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Post by JR on 28th February 2009, 23:13

With great sadness we are noting the death of the forum. In the very young age of 1 year, 3 days and 20 hours it faded away to a silent end. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

The good news is, it will go unnoticed……… Twisted Evil
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Post by Marnus on 28th February 2009, 23:31

I also noticed...

I think my poem scared some people Twisted Evil

And it's not the end yet Smile
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Post by ChristoEngelbrecht on 28th February 2009, 23:57

Why don't we do something about it?

Like what? You may ask.

A lot of trips. A lot of trip reports. A lot of questions. A lot of good advice.
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Post by JR on 1st March 2009, 00:21

ChristoEngelbrecht wrote:Why don't we do something about it?.......A lot of trip reports..........

for once I'm not guilty Very Happy .......and let it be noted - I have tried scratch

ChristoEngelbrecht wrote:Why don't we do something about it?.........A lot of trips.

nou praat jy.......f die forum, kom ons ry cheers

have new bike - can like to ride Wink

ps. Marnus I like your poems pirat
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Post by ChristoEngelbrecht on 1st March 2009, 03:35

Die forum is baie belangrik vir al die klublede sowel as enige ander persoon met 'n belangstelling in motorfietse, veral BMW.

Dit is ook waar dat die meeste forums maar een of ander tyd deur 'n stadige tyd gaan. Dit tel gewoonlik weer op. Hoop ons forum volg ook die pad.

Ek glo ook dat ons 'n forum nodig het wat vir ons 'n bron van kennis en genot kan wees en nie net 'n gewone kletsplek nie.

Ek het al soveel forums gesien wat vanaf 'n inligtingsbron na 'n kwetterkas verander het.
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Post by Admin on 1st March 2009, 10:58

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Post by morpheus on 1st March 2009, 19:28

I am not sure what the exact function this forum was intended to have. As a club medium to share information, it is very successful. I do not equate busy with successful. In this instance I believe keeping us all connected is the key.

I participate in only one other forum as I am trying to cut down. That one is not club based and is something for all DS enthusiasts. It is very busy and if you are off a day or two, you can miss whole pages of threads. The down side is it is very specific to DS biking. That is not a problem for me as that is where my passion lies.

Usually when I am online I am looking for specific DS knowledge, the other forum is dedicated to that, so that is where I go.

This forum is more dedicated to the club and if I want to know anything club related I come here. For this forum to transcend its current position as a club based one, a number of things have to happen. Things like more non member, members (if that makes sense), a much more informative experience as it relates to the specific bikes, a more general appeal other than just BMW's. To mention but a few.

So that brings me back to my original point, what is the purpose of the forum? Answering that, will either lead the direction to where the forum needs to go, or illustrate its success at what it was intended for.

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Post by JR on 1st March 2009, 20:22

The club’s home page contains all the important info to keep members informed about club related matters and is one way communication.

On the other hand, any forum by nature is interactive or if you like user-generated

Choose any reason or function for the forum you are comfortable with…….a forum without interaction/movement will die just like our previous forum died as a result of the very same reason
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Post by morpheus on 2nd March 2009, 08:29

I agree and I disagree. Although this is labeled as a forum I have always viewed it more as an interactive club site. A forum usually has a specific claim to fame, an identity if you will. My personal feeling is, that any forum that does not develop that, dies.

So perhaps I did not ask my question correctly. What is the identity of this forum? Answering that may just help us in averting the death of the forum.

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Post by Tony R on 2nd March 2009, 08:58

It is just a quiet phase. The forum is taking a breather in the bush but will keep going. It is one of the best in the forum business.

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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 2nd March 2009, 09:09

Must admit - i agree with Jamie - seems there was a bit of a slow spell on the forum. Given the number of answers anbd views from last night when the post was done - obviously the forum is still being read widely - although it seems not all is participating. Why?????
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Post by dakardrix on 2nd March 2009, 15:20

I think this year in particular is quite stressful for people. Firstly I have very little time to spend on the forums - Wild Dogs is great, but just too much stuff, lot of it a waste of time, lots of it brilliant.

But here is where I would like to see more and read more real stuff. The way this year is going for me I just sometimes, ok a lot of times, wants to sit and do nothing. Reading without participating, even for a few minutes, is good for my soul.

Let's relax, it will happen in due time. I also get a bit disheartened when I post a ride report and it looks like most ignore it, but what the heck, I'm sure someone's having a chuckle here and there.

Tx to the regulars keeping it alive, especially Dani! I'll try and be more regular.

Now, if another biker buddy comes charging up me exhaust again in peak traffic, I'm gonna start taking biking mirrors off! I AM BUSY LOOKING FOR A GAP!

Glad I could get that out of the system... elephant
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Post by Marnus on 2nd March 2009, 16:34

dakardrix wrote:I'll try and be more regular.

