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Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:04 pm
by deddmann_writing
I have just joined the forum and was hoping to see more discussions about writing.

Checking the posts I see only one post in the last two days.

Where is everybody? With all those new people signing up every day, shouldn't there be more activity here?

Re: Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:31 pm
by T.A.Rodgers
The website has had some large issues over the last couple of years. Spam and a lack of WD taking care of the website. The admins have promised a new and improved website in November. If they delivery we may see people coming back.

Re: Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:30 pm
by ostarella
You may have hit a lull, too. We've had quite a few people asking for critiques lately, which also helps getting peripheral discussions going. For some reason we had a ton of spam the last week or so as well, but that seems to have abated so less discouragement from looking at all that crap the minute one signs on. :)

Re: Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:44 pm
by deddmann_writing
That would be good to improve the forum software. But is that the real problem?
If it works well enough people will use it. Old BBS systems were far worse but got used a lot.
Any forum needs a critical mass. The more people post the more other people will post and then it succeeds.
When anything or anyone discourages posts then it can get into a death spiral and dwindle to nothing.
There must be some lurkers. If they decided to be more active the forum could grow while using the current software.

Re: Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:59 pm
by deddmann_writing
[quote="ostarella"]You may have hit a lull, too. We've had quite a few people asking for critiques lately, which also helps getting peripheral discussions going. For some reason we had a ton of spam the last week or so as well, but that seems to have abated so less discouragement from looking at all that crap the minute one signs on. :)[/quote]
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Not every topic will interest everyone. Doesn't the sign up approval catch the real spam?

Re: Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:54 pm
by Noizchild
I check in here every day and the web site's fixed. Yay!

Re: Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:00 pm
by ostarella
[quote="deddmann_writing"]
Doesn't the sign up approval catch the real spam?[/quote]


Yes, all the spam is "caught" in the introduction posts - but they still show up on the forum page, so it can look rather nasty. But that's a big improvement over the way it was some time ago, when the spam was scattered all over the place.

Re: Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:58 am
by rob-lost
[quote="Noizchild"]I check in here every day and the web site's fixed. Yay![/quote]
Something's changed. It's loading a lot faster.
But BBCode (if not disabled) still causes issues with posting.

It's progress. But not fixed.

Re: Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:39 am
by deddmann_writing
[quote="rob-lost"][quote="Noizchild"]I check in here every day and the web site's fixed. Yay![/quote]
Something's changed. It's loading a lot faster.
But BBCode (if not disabled) still causes issues with posting.

It's progress. But not fixed.[/quote]
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Sometimes pages lock up my pc and I see notices at the bottom of the browser page that is flashing messages about loading ads.
I dont see the ads but my pc sure slows down when it happens. Hope its not a virus or spambot that snuck into the WD website.

Re: Where is everybody ?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:05 pm
by T.A.Rodgers
It's not spam stuck on the site. It's the php code. There are multiple errors in the admin control panel that the WD admins need to fix. I don't think they will fix since they are planning to replace. Hopefully only another month of pain.

Since Brian left I can not tell you what's going on. Brian's replacement, Jessica, has not reached out to me. I don't even know if they plan to have an outside person continue to admin for them.