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#1 2 months ago

巴比伦下载Is everything alright here? There has been no gaming news in quite a while in the news section and the forum regulars haven't posted since the same timeline.




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#2 2 months ago

We're still here. Most of us spend a lot of time on the discord server.




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#3 2 months ago

巴比伦下载The Discord is a lot faster to get responses and offers real time communication. 


Sadly forums and message boards seem to be becoming a relic of the past.


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#4 2 months ago

The news section is my fault.

I write all the news and articles and I suffer from a rare neurological condition that is slowly trying to kill me.

It has flared up recently and I have been too unwell to write anything.

To be fair the site does good traffic for the mods and downloads (and news) but forums just don't seem to be a thing anymore since Reddit and Discord and other social media became a thing.


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#5 2 months ago
Posted by FileTrekker

巴比伦下载The news section is my fault.

I write all the news and articles and I suffer from a rare neurological condition that is slowly trying to kill me.

It has flared up recently and I have been too unwell to write anything.

To be fair the site does good traffic for the mods and downloads (and news) but forums just don't seem to be a thing anymore since Reddit and Discord and other social media became a thing.

巴比伦下载Hope you get better soon.


I've been hearing about the decline of forums a lot. A few of the science related forums I visit seem to get a lot of threads regularly it seems. I've also been to DoomWorld which seems quite active. So I don't know if it's entirely true. Besides posting on reddit/FB/twitter/etc., is very much nowhere near as helpful as forums, IMO. And Discord is just another account to get a username/password for as well as software so I'm not really interested in that for the time being.




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#6 2 months ago

How old are those forums, per chance, and what would you say the average age of those regulars would be?

You've been hearing about the a lot in fact . I would wager that none of us here like it anymore than you do -- check our join dates, most of us practically grew up here. I still regularly visit a few forums, talkbass.com comes to mind, but they are an old established place, full of oldheads like ourselves who don't need a newfangled social media site or chat service to feel connected. I also still use and think that last.fm is the greatest thing to hit the internet since TCP/IP packets, but you don't see that plastered on forum signatures much either anymore...the internet has changed.

I agree that forums are much more helpful, and beyond that wind up being far more personally connected in their usage than all the social medias of today. Demographically speaking, though? That same gripe you have about creating a discord account is how most internet users of today feel when faced with the notion of creating an account for a forum. To say nothing of the fact that they simply can't understand how a site with 20-30 super dedicated members could be more helpful to them than a subreddit of 5000 know-nothings.

All that said, we still have a bot on discord that lets us know when a new post shows up, and as you've seen, we do reply. Be the change you want to see and all that. :) 


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#7 2 months ago

巴比伦下载Well part of the problem is  (or rather was) much like everything else around here, Defy Media. Their abuse of the site meant everyone who actually wanted to talk about mods (the specialist subject) decanted to Nexus. Without a niche forums are hard.


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#8 2 months ago

Nowadays, most forums consist of talking about one, singular game or game series.  Everything else, general discussion, personal things, debates, those generally are done on social media or...well, yeah, reddit or discord.  Still, the forums will always be a special part and memory of our legacy :)  


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#9 2 months ago
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How old are those forums, per chance, and what would you say the average age of those regulars would be?

You've been hearing about the a lot in fact . I would wager that none of us here like it anymore than you do -- check our join dates, most of us practically grew up here. I still regularly visit a few forums, talkbass.com comes to mind, but they are an old established place, full of oldheads like ourselves who don't need a newfangled social media site or chat service to feel connected. I also still use and think that is the greatest thing to hit the internet since TCP/IP packets, but you don't see that plastered on forum signatures much either anymore...the internet has changed.

I agree that forums are much more helpful, and beyond that wind up being far more personally connected in their usage than all the social medias of today. Demographically speaking, though? That same gripe you have about creating a discord account is how most internet users of today feel when faced with the notion of creating an account for a forum. To say nothing of the fact that they simply can't understand how a site with 20-30 super dedicated members could be more helpful to them than a subreddit of 5000 know-nothings.

巴比伦下载All that said, we still have a bot on discord that lets us know when a new post shows up, and as you've seen, we do reply. Be the change you want to see and all that. :) 

I see your point on account creation. However, one thread I made on another forum described why people hate reddit quite well, IMO and I think a lot of it could be applied to other social media. I quote:

  • Downvote trolling
  • Karma requirements
  • Karma whoring
  • Overzealous automoderation bots
  • Arrogant moderators
  • Power hungry moderators
  • Moderators in general
  • Too many rules on every sub
  • Rediculous rules that are anti-discussion
  • Your post can be removed for anything
  • Your post can be removed for breaking a rule you didn't know existed
  • Your post can be removed for not using a flair
  • Your post can be removed for not tagging it right
  • Your post can easily be ignored and fall off the radar within minutes
  • You might only get troll responses to a serious question
  • Nobody replies to your posts
  • They only care about memes
  • They don't give a fuck about serious discussions
  • If you don't agree with the opinions and rules of a sub, you are banned
  • You can get shadow banned
  • They constantly push you to use their stupid app nobody wants
  • The redesign they did and the mobile view is obnoxious (thankfully old.reddit still exists)
  • It randomly freezes Chrome on Android completely
  • It's shit

I personally have not had those problems on forums or they happen to be very limited compared to social media. I tried redditing but other than smaller subs, you can't so much as a look at a sub before your post gets suffers an abortion while its still gestating in your mind.

巴比伦下载To your point on 20-30 dedicated vs. 5000 jacks of trade, maybe that's exactly the reason why to avoid subreddits? Unless that was exactly your point.

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Well part of the problem is  (or rather was) much like everything else around here, Defy Media. Their abuse of the site meant everyone who actually wanted to talk about mods (the specialist subject) decanted to Nexus. Without a niche forums are hard.

I wasn't aware. No wonder Nexus has become the premier even though, as always, it's biggest database is only for TES mods.

巴比伦下载Man fuck Defy. They ruined a lot of good things. I hear they also ruined some of the top and oldest channels on YT as well.

Posted by Adrian Ţepeş

巴比伦下载Nowadays, most forums consist of talking about one, singular game or game series.  Everything else, general discussion, personal things, debates, those generally are done on social media or...well, yeah, reddit or discord.  Still, the forums will always be a special part and memory of our legacy :)  

Eh, I've found shooting the shit usually turns into a shitshow most everywhere, esp., on reddit and is usually a waste of time, often just like social media. I still think forums are a great idea. I don't think they can be supplanted by social media, at least not the way the current iteration is implemented.




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#10 2 months ago

巴比伦下载To your point on 20-30 dedicated vs. 5000 jacks of trade, maybe that's exactly the reason why to avoid subreddits? Unless that was exactly your point.

Yeah, sort of, I suppose. But not really.

You might want to read my post again. It's not about whether or not to avoid reddit or social media or trying to say any one is better than the other, I was simply comparing them to show how the internet has moved on and processes information differently than perhaps what you and I might prefer. Yeah, it sucks that forums aren't some huge source of internet traffic these days, but I think it's unfair to say this place has gone dark.


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