Are our days numbered?

Mon, Jun 10, 2019 2:11 PM

I can't help but notice that activity in our lovely OC community is fucking crawling. Serious Business specifically, which is probably my most frequented section. What you watch on TV is probably the most discussed topics (sad!)

Politics is booming though. That's when you know the end is nigh, but I hope I'm wrong.

 

So how much longer do we have left, or do we make effort to actually post topics worth talking about? Bump old posts? Start new? 

HELP US HELP YOU JUSTIN :)

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  • Mon, Jun 10, 2019 2:33 PM

    Wednesday

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 2:49 PM

    I'll be honest, I've been thinking about shutting it down recently due to the low activity and the fact I'm losing money or barely breaking even each month on hosting vs ad revenue. I know I haven't been around much lately, mostly due to work being busy. But, yeah, it's pretty quiet around here as no one has picked up my slack, really.

    It would be great if folks posted new topics that were worthy of discussion. I tried it for a while but ran out of ideas/steam. That's really the key. Discussion worthy topics. Without them, there's really no point to posting.

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 2:51 PM
    posted by justincredible

    I'll be honest, I've been thinking about shutting it down recently due to the low activity and the fact I'm losing money or barely breaking even each month on hosting vs ad revenue. I know I haven't been around much lately, mostly due to work being busy. But, yeah, it's pretty quiet around here as no one has picked up my slack, really.

    It would be great if folks posted new topics that were worthy of discussion. I tried it for a while but ran out of ideas/steam. That's really the key. Discussion worthy topics. Without them, there's really no point to posting.

    I suggest a $12 membership. 

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 2:58 PM
    posted by justincredible

    I'll be honest, I've been thinking about shutting it down recently due to the low activity and the fact I'm losing money or barely breaking even each month on hosting vs ad revenue. I know I haven't been around much lately, mostly due to work being busy. But, yeah, it's pretty quiet around here as no one has picked up my slack, really.

    It would be great if folks posted new topics that were worthy of discussion. I tried it for a while but ran out of ideas/steam. That's really the key. Discussion worthy topics. Without them, there's really no point to posting.

    Not to rain on your (idea) parade but I've noticed this quite a bit with this type of message board. Seems like the "heyday" of message boards has gone away. A lot of the group that kept it thriving has grown up and moved on to other things. Not a lot of new blood coming on to these sites either. Just my observation.

    EDIT: And I'm not trying to sway you one way or the other. Frankly, it sucks and was fun while it lasted. Got to connect with a bunch of new people, whether civil or in debate, that I never would have.

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 3:09 PM

    Yes these types of forums are ancient. I used to be on several, now only two. Reddit has taken over.

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 3:09 PM
    posted by BR1986FB

    .... Seems like the "heyday" of message boards has gone away.

    Ugh.....at the opposite end of the spectrum, like Reddit or even comments on popular articles, there's just too many people to really even be able to follow a conversation.  A couple of times I waded over to Reddit to read some GoT commentary.  It was just overwhelming. 

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 3:10 PM
    posted by BR1986FB

    Not to rain on your (idea) parade but I've noticed this quite a bit with this type of message board. Seems like the "heyday" of message boards has gone away. A lot of the group that kept it thriving has grown up and moved on to other things. Not a lot of new blood coming on to these sites either. Just my observation.

    EDIT: And I'm not trying to sway you one way or the other. Frankly, it sucks and was fun while it lasted. Got to connect with a bunch of new people, whether civil or in debate, that I never would have.

    I don't disagree with any of this.

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 3:12 PM

    I'm pretty sure we've either passed 10 years, or are pretty close to it. The old software started in Nov 2009, but that was the second board software we used, so I'm pretty sure the site started several months before that. I believe in the summer, but I'm not 100% sure.

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 3:24 PM

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 3:26 PM
    posted by gut

    Ugh.....at the opposite end of the spectrum, like Reddit or even comments on popular articles, there's just too many people to really even be able to follow a conversation.  A couple of times I waded over to Reddit to read some GoT commentary.  It was just overwhelming. 

    I don't think message boards are dead but a lot of these type boards, that got their origin from high schools sports, are dying or on life support. Just not as many joining these types of sites and, frankly, with some of the stupidity I see posted on sites like FB, I'm not sure we'd want many of them joining. Like trying to have a conversation with a potato.

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 3:35 PM

    For me, football and basketball season are when I come here most. I still swing by serious business and politics (mainly for memes) now.  I get that things are slow here and I hope it continues on but l understand how things go. 

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 6:12 PM

    Well I thought this thread was going to be about global warming.

     

     

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019 10:45 PM
    posted by Automatik

    Yes these types of forums are ancient. I used to be on several, now only two. Reddit has taken over.

    r/gibwok

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 7:32 AM

    i suggested awhile ago that we migrate this place to reddit as it's own sub. granted if we did that the serious business forum is the only one that continues, but it's something.

     

    and yeah, it bums me way the fuck out that this place is dying, mainly because its like one more piece of my youth that is going away. growing up sucks balls.

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 1:22 PM
    posted by BR1986FB

    Not to rain on your (idea) parade but I've noticed this quite a bit with this type of message board. Seems like the "heyday" of message boards has gone away. A lot of the group that kept it thriving has grown up and moved on to other things. Not a lot of new blood coming on to these sites either. Just my observation.

     

     

    posted by Automatik

    Yes these types of forums are ancient. I used to be on several, now only two.

    yeah, I have to agree, but IMO Twitter had a lot to do with it as well...you can still bitch and moan, agree and disagree, and basically argue about pretty much anything and everything--and with an infinite amount of people to boot

     

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 1:31 PM
    posted by j_crazy

    i suggested awhile ago that we migrate this place to reddit as it's own sub. granted if we did that the serious business forum is the only one that continues, but it's something.

    That's actually a great idea.  Otherwise, I'd have to start reading Drudge myself without QO providing links daily.

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 1:41 PM

    I'll be bummed when this place is finally gone, but it's to be expected these days. I don't use Reddit, but could probably figure it out if we move there. I am on Twitter a lot and interact with some OCers there. 

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 1:54 PM

    i think this place picks up during football season doesn't it? Browns threads are usually pretty active.

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 1:57 PM
    posted by kizer permanente

    i think this place picks up during football season doesn't it? Browns threads are usually pretty active.

    It probably will.

    If it's still around, that is. When I pull the plug there will be no warning. It'll just be this gif on the homepage and nothing more:

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 2:00 PM
    posted by justincredible

    It probably will.

    If it's still around, that is. When I pull the plug there will be no warning. It'll just be this gif on the homepage and nothing more:

    ender will use his scripts to bypass and take over

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