Shutting Down the Forums

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clok1966
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Well I doubt its any help,

Well I doubt its any help, but I must say I look here more often during the day for new content then anywhere else. I try to add a little here and there, but even I know I look at stuff from a slightly Abby- Normal point of view. I'm very opinionated, and tend to talk about stuff I like with negative comments (I seldom point out the good, just the bad). Have some of the worst spelling/typing skills in the world. I must admit seeing the "close the forum" i had to chime in.. NO! While there is not alot of new stuff posted, sometimes somthing gets rolling.

Just a (and I'm asking this with a slight smile on my face)question, Matt, wow, hehe you are alwasy so chipper, that has to be the most aggresive post I have ever seen you make (and tame compared to most the stuff on other boards).. Something must have got you going....

Matt Barton
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I would love it if we had a

I would love it if we had a bustling forum with lots of great posters swarming us with great ideas. Consider the Racketboy Forum, for instance. What the hell would it take for us to get even a fraction of that activity going here? Is it just that too many such forums exist already for people to divide their time, or what? I'd be happy even to have a quarter of that going on here.

We've been running AA for a long time now, and have seen participation come and go. But I'm definitely getting fed up with trying so hard to build a community here, when so few people give a shit. Maybe we're just not cool enough, hip enough, who knows what it is. But it's frustrating as hell to spend all this time building great content, just to have one or two people write a brief comment. That's just f** bullshit.

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Bill Loguidice
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TripHamer wrote:

You've recently added a new show to the mix. So perhaps it's too early to consider dropping the forums....unless cost is a factor, of course.

Cost is not a factor, but an argument can be made that streamlining the Website would focus people on fewer things and perhaps spur more comments that way. We'd like to build up the community, i.e., make it more inviting for people to lurk less and participate more.

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TripHamer
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Seems like a step backwards.

You've recently added a new show to the mix. So perhaps it's too early to consider dropping the forums....unless cost is a factor, of course.

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Bill Loguidice
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Thanks, Chip. We'll be

Thanks, Chip. We'll most likely be keeping the forums, but the genesis of this is our continued high ratio of lurkers to commenters. No amount of time or search engine crawling will change that. We've been active since January 2004 and we have a very good handle on our monthly unique visitors and how many download our podcasts get, etc. However, after we switched from the monthly online magazine format popular in 2004 - 2005, active participation began to decline. Now we just get a few comments here and there. Not that we don't appreciate our followers - far from it - what we'd like though is more activity from our community. So we're certainly open to fresh ideas and perspectives onto getting more people to comment and want to participate actively, rather than passively, in our community.

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Chip Hageman
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Hey Matt, I say give the

Hey Matt,

I say give the forums some more time.. As search engines crawl the site and start aggregating the content I think you will notice the activity slowly increase over time. Plus, there are a lot of great one off discussions that really have no place as featured front page posts- so I think there is still value to be had with these forums... even if that value is down the road a ways.

-Chip

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