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Has the original forum finally imploded?

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#1 mudkow60

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 18:55

Or is Butters so big here, the traffic has evaporated on the other site?



#2 Eric Hunt

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 19:08

Some forums (fora?) burn brightly for a while, then some key contributors move on and they seem to fade rapidly - there was one based in UK that was really jumping for many years, but it is now moribund - very sad, it was a good place.

 

This one runs OK on the military lines, but the civil side has faded and Butters is holding it up - barely.


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#3 mudkow60

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 19:45

Holding up... very loose use of the term.. imho (fora and fauna?).


Edited by mudkow60, 09 September 2018 - 19:45.


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 20:15

Before I got banished from that site all I ever saw was HAAP's complaining about there life. Maybe they all finally said f*ckit and moved on to the airlines?

What about swoll bro, he still around?

,...or tree fiddy guy?
Side boob is just so awesome,...yes it is!

#5 TomPPL

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 03:42

I run a forum, have done for years. I also run a huge social media network (60+ channels) unrelated to helis. We keep the forum running as its an easy to search repository for the knowledge that is contained within it. We've seen traffic fall off a cliff over the last 4-5 years, most other forums - this one included - are suffering the same.

 

The immediacy of social media has taken hold, affecting the attention spans of a lot of users. Most questions we see posted on SM tend to get repeated, users are reluctant now to actually search for anything they need, they prefer to post a question, get immediate answers and then watch that information disappear in the timeline, only to be asked again, by another user sometime in the near future - the cycle then repeats.

The users we get who drift over from SM to the forum all report it as being a breath of fresh air - being able to easily find answers to their questions pleases them. There are still users out there who prefer to have their industry specificinformation presented in the shape of an indexed forum like this, but their numbers are dwindling.


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 06:01

This site comes up consistently with good info when I google for info about helicopters. I was happy to find that it's still populated and the search engine links still point to the right places.

 

Here's a picture of a helicopter I took with my phone at the local airport recently, for no reason other than that helicopters are awesome.

 

IaAr1HG.jpg


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#7 Eric Hunt

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 06:28

No, Mister Bond, I expect you to die...


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 07:53

I tend to avoid offering my opinions and insights on things here because I'm not very anonymous and I feel there are a lot of hostile attitudes here. Why would I come here to ask a question when I know the response would be "Your a professional pilot and you don't know that? You should be ashamed." Or to answer someone's question and ve told I'm wrong and Im an idiot. People don't recognize there's more than one way to skin a cat. The toxicity of some causes the good folks to hold back I think.
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Posted 10 September 2018 - 10:34

Also, to people unfamiliar with them forums are just odd groupings of text on weird websites around the internet.  Full of anonymous users with strange names.  

Social media groups are familiar, full of pictures, and organized in a way that folks understand and can easily participate in.


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 10:38

Yeah Id agree social media, in particular FB, has taken over. Helicopter Pilots and Helicopter Pilot Network seem to be the big two pages. Im reluctant to post on there because of the flaming many seem to get. I prefer these forums although you need to do some research to make sure the forum you use is appropriate, for example the other forum is more entertainment of which info should be taken with a grain of salt.

#11 Azhigher

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 12:26

VR is for real questions and answers. Most of the questions have likely been asked/answered on here countless times before, but they were so long ago it's questionable if the answers are still applicable. The people still on here are likely pretty well set in their career, (Well, except Butters) and therefore don't have much to say.

 

JH is for the dark side of people to come out, helicopters or not.

 

Social Media (to me) is like JH but where people sign their names. Dark, full of malcontents.



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Posted 10 September 2018 - 23:00

The original forum has been dead for years.  Totally worthless and moronic.  Useless for any real info.  Most post replies are made by pilots(?) who think they're being hilariously funny - but are not.  






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