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#431210 - 12/23/10 05:09 PM Still so quiet on the forums?
Prizewriter Offline
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Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 2577
What's up? I know the forums have been quiet for a while and there are fewer and fewer people posting. I'd swear recently a full 24 hours passed without anyone posting anything on here.

As a little experiment, I threw up a topic a while back to see how many people would respond. It was about MMA and the realities of violence. Two pretty popular topics on a MA forum I would've thought. There were 7 responses (which is pretty good for FA forums atm).

Now I'd actually pinched the topic theme from another forum and did a few minor tweaks and presented on this forum. The other forum that I took the topic from has had, to date, 229 responses. It is about the same subject. It was posted up on the other forum from the 29th of October. My thread on FA forums went up on the 30th. So they've been online on forums for almost the same amount of time.

Same subject, almost same online life span, yet on one forum the topic gets 4839 views with 229 responses, on FA forums the topic gets 473 views with 7 responses.

I'm not trying to be down on FA forums, (I think it's great) but any clues as to what's going on???
"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food" Hippocrates.

#431211 - 12/23/10 06:18 PM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: Prizewriter]
Shi Ronglang Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 91
Loc: Samarobriva, Gallia
I keep wondering too.This forum was very much alive when I took a hiatus from it two years ago or so... Now it's but a shadow of its past self. I've been back for a few months, and can't start to imagine what depleted it like this. frown
I think someone once mentionned it had something to do with its front page's advertisement, which may cause the site to come up as "unsafe" on search engines. Still, I can't understand what caused its once-numerous regular posters to desert it.
A good job we still have a few hardcore posters like Cord, Matt, John, etc. to keep it alive. Without them, this board would just gather dust. I hope better times are ahead, because this forum played a significant role in my early martial development and I'd be sad to see it sink to its death.

I miss the fun this place used to be...
Wen wu shuang quan

#431212 - 12/23/10 11:38 PM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: Shi Ronglang]
iaibear Offline

Registered: 08/24/05
Posts: 1304
Loc: upstate New York
The problem could lie with the concept that (whatever the subject), it as been done before and the poster should look it up in the (whatever you call it) previous responses. We have an increasingly new batch of posters. Personally I have been on board for several years. Still I bump into this same philosophy. So no one of the newer group feels up to reading through a lot of previous discussion.
That was then. This is now.
Let them enter what they think is "new". It might just surprise you.

#431214 - 12/24/10 12:09 AM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: iaibear]
underdog Offline

Registered: 09/18/04
Posts: 1270
Loc: Mansfield, MA U.S.A.
Sure participation will go up and down. Over the long haul, FA has been around for a long time. I wouldn't worry about dry spells.
The older I get, the better I was!

#431217 - 12/24/10 01:12 PM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: underdog]
Kathryn Offline

Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 262
Loc: Washington, DC
Quite honestly, I walked away from it for awhile because of the way one of the moderators was bashing my every post and other people's as well. Then I decided that no one was going to intimidate me, especially since so few women post here. But upon my return I noticed it being much quieter.
Be nice, until it's time to not be nice.

#431220 - 12/24/10 01:38 PM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: Kathryn]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10416
Loc: Great White North
I don't know what to tell you. I think everything has a life span, has ups and down. Perhaps this forum has run its course or perhaps it is the low before the high.

For me, posting on forums is at a low. Been there, done that, see that.

