Well John I see a beautiful tranquil place where folks would like to visit... not a ghost town [nice picture Kiddo]..we all see life and folks differently..and treat them differently..ah part of being human...Canadian Geese resting before they take off and try to make it home. Without being shot out of the sky. There were some interesting and great people that visited here..but not everyone if you want to be honest were treated as well as others...and some folks will fight back but some were turned on everytime they entered here.., odd man out type warfare..sooner or later ..well they don't return...some of the folks I miss...TheGreat Divide...who always in my opinion received mostly snide comments..course My opinion..Cherry, Celandine, Eckhard [tried to post but was told to leave in so many not welcoming words]...Shooshie who is both welcomed with some but gets so much animosity from others...TreeBeard ..who always was a gentle soul until like a few others when riled , well then..you get tit for tat..those are a few of the folks who tried to fly in to visit here and would fight back when attacked...also my opinion..then we had the quiter gentler folk who tried to ignore the battles of the "who gets the last word" ...walzuhair, greenme, lori, Lislaz, my buddy YoYo there are many others for sure..we can't be friends with everyone but of course this is just the way I saw it and others will see it as "What the "F" is she talking about..we welcome everyone.. Of course hopefully they will return..and we could start the game again..maybe in a different way.....perhaps we can start over ..it would be nice ..I enjoy a good old down in the dirt rumble myself but some folks were treated and I will use the word ganged up on..or givin the old push thier posts off the page with new posts made by one or two of the regulars who seemed to enjoy that type gameplaying..but then again I'm just adding my 2cents..and no one sees the glass the same way..half full or half emty or half assed as we are all looked upon in different ways..Thats life...so many opinions ..lol..cheers.. At least Skul started a little activity! Skul , nice job..see I can be nice now and then... <br><br>
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For me (and I'm sure others), the thing that has kept me from posting here is that I've found other sites that are more targeted toward my interests – and nearly all of them are blogs with comment sections. I have several Advertising related sites, dozens of graphic design sites, and a few software-related blog sites that I visit. All these sites are blog format which by nature encourages discussion about the subject at hand.<br><br>Then I have CreativeBits that keeps Ivan and I quite busy in our free time. Throw in work and the lack of interesting discussion here and you've arrived at the ghost town formerly known as MacMinute.<br><br>It's not that there isn't a lot going on in the Mac universe... in fact, I think there's more going on now than ever. It's that MacMinute isn't offering anything to bring about discussion. Much of the front page is nothing more than software announcements that you already get at MacUpdate or VersionTracker. Then for the few interesting bits of news that you haven't seen elsewhere, there's no story discussion. One other thing that would help MM is for Stan to hire a writer/reporter to do REAL stories, rather than the re-written press-releases that currently make up all the "news." Good commentary and software reviews would certainly bring more visitors.<br><br>Another thing that's probably hurting is the RSS feed technology. You can get the news from MacMinute and hundreds of other sites in one RSS Reader without actually having to visit the sites and wade through all the ads. RSS is a great technology, but it also serves to hurt web sites who provide it because there is no longer a reason to visit the site for the other things the site offers (such as forums, etc.)<br><br>I too miss the stories about Pete putting new flooring in his house, JohnnyCat's wild home videos, missing futons and of course, Mac discussion. Hopefully, those stories will find their way back here, but I'm not holding my breath.<br><br>PS: I don't miss that DaddyMac fella one bit... I'm glad Pete scared him off! <br><br>
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I was thinking the same thing. In the early 90s there were Bulletin Boards, and they were replaced by Messages Boards on Prodigy etc. Then the internet brought Message Boards to the masses. I've noticed all message boards have been slowing down in the number of new posts. It's not just here and I think a lot of people are going to or hosting their own blog. I personally am not a fan of the weblog. I even started one a while ago, but couldn't get into that either. So we'll see what happens.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>It's that MacMinute isn't offering anything to bring about discussion. Much of the front page is nothing more than software announcements that you already get at MacUpdate or VersionTracker. Then for the few interesting bits of news that you haven't seen elsewhere, there's no story discussion. One other thing that would help MM is for Stan to hire a writer/reporter to do REAL stories, rather than the re-written press-releases that currently make up all the "news." Good commentary and software reviews would certainly bring more visitors<p><hr></blockquote><p>Very true! ...MacMinute's front page is pretty much old news that I had already heard about from other sites via RSS (i.e. MacDailyNews) MacBytes is also a good site to visit if you want a recap of what's going on. I rarely find any of the articles here at MM or over at MC (which seem to be identical half the time) interesting. Like you said, it's mostly software updates and re-worded press releases. <br><br>Stan? Stan? WHo is Stan? I haven't seen hide nor hair of him in here for MONTHS. Maybe I'm just not looking that hard, dunno.<br><br>
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For me it's not really about the sites... well, I guess I was never the heaviest poster around anyway.<br><br> I think I can see what some of the others are talking about when they say that they think they can attribute the ladk of traffic to some clique-ish behaviour. I think that the reason that a lot of the forum members came here in the first place was in order to avoid the mess that that other place was falling into. That sort of group migration, I'm sure, would lead to something of a closed mindset.<br><br>Combine that with all the political crap and... well, it did get pretty nasty in here for a bit.<br><br>
What's a news site? <br>My take on things is that folks are suffering from forum burnout. I belong to several forums and find that I'm posting less and less to any of them these days. <br>There is only one forum that I feel there is ANY community feeling left and interestingly enough it's one where politics was banned right from the beginning. There is a huge difference from some friendly sarcasm and jesting and the hatred and venom that was spewed during some of the so-called political debates. There was no real debating going on. Little cliques were formed and lines drawn. The "communities" were split up. I don't see a return to the same old feeling any time soon.<br><br>
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