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Offline LightingElectricDream

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Is the forum dying?
« on: December 17, 2018, 09:14:13 PM »
Hey guys is it just me of is the forum dying?
Seems to be less people around.
Maybe facebook is to blame?
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2018, 09:29:31 PM »
Right before Christmas is always slow online. 

But yes there has been a massive exodus to social media recently.
Not good since buying/selling/trading now has little repercussion.
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2018, 09:33:07 PM »
I also think it’s a little slower around Christmas but the Arena is still active and a fun place to be. :) I’m usually here everyday but sometimes don’t have time to post as much as I’d like to.


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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2018, 09:38:38 PM »
Nah, the Arena's decently active. It is probably less so than normal at the moment because of the holidays though.
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2018, 09:47:53 PM »
I hope not? I like it much better here than on social media.
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2018, 09:48:33 PM »
     I don’t think it’s dying. The arena, as long as there are ponies, cannot die. Is probably due to the holidays. People are spending more time than usual with family than on the arena. This happens every year.
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2018, 09:50:03 PM »
I wouldn't say the Arena is dying, but I do think MLP collectors have diversified onto other platforms to the extent where it's not "the center of the collecting world" anymore.

Which is a good thing, because you don't want to have everyone on one platform, in case it goes down.  You never know what life will bring.

I do think forums in general are a dying breed, and the ones that are surviving are the ones that have a large userbase from when they were at their height.  It would be very hard to start a new forum and get it to gain users and stay active.  I think people in general are moving away from "one thing" specific sites.  Like, they would rather join a Facebook group about stamp collecting than join a stamp collecting forum.
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2018, 01:19:45 AM »
Nope.
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2018, 01:32:41 AM »
I never noticed that much of a change. I think I also agree about places slow down too during the holiday rush.

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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2018, 02:31:18 AM »
Lady Moondancer nailed it pretty well!
Definitely blaming the holidays for the slowness, too. Although it's certainly livelier here than other places I've seen.
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2018, 05:02:57 AM »
I hope the Arena is around for many, many moons.  I love FB and am in a number of groups but it's just so hard to keep track of topics, finds posts etc.  This is so much easier in a forum.

It's a pretty great group in here I'd say with no drama.   It's a feel good place to be.  <3

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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2018, 06:06:54 AM »
I've noticed it has slowed down recently but echoing what others are saying here, I think it's temporary.

I know I've been active quite a bit less because I'm moving in a month and won't be able to take my ponies with me right away, they will be safely boxed up and stored at my mother's for a few months and I'm really going to miss them. :( I've been withdrawing from pony stuff ever so slightly just so I won't be so sad when I have to leave them. Ice Crystal is going to come with me but I'll miss the rest of my little ponies in the meantime! It'll be okay, I had to do it once before and was without them for two years... Our love will never die, they'll return to me! 17 years together, they always do! xD
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2018, 07:11:40 AM »
I don't think it's dying (I certainly hope not) but yes I agree it has very much slowed and I think FB is totally to blame.

A couple of years ago this place was really busy, everything from the corral to sales, but I think people are more inclined to share pics/comment on facebook now. It's what I've noticed, anyway. I think it's much easier (just generally speaking - I'm not speaking of behalf of everyone!) for someone to hit a 'like' button on fb than make a personal, meaningful comment, which is part of the charm here.

I personally find all the fb pony groups hard to keep up with although the reach, because of the high migration, when you need a quick answer or ID sometimes is just (sadly) easier there now. Comments here in that regard are sometimes like getting blood out of a stone I've noticed.

I wish is wasn't so, because the arena has always been my favourite pony home  :sad:  And I miss a lot of the mods who used to comment frequently, particularly in the corral. Where did you guys go?  :what:

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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2018, 07:42:43 AM »
Seems fine to me?  But I don't frequent FailBook, or any other social media platforms.  Not interested in being the product.
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Re: Is the forum dying?
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2018, 09:11:16 AM »
I don't think it's dying (I certainly hope not) but yes I agree it has very much slowed and I think FB is totally to blame.

A couple of years ago this place was really busy, everything from the corral to sales, but I think people are more inclined to share pics/comment on facebook now. It's what I've noticed, anyway. I think it's much easier (just generally speaking - I'm not speaking of behalf of everyone!) for someone to hit a 'like' button on fb than make a personal, meaningful comment, which is part of the charm here.

I personally find all the fb pony groups hard to keep up with although the reach, because of the high migration, when you need a quick answer or ID sometimes is just (sadly) easier there now. Comments here in that regard are sometimes like getting blood out of a stone I've noticed.

I wish is wasn't so, because the arena has always been my favourite pony home  :sad:  And I miss a lot of the mods who used to comment frequently, particularly in the corral. Where did you guys go?  :what:
i feel the same way... no idea what's going on over at facebook and i've only done like.. a few things in one group. i'll stick here, even if it's slower.
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