once airliners.net has been the #1 database for aviation photography on the web. It grew and grew and more and more photographers did not only used airliners.net to display their pics, but also to meet each other in the forums, to enjoy fantastic pics of others, to read excellent articles ...
If an interesting plane appeared, airliners.net was the first to display it to the public. No other website managed to compete with airliners.net.
But as time went by the problems at airliners.net became bigger and bigger:
Because of high loads the server was down or very slow not only at peak times, the increasing standards made more and more photographers leave airliners.net and the growing screening time made other databases have hot new items much earlier than airliners.net.
As a consequence, other databases were able to reduce the gap to airliners.net:
for example does already has pics of NEOS Boeing 737-800 and SN Brussels Airlines RJ100 online while airliners.net has them still waiting in the queue (like Staffan's SN Brussels Airlines shot). I recognized more and more airliners.net uploaders who began to upload there, too. Why? Obviously they searched for an alternative to airliners.net because they were sick of the long screening times.
Additionally, I noticed something another important fact today: just look at http://www.flugzeugbilder.de
and you'll see what I mean. Now even former members of the airliners.net crew leave!
Previously I couldn't understand people who predicted a negative future for airliners.net, but recent events changed my mind.
Something has to be done quickly or this great site will die quicker than you can act! The new server is a good step, but it is doesn't solve all the problems.
Your thoughts, please!