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#1
it's pretty obv that forums are losing out to sites like reddit and tumblr as well as facebook, twitter, and instagram.

why?

clearly you all like the format of forums since you're still posting on one. what's the appeal for you? why don't you think people like posting on them anymore?

pls refrain from "normal people are dumb!!!" type comments, even if you dress it in 12th grade vocabulary.

for the purpose of this thread, imageboards = forums
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#2
What's the difference between Reddit and a forum?

I am only here because I know this site. Tried some other forums but either the format or the people were crap.
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#4
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What's the difference between Reddit and a forum?


they seem very different but if you wanna claim they're fundamentally the same then i'll listen
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#7
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they seem very different but if you wanna claim they're fundamentally the same then i'll listen

People post stuff and you can react to it?
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#8
Because of dipshits like Crazysam and Trowzaa who judge others based on their hobbies and people who like to pick on others.
#9
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Because of dipshits like Crazysam and Trowzaa who judge others based on their hobbies and people who like to pick on others.

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#10
I don't like reddit and I like people here and I have no other friends who I can talk with about cool movies and other things, so thems the main reasons why i'm here. And since i've been here and other forums for like 8 or 9 years now it's a nostalgic habit.

Forums are basically the car phones of the internet.
#11
And ofcourse forums will be used, because that's what our generation did. I doubt everyone will move on to the new shit. I think the last 2 South Park episodes made the problem clear.
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#13
People like the idea of having somewhere to air their opinion on whatever topic comes up. It's a form of entertainment. I'd say that's why everyone feels compelled to continue posting.

As for why they're dying, I can't really say. Maybe after soo long, people start to not care and contribute as much, which makes newcomers not have a lot to talk about. Which, in turn, makes them not care as much and leave. And slowly, the forum trend starts to decline.

Or maybe I'm just rambling on as if I know stuff when I really don't again.
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#14
Social media in general is dying, not just forums in general, but the big name sites like Twitter and Facebook get less and less traffic (plus their stocks are declining from what one of my business savvy friends has told me) each year. Part of what keeps this forum alive, in my opinion, is that there's a sense of community and everyone kinda knows everyone else here, it's kinda like that one class you had in high school where no one did shit except dick around. Reddit and Tumblr may be doing well but the negative stereotypes around both websites will probably keep them from growing in the long run.
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#15
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pls refrain from "normal people are dumb!!!" type comments, even if you dress it in 12th grade vocabulary.





shit that's my whole argument

like normal people who barely internet like the easy mode facebook/twitter/etc where they can quick spam short comments and easily attach themselves/link to others people's opinions with reposts and such to avoid having to think out their own opinions and that.

with message boards you have to actually make some functional sentences and paragraphs and discussion or people will ignore you.


+ lazy & simple people or people valuing quantity over quality&originality when it comes to posting comments.


or something like that.


actually it's because most forums are too focused on particular interests wheras all the social media is based around effectively socialising and allows people to forever connect with all the people they meet in their daily life, where they would instead just forget about that person back in the old days. socialising on forums has always been just people having general talk outside of their shared interest.

there was a short period before facebook took off where a lot of people got on UG purely to socialise though (like around 2006ish), remember quite a few people who joined openly admitting they had no interest in guitar or rock&metal music when they joined.


edit:^ yeah, in the long run forums could outlast social media (the form it currently takes at least) just because the shared interest and lengthier discussions mean people form deeper connections compared to brief back and forths on facebook groups or twitter and such.

i view reddit as a type of forum though, and it's continued popularity is only down to having sub-forums that cover pretty much every type of interest
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#16
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Because of dipshits like Crazysam and Trowzaa who judge others based on their hobbies and people who like to pick on others.


All I've said is stop posting it cos no one actually gives a shit, you bellend.

Be a furry all you like, I couldn't give two ****s.
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#17
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All I've said is stop posting it cos no one actually gives a shit, you bellend.

Be a furry all you like, I couldn't give two ****s.

Nah I agree that it is your fault.
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#18
Give Axel his furry rights back, Trowzaa omg.
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#19
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Because of dipshits like Crazysam and Trowzaa who judge others based on their hobbies and people who like to pick on others.


dude

please

just sit down for a good ten minutes. think about it.
#20
forums are dying because the people who frequented them grew up and have different hobbies or just no time to do a ton of stuff on forums.
#21
Quote by Neo Evil11
People post stuff and you can react to it?

