Drifting Turd wrote:... I think that last forum update killed this place. The one that took the shoutbox away. It also created that thing where posts have to be approved by a moderator prior to appearing on the forum which is a conversation killer. I know before the update, NIGHTOWL was invaded by spammers, but I'll take that over the way this place is now.
Hideous Looking Man wrote:Drifting Turd wrote:... I think that last forum update killed this place. The one that took the shoutbox away. It also created that thing where posts have to be approved by a moderator prior to appearing on the forum which is a conversation killer. I know before the update, NIGHTOWL was invaded by spammers, but I'll take that over the way this place is now.
Agreed. The already dwindling participation around here just came to a screeching halt with that last forum makeover. And it has to be largely attributable to that, as the My3rs and HMA forums, while nowhere near overflowing with activity of years past, are definitely not completely quiet, either. So the whole "social media" takeover isn't necessarily to blame outright. Plenty of people (like myself) are still too stubborn to use that crap. I loathe stuff like Facebook and Twitter, and Tumblr is pretty much for nothing but lunatic teenage girls posting stupid gifs all day long.
I'm not nearly the veteran member either of you guys are, but I began lurking on here in late '08 and joined about a year later. I've always really enjoyed coming here. Sure, there were some drama-magnet jackasses spouting off now and then, but that's life. Most of the folks on here have always been incredibly nice, knowledgeable without being an elitist douche, and fun to talk to/with. It's a shame this place is just dead now. I really hate it.
Homicidal#9 wrote:I am sorry that the board has ended up this way. Decisions were made, at the time, with the overall goal of making the board better. It just didn't end up working out that way. All we can do is keep trying to keep the board alive.......If you check out some of the member profiles, you can see that most people no longer even visit the board.....
Drifting Turd wrote:Any chance we could get Creamedgeezer (Jeff) to come back and peform a new make-over? I don't have the foggiest clue on whether or not there's cost involved - other than Jeff's time I guess. Maybe to return the forum to the previous format or at least a more user friendly one where post don't have to be approved?
Drifting Turd wrote:Great point - even though Facebook and other social media is where it's at nowadays, there are still thriving forums out there. Sideshowfreaks, MM.net, etc.
Homicidal#9 wrote:For myself personally, I haven't bought a mask/bust, etc....in probably 3 years. This is due to the crazy prices that have continued to skyrocket, and because of a 2 plus year wait on a bust and hands set that was supposed to take 4 months......
Drifting Turd wrote:And yes, definitely pricey masks Tommy. Many from the old days were $150ish and decent turnarounds. It can be an expensive hobby. I've been looking at a number of masks/busts that are in the $350 - $500 range.
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