For a "dead" site:
There are more threads going now than I remember ever seeing before in the slightly more than two years I have been around - about 160 of them right now. If I recall correctly, two years ago, there were about fifty or sixty at any given time so it was possible to check them all out to see which ones you wanted to follow and/or participate in.. Today, even if you remove the Trolling threads threads, there are still well over a hundred. :-) It is just getting harder to find the gems, the threads where people with a question about traditionsal style music are answered by others who have some knowledge of the topic.
I was interested to see a discussion of "Go Tell Aunt Rhody". A Guest had asked for some background to the song. For those who found the thread, the answers took them to informatin about how some people had attributed the melody to an opera by Jean Jaques Rousseau but there was a dispute as to the date it as written. As the thread developed, we learned that it indeed was a melody commonly attributed to Rousseau and that Pete Seeger had gotten the date right, when he had written in some notes that the melody was over 250 years old. A couple of people even supplied MIDI addresses to the opera sites so we could compare the melodies. One of the responses was from a Guest who gave the address of a site in Japan, a website devoted to Rousseau. Now that is an interesting thread!
There is another interesting thread about song. "The Sexual Life of the Camel" to which people have added the lyrics to the Eton Boating Song plus a few variants, rude as well as polite, and even a lttle Kipling. I had never read the original words to the Eaton Boating song and as a competitive oarsman, i found them very evocative. There is a sense of dicovery as well as converation to these threads. The people who love the music, the words, the history of traditional style music somewhow find each other on these threads, share their enthuisiasms and help out those with questions.
There is a collection of people where whose combined knowledge is enclopedic and the often contribute. Don't take it for granted.
I do have to put in a little more effort to find those good threads and to then to tell others about them. That way I get to spend less time mourning the death of Mudcat. More insight and less incite.
MUDCAT dead? No. Encrusted with trolls devoted to shining their light to help Mudcat find its way, yes.