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Old 05-12-21, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Resurrecting my own zombie thread, I think the decline of BF alluded to in 2016 was clearly real. On the positive side BF is still alive and kicking 5 years later.
As my grandmother used to say, "same old 6 and 7." I don't know if that's good or bad.
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Old 05-12-21, 06:52 PM
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It’s not dead yet.
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Old 05-12-21, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Resurrecting my own zombie thread, I think the decline of BF alluded to in 2016 was clearly real. On the positive side BF is still alive and kicking 5 years later.
Maybe I'm old, but I'm a huge fan of dedicated forums. So many social media sites like Facebook or ****** have sucked up discussions but I don't think they are well-suited for it. I play D&D (which, in 2016 was just starting a new boom) and the primary forum I read, laid out much like bikeforums, is far superior in content to the equivalent ****** or Facebook group.
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Old 05-12-21, 06:59 PM
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It's the only social media I participate in besides a few basketball forums that are similar in structure/content.
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Old 05-12-21, 07:53 PM
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It's really obvious that this one has barely a pulse. C&V has waaayyyy more activity, but the folks there are generally older and wiser, and have the entire history of cycling to chat about.
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Old 05-12-21, 08:37 PM
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BF is a cesspool. Various groups on FB are more civil, unbelievably.
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Old 05-12-21, 09:55 PM
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BF is a cesspool. Various groups on FB are more civil, unbelievably.
Sites on the internet that are open for the public to comment or engage with others tend to fall into this. Nonsense arguments and pissing contests over who knows more beats out actual conversation a lot. That's why I like C&V, it seems less prevalent there. (from what I've seen anyway, I haven't been here long admittedly)
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Old 05-12-21, 10:50 PM
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There are, what, around 15-20 regular posters on the 41 here these days?

(I dont believe in the existence of other sub-groups on BF)
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Old 05-13-21, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by guachi View Post
I play D&D (which, in 2016 was just starting a new boom)
I didn't know it got popular again. I started playing in in 1982 when i was a HS fresh. I used to design my own maps. When I went into the army it was popular for all the single guys living in the barracks. Wish there were people near me to play again, it's better than any video game.
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Old 05-13-21, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Is it my imagination, or is Bike Forums a lot less active than it used to be.
Correct.
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People here don't get it.
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Old 05-13-21, 05:20 AM
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Correct.
Botto?
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Botto?
yes?
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Old 05-25-21, 02:36 PM
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Love Bike Forums

I've just recently returned to road cycling and had a bunch of questions - the help and answers I got were phenomenal - I have a membership in two bike forums but this one is my go to exclusively , love it , hope it keeps breathing !!
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Old 05-25-21, 03:31 PM
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yes?



correct.
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Old 05-26-21, 07:37 AM
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This is a pretty active chat forum IMHO. Lots of stuff has moved to Facebook, which I loathe. So it's refreshing to have BF available.

One thing though BF needs to watch out for is dealing with trolls, we don't need trolls constantly turning people off to the forum and driving membership lower.
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
This is a pretty active chat forum IMHO. Lots of stuff has moved to Facebook, which I loathe. So it's refreshing to have BF available.

One thing though BF needs to watch out for is dealing with trolls, we don't need trolls constantly turning people off to the forum and driving membership lower.
I agree with both points. A lively, active forum is a wonderful thing. The "information superhighway" (if anyone still calls it that) is littered with countless dead forums which died off after various Facebook groups took their place.

I think some of the trolls are kind of funny sometimes but what bothers me more is the tendency for people here to argue just because they like seeing their name on the screen. Example: One member might say the weather is fantastic today, where he lives. So immediately some other member will chime in and say that on average, the statistical weather data for that area has been trending worse and worse for decades. Real helpful.
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Old 05-26-21, 02:18 PM
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I have been here since 2004. It was a bit more fun some years ago with PCad and CampagForLife posting. I get sort of tired of the "what frame should I buy, a Specialized or a Trek..." posts.
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It's also harder to fiddle with parts to boost performance than it was a decade or two ago. Stuff works out of the box with no tricks or quirks. Kinda boring, if you ask me.
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That just doesn't sound right.
yeah, I was going to say something.
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