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Forums losing interest?
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, November 09, 2015 8:30 AM

I seem to have noticed less activity for some time in several of the forums in the past few months.  I know a few folks believe that the modifications to the forum posting procedure and such (the recent change in look and feel) may be the problem.  What do folks think- is there a drop in interest in the FSM forums, and if so, what do you think is the reason?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 09, 2015 8:59 AM

Of course, in order to answer this question one has to actually be on the forums. So, for those who have faded away we may never know the answer. 

I for one, still do not care for the "white" background, it strains my eyes. The site is nice enough, but I personally think it looked better before. As for forum attendence, I am trying to keep active as much as  possible hoping my constant presence will somehow motivate others to be more active. But, with the winter months coming on I hope to see a big uptick in activity, if not, then FSM needs to seriously look into why activity has dropped. This will affect sales of the the publications also. If people are turned off online they are less likely to keep up thier subscriptions also. In my opinion.

BK

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, November 09, 2015 9:35 AM

This time of year you have a lot of other things going on, hunting seasons, getting ready for the holidays, winterizing the house, vehicles, etc.  I know for me it is some of the above, along with other interests and meetings with 3 gold prospecting clubs, and working on getting a dredge ready for next season, my position on a federal advisory council and the travel with that.  Not to mention that I kind of overloaded on the GB's and have not even started on two of them and the other I have paint problems and have tabled it for now until I get more ambition to go back and fix it.   The new format does not really matter to me, and I check in fairly often, but for now the ambition has gone on vacation............  

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Posted by DURR on Monday, November 09, 2015 9:37 AM

up to now weather has been strange  warmer than normal in most areas so it could be just a extention of the summer forum cooldown we get yrly    Don are you going by the number of new posts  i notice that a fair amount of older posts are being revived and  under those conditions  of more oldervs brand new  i see it being stagnant

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Posted by Spitfire on Monday, November 09, 2015 10:45 AM

Speaking for myself, there's not been any loss of interest.  I usually check them a few times a week, and often search them for specific information.  If a discussion already exists that provides the info I'm looking for, there's no reason to start another discussion on it.  So it could be that there's already a lot of info out there that covers most everything that could be encountered.  The WIP posts are probably the most interesting because you can pick up some tips as well as see how high quality work looks.  So it's something to strive for.  Although I'm quite sure I'll never be at that level.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, November 09, 2015 10:54 AM

The amount of activity has certainly dropped. In 12 years I don't remember the forum being this quiet for this long. I know it goes through periods throughout the year, but this has been going on for a couple of months. And it just seems a huge coincidence that it started going down just after the change. I have noted a number of long term members who are posting less and less. I agree with Brandon in that I am not liking the white back ground. I know find I get headaches after spending any length of time on here which I never did before.

But, judging by the number of views on some threads, there still seem to be a lot of people coming to the site, many of whom of course might not have signed up. But it would be nice if more people commented rather than just looked.

What has really brought home how quite this forum is is that I recently signed up to a UK based forum and I could not believe how many posts they get, so many its hard to keep up.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, November 09, 2015 11:37 AM

I've noticed a drop as well. Since the re-boot of FSM site and its problems, I've mentioned it needs color to tone down the brightness because there's too much white. I hate it myself and it gets on my nerves. I'm not too surprised the numbers has dropped since then. While I do post often on here, I do spend most of my time in other model forums because of the activity it has been getting.

Who knows? Maybe the departure of Tim Kidwell had an effect on it. LOL!

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, November 09, 2015 11:37 AM

I try to stay active on the forums but lately I have been kept busy with life things, the arrival of my first grandchild, my daughter visiting from out of state, and other family gatherings.

I agree that there seems to be lack of interest/participation by some members. While on the subject, I have been noticing that some of the newer folks are asking for opinions or help on certain model related issues but not responding back to the ideas offered by those trying to lend a hand and never hearing if the suggestions worked out. 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, November 09, 2015 11:52 AM
PJ, there does seem to be a few members who only post when they want some help or info. But I guess that's the nature of forums and there's not much we can do about it.

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, November 09, 2015 11:56 AM

Meh.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Monday, November 09, 2015 12:02 PM

the Baron

Meh.

 

Meh, too ! 
 
Whistling
 
But seriously, I post less because I see fewer active posts..........Hmm
 
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Posted by djjeavons on Monday, November 09, 2015 12:54 PM

I agree that there are a number of people that just look and don't post anything and then those that ask a question and don't provide feedback on whether the answer helped them. I have been guilty of this myself and have decided to post more WIP posts as I progress as I see from when I joined that this is what makes this place great. 

Please don't let this discourage you more experienced builders. There are still many newbies out there that need your knowledge and feedback that it would be a shame for you guys/girls to feel disheartened and us to miss out on so much knowledge.

  

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Posted by Pawel on Monday, November 09, 2015 2:11 PM

Hello!

A forum like this is a delicate system. Breaking the search function for over a month and the "Your Discussion" function for three months made some people go away and try elsewhere. Then the negative feedback loop kicks in - fewer active posts, less to read and less to reply to - which in turn leads to less active posts - and the death spiral moves on! Now we're down to a few hardcores, some lurkers and it will take time to get new, fresh forum members. Let's hope some of the old hands will come back now that the forum has been debugged a bit - but probably not before the mobile devices functionality is OK again.

I just don't get it - it looks just like Kalmbach deliberately wanted to get rid of the users - I don't know - to pay less for the traffic? Like I say, I don't know how something like this could have happened.

