise why did they bother to change the intros? There was absolutely no need to do that if the SF was just going to become a part of Systm. Mount Sufferlandria has gone, the bleeding eyes have gone, the whole glorious ridiculousness of ‘suffering’ is being dialled down, the goat is getting nervous I’d guess.
I get why they changed the branding, I do, but I just don’t feel the same about SYSTM because it isn’t glorious or ridiculous and it doesn’t inspire, well, anything because it isn’t a club I can really feel involved in, I’m completely ambivalent towards it, it’s just a platform, an OK platform for sure, but it just doesn’t have that hook the The Sufferfest brand had for me and I think there’s probably better offerings out there for me once I’ve experienced the SF content that’s left here.
I would’ve had more respect for Wahoo if they’d just shut SF down completely to be honest rather than trying to maintain that it’s “just an update, nothing’s changed” which I find a little bit disingenuous although I guess they didn’t want to refund subs and needed an initial captive audience if only to test their new Systm servers. I’m sure Wahoo’ll get lots of new subscribers and honestly, good luck to them, I just don’t think as it stands Systm has much to set it apart from other platforms and unless there’s some MAJOR SF content drops I think I’ll probably migrate elsewhere when my renewal comes around but I’ve still got 10months of suffering ahead of me, so, we’ll see I suppose.
Dead on. I agree. And although I agree with what you’ve written before this quote too I think it’s less important to me (which brings me to another realization - below). I spent the next two weeks after Sept 28 launch pretty much pissed and constructing many emails saying many things but never writing them as I saw people pile up on the side of all the great new advancements of SYSTM. I, like you, am looking at letting my annual SUF run out for the reasons you’ve stated.
My realization is there’s two crowds here - those predominately focused on the tech (android, calendar, app functionality etc) side and those predominately focused on what was ‘the culture’ of Sufferlandria. Everyone’s heard Mt Sufferlandria is gone; I’d add Abi’s video “Taking the Soreness out of Suffering” has been sanitized and is now entitled “Side Bends”. The build up of excitement toward release turned out to be more a feeling of being blindsided to those in the latter group. SUF is clearly to become scrubbed clean and I predict a year from Sept 28th that the current tech group will remain SYSTM’ers (looking forward to even newer shiny buttons to press) along with a whole new membership that comes aboard. Those new people will say things like, “I heard in the 'ol days - if you can imagine this, people used to ride their bike for 10hours just to get a title before their name!” - and some KoS will jump in and say, “It was glorious!”.