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Thread: Future of Forums and Aquatic Information

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    Forums are still the only place to go that will give you an in depth, complete and trusted source of information when you are not talking face to face with a person. Or emailing a person directly.
    Forums generally dont tolerate bad behavior, abuse or any of the ism's (racism etc), although I have posted an apology or two on forums after having a sherbert or two, no harm is ever intended. Social media is a breeding ground for trolls.
    Unfortunately forum participation, and therefor forums, are on the decline. Younger people want, and expect, an answer to their questions in seconds. Social media works like that even if the answer is wrong.

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    ive been a part of forums since longer than i care to remember,fish ,cars,shooter forums
    unfortunately the i want it now mentallity is the downfall for forums tue fact that theres reputable people on them with 100s of years combined experience doesnt matter to the now generation
    i personally find social media sites to be full of 2 minute legends ,trolls and the information on them to be misleading due to the no accountability factor
    Having said that the specialised sites like killifish and the likes are generally pretty good but unfortunately theres no ability to research which is the main plus for the forum user
    buying and selling on the media sites is a nightmare at times,people not turning up,and rubbishing you after a deal was done ,or in the case of fish.......the quality is gone and the knowledge is negligable.peope just see the dollar and dont care ,
    Theres zero accountability,someone doesnt like the fact you know more or try to correct some mis information they block you or try to report you,
    i cant remember the last time i used a non specific site..theres 6 billion people with 5.98 bullion different opinions and everyone else is always wrong
    give me forums and clubs any day

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    Great topic!

    I managed a forum for about 7 years and I think they slowed down just because they couldn't keep up with technology. Mobile came in like a wrecking ball and forums just weren't ready on time, it took them too long (and still not good!). No one wants to install 'tapatalk', and even implementing it in a forum wasn't an easy task...Forums are just 'too hard', can't keep up with the mobility of our behaviour these days. I need to pinch to resize to read stuff on my phone, I can't properly quote, uploading images is a nightmare...etc. I used to love coming back home after a long day and just sit on my PC and read all that knowledge shared by other breeders, etc, it was just such a treat! I was also way younger back then, with not so many worries in my life...but still, it wasn't just me, people from different demographics would do the same. Mobiles were just too easy. All of a sudden I'd find myself sitting in the couch reading the forum...but I would not post as often...and from there, everything went down. I reckon it was at some point between 2008-2012 when we noticed the decline, and the team decided to just leave it, unfortunately..

    In any case, I keep looking for forums, specially wherever I go live. First thing I did when I moved to Oz was to look for forums here (and I found AL! WIN!!), I guess I also love the more personal contact and truth I feel in a forum than in social media (go figure...as this is less..'personal'). I believe connections can be made with people that REALLY is into it, people that spend time in forums just because they love whatever the forum is about, which might lead to meet this people in person and, all of a sudden...your hobby is 10x more rewarding! I guess that's why I'm still around.

    I have to disagree regarding FB is about to die...sorry but all I do is FB at work hah they just closed their best year ever. I'm not saying is going to die eventually, but they still have a dozen years in them.

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    Well lets keep AL going as I find it really useful and a great resource for finding stuff
    I'm disappointed its not as active as it use to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDM View Post
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    I managed a forum for about 7 years and I think they slowed down just because they couldn't keep up with technology. .
    Check out this forum software.
    https://www.discourse.org/ I manage a private forum with that software. It's pretty cool but not as accessible as FB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    Check out this forum software.
    https://www.discourse.org/ I manage a private forum with that software. It's pretty cool but not as accessible as FB.
    ah, wow looks quite good but again...founded in 2013..hehe too late to save some forums. We should give it a go in AL :P

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    I think one of the sneaky things you could do is to enable FB or google login (authentication) then people can sign up easily.

    The seperation of hobbies, family, friends, privacy h as been throughly blurred by social media so it will be an uphill battle I reckon.

    How do you imagine the forums to be in 10 years? vs FB? vs Instagram etc?

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    I much prefer forums however they need to be well visited and hum with lots of posts to stay viable. Now and then I still drop into AL but it's sad to see how little activity we have these days. It really was alive in years past and I learned so much.

    Not sure I think the "live" nature of FB is the reason it has surpassed forums. IMO the "one stop shop" of FB is perhaps a big factor, you login to catch up with friends and end up looking at aquarium groups and whatever other groups you've joined. It then is almost an inconvenience to visit forums separately. Meanwhile FB collects your data and onsells it.... but that's a whole other issue.

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