This way or another - I'm posting on! Thanks for reading and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by chango on Monday, November 09, 2015 2:52 PM

I imagine most of us cruise more than 1 model related forum... I've noticed a slowdown in just about all my internet model haunts. My focus is on Model ships and that area of the hobby is especially slow lately.

I know I recently emerged from year-long "model funk" too... I don't know if people just aren't building or if they aren't as interested in showing their stuff online anymore.

 

Guess the mini modeling-boom of the past few years is over... Boo Hoo

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Posted by panzerpilot on Monday, November 09, 2015 3:18 PM

I've definitely noticed the drop off as well. More so in over a decade here and notably since mid summer. I think the new format is bland and the white is a bit of a let down. I liked it better two changes ago. Still, I overlook that, but maybe a lot of folks don't. I do hope it's not an overall slowdown of the hobby.

-Tom

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Posted by Bish on Monday, November 09, 2015 3:22 PM
And not only do many of the older members seem to be posting less, if at all. We also seem to have had a slow down in new members. That might not be anything to do with the new look, but if they see some of the threads dealing with it, that will certainly put people off.

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Posted by Spitfire on Monday, November 09, 2015 3:41 PM

There's some interesting responses here.  I get the impression that posting is wanted from some of the comments.  I always sort of figured it the other way around.  That if I didn't have anything of value to add, then reserve comment.  That way is saves server space, etc.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, November 09, 2015 3:49 PM

Spitfire

There's some interesting responses here.  I get the impression that posting is wanted from some of the comments.  I always sort of figured it the other way around.  That if I didn't have anything of value to add, then reserve comment.  That way is saves server space, etc.

 

Well, i don't think anyone is saying people should post for the hell of it. And the well done's, nice build and so on only go so far. But i do wo0nder if people don't ask questions because they worry it might look silly or have been asked before.

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Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Monday, November 09, 2015 4:13 PM

Spitfire

........... I get the impression that posting is wanted from some of the comments.  I always sort of figured it the other way around.  That if I didn't have anything of value to add, then reserve comment.  That way is saves server space, etc.

 

 
I doubt saving server space is utmost in member minds or one word posts would be a tradition by now. Hmm
I post when I wish to add to the thread or when someone posts a request for information that I am able to provide.
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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, November 09, 2015 4:19 PM

Frankly, the change doesn’t bother me. I just roll with it, overcome and adapt. I have noticed that other forums I'm on are very slow as well. I take a look at the forum daily and enjoy the comradery very much. 

Bish, what British forum are you on? I'd like to take a look at it.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, November 09, 2015 4:38 PM
Steve, I am on Brit modeller. There are quite a few none Brits on there as well, including one other from here. I really joined it because a few of the guys from the club I am in are members.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, November 09, 2015 4:54 PM

Thanks Bish, I'll check it out.

Bish
There are quite a few none Brits on there as well,

So Yanks are welcome?  Surprise LOL Wink

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Posted by SubarooMike on Monday, November 09, 2015 6:39 PM

I run Balsa Model Aircraft Builders Association and in the last few months I have noticed a large increase in traffic.  For that I am thankful.  But as for FSM I have noticed its laying idol for long periods. Genessis Models had some decent traffic, but I have not renued my membership in a while. A lot of those UK based forums are hopping!   I think this site would really benefit from a for sale/trade section!  

 

I would post more, but I am reclusive, quite, reserved, invisible,  (or any other adjectives related to quiet) in real life.

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, November 09, 2015 6:41 PM

modelcrazy

Thanks Bish, I'll check it out.

 
Bish
There are quite a few none Brits on there as well,

 

So Yanks are welcome?  Surprise LOL Wink

 

Well, at least tolerated.....LOL, you know the old song: over paid, over ....., and over here..........

 

I always figured the only dumb/stupid question was the one un-asked.  Even if it has been in the past, easier to ask again than spend a couple of hours digging.......as long as nobody gets flamed by an AIM-9....

 

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Posted by fermis on Monday, November 09, 2015 6:49 PM

Not that I've been very active here for the past couple years anyway...but, this time of year...trying to get the work season wrapped up, plus my own "winter prep, cutting back perinials, clearing the yard of leaves(I pretty much live in the woods), gathering, cutting, splitting firewood so my house will be warm, gathering meat so we can eat....it's deer season!!!

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, November 09, 2015 6:58 PM
I have noticed a slight drop off here. But in my own way I don't browse as much in the summer early fall. Because I'm outside all the time. Now that it's dark much earlier I'm in earlier and have more time at the bench and on model forums. John

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, November 09, 2015 7:03 PM
Bish I am also a member of Britmofeller.

 

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Posted by SubarooMike on Monday, November 09, 2015 7:06 PM

I would also like to add that  Genessis Models also really reaches out and interacts with their memebers.  Bobby Waldron always hosts building competions that are peer voted on.  The winner will receive a little plaque or what ever.  He is FLAWLESS with his member interactions. That is just the tip of the iceburg.  

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Posted by cml on Monday, November 09, 2015 9:04 PM

I'm probably one of the ones who has dropped off a bit. To be honest, I've gone more into Facebook Modelling Groups.

Admittedly, you may not get the same level of dedicated answers to specific questions, nor is FB set up to act as a forum, but, i find they have a lot more "how to" style tutorials/videos that people of posted/shared.

I also really enjoy just checking out other people's builds and you tend to get a lot more of that via FB then here.  One of the reasons I slowed up on this forum is because there seemed to be fewer people posting their builds - i'm guilty of that too.

Chris

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Posted by SubarooMike on Monday, November 09, 2015 9:09 PM

It's nice on FB because you don't have to upload your images to photobucket, etc.  

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