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Mr. Bill:

--- Quote from: BillyS on April 30, 2018, 08:20:59 AM ---...Where in the past I might have posted a question, I now seach it first and find several places where it has already been discussed at length. I wonder if a lack of activity on the boards might also be attributed to the fact that a lot of stuff is already here and not because people are upset with things...

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Yup, I'm sure that's part of the explanation.  There are only so many new things you can say about paracord. ;D  In fact, our forum statistics show that even as new-posts-per-day have been declining, our page-views-per-day have been increasing (primarily, we assume, from non-members who find info here in a Google search).  We're now a prepping information resource.

(ATTENTION, LURKERS!  You're missing a lot of stuff that is only visible to registered members, and doesn't show up on Google searches.  So register!  The process generally leaves little permanent damage.)

But anyway.  There are other reasons too.  Forums, in general, have been in decline for several years, as people migrate to other social media.  Heh, maybe we should expect a huge influx of newbies, what with Facebook being in disrepute this month!

(ATTENTION, LURKERS!  Sorry to keep bothering you.  But if you're a Facebook user and you've never used a forum like this one, we've got a page of beginners' info about what forums are, and how they work.)

Carl:
  Maybe if we offer a FREE MEMBERSHIP on the home page ?? Some will sign up for the bargain. ;D

archer:

--- Quote from: Carl on April 30, 2018, 06:57:32 PM ---  Maybe if we offer a FREE MEMBERSHIP on the home page ?? Some will sign up for the bargain. ;D

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or a 50% discount if you act now! limited availability, not available in stores!

Stwood:

--- Quote from: Carl on April 30, 2018, 06:57:32 PM ---  Maybe if we offer a FREE MEMBERSHIP on the home page ?? Some will sign up for the bargain. ;D

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 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Hey Red, where's your slappie at? Carl needs one.

surfivor:

--- Quote from: BillyS on April 30, 2018, 08:20:59 AM ---If I may, I'd like to ask that Tinfoil stay around.

I used to discuss and contribute a lot here and in other forums around the net. Over the past couple of years, however, as political discourse got more nasty and the stress of social media got to me, I did an interesting thing. Well, a couple of interesting things, actually.

First, I took Jack's and other mentor's advice and started my own business as well as working to develop certain talents into productive and fulfilling pursuits.

I started a podcast that released episode 81 of its weekly show.
The podcast led me to start an events/convention company that is currently planning its second Halloween/Horror con in Houston.
I started writing with serious aim to get published and paid and am working with different editors and publishing groups to make that happen.
I survived Harvey with stuff to spare and was able to help family, friends, and neighbors with the bounty I had in place because of what I've learned from the show and in the forums.
I've learned how to unfollow, hide, unfriend, and focus my social media experience across platforms to ensure that my time spent online is, if not profitable, at least entertaining, informative, or at least not anger or stress-inducing.

In short, I've been away from here because I'm racing that tick-tock of the clock to make things better for me and mine.

But just because I don't contribute or discuss as much as I used to doesn't mean that I'm not here. I use the forum at least twice a week to find information about one thing or another. Where in the past I might have posted a question, I now seach it first and find several places where it has already been discussed at length. I wonder if a lack of activity on the boards might also be attributed to the fact that a lot of stuff is already here and not because people are upset with things...

I've also learned that I don't have to respond to or even read stuff that gets my blood boiling. It's like a TV. If I don't like the show, I can change the channel.

That said, Tinfoil Hat Brigade has always been one of my favorite boards here. I love conspiracy and intrigue and the unique perspectives that the (mostly) even-minded people in this forum tend to bring to the discussion. I would hate to see it die because a minority of members can't just change the channel when they don't like the show.

I understand why you are doing what you're doing. I just wish people would/could moderate themselves instead of having to close boards.  :-\

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 Yes, the tinfoil section was good. I don't like facebook for political discussions. I am on there to connect with old classmates and friends. I like anonymous discussions that are harder to track by google and all the others.

 It seems like some of the people who helped shut the boards down have gotten frustrated and moved on someplace else after freaking out a good deal. Maybe there's better arguments going on someplace we don't know about or care about. I am not sure if it would matter or not to allow those discussions to go on again and if those people came back or it got bad again then you just shut it down for another rest period.

 No forums are perfect but I prefer the moderated forums to the a lot of the wild west stuff that's out there. If someone shuts the conversation down once in a while, it forces you to take a break from it which can be good even if it can seem frustrating sometimes. Unmoderated forums are actually more frustrating in many ways

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