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Where Have All The Forumites Gone?


Bing.alau
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This forum certainly goes very quiet between Friday nights' Postcard Puzzle and the rest of the week. Where does everybody pop off to? Maybe we should get Brumas to put a second edition on Mondays or Tuesdays?

Are we running out of subjects to natter about?

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"it just about sums up a lot of the t(w)ittering, doesn't it!"

Yes, it does. One of the reasons I have not joined the Twitter crowd is because I cannot understand the appeal of reading about the minutiae of a complete stranger's life, and I cannot see that anyone else would want to read about mine.

Ditto Facebook - if I want to contact people I know I can do it by email, by phone, or via Skype; it's enough, I just don't have enough time for Facebook or Twitter, apart from anything else.

I have worked in offices where people seem to spend almost as much time on social networking as they do on actually working for a living.

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pabby

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Where Have All The Forumites Gone?

Perhaps the site should have a small sub section for obituaries.

The majority of posters in the speakers corner section are well over 60 and the 2 main " usual suspects " are certainly entitled to a free bus pass.

You could have the option to write a memorial message, light a candle or bury old scores.

tic

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Aitchbee

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Are we running out of subjects to natter about?

I can quite easily think of a dozen or so ... off the top of my head ... to keep the ball rolling ... if push comes to shove.

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Bing.alau

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Aitchbee. It seems we need intellectual subjects. Classical music might be something to talk about for a change. I quite enjoy a bit of it on my car radio. But I know nothing about composers etc.

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Aitchbee

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Bing.alau - that's a good start. Goreckie... or whatever his name was ... always makes me cry 'inside' when I listen to it. Nobody can explain the power of music.

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woodchip

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Well, I have been looking in nearly all day. And think they could call it the Day of the Dead. This is no good for me as I have been cooped up on my own for nearly two weeks with a Heavy Cold, and it does not want to go away.

come on lads post some threads I did get you going for a while with the Floppy Thread, Why not give some of your old Computer Experience stories

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morddwyd

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I think the forum will take more than a few changes of subjects, and a bit of time, to fix.

In its old format this forum was unique, and I mean that in the true sense of the word - there was no other like it. Tolerant, good-humoured, wide-ranging, that was what attracted many people, including me, to it in the first place.

PCA decided, obviously for good commercial reasons, they are, after all, in business, to make some changes. Many of these modernised it and brought it more into line with other forums, however, in doing so they destroyed the very characteristics which distinguished it from all the others, and many people started spending less time here, or leaving altogether.

Those people will be replaced, or may return, but it will take time, and there will be no quick fix to speed it up.

The new forum will take as much time to develop a character of its own as the old one did, and it will do that as a natural development, just as the old one did, and no amount of manipulation or trendy threads will speed that process up.

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john bunyan

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FE

I fully agree about Twitter and indeed, Facebook. I have a few relatives and friends with whom I exchange photos - using eMail and dislike the security of Facebook such that I refuse to be a "friend". As for Twitter - the name sums it up in the old use of the word "Twit".

I hope the forum continues, hope old members return and, more importantly we attract new younger and particularly female members....

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Bing.alau

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Females take offence at the drop of a hat though. Maybe a thread on why this is so could turn in to an intellectual one.

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fourm member

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I understand the FE and john bunyan's views. In fact, I share them when it comes to Facebook because I haven't found any reason to use it.

I also thought the same about Twitter until I started using it. Twitter is every conversation in every pub going on at the same time. Yes, there are people talking about how good their breakfast in the greasy spoon was and there are people wanting to show you a picture of a funny thing their dog did.

But, there are also people seeking and offering advice on serious matters or passing information on about events from local to global.

And Twitter is helping real scientific advances. I follow a number of chemists and, via Twitter, people are now repeating experiments to see if they can replicate the results someone else had within hours. That process used to take months because the results had to be published in a journal.

I won't go on because it is a simple, and perfectly understandable situation. If you don't use Twitter you will think it is a waste of time. If you find a reason to use it, you'll see what it can do.

Because it is 'the latest thing' is not a reason to do anything in my book but I accept there are lots of people who act on that basis. I'm aware that they are in the pub and, sometimes, I catch a snippet of their conversation but I don't stand with them listening all the time.

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