Time for a shakeup?

julian

Active Member
I've been a member of TMP for nearly a decade now. Perhaps my memory has been lost in the mist of time, but we used to have lots more interesting posts (well, just lots more posts to be honest) interesting articles, lively debates and great banter, but to be honest things have gone a bit flat on here when other sites, especially during lockdown are flourishing. I'd hate to see this site disappear so does it need a bit of 'oomph' to get things a bit more exciting? Well, there's a start. (Throws the hand grenade in and shuts the door!).
Keep practicing - it can't do any harm.....
Julian
 

julian

Active Member
Perhaps start with a few articles that invite debate. Some fun stuff (banding related, not Christmas cracker jokes). A quiz or two. Some humorous stories/recollections involving well know personalities from the past. Invite some serious teaching tips from well known players/teachers......
 

julian

Active Member
Mello is often on here, I'm sure a few stories from the tours of JSVB would go down well. Ask Dick the Stick if he would share.
 

2nd tenor

Well-Known Member
Shake-up? Well, as a long term supporter of the forum I’d be glad to see it return to better health and more active use.

I have some ideas as to why it isn’t as busy as it once was but whether I’m correct or not and whether solutions are possible or not I do not know. To me this place is about casual education, conversation and mutual support but for reasons various things aren’t what they once were. What’s changed and what’s missing I do not know for sure.

Maybe some respected voices could be contacted by email and invited to contribute their thoughts here. Of course, if someone has something to say then don’t wait for an invite but rather add something to the debate now. I’d be quite interested to hear from the moderators on the challenges of the work that they do here, it would be an education and a good back drop for general discussion of the forum.
 

John Brooks

Well-Known Member
I agree that this site isn't as busy as when I first joined. In some ways that's a good thing because there a less trolls active as well. Even when there are events that might trigger a flurry of activity (eg: British Open; Nationals etc.) that no longer happens. My personal opinion is that many use other forums to make their comments (Facebook etc.) so the input is divided. Some have simply lost interest which is also a contributing factor. A surprise to me on this specific post is the lack of response from regular contributors. But, maybe at this particular point, many people are saturated with computer time and are not prepared to spend their free time doing more of what they are now required to do all day (eg: Zoom conferences; virtual meetings etc.).
 

GER

Active Member
I think quite simply facebook dominates. On facebook as well as reading/commenting on banding matters you can also communicate with friends check local message boards etc. For example there is a group on facebook called bored bandsmen, it was only set up when lockdown occurred and has more posts in a day than this site has in a month. Sorry to say, but I don't think specialised sites such as this have much of a future. Julian comments about Mello being on this site, check the banding pages on facebook, he posts there a lot more frequently, he's not on his own, several high profile people from the banding world are regular contributors. I know this sounds a bit despondent, but I personally don't see how sites like this can compete
 

julian

Active Member
Well, that's the thing really. Do we make the effort to make it more interesting so that when visitors come onto the site they find it interesting and want to keep returning returning, or do we let it gradually slide away. It's chicken and egg really......
 

MoominDave

Well-Known Member
There is still an ecological niche for forums - other forums continue to, if not thrive by the standards of 15 years ago, then at least to fruitfully exist even in the shadow of the conversation-sucking monolith that is Facebook.

What advantages do forums have? Well, their filing and archiving is much better than Facebook's, for starters - I can find TMP threads from years ago on Google, but finding material even from last week on Facebook is often a difficult task - and Facebook doesn't store conversations by thread topic; looking down the list of forum topics is a bit like browsing a bookshelf, while Facebook is an enormous disordered pile of magazines. If a forum attracts expertise, it can become a valuable repository of online knowledge.
Then, the community aspect can work better on forums than it does on Facebook - people feel invested in their own specific internet corner, and they take a little care to make it good - volunteer moderators keeping trolls and tempers down, etc.

These are not small advantages. But TMP has not really taken advantage of them, and fallen prey over the years to various disadvantages (lack of ease of access, trolls beating the moderators, etc.). It needs to attract new blood with interesting things to say and a desire to have a more organised conversation than Facebook can support - those of us who have posted here over many years have been there and done that on this site, and don't feel an urge to do it again - but I'm sure would be happy to keep hanging around and chipping in when interest strikes - I mean, this is basically how I interact with TMP now, for example. It needs a critical mass of posters to keep bringing people back regularly - at present it is below that mass.
 
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