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Old 02-28-2021, 12:21 PM
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Default How forums die!

I love this forum but forums have been under pressure from Facebook etc and spammers who make it a PITA for forum admins. If you're a lurker that enjoys the forum, participate. Participation is what keeps forums alive and users clicking on ads to help keep the doors open!


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Old 02-28-2021, 01:27 PM
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Some years ago I was a member on a forum that was first locked (no new posts permitted) and then later went dark, mostly because of the number of trolls posting links to porn, etc. (It was a Christian discussion forum, run by the Canadian conference of the group I grew up in.)
On another forum where I am currently a member, the main Admin (who is hosting it) has expressed concern about a certain bill or legal change that would open the door to lawsuits. That forum permits political subjects to be discussed, and the Admin did shut down that section of the forum for awhile. I'm not up on politics enough to know if the threat of that bill passing into law passed, or what. I guess that's a good reason not to permit that sort of discussion, besides the fact that it easily leads to conflicts outside of the main purpose of most discussion forums, especially one like this. (Unless it's about outlawing internal combustion engines.... )

Edit: Oh, FB is a mess. You can't really carry on a conversation there like you can on a forum set up like this one, and you (or at least I) cannot ever seem to find another person's post again, unless I post a comment on it, and then they reply. Probably some setting, I suppose.
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Old 02-28-2021, 06:54 PM
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You're a good man Toad. Thanks for your continuing concern for the board.
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:56 PM
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Ok, I'm guilty! I'll step it up, I like this board too much!

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Old 02-28-2021, 07:56 PM
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I'm sorry! I'm back!!
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Old 02-28-2021, 10:45 PM
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This is a great site.
Some of the sites I was on have seen a huge loss of participation. But none have shut down yet.
Most if the sites are at least 10 years old now and the competition has become greater.
Plus some of the site need updates to their severs and programming and that isnít cheap.
Times change and fads come and go. Plus many people sign up on a site with out really looking at the ground rules.
Letís all do our part to keep this one going.
Some times my posts are nothing more then words or emojis of encouragement.
But at least the poster knows some one is paying attention.
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:48 PM
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Thumbs up

Look at the adds and ordered from some. Just looking helps
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Old 03-01-2021, 12:21 AM
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Thank you, Toad, for bring this up.
I have learned that to make a social thing work you need to add your little bit to the pot and not just be passive. If everyone adds a little bit, then everyone gets to enjoy the party longer.
Keep up the good work, Guys. I really enjoy reading your stuff.
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Old 03-01-2021, 01:31 AM
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What you want to talk about?
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:17 AM
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OK. I just unblocked ads for this site. I'll click on an ad now and again. Maybe even buy something if I find something I need/want/like. This place is special, so I am willing to put up with a few ads.
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