#431222 - 12/25/10 04:08 AM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: Dereck]
Stormdragon Offline
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Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 3409
Loc: Salem, OR
After 7 years or so posting here, I'm not suprised. It happens every so often. I've seen it go months like this (at which point I usually just lurk occasionally till it gets active again)...then pick up a lot...and so on. There is a cycle of highs and lows to everything. Just like Dereck said. Now, sure everything has been talked about and can be found in the archives, but I remember when there was that big loss of threads, before that there were tons, if they remained to this day there would be twice as many. It was active and slow at times then too when all those old threads were still around.
Member of DaJoGen MMA school under Dave Hagen and Team Chaos fight team under Denver Mangiyatan and Chris Toquero, ran out of Zanshin Martial Arts in Salem Oregon:,

#431223 - 12/25/10 08:20 AM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: Stormdragon]
hunterkell Offline

Registered: 08/03/04
Posts: 435
Loc: fl usa
at other websites posters can get into full verbal brawls and really get into some tirades and rants. back when i was posting regularly on this site, if that happened a mod would come in and settle things down. kinda felt like there was not a lot of self expression.

thats not always a bad thing mind you, just sometimes people like to get into that type of thing.

i know in other cases on this site i watched as a poster would state his/her opinion and a mod would come on and disagree and just keep going til the other person stopped posting or gave up.

on many of the sites the mods arent frequent posters, just moderators. overall, they dont take an active part in the discussions.

overall tho, i like the site. but it does seem quiet from a few years ago.
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#431224 - 12/25/10 09:14 AM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: Kathryn]
iaibear Offline

Registered: 08/24/05
Posts: 1304
Loc: upstate New York
Personally I have always enjoyed your posts

#431234 - 12/26/10 10:37 PM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: iaibear]
Mark Jordan Offline

Registered: 06/09/10
Posts: 138
Loc: Burbank, California
I second the ff posts:

"...because of the way one of the moderators was bashing my every post and other people's as well."

"...kinda felt like there was not a lot of self expression. "


1. One doesn't want to displease the mods for fear that their account gets banned.

2. There are other forums that are more fun to join because the discussion is alive. M.A.planet is one of them.

That being said, I still, once in a while, come over here because there are topics not discussed in other forums.

#431235 - 12/27/10 12:50 PM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: Mark Jordan]
VDJ Offline

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 1674
Everybody is on the money with waht has been posted. Topics done to death, mods shutting down a discussion, peoples lives changing and time being short. Of course things like Facebook and Twitter come into play also. I have not began a Facebook account as I have some concerns with it, but I have been told by some Martial Arts friends who schedule events, that they get a much bigger response from posting things there than they do anyplace else. Personally, I have become a little bored with the forums, I lurk and post when something becomes interesting to me. My biggest disappointment is that what I really enjoyed was the "Get togethers" that we had because of the forum has also come to a halt. It would be a great weekend of fun and training, now its been 2 years and I'm not sure we will see one again for awhile!


#431258 - 12/31/10 02:42 PM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: iaibear]
Kathryn Offline

Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 262
Loc: Washington, DC
Originally Posted By: iaibear
Personally I have always enjoyed your posts

Be nice, until it's time to not be nice.

#431263 - 01/03/11 03:02 AM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: Kathryn]
Cord Offline

Registered: 01/13/05
Posts: 11399
Loc: Cambridge UK.
I think that for many long time posters, who have danced the dance on pretty much every topic, we have now come to our own truths and understanding on how we see the arts and how we express them in our training, and our articulation of opinion.

When that happens, there is less compulsion to explore what has already been discovered by the individual.

I still log on to fullfill my moderator duties, but now if I read someone voicing misinformation, idiocy, or even a valid opinion that I dont agree with, I just dont have the urge to get into it anymore - its enough for me to be able to understand my opinion on the topic, not share it with those who do not wish to hear it.

I used to use the sight purely as a social network for my 'virtual', but very real friends I have made on here, but that element is now catered to by Facebook.

I still get a lot of PM's from members who enjoy my advice on conditioning, and have questions specificaly for me, as opposed to wanting wider opinion/input, and I am always happy to help smile
Don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya'

#431266 - 01/03/11 02:14 PM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: Cord]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 15634
Loc: York PA. USA
Ditto, except I don't get all the PM's. :P
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

#431307 - 01/10/11 12:24 PM Re: Still so quiet on the forums? [Re: MattJ]
MiSt Offline

Registered: 10/31/04
Posts: 396
cord, wheres my fb add? smile
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