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Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 8:28 am
by Porkchop Express
I was just checking out the old forum and it seems like it was a lot more active. Tons of members with a lot of posts. My question is what happened to all those members and why is this forum not as active as the old one? Did the old members not want to join when this one was created? Or do you think social media is to blame for this forum and forums in general dying out? I can actually see that. Being back in the day this was the only place for BTILC talk and now you got Facebook and whatever else. I mean I'm in a few BTILC Facebook groups myself. What's your opinions on the matter? I know there is still a few of you left to answer this. lol.

Re: Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:49 am
by Ninjahero
Good question. I think all those things are partially to blame. For some reason lots of people didn't migrate over to the new forum. I think a big part of that was people belonged to that forum for years. But they checked it very rarely. So if it was something you only checked a few times a year, you might not have even been around during the switch over. Also FB and other social media platforms had to play a part. If you check FB every day and there's a BTiLC forum, you get notifications and it's super easy to be part of. Here we all have to visit a different site and see what's new. And I think you're totally right that forums like this are sort of a thing of the past for the internet. Not really what most people use anymore.

So maybe the way we save this is we form BTiLC InstaSnapTwitBook. All the fun of our original board, but every discussion has to be done in 140 pictures or less and it vanishes after 24 hours. What do you think? ;-)

Re: Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:44 pm
by Bazooka Goof
It's bizarre; the old board was incredibly active with probably a dozen posts a day back then. All of a sudden, almost all the regulars dropped away and never came back. If something happened that offended everybody, I must have missed the memo, because I'm still here after all these years. :)

We used to have no avatars, then the Admin Josh whipped up South Park-style BTiLC avatars, and you gained them by posting. We all wondered what the top avatar was, maybe Jack himself? Ahh, memories.

I actually see a lot of discussions about how message boards like these are slowly dying. It's depressing to me, I was a member of numerous boards that either have had their plugs pulled or are still around, but are ghost towns. I really enjoy these message boards, and will be here until the plug gets pulled, dammit.

Re: Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:44 am
by Ninjahero
I remember the Southpark Avatars. Those were awesome.

This board has been a lot of fun. But it definitely feels like the internet is changing. Boards are becoming a thing of the past. I'm sure some will always survive, as a nod to the past. But not many. Glad ours is still here.

We could always make a FB page in this vein, see if it picks things up.

Re: Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:47 pm
by Porkchop Express
I actually just visited an old guitar forum I was a part of and was shocked to see that it had shut down after 15 years. It's sad they they are becoming a thing of the past. I actually love the forum formats because you can have very detailed discussions and with social media groups most don't bother. There are still tons of forums around but nothing like there was 5 to 10 years ago. I'm always disappointed when I find a super cool forum that has pretty much been abandoned. I bet there are people that visit this forum and don't post because they see so much inactivity. Or maybe everything has been pretty much covered with BTILC. Who knows.

And the old forum seems like it was a lot of fun. Wish I would have known about it in it's heyday.

Re: Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:44 pm
by Bazooka Goof
I also enjoy the forum format because a newcomer can see an old thread and either find the info they were looking for, or add to it and possibly continue the thread in another new direction. (I think they call it "Necro'ing" a thread, which some hate but I like it)

I think I'm down to two forums that still are active on a daily basis, although one is tiny (including me, there's only four regular posters) and the other occasionally goes quiet for a day or so, then picks back up again.

Yeah, I do miss the old board. We used to have Photoshop contests; that's how I earned my custom avatar! But even though this place is quiet, I do appreciate you guys coming around. :)

Funnily enough, even our Admin hasn't logged in since 2012!

Re: Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:48 am
by Ninjahero
Yeah, there's something great about the board format. Being able to catch up on old conversations. Easy to start a new one. Definitely lacking in the FB pages.

Funny you'd mention our admin, I was just looking at that the other day. Been a long long time since he logged in. lol

I'm glad there's still a few of us around. This board has been a ton of fun. Maybe if they remake the movie it will bring new life to this place.

Re: Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:15 am
by Bazooka Goof
Ninjahero wrote:Funny you'd mention our admin, I was just looking at that the other day. Been a long long time since he logged in. lol


There's another board I'm on that's devoted to the works of filmmaker Richard Stanley, and both the Admin and the one lone moderator haven't logged on in years, either. :lol:

Apart from an occasional newcomer who posts once and never comes back, I'm the only guy who's still there. It's pretty hilarious.

Re: Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:18 am
by Ninjahero
It's funny, all of this talk made me realize I hadn't been to the Wing Kong Exchange in years. I just come straight to this board. I just checked it out to make sure it's still around. Didn't realize they did a podcast. Pretty cool. Good to see there's still activity there.

Re: Where did everyone go? Old Forum vs. New

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:50 pm
by Bazooka Goof
Ninjahero wrote:It's funny, all of this talk made me realize I hadn't been to the Wing Kong Exchange in years. I just come straight to this board.


I do the same thing, just come straight here! :lol: