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Post  Pterophyllum on Sat 17 Jun 2017, 23:42

I don't know if other members can see it, but for those of us with admin status at least, at the top of the page is a link to a memberlist. Clicking on it reveals not only a list of members, but how many posts they've made, and when they last visited the site, and to be frank it makes very sorry reading.
At the time of writing (17th June) there are just two members who've visited the site this month, and a total of 5 who been here since the first of May. We have to go back to 5th March to hit double figures. The figure for 2017 is a marginally more respectable 23 but the truth is the site seems like a ghost town.

One of the problems with a forum like this is that when there are few new posts, fewer people visit, and those that do, do so less frequently. When you know lots of people are going to read your post, there's a greater incentive to post, so as fewer people visit, the incentive to spend time composing a post diminishes and the whole downward spiral continues.
This isn't just a problem that affects this site, I'm also a member on TAFII, when I joined that site 8 or 9 years ago it was quite common for there to be so many active threads that I didn't have time to look at them all. These days, even on that site, posts have dried to a trickle.

One obvious reason for this is the rise of facebook forums, there are many dedicated to angels and these are still very active, and for the short term superficial and inconsequential posts, such as "Here's a photo of my fish, how many likes can I get?", they're easy to use, easy to get the quick gratification, a few dozen thumbs ups & hearts etc. But when it comes to more nuanced discussion, or referring back to a post you read 6 months previous, they're a complete waste of time.

This isn't my site, it was started by, and belongs to Lisa Davies (Ghipsi) but she last visited 12th Nov 2014, so I think we can reasonably say that she's lost interest.
But what that means in practice is that this is the site we have, and we can either use it or abandon it.

One possibility is that because the site is fully accessible to non-members, some members are popping by, but not bothering to log on, because they don't see anything new and don't feel they have anything worthwhile to say.

So I'll just make 4 requests.....

1. If you've read this post, please log on and comment, even if it's just to say, "I'm here", or, "I'm alive"
2. Please start your own thread, if only to say, "I've stopped keeping angels" or to share where you're at with the hobby.
3. If you see a new thread, comment, if only to thank the person who started it.
4. most importantly, if you see a question on an facebook forum, and you know the answer is in a tread on this forum, post a link to the answer!

There's a huge wealth of information contained in this forum, as the saying goes "Use it, or lose it"

Rob


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Post  LUK on Mon 19 Jun 2017, 20:29

Hi Rob !
I don't speak english very well , but : " I'm here ! " .
I'll come back tomorrow , I've an idea . Wink
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Post  Pterophyllum on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 00:14

I look forward to hearing it!

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Post  bridgegirl99 on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 15:49

Was that just you and me Rob??? Laughing

I have just come back from spending two weeks with my Daughter who now lives in Canada, and has just had my first Grandaughter Laughing

I left my one eyed husband (he's just had a detached retina repaired), in charge of my fry, sadly I'd only been away a couple of days when I got a message of a mass death, he did his best bless him, we think it might have been the heat? Anyway things have stabled now and I still have some left, I don't blame him, as he's not interested in fish apart from looking at them! and he did his best, just bad timing!! I have new eggs on my return and if they get to wrigglers, I'll pinch them again. Tanks need cleaning but we'll see what happens. Very Happy

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Post  Pterophyllum on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 18:22

Congratulations on the grandchild, commiserations on the deaths, but at least you have a few survivors.

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