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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-06-2020, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Is there anybody out there?

Just trying to see if there are any planted tank people around. This forum was once the one to go to, but it has seemed to have been dying. So where you at at where are you going?


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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-06-2020, 12:46 AM
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Over the last 10 or so years most kids have stepped away from forums and have used social media instead. Social media to them is faster even if the information is less accurate.

Many leading forums for many hobbies of mine have slowed down, people arent jumping to any new forums they just arent using them as much in my opinion.
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This is a very strange post.

This forum is not dying, in fact- we have been here. Where have you been?
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It also doesnt help that we are being hit by popups right and left right now due to an issue with the forums advertisers which is making it very hard to make a single post. I had to reload this page twice to make this post. Which isnt exactly very appealing to attracting new members... ugh.
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Hi @Ben3721,

Why not use something like Adblocker Plus or Ublock Origin? I use both with Firefox and see no ads or pop-ups at all.

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Maybe I'm a little old school but I greatly prefer forums over social media...but I recognize that many more people are using social media these days so I'm kinda forced to use both.


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The traffic has decreased a lot on this forum since I first discovered it. There are still plenty of planted tank people around. If you have something specific, maybe try posting in a more general forum. You're posting in the local Colorado forum and leaving out the rest of the world.
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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-07-2020, 12:32 AM
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.. You're posting in the local Colorado forum and leaving out the rest of the world.
Actually, it's the Kansas sub-forum. Which makes it even stranger, since no one posting is even from Kansas
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Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

This forum isn't dying, but it definitely has lost something. I'm in NY and that sub-forum was wildly popular .. until they all went to FB. I prefer this forum but even I'm not as active as I used to be. I'm a long-time member so I was here to see the rise and the fall in popularity.

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a Toto reference, lol
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I too prefer forums but whether itís the longer form nature (which I prefer as it lets us get in depth) or that the interface isnít as clean and modern as apps, forums definitely seem to be on the decline unfortunately. I donít use FB and begrudgingly use Instagram, but i find IG is very surface level and curated pics.

I feel like reddit is a good compromise, itís got good activity and you can get a bit deeper but has more modern UX: r/PlantedTank.


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I too prefer forums but whether itís the longer form nature (which I prefer as it lets us get in depth) or that the interface isnít as clean and modern as apps, forums definitely seem to be on the decline unfortunately. I donít use FB and begrudgingly use Instagram, but i find IG is very surface level and curated pics.

I feel like reddit is a good compromise, itís got good activity and you can get a bit deeper but has more modern UX: r/PlantedTank.


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I tried Reddit: r/PlantedTank --but, didn't care for it. ( Same with Facebook, Instagram). It may have a more modern interface which appeals to many, but I could not get it to work for me. With "work" I mean give me the satisfaction that I receive from a forum type format. I need the feel of "a community"- no other interface gives that to me as well as a forum-based model. Not saying that others cannot find this on social media, but it is not the format for everyone.



Im also tend too be very long-winded.

I believe that when you answer someone's request for information, for instance, in a post about fish health/illness- you tell the whole story: when, why, how, - not just what. Look at Facebook and you will know what I mean. Someone posts a picture of a sick fish and you get 5 different 2-3 word answers ( Its Ich! That is columnaris! Thats fungus!).

I can rarely help someone out with a picture alone. It takes questions to find answers, not just pictures.



While its true --overall --that forums have lost many to social media type apps/formats, this does not make them a "dying" format. That implication irks me.

Why? Because there are a large group of people that have/do consistently come back to this forum daily ( sometimes several times daily), weekly, monthly, for the last 3 years Ive been on TPT. We know each others aquarium struggles, successes, projects. Some of us even go further- we communicate regularly through PM to get to know one another or even visit with one another beyond this virtual format.



This forum is still a living, thriving community. It may have lost some members to social media-- but, that doesn't mean it has lost its value.


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Well worded Discusluv!

I agree that the more successful and dedicated hobbyists generally stick to the forums in my experience. Facebook, pinterest, etc. are chock full of nice pictures and auto-generated content. You definitely get quicker responses, but they're mostly regurgitated from something else. Not a tailored solution.

The funny thing is that while the forums can be a bit slower (interface and more time spent reading responses) some social media platforms actually take up more time. It's easy for me to spend an hour or 2 on facebook but I usually don't come out of it with a sense of "I helped someone or learned something myself".

I'll stick to forums for the time being - though I'm by no means saying that will be the case forever. There's plenty of regurgitated content and people refusing to do any research themselves so they post the same questions over and over hoping for the typical social media response "Fix your algae issues forever with this one simple trick".
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Totally agree @Discusluv ; I didnít mean to say that there is no more value in forums, just that theyíre not the primary method to access community these days and Iím saddened by that. But I still do come back from time to time as I still prefer them, and Iím glad others continue to find value. Maybe they wonít die but just ďevolveĒ.


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