I am on the forum daily- multiple times a day. I come back because there is a community here. We have in-depth conversations about our tanks, our struggles, and sometimes about our lives outside the forum. If that is a dying mode of communication in the hobby- soo be it. Ill keep coming here every day until its gone.
Well put and agreed.
While I am active on a few FB groups, there is no question that if you really want help and to learn this is a much better place.
Most discussions about planted tanks are too complicated and nuanced for FB. It is much more of hit and run type interaction. Lots of folks giving advice that seem to have very little experience or success. Topics come and go very quickly. Advice thrown around with little or no knowledge about the tank.
I've said this many times, but when considering a problem in a planted tank, you really need to take a holistic approach. And that means knowing as much as possible. It's very difficult on FB to get into that level of detail. People chase things like ferts when CO2/light/maintenance are more likely the problem.
And more important is the sense of community. In my opinion, it's a wonderful group of people here who are happy and willing to share their collective experience.
I can say personally I have enjoyed the interaction here for many years. And while I have not met anyone here in person, I can say that I consider them friends and look forward to hearing from them. I also follow a huge amount of journals, and have to say I really enjoy seeing the updates and following people as they grow in the hobby.
For some of those who lament that boards like this slow down at times, you should try participating. Get involved in a conversation, start your own journal, or just drop in and offer a word of encouragement to someone. It can mean a lot to people to hear from others and often motivates them to improve. And sharing your own journey (good and bad) can help you improve in the hobby, and folks appreciate being able to follow along.
And keep in mind it always slows down here in the summer. But I have already seen some of the usual suspects dropping in more often or lurking around (Likes!). Usually picks up again right after labor day.