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Old 05-08-2021, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Reports of the death of this forum are premature and exaggerated


Look, everyone knows this place is not as active as it used to be. Many members have gone, for various reasons - I only came back relatively recently after a protracted absence - and the interaction between those left is less than it used to be. Drama doesn't seem to flare up much now (and though most of the time this was a pain in the arse it could in some ways be cited as the lifeblood of a thriving forum: if people care there's argument which often leads to drama etc) and in general the impression is that a lot of people are sitting around, doing other stuff, occasionally checking in, checking back out.

It's not as it used to be, that's certain.

But these reports of the forum being dead are just not accurate. If the forum were dead there'd be no discussion, and you only have to look at the pages to see how recently threads have been posted in. Anyone looking for debate or even a knock-down fight can head to the journals section, where you can butt heads with me about anything from Irish history and the relevance of Iron Maiden to vampires and serial killers, animation and exploration, and there's Soundgarden's underrated albums, Marie's Riot Grrrl journal, Key's tireless and very interesting work, the always fascinating and different world of innerspaceboy and a whole lot more. Absolutely everyone writing a journal, I can guarantee you, would love comment, discussion, debate or some interest to be taken in what they write.

Those who claim the forum is dead are, in my opinion, the laziest members and the least willing to contribute. If something is wrong, don't just sit there bitching about it. Do something. Make a thread. Take part in one, or more. Start a journal. Run a ****ing pub quiz about hip-hop or jazz, write about your pet lizard. Get up off your arse and kick life into the forum; if you think it's dying, administer CPR.

Or, you know, just grumble and moan and get the candles ready for the wake. I suppose at least there'll be beer.

There's nothing more annoying than insects that keep buzzing in your face. But almost as annoying is people whining about how bad things are without having the balls to actually do something about it.

So either stop whinging if you're going to do nothing and accept the place is not dead even if you think it is, or join in and help keep us a least a shadow of what we used to be.

There's life in the old forum yet.
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Old 05-08-2021, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think we shud have a forum meetup in Amsterdam after covid ))
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Old 05-08-2021, 11:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Too lazy to read this long winded eulogy lol

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Real question though: I know tropical and sidereal astrology are based on different coordinates. That obviously influences the alignments and associated readings, but are they approached differently and have you noticed if one leads to more consistent (some might say rigid) self-analysis than the other?
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In all seriousness... As far as"getting off my ass" I have other priorities besides creating forum content

I'm training at work to operate and it's exhausting with the schedule and when I do feel like doing something creative with my free time I either work on this story I'm writing or play chess or something. It just is what it is.

I'm not even so much complaining the forum is dead just pointing it out when you guys complain about discussions you don't care about or which seem redundant and repetitive. It's the same old arguments with the same old people cause the forum isn't that active. And it's on your radar so much once again cause the forum isn't that active. I would've never noticed the debate happening in the missing posters thread if it wasn't one of the most active discussions on the forum at that time. That's my only point. It doesn't bother me so much.. You guys who wanted it to stop are the ones who actually have a problem with the state of things. And even though the discussion stopped immediately you guys kept bitching about it and reviving it for another 10 pages lol

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Old 05-08-2021, 01:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm not even so much complaining the forum is dead just pointing it out when you guys complain about discussions you don't care about or which seem redundant and repetitive. It's the same old arguments with the same old people cause the forum isn't that active. And it's on your radar so much once again cause the forum isn't that active. I would've never noticed the debate happening in the missing posters thread if it wasn't one of the most active discussions on the forum at that time. That's my only point. It doesn't bother me so much.. You guys who wanted it to stop are the ones who actually have a problem with the state of things. And even though the discussion stopped immediately you guys kept bitching about it and reviving it for another 10 pages lol
I mean...you're not wrong.

At the same time, I get what TH is trying to say (and thanks for the plug on my journal, you wonderful human, you). Sadly, I don't know if us folks creating more content is going to reverse the course of things at all. I think we all know we need new blood - fresh meat - to liven things up around here. MB has become, in some ways, the same group of 10 - 15 people talkin **** about the same things.

Out of curiosity, anyone remember how many mods there were on MB around 2010? I betcha it was more than 3.

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Old 05-08-2021, 03:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think the reason most of us post here is precisely because it's a small crowd we've formed some kind of freak relationship with
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Old 05-08-2021, 03:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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At a glance, he looks busy and yet the guy never achieves the laying of one single brick; is it some metaphor about the slow pace of MB these days ?
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Old 05-08-2021, 03:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No. He was the foreman of Trump's wall construction during 2016-2020.

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Old 05-08-2021, 04:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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yes. A dysfunctional insular freak family, a kind of folie à dix (although I'm pretty sure we have at least ~20 semi-regular members)
but Elph is right, if this place was large I wouldn't waste time here
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