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Having lurked here for many years,I have noticed that the number of new posts has declined drastically lately.
Has anyone else seen this and does anyone have an idea why?
 

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All forums have been affected due to the Twitter and facefart nonsense
 

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Of course, I think it’s a result of a few who just argue incessantly for argument’s sake, insulting other members, cursing with abbreviations and just getting too personal. I’ve seen the same thing and I think people are tired of these ad hominem attacks and constant arguments until they establish they are “right“ at least in their own mind.

No disrespect to anyone in particular but things keep getting posted like “ here’s a poor mentally challenged guy getting killed by the cops” The roots of this forum are in folks who try to help each other, offer legitimate advice without ego and discuss firearms, firearm safety, self-defense and other core items that seem to have faded in recent years. In other words, responsible firearm ownership and self-defense. Training, answering questions for each other, considering defensive scenarios like we used to do a lot has seemed to take a backseat to big personal arguments. That’s not helpful. I think that naturally causes people to look for other forums without all the drama.
 

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I've been doing forums since LONG before Algore invented the interwebz. Really. I've been active on forums (fora?) since around 1992. I've seen it all.

Forums ebb and flow. They can grow stale... and then be revived. Sometimes they don't get revived.

A lot of factors involved. Even the economy and general state of "confidence" of the people will affect forum activity. For the past few years, the general state of confidence and happiness has been DOWN in the the U.S. People are worried. When people are worried about their present and future, they don't happily chatter about their hobbies on forums. (I just looked it up... plural of forum is either forums or fora!)

When we've got "pandemics," a rapidly failing economy, the threat of world war, defunding the police with a concomitant upwardly spiraling crime rate, shortages of standard grocery items, a seemingly exponential inflation rate, etc... some folks are going to cool it on the forum posting. People have bigger concerns than social media participation.

I've also seen forums devolve due to too much moderation AND too little. But, more often it's because of too much (overly-aggressive) moderation. The "personality" of a forum can change, too... for the better... or worse.

Also... the Pareto Principle applies. In almost every forum, the vast majority of conversations are among a relative handful of members... with the rest "lurking."

After over 30 years of social media and forum experience I recently founded my first forum. It was a "perfect storm" for this particular forum, IMO. First, there are very few forums dedicated to gun building. The biggest and most popular forum on the topic (gun building) was inexplicably shut down by its owner. That left a huge void. A few other former members created new forums to take its place... to varying degrees of success. But, they were rudimentary in their structure, features, and user interface / function.

I decided to build a "first class" forum with all the bells and whistles. That meant I had to invest my own money AND a fair bit of TIME. I spent a TON of time organizing the structure and functionality of the forum. I've also spent some time on SEO (search engine optimization), so it's showing up well in the search engines. It looks like it's working.

My new forum is only 10 weeks old, and it's going "gangbusters." Well... maybe not REALLY gangbusters. But, the growth is steady. User activity is high. Some quick stats as of this moment:
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Now... 365 members is a pretty small number in the world of forums. But this is a niche forum, and it's only been 10 weeks. IMO, the more impressive number is the number of threads and messages. Lots of activity and traffic!

Besides bragging a little bit, my point is to repeat what I said earlier: Forums wax and wane, ebb and flow, up and down. A LOT of factors are involved.

In the end, I think this forum (FCC) has a strong foundation. It may have its "ups and downs," but it's going to be around for the long haul.
 
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I've been doing forums since LONG before Algore invented the interwebz. Really. I've been active on forums (fora?) since around 1992. I've seen it all.

Forums ebb and flow. They can grow stale... and then be revived. Sometimes they don't get revived.

A lot of factors involved. Even the economy and general state of "confidence" of the people will affect forum activity. For the past few years, the general state of confidence and happiness has been DOWN in the the U.S. People are worried. When people are worried about their present and future, they don't happily chatter about their hobbies on forums. (I just looked it up... plural of forum is either forums or fora!)

When we've got "pandemics," a rapidly failing economy, the threat of world war, defunding the police with a concomitant upwardly spiraling crime rate, shortages of standard grocery items, a seemingly exponential inflation rate, etc... some folks are going to cool it on the forum posting. People have bigger concerns than social media participation.

I've also seen forums devolve due to too much moderation AND too little. But, more often it's because of too much (overly-aggressive) moderation. The "personality" of a forum can change, too... for the better... or worse.

Also... the Pareto Principle applies. In almost every forum, the vast majority of conversations are among a relative handful of members... with the rest "lurking."

