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  • Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

    Is it just me or has the volume of posts on the forums seemed really down of late?

    This seems counter intuitive given the amount of 'front page' content from the site seems higher than ever.

    I'm wondering if the post volume is really down.. or is it the way I browse the site?

    The limiting of 'new posts' searchs to only 2 pages of results could in theory really limit how much you are exposed to on the site.. and that and the user control panel are almost the exclusive way I find threads on the site.

    Anyone else noticing this?

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    Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

    Things seem to go up and down on MiceChat. Lately there have been problems with the site being down. I wonder if the actual crashing is why or people getting frustrated and not checking MiceChat because of it be unavailable so often.

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    • #3
      Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

      I haven't noticed the site crashing a lot on my end, but I do agree about the lack of activity. Although this has been an ungoing decreasing thing, I believe, because of the popularity of Facebook. People just don't seem to come to the forums and discuss things any more. They get their news on the Home page of MiceChat, and I assume Facebook brings them news as well. I can't say that last thing is a definite, because I am not a Facebook user.
      BarbaraAnn

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      • #4
        Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

        Disney sites experience seasons just like the parks. Spring Break is pretty spread out and with nothing else going on it doesn't generate a lot of web traffic per day. After Spring Break a lot of people will start thinking about big Summer Vacation plans. It will pick up but slow back down in August until people remember Halloween is coming up. Then around Thanksgiving it really gets going as people plan Holiday Visits.
        Be Cool Stay in School!
        Next year I'm trying for a summer internship at Stark Industries.

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        • #5
          Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

          but other sites aren't going through this same lull...

          I haven't had stability problems with Micechat in the last few weeks.. but it did have a short period of instability I saw. My biggest issue is I don't think I'm seeing threads that may be of interest.. and wondering if others who may not be as active are even more impacted.

          I know some people like to browse the forums themselves.. but they also tend to be the ones that 'stay' in a forum or two for most of their time on the site.

          I wonder what sunday meets have been like recently? I don't even see threads on those anymore...

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          • #6
            Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

            Originally posted by flynnibus View Post
            Is it just me or has the volume of posts on the forums seemed really down of late?
            I browse mostly the DLR forum, and first noticed it last fall. I don't think it's the result of tech issues or Facebook.
            "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
            Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
            imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

            - Neil Gabler

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            • #7
              Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

              If posting volume is down, I highly doubt it's due to any of the reasons postulated in this thread.

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              • #8
                Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

                In many ways, the forum software just feels clunky to me now. I browse through New Posts and that it doesn't update as often is a turn off. The design also doesn't work well on my mobile devices. Especially in comparison to the new software at WDWMagic, which is full of features, a better design and speedy. It's just become more of a pain to visit MiceChat so its become something I only do maybe once a day.

                I also think there's been a change in attitude. The stories seems to be a lot of repetition and the sort of fluff found on other Disney sites.

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                • #9
                  Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

                  In retrospect too, the parks (while busy) are quiet news-wise. Remember for Disneyland, in previous years - there was a 5 year buildup to Cars Land and the "New DCA" that really spurred traffic and posts to the site. We had about 4 years of new things every summer, and that brought a bunch of people in. This summer had Fantasy Faire and that's about it. West Coast visitors are still the most common (for the Forums).

                  Overall, our traffic is up compared to a couple of years ago. Year to year, we're up about 20% on visits compared to last year. 40% compared to two years ago.
                  -Monorail Man

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                  • #10
                    Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

                    Originally posted by Monorail Man View Post
                    In retrospect too, the parks (while busy) are quiet news-wise. Remember for Disneyland, in previous years - there was a 5 year buildup to Cars Land and the "New DCA" that really spurred traffic and posts to the site. We had about 4 years of new things every summer, and that brought a bunch of people in. This summer had Fantasy Faire and that's about it. West Coast visitors are still the most common (for the Forums).

                    Overall, our traffic is up compared to a couple of years ago. Year to year, we're up about 20% on visits compared to last year. 40% compared to two years ago.
                    visits.. but is that talking about the forums or the newly flooded news/blogs/stories?

                    What about post topics?

                    I mean we're talking the forums here... not the site as a whole. As I said in my first post.. the site is busier than ever in the content creation side... but on the community/forum side its been pretty dead.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

                      Hey, this thread is like a perfect collection of my favorite debate lounge slackers.....ya all need to start posting more down there.

                      If you do, I'll try to post more in the Disneyland Forum
                      Waiting for Godot Micechat.com

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                      • #12
                        Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

                        This thread shows lack of imagination, instead of proposing an interesting new topic, let's make one that whines about the quality of the other threads out there. Cynical.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

                          Originally posted by sleepyjeff View Post
                          Hey, this thread is like a perfect collection of my favorite debate lounge slackers.....ya all need to start posting more down there.

                          If you do, I'll try to post more in the Disneyland Forum
                          I gave up on the debate lounge because of posts like the one right above this..

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                          • #14
                            Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

                            Originally posted by flynnibus View Post
                            I gave up on the debate lounge because of posts like the one right above this..
                            I let my Gold membership expire, mostly because of what I posted earlier.

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                              Re: Is it me.. or are the forums really dead the last few months?

                              Community. That's the secret ingredient.

                              Is it here at MiceChat?

                              Is it not here at MiceChat?

                              Each of us must answer that for ourselves, and decide whether or not MiceChat has the stuff to keep us coming back each and every day. Or as frequent as your daily schedules allow.
                              BarbaraAnn

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