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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 10-03-2016, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Forum dead or dying?

There is a returning member in the Windseekers section that has been posting about how slow the forum is today. I find the same thing. There was a time not so long ago that it took me a few hours to review all of the new posts in General, New Riders and New Members sections. Today I can check all of the new posts in 5 minutes. What is going on? Have new riders just quit coming here? Are we that unfriendly that new riders just avoid us? I know that advice for new riders was always our strength but today it looks like they are all going somewhere else.
Any thoughts on the matter? I don't really want to see this forum die from a lack of traffic.


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I have not been here long, but in my experience with web forums, it has seemed odd to me that this forum with what seems to be such a large base of regular members and quite a few newer members sees so little new posts. I agree with you and hope it keeps on keeping on as I have learned a lot on here.
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Just a few weeks back, everyone was forced to change their password. Not only that, it had to be done with rules some may not be familiar with so chances are they don't remember their password. Now the site just kicked everyone off, took nearly a full day to install new code, so I'm thinking that a very large number are now locked out because of that password change. Or if they did get back in the totally unfamiliar site just became the last straw to say screw it. There are some controlling posters that get all bent out of shape if a thread doesn't strictly stay on topic.

I've nearly stopped here myself. The site just is no longer friendly. Have found other sites much more to my liking but have tried to help some here during this transition but find the lack of responding to issue just isn't worth much anymore. So yes, y'all very well may be in for a new ride with new people to make it the completely controlled site you want. JMHO.

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The user activity graph for the last 30 days is just about the same as it has been during the same period for 2015 and 2014. Maybe the posts are shorter and quicker to read.

There are some sections that are not getting much activity. Maybe it is time to consolidate some categories.

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The user activity graph for the last 30 days is just about the same as it has been during the same period for 2015 and 2014. Maybe the posts are shorter and quicker to read.

There are some sections that are not getting much activity. Maybe it is time to consolidate some categories.
Whatever you say Dods. Just like our nation becoming a communist country right before our eyes, if you want to keep your eyes closed fine. I think you'll be in for some new growing pains here myself.

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I'll go on using this Forum, and find the jabs typical among memberships. The user-friendly nature of the Forum was challenged recently, but I can live with the changes.

Primarily, and perhaps the most valuable asset of any "Forum," is its ability to provide concise and helpful solutions to honest and open questions. The sideline banter just adds flavor, in my opinion.

As long as there are those who really "know" the answers, and are willing to help, I'll stick around. When someone posts a question that is reasonable, and nobody attempts to help them out, THAT'S when I'll leave. The "Forum" is a tool, a source. If you want to "chat," get Paltalk or some other communication software.

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Various groups on facebook, mostly brand specific, get far more traffic. That's where the action is, and it's an interface and medium that people already know well and use often.
I stumbled in here randomly and the people are fun so I stayed, but I'm over in FB land more often.


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Whatever you say Dods. Just like our nation becoming a communist country right before our eyes, if you want to keep your eyes closed fine. I think you'll be in for some new growing pains here myself.

Hmm, maybe its this type of thing that is turning off member? Frankly, weeding thru the political BS post is quite tiring much of the time.
It's a motorcycle forum afterall, post about MOTORCYLES

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I've been on other forums that when I first joined seemed very busy but then dropped off significantly in several months, then they died. I for one am tired of all the political BS being posted by the very few, I see many regular contributors that aren't posting so much anymore, coincidence?
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Maybe part of it is the time of year. Many riders are putting their bikes away for the winter. That makes me even more likely to come to the forum, but some might just put aside their motorcycle interests until Spring and riding return. I for one would be very unhappy to see this forum die. I find the diversity of interests refreshing, and even pay attention to the comments of Harley owners!

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I don't understand why SOME posters choose to use a MOTORCYCLE forum as a soapbox for their (seemingly non-stop) political views. Perhaps the "OFF TOPIC" forum could be completely hidden from the front page as a way to turn down the volume on what inevitably turn into divisive discussions. Or just ban 'em like other websites do.
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There is the ability for access masks to selectively block individual access to sub forums. If anyone would rather not see certain sections such as Off Topic, let me know and I can set that up.

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It's always harder to bear the political discussions when your views are in the minority.

I very seldom see anyone wanting to stop the political BS when they agree with the views of the poster.
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Great Forum that fills a Need

I haven't been on this forum long, but I find it quite valuable and different from many others.

It's different because it's one of the few "generic" forums that I've found, which is to say that it is NOT based on a particular make or a particular model. Most other forums that I belong to are make/model specific, e.g. Gold Wing forums, DOHC and SOHC Honda forums, Suzuki forums, and others.

This being a generic motorcycle forum you will certainly lose some membership to those make/model specific forums. Owners looking for help with something that is specific to their bike will probably go there first for help. That said, many problems and issues and topics are generic in nature and apply to all motorcycles in general, which is where this forum shines. You are likely to draw on more experience from members on this forum for topics like that.

