I spoke to him today, his account has been suspended. Pretty low act after all he did for this forum in their time of need. When others were busy recruiting members from this forum to move over to another. But you know all about that.WEAL is here as wide eyed and legless. (scroll back a few posts).
Don’t panic, WEAL will return. Account suspended is not a ban. Just time out in the naughty corner I believe?I spoke to him today, his account has been suspended.
Most of those points don't hold water.The posting on this forum has dropped off for a number of reasons (well, through my observations at least).
1: A lot of the old guard have moved on (either jumped ship, or no longer engage in the online brewing community)
2: Facebook and other sources of information have become more prominent, and have reduced this site's traffic
3: A lot of us are getting a bit older and busier with family/work, so something has to give (I certainly don't have the same number of spare hours I did a few years ago).
4: Australia has a limited population (compared to the USA/UK) and we just don't have the same number of brewers to divide between a number of forums
5: The well documented KK vs KL battle and the bickering between people who clearly had a vested interest in either party (this has certainly turned a number of people I know off the forum).
6: Quite a number of people I know have moved on from brewing for a variety of reasons (health, time, other hobbies, downsizing etc).
The moderator factor is not something that bothers me. I'm more than happy with the job they do (and it's an unpaid and thankless one). I'm sure they don't get it right all the time, but no one is perfect. Striking a balance between open and free debate and keeping this place civil is almost impossible, and I think (by and large) the moderators have kept a pretty good balance.
I did say these were my observations and certainly not gospel.Most of those points don't hold water.
Take 1,3 and 6 all covering the same point, 1. some have moved on. 3. same statement busier, moving on. 6. again moving on.
While members move on according to the bottom of the opening page we have New Members, everyday or almost there is a new member signing up, sometimes two. The forum is being replenished daily so that would be more than enough for those lost.
5. KK KL bickering! really, that would put people off? Look at the sister sites there is more arguing and bickering going on in their equivalents to 'Off Topic' threads. Secondly look at Australian craft brewers, there is no bickering whatsoever on that forum. And since the moderators, both involved with Australian Craft Brewers started running this forum deleting posts and removing threads this forum has ended up the same. Both are as dull as dishwater. That is what makes people leave.
2 Facebook has always been there, so where do those who are not on Facebook go who aren't on here. There are plenty of brewing forums doing really well, why? They don't get posts removed and threads locked. Grmblz mentioned sterile I agree.
When Austin sold his forums to Keith they were a viable proposition AHB at the time would generally come up first on the search engines it was informative and busy. So what went wrong, not the exodus. AHB was becoming just as busy while Australian Craft Brewers was flagging. I don't have to point out what happened I think most members know, they tried to fix something that wasn't broken. If Keith tried to sell this forum today he wouldn't get a brass razoo for it. A forum needs to be busy have members willing to pay to be a member and sponsors, which is another thing they have lost. I wouldn't be surprised that the only paying sponsors are Keg Land, Brewman and Inkbird.
As an aside here is a book well worth a read, 'The clowns are in charge of the circus' Kenneth A Scott.
I did say these were my observations and certainly not gospel.
I also didn’t intend them to hold water, just highlighting what I see (and have spoken to a number of former members who also see the same thing).
We’re all free to agree/disagree as we see fit, however I do agree that the monetisation of the forum hasn’t been a raging success.
Without going into a lot of detail I will say this, have a look at other forums, 'Off Topic' I am on an Aussie 4x4 forum the off topic posts are similar to the results of this forum and 100's of other forums they are the ones with the most contributions. Just scroll down the forum list.As a new member (with much to offer) it appears that the greatest deterrent to activity on this forum is negativity. This thread is a prime example.
I have followed this thread since I joined, and it is the only thing that has had me questioning my decision to join.
I have no doubt that if some of the members who have posted here would otherwise put their time and effort into constructive conversation we would all benefit from increased activity, more new members and fewer 'drop outs'.
I have seen some very intelligent conversation here and an air of pride in what some would say "was" a great forum.
It still is a great forum! We just need to encourage others to become as good as those before them, and you guys are the key to this.
Turn it around.
No explanation for why my account was suspended today was the first day I have logged on and no warning nothing just back up and running.I spoke to him today, his account has been suspended. Pretty low act after all he did for this forum in their time of need. When others were busy recruiting members from this forum to move over to another. But you know all about that.
Well the numbers don't lie, I think it does go to prove that there is more interest in other subjects other than brewing. Silly idea to moderate so heavy in the Off Topic thread. No one is forced to read any thread.Without going into a lot of detail I will say this, have a look at other forums, 'Off Topic' I am on an Aussie 4x4 forum the off topic posts are similar to the results of this forum and 100's of other forums they are the ones with the most contributions. Just scroll down the forum list.
All forums have them and all forums have discerning posts, arguments and general banter. Just take this thread, over the last 10 days the views have more than doubled. Look at the views on the other threads, nothing comes close apart from KL Q & A. Then tell me no one is interested.
Grmblz pub analogy is a good one go to a pub for a good night out, the first pub has few drinkers and long faces, what do you do?
Go to another pub of course with lots of discussion, banter and hosts.
What were the wars?News to me about WEAL. I've not deleted or redacted any postings since the wars of some years ago. I'm OK with frank debate, even criticism of myself. I don't care what others think of me, quite frankly, as it's almost invariably incorrect anyway. As I've said before, the moderators authority on here is quite limited. I have no control over any administrator functions or actions.
This is the story of so many forums. I like to think that all the trolls are just one wanker talking to himself.At least this forum hasn't yet descended to the point where apparent trolls call supposed trolls out for being actual trolls and then the so-called actual trolls defend themselves and declare themselves as being not at all trolls and support this by accusing those apparent troll troll callers as being the actual trolls.