Charlie Don’t Skate (CDS) was an OG skateboard forum. A cross between Skull n Bones forum and Silverfish Longboarding. The Australian skateboard racing scene was born in Charlie, and so was ASRA and Newtons.
When skaters went to ASRA forum and then Facebook, Charlie died and I have kept the site running for historical purposes, and there is a heap of good content in there. I found a bit of time, it has been on my list of things to do, to update Charlie. So Charlie’s forum code got updated, and then I migrated the whole thing to a new platform called Discourse. It is a modern forum software, and very easy to use and get involved. Check it out, my hope is slowly we can build a community that is not inside Facebook. Don’t get me wrong, I like using Facebook, it is easy and everyone is connected. However Facebook decides who sees what you write and share, and Facebook is restricted. Young skaters do not have access to Facebook, and Facebook is focused on the NOW, so they make it hard to search old content. In a way, there is a good argument to start using forums again.
Charlie is back, and you can make it into whatever you want!