Bottom line, this forum fills a need. It's generic, which is a good thing for many reasons.

So far this seems to be a very civil forum. I know I've only been a member for a short time, but I have yet to see even one instance of someone being rude or disrespectful to another member in a post. I can't say that for a couple of the model-specific forums that I'm a member of.

I don't think the admins need to consolidate any of the forum categories. Even though some are not visited very often, they really serve to help you find something that you need more quickly.

Regarding the administration of the site: No matter what admins do, somebody isn't going to like it. That's just the way it is. They'll get over it. Having a tight rein on the forum and its rules is a good thing. I've seen some other sites on which the admins just kind of let things go, and the forums got out of control quickly.

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I agree that those who don't like a particular thread are probably those who disagree with the point of view or poster himself. Most of the political posts, I believe, are in the "OFF TOPIC" category. Do some people not understand the meaning of the words, "OFF TOPIC"? If one does not know that if one doesn't want an "OFF TOPIC" subject, they should not go the the "OFF TOPIC" category.

If one wants non-specific discussion related to the m.c. community, then that's what the "General Motorcycle Discussion" category is about. If one wants to chat, there's the Chat Box. Seems to me, there's something there for everybody. You can choose. I've been here for a while, and my observation is that about half the traffic (that goes beyond the poster who just visits for a half dozen posts and never comes back) is generated by a couple of dozen posters. If so, then the activity level depends on the makeup of that group. There is a different mood, or general attitude that differs from year to year. It depends on the temperature of the nation's opinions and situations to a large extent. This year, with the election coming, the trend is on presidential politics. Last couple of years has been on racial tensions and immigration. It varies.

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There is the ability for access masks to selectively block individual access to sub forums. If anyone would rather not see certain sections such as Off Topic, let me know and I can set that up.
You know Dods, that's an item that the new owners and their desire to change might shine. Make a panel where ANY user can go and select ANY forum or subforum to have hidden from them. Big pain the butt thread go completely away for said user. And at anytime they feel like pulling their head out of the sand they can switch back.

You brought up the ability. I just suggest an enhancement to it. Keeps the admins completely out of the loop as well. As if you don't already have enough to do than babysit crybabies.

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I checked the Vbulletin manual and it seems access masks can only be accessed through the admin control panel. It only takes a couple seconds to change access for a member, and I don't mind helping out. A couple of members have requested a block to the Biker Bar section in the past.

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Another thing to keep in mind is that members (those who can post) make up about 5% of the traffic on the forum. It is used as a resource for more than those who contribute to the content. The advantage of membership beyond the ability to post is fewer ads being served.

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It seems to me the Forum slows down about this time of the year. Maybe folks are busy doing the things that need doing before winter sets in, maybe folks are out getting in those last great rides. There are all kinds of things going on that take up more of our leisure time.

This is a big political year. I don't know what TV is going to do for advertisements after November 8th. Facebook surely will almost come to an end. Media folks will have to be creative in finding something else to report on. We can only expect more political stuff to find it's way into our Forum world. It will slow down soon, I think.

My computer went down on me and I'm just getting back on. Imagine my shock at the new look!! I'm still having to try to find my way around, but, I won't let that drive me away because there are so many great folks here. They are always willing to help others and I learn so much.
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From what I have seen on other sites, forums seem to have a lifespan. The core posters get busy or something and move on, and things slow down. Sometimes they'll pick back up again. I just wasn't riding street much for a long time, so I didn't really have anything to contribute. The new bike & new riding buddy got me excited about it again so it's more fun to talk about it again.

I don't care about political posts ... if I'm not in the mood I just skip those posts.
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I checked the Vbulletin manual and it seems access masks can only be accessed through the admin control panel. It only takes a couple seconds to change access for a member, and I don't mind helping out. A couple of members have requested a block to the Biker Bar section in the past.
I wasn't suggesting you do it Dods. The new owners. They could write some code with a robot like administrator. Completely under their total control. Just need a new button to get there to request xxxxx forum be masked from that user. Outside the box kind of thing. I refuse to believe it can't be done. "THEY" would just have to want to provide "usability" type service. Not likely as I'm seeing.

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You know Dods, that's an item that the new owners and their desire to change might shine. Make a panel where ANY user can go and select ANY forum or subforum to have hidden from them. Big pain the butt thread go completely away for said user. And at anytime they feel like pulling their head out of the sand they can switch back.
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I think this is totally unnecessary. What, folks don't have the will power to NOT press the key for a certain topic? If one does not want to read something (say political in the Off Topic category), they should just not go there. What's the problem with that? I never go to a whole bunch of categories. The will power is not that hard.

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I think this is totally unnecessary. What, folks don't have the will power to NOT press the key for a certain topic? If one does not want to read something (say political in the Off Topic category), they should just not go there. What's the problem with that? I never go to a whole bunch of categories. The will power is not that hard.

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Man up Folk's and stop crying. Not everyone has to agree with you as we are all different.