After over 30 years of social media and forum experience I recently founded my first forum. It was a "perfect storm" for this particular forum, IMO. First, there are very few forums dedicated to gun building. The biggest and most popular forum on the topic (gun building) was inexplicably shut down by its owner. That left a huge void. A few other former members created new forums to take its place... to varying degrees of success. But, they were rudimentary in their structure, features, and user interface / function.

I decided to build a "first class" forum with all the bells and whistles. That meant I had to invest my own money AND a fair bit of TIME. I spent a TON of time organizing the structure and functionality of the forum. I've also spent some time on SEO (search engine optimization), so it's showing up well in the search engines. It looks like it's working.

My new forum is only 10 weeks old, and it's going "gangbusters." Well... maybe not REALLY gangbusters. But, the growth is steady. User activity is high. Some quick stats as of this moment:
View attachment 75881

Now... 365 members is a pretty small number in the world of forums. But this is a niche forum, and it's only been 10 weeks. IMO, the more impressive number is the number of threads and messages. Lots of activity and traffic!

Besides bragging a little bit, my point is to repeat what I said earlier: Forums wax and wane, ebb and flow, up and down. A LOT of factors are involved.

In the end, I think this forum (FCC) has a strong foundation. It may have its "ups and downs," but it's going to be around for the long haul.
Great Advertisement for a new FORUM.
Can't wait to try it.
Ronnie
 

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Great Advertisement for a new FORUM.
Can't wait to try it.
Ronnie
Ha! Beware! You may suddenly feel the urge to build your own guns! You're welcome to check it out, of course. Link is in my signature.
 
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Racer88,
Very nice forum and will help a lot of people wanting to build their own guns.
This is something needed that nobody thought of before.
I'm very impressed and gotta give you a 👍 on this
Ronnie
 

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Racer88,
Very nice forum and will help a lot of people wanting to build their own guns.
This is something needed that nobody thought of before.
I'm very impressed and gotta give you a 👍 on this
Ronnie
It's been thought of before. There are other gun building forums (as I've discovered with Google), but they don't seem very active.

There was a very active forum by a YouTuber named "Marine Gun Builder" aka "MGB." I joined that forum last July when I started down the rabbit hole. It was a good forum full of good members and chock full of information on building.

But, then inexplicably and rather suddenly, "MGB" shut it all down. Completely. Poof! Gone!

A couple of other members have started spin-off forums. But, IMHO, they lacked "polish" and functionality and features. They are rather rudimentary.

So, I decided to go down THAT rabbit hole. I researched forum platform software and hosting services. I knew that I'd have to spend some $$$ to acquire platform software that offered the features the "big boy" forums have - like FCC and GlockTalk. In fact, I purchased the same software.

But, buying the software and obtaining a hosting service is just the beginning. Getting it all set up is quite the task. And, my perfectionist tendencies got involved!

The new forum has attracted a lot of the former MGB forum members. So, we have a good collection of building experts ready and happy to share their knowledge.

Thanks for checking it out and for the compliments!
 
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1992? Pffft! I was doing usenet back in 1985!
Well... I was doing BBS (bulletin board systems) back in 1982 - 1983 on a Commodore 64. But, I wasn't counting that as a "forum." 😛
 
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Well, I was standing in the middle of the town square shouting at the top of my lungs in 1958. Most people just lurked but someone friended me.
LOL!

Soon enough, you'll have to check in with the DGB (Disinformation Governance Board, which rhymes with KGB) for approval before you can shout in the town square... because they will be "lurking" everywhere.
 

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You people are all wrong about everything.
We have the very best President in history along with the best Vice President.
The best Congress & Senate +++EVER+++
Our whole Political structure in Washington is taking our health and Mental health seriously by :

Gas for cars so expensive you drive less and have less chance of accident or car jacking.
Food cost high enough that you will eat much less and not be sooooo fat.
Saving the working TAX PAYER $$$$$$ by turning the prisoners loose and not having to feed them and lowering the cost of Prison upkeep ETC.
Having the Liberal court system helping by not putting the criminals in jail or Prison.
Our fine President even stated that the High cost of Gas for cars is a good thing because it will make people think about replacing the car they own with an ELECTRIC CAR.

There is much more to the increased cost of EVERYTHING then people just not affording to buy what they need or want.
It is slowly teaching the sheep to accept the reality of how great socialism will be after they totally disarm the citizens of America.
Ronnie
 
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