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Posted by Metalbender on Monday, June 22, 2020 10:47 AM

Okay;

   I read all of the posts on the thread of Where's Everybody? I will admit this site has seemed to not be as busy as I remember. Photo Posting is part of it. Then there the Nay-Sayers that think if you don't post a photo, you're not doing what you say you are.

      Well, gotta tell you. This harks back to the days in my memory when I was building some really neat A.M.T. or M.P.C. or whatever kit and my friends would say Yeah Sure!

    Then I would have to show them the kit under construction. This seems to have never changed, even here. Now that said. I like coming here just to see what's up. I don't build as many cars as I used to because I am now building the classics I like .

 Those are all the Rivieras except the small ones which I have never seen a model of anyway. The mid year 80s-90s Vettes. and the older clessics from whoever does catch my eye in the store. I don't like Pre-painted Bodies or Hybrid Metal/Plastic kits .

    Now when I build It might take a month just to get my paint right. Then the Chrome foiling and Molotowing. Then the Clear Coats, bPolishing and such. Then it goes in a secure place as I work on the Interior and all it's Fiddly Details. Sometimes I strip the moldings and create my own armrests etc. I don't use much if any After-Market.

      There are those on this site that do. I don't because, Number one I can't afford most of it. Secondly, I am used to making this stuff out of plastic since the old REVELL Multi-Pieced bodies! I get a lot of inspiration from this site!

    This site, Hmmmmm. I hope everyone wakes up and returns. It has always been fun for me. Yes, This Site. Scale Auto Rules ! ! ! 

        

 

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 8:13 PM
i've been making a point of replying to builds, even if it's just a one-word 'cool' or whatever. it makes the place feel more active.

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Posted by Dale Gribble on Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:57 AM

I wish there was a way to increase traffic , but until we get a way to add photos directly to posts , I don't see it getting much busier . I believe that's the single biggest hurdle to growing the forums here and generating more traffic. 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:20 PM

Dale Gribble

I wish there was a way to increase traffic , but until we get a way to add photos directly to posts , I don't see it getting much busier . I believe that's the single biggest hurdle to growing the forums here and generating more traffic. 

 

I'm not sure that I agree.

Although it probably wouldn't hurt to allow photos to be loaded directly to the site, I really don't think that it would help much.

There are many online modeling sites that require photos be loaded via a photo hosting site, and have always been that way. (at least to my knowledge)

Most of these small sites can't handle the bandwidth required to allow all of those photos.

I really believe that the issue with many of the modeling forums has little to do with the ability to post photos, and much more to do with the dwindling number of modelers.

That coupled with the fact that as the number of members and visiters decrease, the draw of the board becomes less and less and people begin to drop off.

In other words, the lack of traffic on a site propagates less traffic as time goes on.

Maybe the ability to upload photos directly from our hard drives may help boost traffic to some extent, but I really don't think it's the the answer to the boards problems.

More proactive members is the answer, with people who post and not just browse and move on, or as I was recently exposed to, those who come to the forum, contribute nothing, and make trouble for the people that do.

These people only drive away participating members, which the forum cannot afford.

This is where some more proactive moderation of the board could also make a difference.

Not to blame anyone, but this board has basically become the wild, wild west where anybody can say anything they want without any fear of sanction by the powers that be.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, June 28, 2020 4:10 PM

I think that more photos being posted would help. This is a modeling site and verbage alone is boring.

Also, there is too much viewing and not enough replying. That is based upon personal experience on this site. I have a post going on this forum that has over 2,700 views and only 23 replies. 

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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, June 29, 2020 1:39 AM

I put my finished work on here. I find that although there's no replies sometimes I've had hundreds of viewings no one wants to comment. I don't do many WIP's because I might get stuff wrong and scrap the build, and therefore waste valuable space.

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Monday, June 29, 2020 5:23 AM

Goofy62

Not to blame anyone, but this board has basically become the wild, wild west where anybody can say anything they want without any fear of sanction by the powers that be.

Isn't it 'funny' how things have changed? When JH was in charge bans were handed out like candy on Halloween.
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Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, June 29, 2020 10:48 AM

I have an issue with member bans. I think that most bans are too subjective. I have seen instances where a person's reply is misconstrued as being nasty when in reality it is not, but otherwise I have not seen too many intentional nasty replies. 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, June 29, 2020 6:51 PM

JohnnyK

I have an issue with member bans. I think that most bans are too subjective. I have seen instances where a person's reply is misconstrued as being nasty when in reality it is not, but otherwise I have not seen too many intentional nasty replies. 

 

I'm not necessarily promoting bans, but there could definitely be some more policing with some sort of reprimand if the situation warrants it.

Go take a look at the "Factory Stock" section of the forum at some of the vitriol that "american185" was ejecting on my 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix WIP thread.

In any other world, this sort of prodding to start an argument would have been met with some sort of rebuke from the moderators of the board.

I began by responding with at least a modicum of reason, but it became obvious that was not why he was there.

He was there solely to make trouble, and that kind of behavior should ALWAYS be admonished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

 

 

 

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Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, June 29, 2020 7:11 PM

The poster that calls himself "american185" has numerous issues and  should receive a warning from the administrator of this site. He thinks that he is funny when in reality he is very boring. Has he ever posted pictures of his models, or does he just like to run his mouth?

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, June 29, 2020 8:21 PM

JohnnyK

The poster that calls himself "american185" has numerous issues and  should receive a warning from the administrator of this site. He thinks that he is funny when in reality he is very boring. Has he ever posted pictures of his models, or does he just like to run his mouth?

 

I have never seen anything productive from him or anything that would indicate that he has any real connection with the hobby at all.

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Dale Gribble on Monday, June 29, 2020 8:36 PM

JohnnyK

The poster that calls himself "american185" has numerous issues and  should receive a warning from the administrator of this site. He thinks that he is funny when in reality he is very boring. Has he ever posted pictures of his models, or does he just like to run his mouth?

 

 

 

and this is where I wish I had a little bit more power than I do. I have the ability to delete posts, and tell people why their posts are being deleted. But outside of that, I don't have any control of being able to issue bans , or remove the troublesome members... I don't believe there's much of a moderation team, this site and forum are sadly a low priority it seems . 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, June 29, 2020 9:38 PM

Dale Gribble

 

 
JohnnyK

The poster that calls himself "american185" has numerous issues and  should receive a warning from the administrator of this site. He thinks that he is funny when in reality he is very boring. Has he ever posted pictures of his models, or does he just like to run his mouth?

 

 

 

 

 

and this is where I wish I had a little bit more power than I do. I have the ability to delete posts, and tell people why their posts are being deleted. But outside of that, I don't have any control of being able to issue bans , or remove the troublesome members... I don't believe there's much of a moderation team, this site and forum are sadly a low priority it seems . 

 

I'm sorry to hear that, and I'm sure that you are doing all that you can, but this is one of the issues that really needs to be dealt with in order for the board to flourish.

Otherwise we may wake up some day and find that all of the real modelers and contributors have gone and all that's left are the rif raf.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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