And how exactly will that benefit the forum??? affraid
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Post by dakardrix on 3rd March 2009, 09:39

ooookayyyyy - I asked for that one! albino
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Post by GSlady on 3rd March 2009, 10:08

dakardrix wrote:... I'm sure someone's having a chuckle here and there...

Indeed!
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Post by JR on 3rd March 2009, 10:36

at least there is still a pulse so it's not all a lost cause Very Happy

die "doodsberig" het 14 reaksies ontlok Wink
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Post by Mud Pooh-bah on 3rd March 2009, 12:33

Jamie

Ons klublede ry motofiets op naweke . Hulle sit nie by hulle rekenaars nie. Jy sien jy kry drie tipes mense:
- Die wat dinge laat gebeur Basketball
- Die wat kyk wat gebeur; affraid en
- Die wat wonder wat gebeur het scratch .

Ons klub lede en forum lede val onder die eersgenoemde kategorie (En baie is lyk my ook introverte wat nie uitpraat/tik nie Embarassed ). Ander forums se lede wat naweke tuis sit study mag dalk in die derde kategorie val Wink
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Post by KnopKop on 3rd March 2009, 12:49

Ja OK OK, What a Face

Ek sal ook bietjie "in-chip"

I think the "base" of the forum is very small, what I mean is that it only really serves the members of the club. I realise that non-club members also visit the forum from time to time and give their input and views, but it is mostly a "club-thing"

Forums like WildDogs, AdvRider and UKGSer, has been around for a while and do not only focus on bike-related stuff, boards like "Jou MA" on WildDogs has NOTHING to with bikes, but is basically a "k@k praat" section with everything from Religion & Politics to "Show us your wife/partner" to Pics of hot wimmin. Those boards are VERY busy and add alot of traffic to the forum.

Also those forums have thousands of members, we only have 184 of which only 20 have more than 100 posts.

As Morpheus said, some of the other forums are too big, you miss so much if you are not online daily. I also agree with Drix, that many people read but don’t post.

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Post by JR on 3rd March 2009, 13:03

pdekoker wrote:.....Ons klublede ry motofiets in die week en op naweke........

fixed Wink
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Post by KnopKop on 3rd March 2009, 13:10

MadnohB wrote:
pdekoker wrote:.....Ons klublede ry motofiets in die week en op naweke........

fixed Wink

+1

Pieter ons weet jy is maar eintlik net 'n "week-end rider" Razz Razz Razz Razz Razz

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Post by JR on 3rd March 2009, 13:31

Sharkie wrote:......I think the "base" of the forum is very small, what I mean is that it only really serves the members of the club. I realise that non-club members also visit the forum from time to time and give their input and views, but it is mostly a "club-thing".......

juis te meer!!!


If we want it to survive, we need to feed it. Without interaction there will be no forum and that is proven history.

Low activity unfortunately creates a “bose spiraal” …….hypothetically……

I have not been on the forum for 3 weeks and there are only 5 new posts made since my last visit. Also, there was no reaction to the ride report I made 2 weeks ago…..The ones that made the 5 posts might start to think, why bother and eventually they stop posting. No we are only sitting with the “readers” of which we have a rather big percentage here. They in turn think, I’m not the “posting” type but I enjoy reading everyone else’s input but now all of a sudden there is nothing new to read for the last 3 weeks so I might as well stop reading.

The once in a week(or two weeks) visitor soon realizes it's a waste of time as there is no activity here….I’ll just go to the club’s home page and get all the info I need there…….and so on and so on………

Obviously, this whole plea is only if we want the forum to exist….if we don’t, it’s easy……just stop posting and see how quickly it will die

having said all this.......judging from the reaction to this post, I'm less and less worried.......we have even managed to get the Chairman out of hiding Wink
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Post by tj on 3rd March 2009, 22:28

Quote: "...to Pics of hot wimmin"

Wouldn't this get the guys off their bums and fingers tickling?

No please not. I like it if we stick to bikes & riding and everything that goes with.... OK OK hot wimmin & bikes do go hand in hand!?!

Like a Gemmerkat on a ST??

Jokes aside. You okes that are active on the forum, please do so more without stopping. If you look at the 'views' compared to the 'posts' then the evidence is there that the 'gosts' enjoy our forum, without showing themselves. You guys have no idea what contribution you actually make to the bike fraternity.

And what's wrong with a good difference of opinion without getting personal. (Exhaust noises in the past??)
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Post by JR on 3rd March 2009, 22:39

it's not exhaust noises in the past.......it's head lights from the rear Laughing
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Post by Joe on 4th March 2009, 04:46

I reckon its a balance between getting visits to the forum vs the club's homepage. If the info was moved to threads rather than being put on the homepage, peeps would be 'forced' to use the forum rather than just pulling info from the club-page. Not saying the current arrangement is wrong though ...
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Post by tj on 4th March 2009, 22:27

MadnohB wrote:it's not exhaust noises in the past.......it's head lights from the rear Laughing

Skerp né. Het jy alweer in die messelaai geslaap? Wink
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