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#435811 - 06/06/13 11:36 AM What Can We Do?????
cxt Offline
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Registered: 09/11/03
Posts: 5823
Loc: USA
Folks

Recent discussion on "where are they now?" got me thinking.

The site ain't what it used to be. Traffic seems to be down--at least in terms of postings. I have always found the site to be of great value to my practice--heck if this level of information had been available to me prior it would have saved me years of wasted time.

A number of people that used to be quite active, no longer post.

So I wanted to ask if anyone had any ideas about we might go about turning things around.

What can we improve?

What might we do about contacting the folks that no longer post?

Could we combine some specific forums?

What is going wrong with the site we might be able to fix?

You can't see it but I'm giving a deep bow of respect the mods/posters whom have been keeping things together over the years--just wanting to see what I/we can do to help.


Edited by cxt (06/06/13 05:24 PM)
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#435812 - 06/06/13 06:19 PM Re: What Can We Do????? [Re: cxt]
jabber Offline
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Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 95
Loc: UK
Hello,

I haven't been on this site for a few years now and had a few minutes free so decided to check in.

I`m only guessing here but maybe the dreaded Facebook `like` button has some impact on loss of traffic...it seems to me that a lot of people today aren't interested in things they can`t advertise as part of their life.

Plus everyone has a website now....heck I even have one just so I can understand how to build/maintain one (tragic affair that it is).

Please don`t boo me out of the ring when I say this...after such a long time I return and the website looks exactly the same as it did before and though it was up-to-date at the time possibly it no longer is (sorry).

Anyway its great to see names that I recognise even though I mostly came here as a reader. I hope I`m not causing offence by giving my not-very-informed opinion.
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#435813 - 06/06/13 10:56 PM Re: What Can We Do????? [Re: jabber]
iaibear Offline
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Registered: 08/24/05
Posts: 1304
Loc: upstate New York
Hey! You showed up, guy. :-) Hope you can hang around.

I worry about Facebook. Got caught in it myself a couple years back and struggled mightily to get loose. They kept pestering me. Saying I had callers, or whatever; and why had I not been posting? (Cause I wanted "loose")

Facebook is a cross between fly paper and a leech.
They are there to sell advertising space. Period.
Guess it is something everyone has to discover for themselves.

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#435814 - 06/07/13 11:06 AM Re: What Can We Do????? [Re: cxt]
aplant Offline
Just interested.
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Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 31
Loc: UK
Hey,
I've not been contributing as long as many here, but I am a long time reader of the forums. I used to love the debates on here about 10 (wow) years ago. At that time I felt too....unqualified and was too reserved to contribute. The debates definitely influenced the direction of my training and the way I thought about MA.
Anyway. Here are some unsorted opinions:

-I think some members seem reluctant or perhaps even intolerant of debate. I think a good debate is a huge part of what makes a forum interesting. It can be entertaining AND informative.

- Perhaps we should be encourage a little more confrontation?

And some ideas:
-How about a "Topic of the Month" in the MA talk forum in which everyone is encouraged to contribute to?

-Another similar idea would be for Mods the more popular forums to have a monthly controversial lead. E.g. Karate is poorly suited for children. Boxing is unnecessarily dangerous. MMA is unethical. And so on.

- I used to read (but no longer really do) the articles on the site. Why not use these as a post as they appear. Some are definitely controversial.
http://www.fightingarts.com/reading/article.php?id=24
http://www.fightingarts.com/reading/article.php?id=717

-A short debate between 2 members which is then opened up to everyone?

-A kull of the 'dead' forums, or at least a consolidation so as not to loose past threads.

-The Mods of the forums might like to bring up debates about upcoming events. Obvious examples being Boxing bouts and MMA.

-Perhaps the Mods might take it in turns each month to be some kind of 'conversation starter/question asker/old post digger' type person. (More work for the Mods I know...)

-Agree to disagree to agree to disagree.

What do you think? smile

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#435815 - 06/07/13 03:42 PM Re: What Can We Do????? [Re: cxt]
cxt Offline
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aplant

Good ideas--thank you for them!!!!

I esp like the idea of a "controversial" topic discussion. If nothing else it might spark ideas and get people thinking about their assumptions.

I know it helps me.

Maybe we could have a new forum The Martial Skeptic or something like that, and each month we could take something a member is "skeptical" about and really hash it out.

Sure some things have already been done to death--but over a decade of time there may be a whole new group/s of people that have not heard it about it.

What does the group think??

Does it sound interesting and useful?

Is it worth a shot?


Edited by cxt (06/07/13 03:51 PM)
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#435816 - 06/07/13 10:23 PM Re: What Can We Do????? [Re: cxt]
iaibear Offline
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Registered: 08/24/05
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Loc: upstate New York
Universal obedience to a single set of mandated rules is enough to kill most any discussion.

I would like to hear both or all sides.

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#435817 - 06/08/13 02:12 PM Re: What Can We Do????? [Re: cxt]
cxt Offline
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iaibear

Good idea--the more POV's on a subject the better.

What do you think about a different member taking the lead on a question a month?
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#435818 - 06/08/13 10:33 PM Re: What Can We Do????? [Re: cxt]
iaibear Offline
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Registered: 08/24/05
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I would not object.

Is that a good enough answer?

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#435819 - 06/10/13 07:20 AM Re: What Can We Do????? [Re: cxt]
cxt Offline
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Registered: 09/11/03
Posts: 5823
Loc: USA
Works for me.

The fact so few people are weighing in might be an answer in and of itself.

Still might be worth a shot though.
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#435820 - 06/10/13 07:35 AM Re: What Can We Do????? [Re: cxt]
Dobbersky Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
Posts: 913
Loc: Manchester United Kingdom
I agree with this, Good Ideas from aplant too.

I do like this forum and love the fact we can get on so well, we can even have heated discussions at times but we just leave them in that thread and get on with the rest of it.

I think FB would bring in some new members though?

Could some of the MODS, send emails to some of the older members to invite back to the thread or have threads with default notifications unless unsbscribed manually.

Maybe send a bulk mail to ALL members via their emails advising "Hot Topic" of the day or week etc?
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