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Funt Solo

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #105 on: 01 January, 2021, 06:41:16 PM »
I’ve been here about 15 years and barely found anyone engage with anything I say - honourable exemption to TordleBack who at least occasionally politely spars over our respective preferences for Dredd writers.

*engaging with what BPP has to say*


Actually, I noticed something about modern 'Net compared to olde 'Net, which is that people now tend to broadcast, rather than debate. I suppose treating most utterings as a broadcast rather than an invitation to a discussion might avoid otherwise circular arguments.

Is this due to the blog / vlog era? Or a result of the Facebook style of presenting what looks like headline click-bait as each post, on a popularity wall? Or am I imagining it?

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #106 on: 01 January, 2021, 07:06:48 PM »
One of the problems is how too debate with someone because I might have the best intensions but somehow I have offended someone that is not even part of the debate. We then try to give a neutral answer which does not help a healthy debate
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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #107 on: 01 January, 2021, 07:07:33 PM »
I’ve been here about 15 years and barely found anyone engage with anything I say - honourable exemption to TordleBack who at least occasionally politely spars over our respective preferences for Dredd writers.

I'm still waiting for you to ressurect your excellent Futurshockd blog...

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #108 on: 01 January, 2021, 11:26:15 PM »
Gains are likely thanks to huge efforts from your good self, Colin, aided and abetted by high-quality discussion-provoking musings from Funt Solo, and never forgetting the off-site efforts of resource- and content-generation by folk like AlexF, Sheridan, Eamonn Clarke, Bolt-1, MaryandDavid, Cosh and Amstor that keep us all engaged with the issues that *really* matter (a non-exclusive list, 'natch).


Aw shucks - that's an illustrious list to be part of, thanks!

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #109 on: 02 January, 2021, 11:29:11 AM »
Actually, I noticed something about modern 'Net compared to olde 'Net, which is that people now tend to broadcast, rather than debate.
There’s definitely been a shift, although I suspect this is also in part due to the change in comms methods. In the old days, we’d use IRC to communicate, and that method tended to inform how we’d behave on early forms. These days, broadcast is often the default, although you do still get conversation-oriented outlets like Reddit.

As for this place, I see a mix. People do chat and respond, but in some cases just want to get their point across. Regardless, it all seems broadly civil, which is good; and apologies, BPP, if I’ve overlooked you over the years.

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #110 on: 02 January, 2021, 12:01:04 PM »
I suppose in some respects the asynchronous nature of forums can make debate difficult.  It feels a little at times like there is greater engagement when quite a few folks are lurking around and dipping in and out of various threads. 

When there are lulls between responses it can be a little tricky to keep track of things.  Especially if someone has taken the thread off in a different direction for a bit.

It does feel a little like places like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all about 'oh, look at me, how wonderful I am' with a healthy dollop of abuse and vitriol if someone has the gall to mess up.

But yep, there is a sort of 'broadcast' / 'discuss' variation in some places.  It's also interesting how some threads can lay fallow for ages then suddenly reappear.  ... and of course there's always the good old flippant / sarcastic comment to keep folks guessing!   ;)

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #111 on: 02 January, 2021, 10:07:17 PM »
This is my go-to place for 2000AD discussion, beyond a doubt. Even if I really should post more, it’s still good stuff to read... plus there’re some good small press threads every so often too.

Sometimes, forums are closed and unofficial ones pop up in their place (https://notthebigfinishforum.freeforums.net/ for Big Finish or https://discussion.tekeli.li/ for Shut Up and Sit Down for example). In other cases the official forum is still there but has shrunk so much or has some hostile characters that it’s just not a nice place anymore (REDACTED for example). Thankfully these things haven’t happened here and we still have a lovely little place to call home. Plus everyone basically loves the Prog and the Meg, which is quite important in my books.

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #112 on: 03 January, 2021, 02:12:55 AM »
Bah. I liked it better when you could call someone an utter Pete Wells and get away with it…

Disgusting! No one deserves that!!!

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #113 on: 03 January, 2021, 08:09:14 AM »
Bah. I liked it better when you could call someone an utter Pete Wells and get away with it…

Disgusting! No one deserves that!!!

I can think of at least one.

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #114 on: 03 January, 2021, 11:27:08 PM »
Bah. I liked it better when you could call someone an utter Pete Wells and get away with it…

Disgusting! No one deserves that!!!

I can think of at least one.

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #115 on: 11 January, 2021, 03:14:05 PM »
So just a query - I couldn't think of what other thread to post this in, so apols if it's the wrong one.

I can''t see any of the emoji's on my screen.

Any suggestions as to what I should do? Thanks! (As I've probably pointed out before, I'm technologically and computer challenged, so if you could explain like you're talking to a five-year old, that would be great. Cheers.)

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #116 on: 11 January, 2021, 03:19:01 PM »
Its a browser issue as I recall. Something to do with the Security Certificates for Chrome. Its the same with the Avatars as well.

Amazingly if you want to see them you get a better result from Edge than Chrome... I know, I know I'm glad I'm sitting down as I typ e that!

Hope on there was a thread about this I'll see if i can dig it out...

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #117 on: 11 January, 2021, 03:22:27 PM »
There's some discussion from here. Scroll up (or down depending on how you have your posts displayed) and you'll get the full story - not certificates but http vs. https

https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=46349.msg1041897#msg1041897


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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #118 on: 11 January, 2021, 03:48:55 PM »
Thanks for that, Colin.

Couldn't make much out of what was being said - for previously cited reasons - but appreciate you posting anyways. I'm guessing then that it's some browser related issue outside my control.

Which now begs the question: What if someone posts up a reply to me and I wrongly assume - without the benefit of being able to see the attached suitably sarcastic emoji - that they completely agree with everything I say, and think that I am a wonderful person, when in fact, what they were saying was that they completely DISAGREED with me and think me an utterly awful person?

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Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« Reply #119 on: 11 January, 2021, 04:12:33 PM »
Opera also works fine
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