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Old January 10th, 2019, 12:08 AM   #21
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Yeah the forum has certainly died off a lot from 10 years ago, but I don't see a correlation between all the political BS in the off topic and why people don't post as much either. That conversation is in another room, so to speak. Besides, as all the older posters will remember, the skatelog arguments were often fairly entertaining! We would pop some corn and sit down for a fun read if we didn't want to join in.

Whether it is that most of the active posters have moved on to other things in their life, or that people are just searching the forum and finding their answers, or maybe they have learned the knowledge they were seeking when they came here, who knows?

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Old January 10th, 2019, 04:39 AM   #22
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Rufus pretty much summed up ALL declining forums. FB is a terrible platform for what we do, but yet it is winning the war. Explain that.
My health has been in turmoil for several years now, so all I do is maintain Southern Skater. I have nothing new to report, so I just keep the garden weeded for visitors to enjoy.

Hey Reserector. Hope it isn't anything serious. Same here. Just struggling to keep the body from going down hill. But age is a pretty tough opponent. Down to only one or two skating sessions a week from 3 or 4 in years past.

But you wait. Something will change and forums will make a comeback, just like skating does. And when it does, we will complain about all the traffic and all the members who only joined for the social aspect.

But I digress. I sincerely hope Forums come back into prominence because they are such a great, searchable resource.
I sure hope these social media sites go downhill, or get legislated out of existence. They are ripe tools for manipulation. They get you addicted on Likes and positive feedback. Then it changes you. How do I get more likes? How do I get more positive feedback? Become part of the hive mind. Who controls the hive mind. The nerds behind the curtain. Currently you can bully Jews and Christians, but say something against Islam and you go to jail. Social Media is a disease. Hoping and praying it goes away. Not inclined to hold my breath on that though.
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Old January 10th, 2019, 04:42 AM   #23
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Yeah the forum has certainly died off a lot from 10 years ago, but I don't see a correlation between all the political BS in the off topic and why people don't post as much either. That conversation is in another room, so to speak. Besides, as all the older posters will remember, the skatelog arguments were often fairly entertaining! We would pop some corn and sit down for a fun read if we didn't want to join in.

Whether it is that most of the active posters have moved on to other things in their life, or that people are just searching the forum and finding their answers, or maybe they have learned the knowledge they were seeking when they came here, who knows?
Oh yeah. It was Battle Royale time most of the time. You could probably count on one hand the regular posters who did not partake at least once in a while.

The difference then was, it was all about skates, wheels, geometry, weight, etc.
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Old January 12th, 2019, 12:03 AM   #24
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Oh yeah. It was Battle Royale time most of the time. You could probably count on one hand the regular posters who did not partake at least once in a while.

The difference then was, it was all about skates, wheels, geometry, weight, etc.
Most people just dont care what the skate is capable of, just give me "the best".... best what? The skating movies made people think they could skate, then become important in a group, a sense of belonging. But skating is work, if you dont love it, so lots of people drop out not long after getting in. No need to learn or learn about what makes your gear work best for you. So things have gone from the stuff that means something to flash and glitter. Skaters for a month and done....
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