Some of you never have an original post or idea, but ridicule EVERYTHING you don't specifically agree with.

If a new post has a topic that you don't like, for heaven sakes, move on--bye bye.

Life is controversial.

This is a great site and I feel a kinship with lots of folks here.

I always respond to motorcycle specific questions and try to help out if I have the knowledge to do so.

This site is about MUCH more than just generic bike questions and I for one am glad or I would be bored to death. I have been around literally thousands of rider's and bike discussions are just a part of the experience.

Be careful of what you ask for or you may get it. Motorcycle ONLY is very specific.

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I don't get the chance to get on often, like I used to. When I do lately, I don't often find I can constructively contribute most of the time, even if just humorously.
I also think most people are out busy getting in end of season riding/maintenance. Yard work, outside repairs and such are running out of time quick here in the North, we will soon be putting our moto-babies to bed for a long winters nap.
I'm fairly certain the forum will pick up soon, even with this new look/feel. No I'm not liking this change either, but I have yet to find a better forum. I like this forum and usually the people on it (haha).
I'm sure it'll be here for some time yet, as was mentioned above- as long as riders have motorcycle questions.

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Overall, I really like this forum. I too think lower traffic is probably due to time of year and also to Facebook. I don't do Facebook so I check out forums like this one. I've also seen other forums slow down and some have slowed to near nothing. I hope this one stays alive.
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I've noticed this forum slows during different times of year, but is always going if only a few posts a day, but it will get busier again.

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The number of posters to this thread seems to be pretty large, considering it was asking why no one participates here. Ironic, lol.
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I am going to agree with WingMan71. I am on a brand specific forum that has way more traffic than this one and is great for providing specific answers about our bikes but it is not a place for new riders just thinking about what to ride or for general topics like what do you find most difficult or other similar topics that apply to all bikes.
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Like anything else, keep all options open. Everything had a life cycle. My old College is gone, my former wife is gone........stuff changes, people change...... it's just "the way life goes."

Personally, the Forum is great to have as a backup, to my way of thinking, but it is NOT a substitute for the "real live friends" that I'm in touch with on a daily basis. I've had the distinct priviledge of meeting some of the great folks in here, in person, and that's always neat; but my world is not defined, solely by the boarders of this Forum tool.

If thus one should collapse one day, as all things tend to do, our lives will go on, and we will find a NEW place to haunt.

"Thank you," Dods, and all the others who work on this Forum, for your various levels of dedication and service to this Forum as it exists today. Keep it as "user-friendly" as you can please, and trim it down as needed, if it gets too splintered. "Simple" works best, and is easier to clean up after!

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I'm not worried in the least about the life of this site. It just may go thru just another growing phase. It has been and hopefully always will be the best all around general motorcycle forum. Bike restoration and new rider two of the areas I find refreshing. I found this site looking for a model specific site and stayed. Mostly due to the helping new riders part.

It's probably the only site that mostly suggests going slow and easy so a new biker might become an old biker. Far too many say get your dream bike and if you by some miracle happen to live, well then you got a bonus. Have to agree with a previous poster. With Wade not around the much stirring and therefore traffic is a little lower.

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Wade (Nelson?) is gone???? What's up with THAT?!

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Wade hasn't been on lately. That cut the post in half!
And it's cut the political BS by about 3/4
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Blocking a sub-forum sounds like trying to create a "safe place", like the snowflake college students who cannot tolerate hearing something that they disagree with. I'm a pretty frequent contributor to the forum, but if I see a topic I don't care for, or a sub forum I have little interest in, I just don't click on it. Simple, without making a fuss about it.

Personally I think that overall this is a great forum. We get some very knowledgable folks giving good advice, some good humor along the way, and a chance for the rest of you to share in my wisdom and wit! I wish the lurkers would just go ahead and sign up since the more that participate in the forum the more interesting it is likely to be. And for new riders, or non-riders who are thinking about joining the ranks of motorcyclists, its a great place to ask questions, even if the question seems very basic or even illogical. A potential new rider who doesn't have any riding friends to talk to is not going to get any unbiased opinions from his or her local motorcycle dealer who is only interested in selling bikes and parts, so this forum can be of more than great value to someone like that. Why would someone not join? If you join and then lose interest, just stop coming here and delete motorcycleforum.com from your Favorites.

I also participate in a number of brand or model specific web forums, but truly enjoy having this one to come to for general motorcycle discussion. And more than once, comments about a model or brand I was not intimately familiar with encouraged me to to explore that model or brand for the future.

And in all seriousness, I really appreciate the respect and courtesy of virtually all the members of this forum. We may disagree but we do not need to be disagreeable. I come here daily, and hope to keep doing so for as long as I am interested in motorcycling.
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Vito, that was a very well thought out and articulate reply. Especially for an old geezer.
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I am an old geezer, but still riding. I love to ride, so when I can't ride I like to talk about motorcycles and riding (and guns!). I don't have too many people around here to talk bikes so coming to the forum is the next best thing.

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