is this worth keeping?

discussions about dinner and any other descriptions of food and/or recipes, travel, bicycling, gardening, books, movies, weather, art, web design, philosophy, music, natural disasters, television... either reply to an existing discussion or start a new one. I think that's everything. So please, let's get to it... discuss away! (Please note that any posts I consider to be off-topic will be deleted. For clarification, take a look at my forum guidelines.)
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Should the forum be dismantled?

Yes, I spend all my time on Facebook
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No, I love coming in here to spout off
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What forum? Where is it? How come I didn't know it was here?
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is this worth keeping?

Post by ejm » Wed 10 Jun, 2009 7:18 am

In the thread entitled Where is everyone?
CAM wrote:I haven't seen many postings here. Has everyone defected to Facebook? I like facebook, but I like the Forum, too.
I'm considering dismantling this forum because of low activity. I'd leave what is here as a "read only" archive.

What do you think?

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Post by David » Fri 12 Jun, 2009 4:01 am

I would miss this forum if it were to go. Facebook does not offer the same opportunity for extended discussions. If a Facebook account has a lot of activity, posts to it from a week or more ago are pushed out of sight are quickly forgotten. I get the impression that the number of response to Facebook posts are fewer and over a short time span. I have to admit that sometimes I feel a little embarrassed to using Facebook as it feels like typical attention-seeking behaviour. "Hey everybody, let's talk about me." That said, if nobody uses the forum, Facebook could be the next best thing until they mess it up, as I'm sure they will.

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Post by ejm » Fri 12 Jun, 2009 6:56 am

Thank you, David, for your response. I'll monitor this forum for a while. If I start noticing that it's too much work to deal with spammers trying to register (this is relatively under control for now - hope I haven't jinxed anything by saying that) or if upgrading to a new version becomes necessary, I'll fold it.

But I'm lazy and chances are that I'll just do my usual nothing at all.
David wrote:if nobody uses the forum, Facebook could be the next best thing until they mess it up, as I'm sure they will.
This is exactly what I'm thinking will happen. My main objections to Facebook are:

<ol><li>what David said (topics pushed out of sight)</li> <li>it is exclusive, so any discussions are confined to the "friends". Here, anyone can see/join the discussion.</li><li>limit to number of characters per answer making things very difficult for the verbose. I mean really, when two words will do, why choose only one? :stomp:</li><li>zero stomping cat, yo-yoing pig, hulahooping cow, rope-jumping sheep smileys</li><li>ads galore on the sidebar (how many ads do you see here?)</li><li>constant distractions badgering people to add or poke friends, take quizzes, tattoo or cartoonize profile photos, etc. etc. ad nauseum.</li>
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So... have YOU backed up your files lately? And defragged too!?

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Post by MrsBrown » Fri 12 Jun, 2009 9:19 am

I LIKE this forum. I may not put an answer of every thread but I always read them. I like the :stomp: and the :jump: and the :lalala: along with all the other and I especially like the :yippee: because it looks JUST like my dog. I also find this forum restful maybe because it doesn't have the ads, I don't know. At any rate, I hope you don't get rid of it.

:yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :whee:

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Post by Barbara » Sun 14 Jun, 2009 11:00 pm

I like this forum. I don't have any new reasons to add to what David, ejm and MrsBrown already posted.

:lalala:

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Post by ejm » Mon 15 Jun, 2009 12:26 pm

Okay, thanks you guys for the responses. I won't dismantle it then. Unless, of course, it suddenly starts being spammed and/or compromised entirely.
So... have YOU backed up your files lately? And defragged too!?

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Post by CAM » Fri 19 Jun, 2009 12:11 am

I like the forum. I can say things here that I can't say on facebook. I haven't visited as much lately, though.
<i>Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.</i> --Samuel Pepys

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Post by David » Sat 07 Nov, 2009 11:19 am

I'll probably be posting here more frequently now that I'm preparing to leave Facebbook.

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Post by CAM » Sat 07 Nov, 2009 12:15 pm

David wrote:I'll probably be posting here more frequently now that I'm preparing to leave Facebbook.
Reason for leaving Facebook? (if one needs one!)
<i>Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.</i> --Samuel Pepys

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Post by ejm » Sat 07 Nov, 2009 1:51 pm

David wrote:I'll probably be posting here more frequently now that I'm preparing to leave Facebbook.
Yay!!

I was very close to folding this forum but will hold on to it just a little longer.
So... have YOU backed up your files lately? And defragged too!?

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Post by David » Mon 09 Nov, 2009 12:51 pm

CAM wrote:
David wrote:I'll probably be posting here more frequently now that I'm preparing to leave Facebbook.
Reason for leaving Facebook? (if one needs one!)
In his blog David wrote: I've had a blog for seven years now but posted nothing for the past eight months because of my interest in using Facebook. Initially I was still blogging and auto-importing my posts into Facebook but soon started to post directly into Facebook. Recently I have decided that I don't need to see everything that everyone on my Friends list posts and have been steadily removing people from the list of posts I see although I haven't removed anyone from my Friends list. The more I think about it, the more I realise that I need to start using my blog again. Facebook is immediate and short term and anything I post will disappear into the archives in a very short space of time whereas my blog posts stay around a lot longer and the archives seem simpler to access. If I do start blogging more often I suspect they will be more likely to be of the cathartic rants that I used to post. These may not be the sort of things I feel comfortable revealing to everyone on my Facebook list so I may stop importing them into Facebook.
My basic problem is that I am plugged into too many streams of data. Life is too noisy. I need more time with people and less time with machines.

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Post by Barbara » Sat 12 Dec, 2009 8:36 am

David's blog wrote:... Facebook is immediate and short term and anything I post will disappear into the archives in a very short space of time whereas my blog posts stay around a lot longer and the archives seem simpler to access. ...
For people who don't visit Facebook very often, it's just too difficult to find out what interesting things have been posted. I have only prevented Facebook from showing the posts of a couple of people because most people post both interesting and uninteresting things. But that means that when I haven't visited for say a week, I might have to click on "earlier posts" several times to see everything. I usually lose patience after doing it once.

For people who do regularly have interesting things to say, I'd much rather visit their blog once in a while than sift through Facebook. So I'm glad to hear you're using your blog again David - I had stopped visiting it.

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Post by ejm » Sat 12 Dec, 2009 12:33 pm

Barbara wrote: For people who do regularly have interesting things to say, I'd much rather visit their blog once in a while than sift through Facebook. So I'm glad to hear you're using your blog again David - I had stopped visiting it.
I'm really glad that you are posting to your blog again too, David.

And how! Excellent new recent posts. I'm particularly fond of the Kelloggs post.

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David's blog: http://davidstwistedmind.blogspot.com/ (I'm really envious of the "twistedmind" name. I wish I'D thought of that for my blog name!)
So... have YOU backed up your files lately? And defragged too!?

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Can't quite bring myself to shut it down....

Post by ejm » Fri 09 Sep, 2011 5:41 pm

Once again, I was very close to folding this forum. But I just can't quite manage to throw it away. I put all the old threads into a locked archive and have left this section open for new posts.

Just in case Facebook and/or Twitter looses its hold on everyone. :lalala:

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