Joe - you may have been following the discussion on 50+ forum. Here are the most recent posts. What are your thoughts?
We have 63 folks self-identified as 50+
22 would like a 50+ forum
11 would not
30 did not vote
So why does not it get set up anyway? There is nothing to lose. More users may be persuaded to subscribe to such a forum if they know it's there. And if noone bothers to use it, how difficult can it be to delete it? I'd certainly join it as I believe there are specific middle-age questions I know cannot be answered except by experience and by people who have already been there.
I propose it gets set up. Forget the numbers initially, it'll reach critical mass soon enough.
As a sort of test, I set up a 50+ thread,
Special Thread For 50+yo Bicyclists
and someone else set up another.
Special question for 50+YO Bicyclists
So far there have been just a few contributions, these threads have mostly been ignored, even though I linked this thread to the above.
In regards to the thread I set up, there were 28 posts total, many by the same contributors. So, really, only thirteen different folks were interested in actually participating. Is 13 interested folks enough for a forum? Haven't a clue! Both threads have totally died, unless this posting gives a bit of life.
If you want a forum, Joe's the guy!
Denver, to me there is a big difference between a 50+ thread, and a 50+ forum. I only noticed the thread because I chose to just pop-in at random one day. I stood as much chance of missing that thread as any other. But if there was a forum/group then I could bookmark that and I'd look at it for sure on a daily basis. New members don't choose groups at random, rather they hear about bikeforums from somewhere, they then select the groups they are interested in. If someone said to me have seen you the 50+ thread I would have no idea where to look for it.
I don't pretend to understand how the administration of bikeforums works, but again, I don't believe it is that difficult to set up a new group, and by the same token, it's probably just as easy enough to tear it down. Whether 5, 10, 50, 500 users make use of it is no big deal to me. It would reach critical mass soon enough and some folk drop in, read, and move on, and others stick around and keep it going. I have the same experience with a pda forum. Much of what gets posted is by hardcore but even the newbies who lurk are full of praise for the general content. Until someone initiates a 50+ group, then we won't know for sure either way.
But then again, I've just turned 50 and noone listens to the old folk anymore! Just ask the youngsters!