This forum is bloody quiet!

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This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby Mulga » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:47 am

What's the go!! I don't think I have ever seen a forum this quiet! I have come off other recreational forums that have several hundred if not thousands of posts per day; here you can go a week without a peep :| Does this forum reflect the vigour & participation rate of Sea kayaking?

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby ronnyb » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:36 pm

I don’t think it’s only this forum Mulga. As a keen white water paddler I often used to frequent the AdventurePro website which was a bit of a hub for the Australian white water paddling community. Although it was never a really high traffic site, it is disturbing to see that the number of posts on it in the last 18-20 months is roughly equivalent to about two days worth before that. Where are all the white water and touring paddlers and what are they doing? Buggered if I know! Even the social media sites used by white water paddlers have been deathly quiet for ages.

Coincidentally I was talking to my local kayak guy a few weeks back and he was lamenting that customer interest in anything other than the cheap Asian sit on kayaks had “fallen off a cliff” in the last 18 months. He said many specialist canoe stores around Australia have already gone and he has heard that more high profile shops are set to close. The lack of market demand has apparently forced many importers of quality brands to close their doors or at least to scale back their operations. He reckons that, at the rate things are changing in the industry at the moment, there will soon be very little available in this country other than the cheap Asian boats.

While I would like to think the guy’s prediction is overly pessimistic, it is reinforced by a conversation I had a few days ago with an old NQ paddling buddy. He complained he’s been told that a new kayak he wants (once readily available here) will now take at least six months to get in. He’s really annoyed because that means he won’t have it for the entire NQ wet season.

I’m wondering if the world of modern electronics isn’t behind a lot of this. My own two boys are both talented white water paddlers, yet my eldest (left home) seems to now do little other than work and play computer games, while my youngest (school age) just seems to stay at home and play computer games. They both now appear to have much more fascination for smart phones and computer games than for getting out into our natural environment. Perhaps a sad indicator of where our society is headed?

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby Marvin » Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:53 pm

An ongoing thread that people can comment about what boaty things they're thinking, what they did, what they're going to do tomorrow might help. One comment often leads to another but if you have to start a new thread, you probably wont.

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby Camanche73 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:16 pm

It's because we are all busy paddling :)

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby schroeds » Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:01 pm

Facebook is replacing sniche community forums

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby feraltek » Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:51 am

Facebook is replacing niche community forums

That's a pity. There's a wealth of good info and informative discussions about equipment and safety here. Using the search facility makes it a bit like a users' encyclopedia.

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby Floater » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:11 am

Destruction from within.
Forum members who choose to belittle, condescend, embarrass or insult others who post questions or replies. People would rather move on than deal daily with rude people hiding behind a screen name. There are enough people like that in the real world.

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby TIMAX » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:25 am

I think its forums in general.
A couple of other niche market forums i frequent are the same.
Face book groups , Clubs own forums etc take some of the blame but visitor numbers are still up and there is a huge amount of good information within this and other forums so well worth keeping.
Perhaps the popularity of ocean skis over kayaks has something to do with it also.

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby zookilux » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:44 pm

Floater wrote:Destruction from within.
Forum members who choose to belittle, condescend, embarrass or insult others who post questions or replies. People would rather move on than deal daily with rude people hiding behind a screen name. There are enough people like that in the real world.


Couldn't agree more. Nothing worse than asking a question to only be told to search, or replying to an old thread to be told off for necro'ing.

Didn't help when a new member says hello and 3 months later nobody has replied.

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby Paddle Dog 52 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:43 am

DOA :x

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby cheaterparts » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:46 am

TIMAX wrote:I think its forums in general.
A couple of other niche market forums i frequent are the same.
Face book groups , Clubs own forums etc take some of the blame but visitor numbers are still up and there is a huge amount of good information within this and other forums so well worth keeping.


I find it quite strange that this forum is so quite coming from a kayak fishing back ground - kayak fishing forums are quite active

in fact the local Victorian kayak fishing site which started about 6 months after this one and has around the same no of members has around 9 times the posts and 7 times the topics
of cause there are differences with no kayak fishing clubs or any real places for training here in Vic for the kayak fishing guys and there are some different challengers for the fishing guys to sea kayaking - mostly the lack of information
The only way to learn some skills and knowledge is by finding out through our forum and jumping in the deep end - no doubt that's why it stays active

the short time I've been here I have read quite a bit of the forum and yes a lot of good info to look through

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby Grumpy » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:59 am

[Destruction from within.
Forum members who choose to belittle, condescend, embarrass or insult others who post questions or replies. People would rather move on than deal daily with rude people hiding behind a screen name. There are enough people like that in the real world.


This is the reason I stopped contributing.

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby NorthSIKer » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:08 am

I believe almost all forums are in decline. Even the kayak fishing ones - they are just more active because there must be orders of magnitude more kayak fishers than sea kayakers.

I guess people don't comment as much now for a range of reasons - just bored with responding to similar stuff on the forum; using other media (facebook etc.); unhappy with some members; etc; etc. This forum appears it was always a pretty small group to start with so add a few other factors and not much going.

All a shame as these things are great for learning (got to admit, I just read what was already here for years rather than contribute).

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby Floater » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:27 pm

NorthSIKer wrote:......All a shame as these things are great for learning (got to admit, I just read what was already here for years rather than contribute).


Yes, a wonderful resource.
Where will that wealth of knowledge go if these sites close down?

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Re: This forum is bloody quiet!

Postby acanais80 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:01 am

Floater wrote:Destruction from within.
Forum members who choose to belittle, condescend, embarrass or insult others who post questions or replies. People would rather move on than deal daily with rude people hiding behind a screen name mutuelles Entreprise. There are enough people like that in the real world.

You're absolutely right. When you say something, you have to say it in the face, like that no one will be xer


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