Rattling around

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Re: Rattling around

Post by Deacon » Fri May 01, 2015 4:56 pm

Rorschach wrote:Cue Deacon saying 'I told you so'. :lol:
The problem is there was a disconnect between what MB wanted and what the users wanted. MB wanted meaningful, elevated discussion, neatly separated and organized into separate topics. The users wanted to be able to make throw-away posts in megathreads that might on occasion spawn further discussion/asshattery. MB forced the former, but the problem is that creating a new thread is more work and more intimidating for some, and it both dropped the number of posts and inflated the number of threads, and many of those threads weren't really worthy of extended discussion on their own. So there were threads with zero replies or just one or two.

So you combine Twitter/Facebook habits and mobile browsing hurdles, and you end up with MB trying to force people into a usage model that those people largely didn't want. Eventually people gave up and began leaving. Consolidation of way too many sub/forums that were way too specific was helpful, but it did not solve the existing issue and was too late for many. When you factor in the Deans burning bridges with many of their most dedicated fans and then turning their back on the community, it all leads to a forum on life support. I argued this was the case at the time (especially all the forum/rules changes), and I believe that history has shown that to be correct.

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Re: Rattling around

Post by Rorschach » Fri May 01, 2015 7:10 pm

Yeah, but you earned it. :lol:

I honestly can't remember: was there a reason behind the changes? Was it a reaction to a drop in posts anyway? I know I was here at the time but it escapes me completely.
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Deacon » Fri May 01, 2015 9:10 pm

The consolidation of the numerous subforums was largely in reaction to nosediving post counts, yes. At least that's what I recall.
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Hirschof » Mon May 11, 2015 1:05 pm

NorthernComfort wrote:Oh, hell yeah. For years he was super active and pretty much shitted up every thread he touched.
Just know that wherever he is now, he fucking hates it.
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Muspar » Wed May 13, 2015 12:13 am

I remember this place fairly bustling with activity when I first joined, and by 'bustling' I mostly mean people dashing themselves against the immovable rock that is Deacon. And then there was a vest ninja stalking Greg Dean and posting long, incoherent quasi-philosophical gibberish we just weren't enlightened enough to understand.

And then SneakyNinja gave me a tour of Vancouver when I was out there for a conference, and Lucksi was whatever the hell Lucksi was (Some sort of electrified douche was my guess) and then every time I came back there'd only be a handful of posts within months of each other so I just didn't come around much. Talking about politics is against my religion so I never really participated in that much :P

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Re: Rattling around

Post by Rorschach » Wed May 13, 2015 6:34 am

I'd happily discuss religion with you, but my politics won't allow it. :)

At least one of our prodigal children gave MB the heads-up on fb some days or more ago. So he knows we're here. It's only a matter of time before daddy's home and we'll need to tidy (or 'pick', if you will) up our rooms.
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Cyberliger777 » Wed May 13, 2015 6:43 am

You can't send me to my room if you can't catch me. :P
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Re: Rattling around

Post by JermCool » Wed May 13, 2015 4:11 pm

Hehehe...Imma get banned for starting new mega-threads.
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Rorschach » Fri May 22, 2015 9:10 am

I'm seriously beginning to believe Daddy is never coming home.
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Cyberliger777 » Fri May 22, 2015 10:23 am

Think Daddy would be made if we broke into the forum and created a coup?
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Hirschof » Fri May 22, 2015 1:06 pm

Time to start spamming this place with porn.
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Rorschach » Fri May 22, 2015 1:36 pm

Or racism.

Goddamn Inuits. Who knows what they're hiding under those big furry hoods?
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Hirschof » Fri May 22, 2015 3:34 pm

Beady-eyed bastards...
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Re: Rattling around

Post by JermCool » Fri May 22, 2015 4:33 pm

Hirschof wrote:Time to start spamming this place with porn.
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Re: Rattling around

Post by Deacon » Fri May 22, 2015 6:57 pm

NICELY done...
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