When the SPDC goes down, we actually get updates and discussion on the forums! We had a few interesting posts in the What's been happening in the SPDC? discussion. SeamusF defends Sean in this reply to Thicket_:
Also, enginerd gave a great update on the general feel of the SPDC:
The reports here about what goes on in the spdc forum are not hiding anything. If you want drama, you can pretend that all kinds of information is pouring into that forum and that all us members have nearly finished orbo powered clocks in our workshops.And of course we're still waiting for the Q1 Update, but at least something was discussed today!
The truth is that we are reviewing information from the learning modules and recently a video about steorn-effect linked magnetic properties. We are discussing stuff very much as is done here but more politely. There are many more posts in the "relaxation zone" category (where the non-technical talk is supposed to take place) than there is in the "searching for OU" category or the "magnetic effects" category.
Lots of feedback has been provided to make the learning tools better. We are looking forward to when the learning tools will proceed past general basics and get into steorn-effect specifics.
I would be very very surprised if we are told anything that would provide any understanding of "the effect" until the jury has spoken. Otherwise, what point the jury?