Where have all the Speakers Corner members gone?

  john bunyan 09:06 21 Aug 2014
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I am copying HB for music analogies, but if one substitutes "forum members" for "flowers" in the link, it expresses a regret for what appears to be a "mass extinction"

Pete Seegar

  Aitchbee 09:59 21 Aug 2014

This Kinks 'protest song' expresses a similar feeling with very strong graphics for anyone of a nervous disposition.

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  spuds 10:52 21 Aug 2014

"I miss the days when Speakers Corner was busy and conspiracy theorists would come here to get wound-up."

Perhaps not so much 'conspriracy theorists, but more about people attempting to contribute their own opinions, then being shot down, usually with personal insults by some of those that know or think they alone have all the right and only answers?.

  Quickbeam 11:07 21 Aug 2014

I would put it down to the growth of the social networks use of very easy to use apps that allow instant notification and continued easy input to a conversation that interests you.

I believe that the PCA Forums format has been left floundering by a technological ebb tide on a wilderness shore and that a major site change would be the only way to revive it.

  spuds 11:15 21 Aug 2014

"I believe that the PCA Forums format has been left floundering by a technological ebb tide on a wilderness shore and that a major site change would be the only way to revive it."

I might stand corrected, but hasn't the site had a number of changes including recent changes, that are still ongoing?.

  Quickbeam 11:22 21 Aug 2014

spuds

The changes haven't been ground breaking changes. Many more now use a mobile device to access the web, and accessing this site via a mobile device is like swimming in treacle!

Another site facelift won't work, a new approach from the ground up that suits how we access and interact is needed.

  Flak999 12:41 21 Aug 2014

It's not difficult to deduce the reason, think about it for a bit!

  wee eddie 12:47 21 Aug 2014

If they have been experiencing as many "Long Running Script" Issues and "IE Crashes" as I have, I'm surprised even the "old" Faithful's are still around.

p.s. Neither of these problems occur on any of the other sites that I visit.

  Phil Ocifer 13:19 21 Aug 2014

I'm a very rare visitor these days due to all the rules & regs, overall site speed and profusion of in-yer-face advertisements. Access via a mobile device is actually better for me, however there's more to life than this forum and I'm partaking elsewhere. Thx.

  Forum Editor 13:21 21 Aug 2014

Flak999

"It's not difficult to deduce the reason, think about it for a bit!"

Well, presumably you have thought about it for a bit. Care to enlighten us all?

  Forum Editor 13:34 21 Aug 2014

spuds

"Perhaps not so much 'conspriracy theorists, but more about people attempting to contribute their own opinions, then being shot down, usually with personal insults by some of those that know or think they alone have all the right and only answers?."

I've been hearing this 'shot down' thing for years - very often from you, and I've always wondered why some people seem to be so afraid of having their opinions challenged?

Personal insults are never allowed to stand in this forum without being dealt with by me - usually behind the scenes with the person doing the insulting. It's one of the reasons some people leave us - either they don't like being cautioned, or because I ban them.

When using a web-based discussion forum it's very important to understand that if you express an opinion on a subject you need to be prepared to defend it when it's challenged. You can't just say something sweeping like 'I think all drivers over 30 should be banned' and expect that your post will sit there without anyone picking it apart. The very nature of a discussion forum is that discussions will take place, and often they'll become quite heated.

If you aren't prepared to have someone contest your opinions you shouldn't be involved in a web forum. When I see an argument that is full of flaws and misinformation I want to question it, and by the same token I expect someone to do the same to me if I say something that can't stand up to scrutiny.

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