As someone who's been on tMP since the early days, and who's in the last year or so felt himself missing some of both the earlier density of posting and the consequent feeling of involvement here that went along with that, this post made me pause and think: http://www.themouthpiece.com/vb/showthread.php?p=751661&highlight=facebook#post751661 Is this what's going on? Are significant numbers of people spending time on Facebook and other more general internet social utilities instead of spending it here? Is tMP losing its role in the brass band community? Other fora have fallen by the wayside in the past, due to various reasons; I'd be sad for that to happen here, where we've had such an active and enthusiastic membership. Or is this part of our natural variation, where the level of conversation ebbs and flows? We've had troughs before, but none that felt as prolonged as this one seems to be. Could it be tied to the recession somehow?? Maybe causing people to not feel as inclined to adventurously spend social time with strangers, even on the internet? If we are losing contributions from people because they are preferring to spend their online socialising time talking with their already existing friends, then I think that that is a shame - because the glory of tMP and other similar fora has always been that you get to know players from all over the place, with consequent exposure to all their different attitudes. It would mean that the online presence of brass bands is becoming a more inward-looking thing, a clear step backwards. What do you think? Am I up the spout on this?