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Old 06-23-2017, 09:24 AM   #1
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and I was amazed at how many had joined this forum.

Only to see a few posts and pfft... they're gone.

What's the matter? We got bad breath ??
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The nature of a forum like this one is this;

A typical user will browse around searching for a question, or Google "Computer forums" and then find their way here. They create a free account, ask a question, maybe stick around for the answer, and then they're on their way.

The generation of that "forum user," e.g. those of us that stick around for years and years or just engage in random chit chat on a forum, is going away. Replaced by Facebook, Instagram and Twitter... faster means of getting info more quickly and without as much upfront commitment in reading a thread or otherwise.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:25 AM   #3
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Ah, I should've realized that. Since I don't use Facebook and the like I didn't think of them.

So the Forums are becoming a extinct breed.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:30 AM   #4
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It's sad that they are slowly fading, but I will always be a member here cuz I been here too long to just walk away from a good thing.
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Old 06-23-2017, 12:12 PM   #5
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Yeah, me too, too many good friends to leave.
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Yep, i have a facebook acount for one reason, my family. I have a few friends too. I check in once a day to check messages and thats all. The rest of all that crap i have blocked. Theres a program that kicks in use that blocks anything not on my friend list. That way i dont have to put up with all the other stuff. Anyway, i like it here more than there. I have a couple of model railroading sites i haunt and the weather blogs. Right now, this is more like home to me.
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I use FB to keep up with friends and family but come to forums like this to keep up on technology. I think for Tech forums like this one, they are dying because of the general dumbing down of the user. Average person can do whatever they need/want to do on their iPad/tablet so have no use for computers and technology.

Forums like these descended from the BBS systems that were prevalent back in the '90s.
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Old 06-23-2017, 01:12 PM   #8
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That's a good point strollin, even the computers changes. I remember the BBS very well and it was amazing that we got by with it on telephone lines and slow ass modems.
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Just like the BBSs gave way to forums, looks like forums are giving way to social media.
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If you want a forum with more members staying for longer and discussing more tech topics look at: AVforums there is a large community there. Computers and computing is just a small part of their topics list.
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:49 PM   #11
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Hey, nice find.

What bugs me is that I've Googled forums, list of forums and such but never found good forums like this. It's only by word of mouth did anything good come up.

Thanks mate.
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To give you an idea of past activity - back in the day when I joined (and even that was after the real peak), a topic posted in any of the popular forums would generally get pushed off the front page within half an hour.
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To give you an idea of past activity - back in the day when I joined (and even that was after the real peak), a topic posted in any of the popular forums would generally get pushed off the front page within half an hour.
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It's not really comparable as its been around for longer (I think) and has always been pretty large. But the Ultimate Guitar forums I used to frequent - anything posted in any of those forums would drop to page 2 or 3 within an hour. In the 'pit' (or 'not related' forum) you could expect to see 100-200 new topics an hour at peak times.

Though, it has to be said, they've all died down since social media took off like has already been said...

Most people join a forum to get help with a specific problem. Those of us that join to help others or get a kick out of helping someone else spec up a system are starting to die out


edit: in fact, I just logged onto my long dormant UG profile to see if the narrative holds... in 2009 every topic on page 1 would've been from within the last few minutes. Now, within the first 10 results its '9 hours ago'...
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It's not really comparable as its been around for longer (I think) and has always been pretty large. But the Ultimate Guitar forums I used to frequent - anything posted in any of those forums would drop to page 2 or 3 within an hour. In the 'pit' (or 'not related' forum) you could expect to see 100-200 new topics an hour at peak times.

Though, it has to be said, they've all died down since social media took off like has already been said...

Most people join a forum to get help with a specific problem. Those of us that join to help others or get a kick out of helping someone else spec up a system are starting to die out


edit: in fact, I just logged onto my long dormant UG profile to see if the narrative holds... in 2009 every topic on page 1 would've been from within the last few minutes. Now, within the first 10 results its '9 hours ago'...
Some forums grow over time and some shrink.
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I used to be an UGer but left long ago due to trash.
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Some forums grow over time and some shrink.
I imagine that UG was in it's peak when I was using it regularly between '08 and '11.

and I have to agree, over time the actual on-topic forums got deader and deader and everyone went to the Pit (which has, in total, nearly as many posts in it as the rest of the website added together) at which point it became unusable as a source... too many posts, you might see maybe 1/10th of them

Then mods clamped down on iffy behaviour and numbers dwindled. Then I got banned for trolling... but then again I was like 17 at the time and I'm fully aware I was an enormous *expletive*. I'm actually not sure what specific thing they banned me for. But I wasn't popular with one of the big shots who took a lot of joy in sending me that email...
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Hmmm. More chit chatty posts and fewer on topic posts? Where else have we seen that trend?
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Hmmm. More chit chatty posts and fewer on topic posts? Where else have we seen that trend?
Chit Chatty posts are fine... but when the actual core purpose of the forum starts to die out because people leave or lose interest, or technical topics turn into chit-chats, then it becomes an issue
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LOL you nailed it. Take a look around this forum.
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