- Jul 3, 2009
I can probably name 20 that have left since I came here, maybe more
It is the nature of the forum that people come and people go
Sometimes, they come back
Sometimes they don't
Focusing on a limited slice of time and making judgements belies the true nature of the forum
This is an "entry level" science forum.
As people mature, they tire of the repetitious nature of the inquiries and look elsewhere.
The truth is, that veterans were leaving before you came here and will be leaving after you and I are gone
The exaggeration comes from labeling 5 as "many."
EVERY day, over 5,000 people visit this forum
5/5,000 doesn't constitute "many" to me
Even if you just want to focus on veterans, there are ~150 veterans
5/150 still doesn't make it to the label "many."
I look at it like this.
There's three categories of people here.
You have the people that come here for info, you have the people deemed "vets" because of their post count and then you have the true assets to these forums, people such as yourself and a few others who actually go out of their way to provide data/services for the better of the community.
Most people fall into the category of people that come here for the info, some fall into the "vets" and few fall into the true assets. With that being said, I've been here for about three years now and I'd say that's a pretty long time to make an observation. What I've observed for the most part is this forum is slowly declining (of course someone in your position would never admit that, but I'm sure a lot of people feel that way even if they don't want to come here and straight up admit that). Sure, it still generates plenty of traffic, still generates plenty of profit for Avery and sure, there's still plenty of information to be had here, but a lot of people here are at each other's throats (and I don't even know why to be honest with you [well, I sort of have a feeling why]). What I'm trying to get at is the quality of the material here has tarnished more and more as time progresses. These forums are not what they used to be and I doubt they ever will be again. I know a decent amount of people here agree with me, I just hope others step up and speak their minds so I don't look like an ass by myself.
With that being said, I refuse to get into a pissing match with a mod, especially after what happened with IE, so I'm done :beer: