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Old 10-21-2007, 06:33 PM
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Posted By: Lee Behrens

I just went through the front page and counted a total of 10 threads about actual questions about cards, and they seem to have little response. I find this a disturbing trend, I started a thread about T202's about a month ago and got a total of one response. There is a question about T210's that has 1 response. This is a disturbing trend to me.

This board use to have more substance, where are the OJ discussions? Where are the T202 collectors that use to respond? If it weren't for Ted I wonder where the T206 threads would be. The threads to be more about quantity and not quality. I have resorted to send private emails to the people that use to have knowledgable answers about card questions.

I know the new (within the last 2 years) people seem to think this board is just fine. Go back and look at the early threads and you will find much more substance to the board. Yes, There were OT threads and the such but no where close to the number these days.

I hope there is a way this trend can change and we can get more of the really knowledgeable people back on the board. This is a great place to get an education in vintage cards but to find real information you really have to do some digging.

Just my thoughts,

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Old 10-21-2007, 06:44 PM
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Posted By: barrysloate

The board could be evolving and changing a little as new members join the group. But I still think we have many good card discussions, and the memorabilia board has made some great progress. It's a pretty tight group.

There are many card threads that I don't participate in because I don't feel I have anything worthwhile to add. If I do, then I jump in. I think most posters feel the same way.

And while I agree there are perhaps more non-card threads than there used to be, I don't find it disturbing. It's just that the board has changed somewhat. And it's easy to get it back on track when it veers- just start a good thread about cards.

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Old 10-21-2007, 06:56 PM
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Posted By: John S

Lee,

I agree with your assessment; the board has changed. I post less frequently because I find most of the OT posts to be uninteresting. My P2 question was probably one of the posts that you counted. Two board members were kind enough to email me some information but to this point the post has received no responses.

Historically the board has provided information on many topics. It is quite possible that there is little left to discuss.

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Old 10-21-2007, 07:02 PM
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Posted By: leon

I see your point somewhat...but still feel the contributors to the board are vast and diverse and growing. Regardless of how the Unique IP's are counted, who look at the board every day, there are more than there were 2 1/2 years ago, by far....Even in the last several months there has been an increase. This last Sunday there were 1123 Unique IP addresses that hit the front page and over 1300 every other day. Over the last week there has been an average of over 300 posts per day on the main page. The point I agree about is the off topic stuff being a little more than it really should be lately. I don't mind some of it as it lets our "family" of board members get to know each other better, imho. I also agree with what Barry said too. We can always start good card threads if we want and get it back on track a little bit.... As for the T202's thread not getting a good response I am not sure why that happened. I don't think there are quite as many folks that collect them as the more mainstream T cards and the more mainstream E cards so maybe that's the reason. I only collect one set so I certainly can't help with too many set questions...unless they are more obscure ones. I still see a lot of the regular posters posting albeit not as much as some of the newer folks, which is fine too. The other 2 forums (memorabilia and Post War) seem to be drawing more and more attention too, which could detract a little bit from the main board. From my point of view everything is cruising along in an ok fashion. Brian and I are always open for suggestions....regards

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Old 10-21-2007, 07:06 PM
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Posted By: leon

SO if those 2 folks emailed you, about P2's, instead of posting then maybe that is a small part of the issue overall. Folks email privately instead of posting the info on the board...I agree too, that there is only so much to talk about and then we have to get more imaginative. SmileyCentral.com

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Old 10-21-2007, 07:08 PM
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Posted By: Lee Behrens

The problem with all the "other" posts is that if you want to find a thread of substance you have to sort through so much just to find it. I just went to go try and find the thread I started about T202s. The lat response was six days ago and 5 pages deep. ( I was mistaken I did get a second response).

Barry is one of the few that has hung on and his knowledge is greatly appreciated as well as others that contribute.

I certainly don't think that any issue has run it's course. If some issues need to be rehashed yearly I don't see the problem there is always new people and they are looking for answers. It never hurts to renew interest and maybe something new will come out of it.

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Old 10-21-2007, 07:14 PM
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Posted By: John S

Leon,

It is frustrating as your graphic suggests. I still really enjoy visiting the board and contributing when I can. The football board in the postwar section has also been frustrating. Very little information is exchanged compared to the show-and-tell stuff (which I don't mind).

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Old 10-21-2007, 07:18 PM
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Posted By: John S

I agree Lee, I don't mind answering (or reading) questions that have been addressed before. The search function is an excellent resource but should not be the response given to someone's question. That only discourages new posters.

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Old 10-21-2007, 07:22 PM
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Posted By: leon

Don't get me wrong....ANYTHING pertaining to Pre-War baseball cards on here is fine by me and as much as anyone wants to post about it. I don't care if we post about something 50 times if it's on topic....Redundancy to one person is no doubt the first time someone else has seen it.....I do wish more lurkers would chime in and share their knowledge....But if they only want to lurk then so be it....regards

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Old 10-21-2007, 07:34 PM
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Posted By: Tim Newcomb

I am often disappointed by the lack of response to substantive card threads, or even ones pertaining to issues in the hobby. Some of the latter type get hundreds of responses when posters start fighting with one another, but at least as often the topic dies a quick death.

Maybe that's just the way it is with chat boards, but it is a bummer when posts offering or asking for actual card knowledge (as opposed to hobby gossip and personal carping) falls to the bottom with so little response.

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