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Old 09/21/2018, 07:38 AM   #26
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I'd rather have low traffic than vendor and "live sale" background noise all the time. I tried to get active in a local reef Facebook group but the traffic was 90% fly by night chop shops yelling about live frag sales of whatever the hottest trend coral was. "THIS FRIDAY ONLY THE FIRST EVER RELEASE OF ATOMIC SUPERMAN DONKEYNIPPLES!!!!!" followed by a dozen Instagram-filtered photos of a sad looking frag plug with a freshly cut coral glued to it. To each his own, but I have no interest in that. I'm here to build a little reef, not pursue money or bragging rights based on a tank stuffed with frags someone else has decided are popular or rare. These are living creatures to me, not pokemon cards.

Meanwhile I can come To RC and occasionally stumble into a debate between actual marine biologists about how nutrient ratios impact bacterial populations, or a DIY thread a hundred pages long showing off arduino projects or 3D printing.

At one point I was of the opinion that forums should focus on traffic and should do everything they can to retain and engage members. Now I feel like a more organic approach where you let a community find its own focus, regardless of size, is much more interesting and effective.


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Old 09/21/2018, 07:55 AM   #27
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I belong to three forums one being my local club. There are probably only 3 to 4 members that now post on our website, Of course two of the four post on here also. On the FB page of the same club it is booming. I was on FB until the day I spotted a picture that came from my phone, that I did not post. Seeing that I removed everything and deleted FB from my life. I have enjoyed RC for many years, and will continue


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Old 09/21/2018, 08:14 AM   #28
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Fun and exciting at first, but you can't wait to go home.

I have ventured over the fence, got some information, don't care for the format, I'll stay here thank you.



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Old 09/21/2018, 08:52 AM   #29
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I do miss the monster threads debating the value or this or that and TOTM threads to provide goals and inspiration.

Maybe a "Guided Discussion" forum would spark some interest. In this type of forum, a moderator or guide kicks off a thread focused on a particular topic and keeps the posts relevant and helpful. I don't know what sort of permissions might be required or if it's even possible, but something new like that might spur some interest. Maybe "guides" would have to have provided a minimum number of posts or something.


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Old 09/21/2018, 01:37 PM   #30
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I do miss the monster threads debating the value or this or that and TOTM threads to provide goals and inspiration.

Maybe a "Guided Discussion" forum would spark some interest. In this type of forum, a moderator or guide kicks off a thread focused on a particular topic and keeps the posts relevant and helpful. I don't know what sort of permissions might be required or if it's even possible, but something new like that might spur some interest. Maybe "guides" would have to have provided a minimum number of posts or something.
That could be cool. Like a mentor section where people would know who was going to respond.


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Old 09/21/2018, 03:31 PM   #31
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I do miss the monster threads debating the value or this or that and TOTM threads to provide goals and inspiration.

Maybe a "Guided Discussion" forum would spark some interest. In this type of forum, a moderator or guide kicks off a thread focused on a particular topic and keeps the posts relevant and helpful. I don't know what sort of permissions might be required or if it's even possible, but something new like that might spur some interest. Maybe "guides" would have to have provided a minimum number of posts or something.
This is really good!


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Old 09/21/2018, 05:38 PM   #32
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The guided forum would shorten the length of many of these threads . In order to have information readily accessible. Something to pull information from without having to go thru each page of a long thread . And if someone needs to read the whole thread they can as. It is referenced or linked


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Old 09/23/2018, 09:33 AM   #33
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As folks have noted, many factors in play. Easy to search for something rather than posting a new question. More competition for eyeballs. The photobucket thing - a lot of my old threads are completely pointless now, and I have no interest in investing the time to fix them.


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Old 09/23/2018, 10:46 AM   #34
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I was on FB until the day I spotted a picture that came from my phone, that I did not post.
I'm not on FB but a lot of friends and family are... do they access your entire library when you post there?


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Old 09/23/2018, 07:31 PM   #35
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seems like some clubs are very active on here


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Old 09/24/2018, 06:33 AM   #36
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Old 09/24/2018, 01:09 PM   #37
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Old 09/25/2018, 11:23 AM   #38
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Good read. This was the first forum I joined when I got back into saltwater.

I love the info here.

I think its good to discuss ways to drive traffic back within the boundaries and mission of RC.

I admin our local clubs site and we have seen the decline in traffic as well. I am also on a couple of forums related to forum admin and all seem to conclude that fb and other social media are a big driver in that traffic decline.

I guess I am old and cantankerous... I don't like fb. never have never will, but I get the instant gratification thing.

And.. greedy photobucket sucks.. yes they did destroy tons of how to threads/articles with their thoughtless policy change.


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Old 09/25/2018, 11:50 AM   #39
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If there's any good that's come out of this, it feels like there's a lot less bickering with threads getting shut down a lot less than a few years ago. Even though the traffic may have gone down, I do think the quality of posts has gone up.

I think people are also being more respectful in that they're searching for information before posting a question. Many start with "I've searched for [blank] and can't find the any info. so I'm creating a new thread..." This in itself leads to less posting than in the past.


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Old 09/25/2018, 12:50 PM   #40
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If there's any good that's come out of this, it feels like there's a lot less bickering with threads getting shut down a lot less than a few years ago. Even though the traffic may have gone down, I do think the quality of posts has gone up.

I think people are also being more respectful in that they're searching for information before posting a question. Many start with "I've searched for [blank] and can't find the any info. so I'm creating a new thread..." This in itself leads to less posting than in the past.
I agree 10 fold. I laugh every time I hear my wife while she is on FB complain what some one is posting about some one else. This song to me covers online post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE6iAjEv9dQ


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Old 09/25/2018, 03:30 PM   #41
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Did anyone happen to notice that most of the responders have been on RC since the early to mid 2000's!
I joined in March 2005! 13+ Years for me!


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Did anyone happen to notice that most of the responders have been on RC since the early to mid 2000's!
I joined in March 2005! 13+ Years for me!
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We're all the cool kids
Or just the old kids!


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Old 09/25/2018, 09:20 PM   #45
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Did anyone happen to notice that most of the responders have been on RC since the early to mid 2000's!
I joined in March 2005! 13+ Years for me!
I thought about looking at that last week........
Then got sidetracked because I’m getting old and senile. Lol








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Edit: a quick run through the thread.......showed me most of the old timers have low post counts to go along with several years of membership. Sure Ca1ore and der_willie have some posts going on


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Edit: a quick run through the thread.......showed me most of the old timers have low post counts to go along with several years of membership. Sure Ca1ore and der_willie have some posts going on
Quality not Quantity!


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Good point. I used to be cool


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That only works if users actually searched to benefit from those few "quality" posts..


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Old 09/26/2018, 11:06 AM   #50
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I originally was steered to RC by an LFS owner who was trying to do internet sales and maintain a brick & mortar store. He failed, but I found a great resource. I can't imagine most LFSs steering their customers to RC. If you're selling a $25 bottle of "Miracle Nitrate Reducer", you don't want your customers to find out a $1 bottle of vinegar works just as well. Who steers new members to RC these days?


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