AI Posting Volume Decrease?

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
is it just me or has the posting rate to AppleInsider Forums decreased dramatically in the last few months?

If you look at the last posting date of the various forums, you'll notice that it often takes hours before a response or new thread is posted, be it a week day or on the week-end.. I remember a year ago, there would be races to see who'd reply the fastest! Wa pretty amazing to watch at times..

has everybody but me gotten a life already?
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  • Reply 1 of 35
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    Yeah, it's definately slowed down.
  • Reply 2 of 35
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I think some people are having trouble accessing the forums, at least they were.



    Eman, I'm sure you could pick up the slack. Or maybe we could get Macintosh back to boost membership by a few dozen members?
  • Reply 3 of 35
    pfflampfflam Posts: 5,053member
    I noticed it too. Perhaps the fireside chat seems like a good idea but keeps people from enjoying flipping back and forth from serious back biting political rants to list of songs etc and so they are looking elsewhere?!?!?
  • Reply 4 of 35
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I think maybe fireside chat drained some of the energy out of AI. Lounges work because they're a pot-pourri of the serious and the frivolous. Eventually they police themselves democratically, people get tired and move onto something else for a while. With the topics seperated people rant, get fed up, and then leave.
  • Reply 5 of 35
    Yep postshave slowed down!



    I havent bothered in recent times because whenever I seem to log on to this side I get logged out so I dont bother posting!
  • Reply 6 of 35
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    Yeah definitelly much slower...



    but also now it's saturday night.. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> maybe some AIs have got a life... i mean offlife ..







  • Reply 7 of 35
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    [quote]Originally posted by Mulattabianca:

    <strong>Yeah definitelly much slower...



    but also now it's saturday night.. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> maybe some AIs have got a life... i mean offlife ..







    </strong><hr></blockquote>



    I have a life and I'm here (because I don't feel too good and I'm exhausted).
  • Reply 8 of 35
    Good to see someone else noticing this place has kinda been dull lately. I dunno whether it's the big let down we had in January or what not. I've definitely stopped posting as frequent Being banned for a while doesnt help that mighty post count either.
  • Reply 9 of 35
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    I've noticed.



    It doesn't help that:



    AI no longer has a front page;



    AI went through the Great Blackout, which it never fully recovered from;



    AI is no longer linked off MacNN's pages, which means that a lot of people might no longer be aware that it even exists.



    Even if it's not what it once was, I hope it's stabilized as a small community. I don't think there's much we can do to spark a renaissance in our current circumstances.
  • Reply 10 of 35
    Low signal is OK, as long as the signal to ratio remains high. There have been problems with access. You know, at one point AI was on the verge of being one of the hottest sites on the Mac web, but it just killed itself with the "Dark-Days-of-Downtime?



    There seem to be some absent friends. I have not heard much from Kate recently, for example.
  • Reply 11 of 35
    overhopeoverhope Posts: 1,123member
    I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity, and I never even read the boards before the front page disappeared...
  • Reply 12 of 35
    spartspart Posts: 2,060member
    Maybe the 'new' AI will attract some more people...and get it shoved back onto the MacNN front page.
  • Reply 13 of 35
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    The boards seem to go in cycles. I bet we'll see a major pickup over the next few months leading up to MWSF.



    I also think that a lot of posters went back to school, whether it's high school or college, and people also seem to start big projects at work and stop vacationing in September. It's not the summer any more, and the aftermath of MWNY was not kind to the boards.



    Things will get better, I'm sure of it.
  • Reply 14 of 35
    By the way,what happened to Kate?
  • Reply 15 of 35
    Seems pretty slow at times and lack of a front page isn't helping at all.

    Certainly quality over quantity is a good thing, but more members means more variety, be they either good/bad/ugly....whatever.

    I am inclined to believe that recent "bad press" regarding AI may be putting people off joining these boards as they may be led to believe that we are all "porno freaks/industrtial espionage/crazy so and so's" (remember recent Apple v's AI member case).

    I hope that this is not the case and hopefully "new look" AI will rectify the problem.

    Personally, I have found these boards to be informative, helpful and generally not a bad place to spend a while looking around and asking questions, be they dumb or whatever.



    Sure, some may not see eye to eye, but in the long run, we all have the same goal ... to get help and be helpful, to broaden our knowledge of the computer we have chosen to serve us, to sustain eachothers belief in a platform we believe in and to evangalise the Wintel world and let them know that there IS an easier way and to "Think different".



    ....and now I end my sermon

  • Reply 16 of 35
    I feel the same way too!



    Kennethh
  • Reply 17 of 35
    [quote]Originally posted by Rick1138:

    <strong>By the way,what happened to Kate?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I've read her posts at some other forum -- Think Secret? No. Can't remember. She probably settled in a place where 1. they don't focus on the fact that she's female with her every post and, 2. where a lot of members are less, um, enthusiastic/hopeful about OS x than we were. a lot of last posts she wrote were about her displeasure with Quartz and Aqua. I think it's only natural for her to find a place that's more in here element than here.



    ---------



    I know that I post in binges.



    It's funny, I've primarily been interested/obsessed with OS X, and now that it's sort of hit its stride, I'm sort of out of ideas and curiosity about the future right now. I need time to recover I guess.
  • Reply 18 of 35
    I have noticed this as well.



    Hopefully registration will work again soon. We were going strong with about 100 new members/week up until the point when it broke... now, who knows.
  • Reply 19 of 35
    noahjnoahj Posts: 4,502member
    I think that the new rules and how some of the Mods have enforced them have really put people off quite a bit. I know for myself that the atmosphere since the rules were posted has really felt somewhat oppressive (can't think of a better word) and I have not felt that free or inclined to post since. For a while there my post count was climbing quite quickly and now I just don't know... Anyhow, my $0.02. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
  • Reply 20 of 35
    [quote]Originally posted by Fran411:

    I also think that a lot of posters went back to school, whether it's high school or college, and people also seem to start big projects at work and stop vacationing in September. <hr></blockquote>



    I agree. School takes 8+ hours a day(including homework), so people can't concentrate on the net as much as they do during summer break.
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