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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-13-2019, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Are these types of forums going to go the way of the DODO

Please consider the source of this post. I am probably one of the most technologically challenged individuals on this forum. I am 70 years old and still carry a flip phone. Yes I can cruise internet sites, post and buy items from Craigslist and Ebay, but I have no idea of how you would post on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. I don't know the procedures, rules, or paths that you follow on those forms of Social Media and for some reason, I really don't have the desire to acquire the knowledge.

What I have found is that a couple of old forums I used to frequent have either been completely inundated with spam or have disappeared completely. From what I have gathered, the current trend is groups with similar interests are forming on the newer social media avenues to include buying and selling their items of mutual concern. One of the sites that I visited almost daily a few years back had comprehensive articles and postings pertaining to 305 Hondas. Now currently it is almost impossible to navigate due to the spam, and from what I can gather the site administrator is AWOL and no longer makes an effort to control the problem.

As we all have witnessed in last twenty years or so, the print media has taken a real hit. My local newspaper is down to almost a pamphlet on its daily printing and there is talk of going to a weekly run. In its heyday there were several sections, a huge classified department, and a Sunday edition you needed a small donkey to transport.

I suppose this is just a fact of life, and if we lose sites such as this I understand, life moves at a hell of a lot faster pace now, but I will miss them. There is something about taking the time to word your response to help a fellow member, the humor of the posts, and going to place where the pace is a little slower and laid back. Will I ever move over to the newer forms of communication? I would say that will happen when I start riding an electric motorcycle............................
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I may be just a young whipper snapper at 49, but I don't see this type of information source dying off anytime soon. Other social media "lanes" don't offer the vast storage of the information that the forum/bulletin board has as a feature.

I am involved with both forums and facebook groups of similar pursuits, and a discussion almost always finds its way to the forum unless it is just a surface conversation.

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Please consider the source of this post. I am probably one of the most technologically challenged individuals on this forum. I am 70 years old and still carry a flip phone. Yes I can cruise internet sites, post and buy items from Craigslist and Ebay, but I have no idea of how you would post on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. I don't know the procedures, rules, or paths that you follow on those forms of Social Media and for some reason, I really don't have the desire to acquire the knowledge.

I'm only 67 y/o and feel exactly the same way. Good for us dinosaurs........
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I, too, still use a flip phone. My online participation is with a laptop. Other media like newspapers and magazines tend to piss me off by offering less and less while charging more and more. It's hard to believe there aren't enough of us dinosaurs still around to keep them going.

I use Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family while trying to ignore the political baiting and propaganda. I have joined a few motorcycle groups there but don't care for all the crap that shows up constantly. The repetition is downright stupid.

On forums like this one, I can choose to peruse only the topics that interest me.

Unfortunately, participation in these forums has fallen considerably. This one in particular is due, partly, to the fact that it moved so slow for so long that many stopped trying. I stayed away for a while, but lately speed is no longer an issue. I don't know if that is my new computer or if things were fixed.

Information like how-to is now on youtube or podcasts. My problem there is the amount of BS you have to wade through. Learning who to believe or trust takes a long time.
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I think part of the problem with these types of forum (fora? ) is that they often require quite a bit of maintenance/upkeep/administration from, usually, a group of volunteers who donít tend to get much thanks for their efforts.
This can lead to these guys getting fed up of the hassle and leaving, sometimes meaning that the site ends up dying.

Unfortunately this has happened to a few of the forums Iíve been on, leading to the loss of some great information and sources of help.

Facebook based groups have the advantage of being hosted by Facebook who can link your groups, interests, everything into one place, and almost everyone (except me it seems) is on there making it easier and more appealing to many.

Personally, I prefer this type of site but I fear that the march of Facebookís progress and popularity may eventually mean the death of them. I hope itís not going to be the case. As brgsprint says, there is a lot of BS out there to wade through
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To me sites like facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc, are nothing more than online libaries, and just like libaries are full of all kinds of books but when your after just one particular book, specialising on one particular subject then you have to come to sites or forums like this one, the big plus of course is you don't have to wade through all the BS, that Facebook, Youtube, etc make you go through.

So for me I hope sites like this keep on rolling.

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I'm a middle age guy at 59 and I have never used face book, twitter, insta, snap or any of those social media avenues and have no intentions of ever learning or using them. I am part of only two forum sites. This happens to be a great site that I truly enjoy the other is an off-road specific brand of bike forum that is dying on the vine. I was part of another off-road site that was specific to Arizona. It was a great site but became in a total disarray and the owner let it get out of hand to the point that he just shut it down which was a shame.
So Mr. gbc you are not alone by any means. I do have concerns that this great site has become so full of advertising that members may just give up and move elsewhere, which would be a real shame as this is really a great site for us Triumph people.
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Hi Neil, I'm 59 also and think pretty much as you do.
I do have a facebook account but really that is just for family connection, I don't much use it for anything else other than a local M/c group about road conditions and such.

I am not a social media fan, I'm probably old fashioned and rather cautious about personal information.

Long live TRAT!

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I don't do FB, if my family wants me to know something that's going on in their lives then they know my email addy/ph no. and I don't give enough of a sh!t about anybody to read a instagram/snap/twitter.....but I believe that those too will someday be gone and something else will replace them.

I don't have any of the specifics about this site but I thought maybe it was BonnieBlack(and maybe I'm just mis-remembering who said it) that once mentioned the site is down in terms of overall use but I still see it as a place where there is a lot of activity/exchange of ideas/fixes/modifications.... so that's a good thing and I don't see it disappearing any time soon.

I build cedar strip canoes and belong to a few forums and if I was to go to them today their might not have been any new posting for the last 6 months or even a year. As others have mentioned, sites disappear/fade away from lack of enough interest.

EDIT; as a follow up on what Wenzel850 mentioned, being a site supporter also blocks adds if I remember correctly.
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