Re: Is this forum dead??
There's obviously pros and cons to forums. From my experience dealing with both forums and FB...ive found the following to be true.
-Niche people, more genuine and well behaved. Forums dont tolerate BS. Its more moderated & stupid comments are a rarity.
-Archival properties. Pending on how long a forum has been running....invaluable data is always accessable. Searching said data is easier than other platforms
-People with solid, dependable knowledge. Years of brains trust info is shared and freely given, in the interest of progressing the forum group.
-Forums will always have a higher reputation than a FB page.
-Return clients. Once a passionate member gets derailed by life priorities, they mostly always return...wether to see how things are or to keep on going with their passion.
-Adding images has proven forums are behind the times. Theres only so much hosting power a forum has, before it has to start charging users a fee to keep it viable. As i said, photobucket has screwed a large percentage of all forums worldwide with their pay to use system. Not only has all previously uploaded images disappeared, its now too much of a hastle for people to figure it out. FB has the upper hand here, as Takin a ride has mentioned.
-FB in particular has a tendency to bring out the worst in people. Rude, opinionated, uneducated and just down right *******s who believe their own hype....have a way of derailing any positive work put into the group. Misinformation runs rampant.
-The social media connection has multiple platforms that are helpful...
-online live feeds
-business pages.....just to name a few.
-Forum functions need to be updated to compete in the real world. Old tech that cant keep up.
I believe that all forums will see numbers decline...slowly...but as long as theyre online, the data within is invaluable. It's up to a select group of die hards and passionate people to keep it alive.
Of course that depends on what the forum represents. Ibanez guitars for example...honestly, the Jem is the 3rd highest selling guitar in the world behind the strat and les paul. There will always be an audience for this page. I wouldnt stress about it going away. It has a solid reputation, rarely seen elsewhere......geez, even Vai visits from time to time...that speaks volumes about the work and passion the place has.