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Post  nullnvoid on Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:47 pm

It appears that we're all too busy or have lost interest in this site.

I trust you're all well and reasonably happy?

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Post  scott1328 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:55 pm

Busy s certainly the word for me. It is a shame, though.

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Post  nullnvoid on Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:03 pm

We appear to be the only two online in the last 24 hours! Ah well...


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Post  jimhabegger on Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:02 am

Did I scare everyone away?

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Post  nullnvoid on Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:23 pm

You aren't THAT scary! Smile Some of us just have things to get done in meat space!

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Post  scott1328 on Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:07 am

FWIW I try to check in once a day...


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Post  jimhabegger on Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:14 pm

It looks to me like this will never be anything any more but a ghost town. Scott, mood2, nullnvoid, piginthecity, I've enjoyed your company, and if I don't see you any more, I'll miss you. Maybe we'll cross paths again some time. I would like that.

I've run out of things to say here, and I might not be posting much longer in atheist blogs and forums at all. I've already spent more time on them than I intended to. I found some things going on that interest me passionately! I have other irons in the fire that I've been neglecting too much, though.

Scott, I'll keep up the role play with you if you still want to, for now.

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Post  nullnvoid on Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:26 pm

It's been fun chatting with you! See you round Jim.


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Post  dandelionc on Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:32 pm

I'm here now! And I posted the specific link in a forum that was much less active than when I joined it. Maybe it will help. Or not.

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Post  dandelionc on Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:59 pm

It does feel a bit like a party where a lot of invitations got sent out and only five people showed up. I mean, you're all interesting and intelligent people, but it's a small party, isn't it? Worth attending, but small. I noticed something where someone pointed out that A+ had a lot of high readership blogs supporting it actively at its inception. Maybe that's why there was initially a lot of activity over there. Good marketing? The first time I ever encountered here was pretty much an accident of reading a particular thread where jimhabegger referenced it. No backing. No publicity. Quiet.

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Post  nullnvoid on Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:34 pm

You're right of course. They have much more effective publicity and several well known bloggers behind their movement.

I think it has also been something of a non-contentiousness issue. There is something to be said for the level of drama that exists on the atheism plus forums (nothing like burning a few heathens to get people out in the streets...). Not that I'm advocating a change but I think quiet friendly discussion tends not to draw a crowd.

Short of starting fires I'm open to suggestions.

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Post  dandelionc on Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:49 pm

You're right about that. I've always kinda preferred small, interesting parties where real conversation happens over loud bashes. I mean, I think it would be cool if this forum even had like 20 or 30 active people. For the internet that's still a small party. At a house it's like less than 10... I don't want drama.

I don't even have facebook, and I'm not really interesting in drawing my real world friends here. I kind of prefer the separate spheres of existence. I'm not really sure what the best way to proceed is, or if a bigger party is even desirable. I just don't want this place to fall silent. I like what I read here. People think. I think about things off and on in the day when I read them here. It's a cool place...

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Post  jimhabegger on Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:13 pm

I like it too. It's nice. I hope it never becomes popular.

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Post  nullnvoid on Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:24 pm

There's definitely something that keeps people coming back...even if it's only on occasion! Smile

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Post  jimhabegger on Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:51 pm

dandelionc, if you'd like to have a few more people here, without it becoming a loud bash, you could try keeping an eye on the A+ forum. Watch for people who join that forum by mistake, thinking it's what the description says it is. Then when they start to get the treatment, invite them over here.

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Post  dandelionc on Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:18 am

That thought's crossed my mind, too. I did post the link on the thread you posted about closing accounts. The response to that was cold at best although definitely not a dogpile. I don't want to make waves over there. I'm hoping they kind of forget about me. I don't particularly have hard feelings towards the folks over there, but I don't want to do anything that could cause a response that might make me have them. I am kind of thinking if I see any interesting people comment in the free thought blogs that might kind of be a good way to post the link?

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Post  tomokun on Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:38 am

If there was a blog linked to this forum, I'd write on it. A little content goes a long way, especially if it addresses controversial issues. Get lots of people commenting and outline the rules of the culture we'd like to create. You'd be surprised at how fast it can grow if there was a more consistent input of ideas.

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Post  dandelionc on Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:20 pm

It might be interesting if you wanted to try to use the forum as a blog. It would both make the site a bit more active, people could still comment on it, and it would generate new topics for people to think about. Might do something for the SEO, too? Although I have no idea how that stuff works.

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Post  tomokun on Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:36 am

Forums will rank really well, but you really need a blog to rally people around the content. Forum posts have less perceived authority and credibility than blogs, and blogs are generally considered "easier" to read. Plus, the pictures that you post within the blogs along with the metatags really boos rankings.

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