The communities of forums tend to be more personality driven. Messageboards have a more conversational design where messages are shown in order of appearance. Reddit's comment system favours those that have the most votes

Facebook is dying because ****ing mums are on it now i.e. the best way to kill off anything young and cool.
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#22
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The communities of forums tend to be more personality driven. Messageboards have a more conversational design where messages are shown in order of appearance. Reddit's comment system favours those that have the most votes

Yeah I have never used Reddit, just glimpsed over it. it looked like crap.
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#23
The advantage that Reddit has over UG and other typical forums is just the open topic aspect of it.

So for instance, friends A and B both like films so A is on Reddit already, and then tells B "hey they talk about films here" so then B joins in. Then B sees they have a huge bit where they talk about COD. B knows C also likes COD, so B invites C. C loves baking, and sees there's a bit about baking. C invites D who also likes baking. etc.

on the other hand,
A and B like guitar. A invites B to UG. B likes films, so B invites C to...the film thread, population 15?


I like UG more because I'm used to it. If I used Reddit before UG, I'd probably be more active on Reddit. But I didn't (still haven't) so I'm not.
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#24
The reason I don't use Reddit is because vBulletin formatting is already familiar to me, Reddit looks like a goddamn mess.

Every forum I've ever frequented becomes a clique and sub-cliques. Given that every forum, by definition, has to share a common interest, it makes sense why this'd happen. I've seen it happen in every forum that the regulars alienate newcomers and aren't very welcoming.
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#26
This lame website can be entertaining at times.

I use reddit as well. I don't post much on it though, I mainly use it to read articles and shit.
#27
Quote by Eastwinn
it's pretty obv that forums are losing out to sites like reddit and tumblr as well as facebook, twitter, and instagram.

why?

clearly you all like the format of forums since you're still posting on one. what's the appeal for you? why don't you think people like posting on them anymore?

pls refrain from "normal people are dumb!!!" type comments, even if you dress it in 12th grade vocabulary.

for the purpose of this thread, imageboards = forums

Because stufflike fb, twitter and shit have apps for your phone, so you can use them while you make teh epic wubz on your mac.
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#28
I post here because I already have an account here. Never thought that the forum format might be dying out, but it is kind of a bulky format for discussion. If there are any redeeming qualities, I like that the format gives a little more emphasis on who is posting. It might foster a better sense of community than if you are a faceless username with not a lot of space dedicated to it.

Idk. It's mostly cuz I don't feel like signing up for anything else.
#29
I post here because it's a small community and everyone has their opinions and in jokes and stuff like that so it feels personal and you always know how someone is going to react.

Reddit is okay I use it for a few topics like getting gifs of goals, discussing some TV series and stuff but it tends towards meta-humour and there's just far too many people for it to have the same feel as The Pit.

However I wouldn't say niche forums are completely dead. I go on Bioware's forums and also The Escapist often and they're similar to UG in a way but a lot more active, so forums aren't dying, just taking a backseat really.

Reddit kinda sucks sometimes because it's a huge circle jerk of jokes that aren't really funny and the quest for getting upvotes is more important than making a good point.
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#30
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they're similar to UG in a way but a lot more active,

;_;
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#31
i like forums because of hte format and layout, i hate the whole "feed" or "wall" thing for social networking

i like boards and threads, i guess reddit is a nice mix of the two, but its just way too vast for my taste, bigger communities invite a much bigger chance for dickheads and idiots

i use twitter, but i have very few friends on it, i use it for a newsfeed mostly
#35
I frequent both UG and Reddit...

The main benefit of Reddit is that you only sign up once, and then choose the subforums that fit you, for instance one for sharing Spanish learning tips, and another for talking about your favourite TV series or video games. Reddit has no sence of community though, since the subreddits sort of exist independent of each other. (Bear in mind that I removed all subscription to the standard ones, where you actually see that stereotypical "redditors")

For the more specialised topics, Reddit pretty much dwarf any forums. Also, for news articles an the like, it may function as a comment section without the neonazis, ultra-conservatives and the like.

UG (or rather, the Pit) is just a bunch of people talking about a various range of topics (mostly stupic crap, though), something that a subreddit will never replace. UG is "dying" because of a lack of new regulars.
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#36
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I don't like reddit and I like people here and I have no other friends who I can talk with about cool movies and other things, so thems the main reasons why i'm here. And since i've been here and other forums for like 8 or 9 years now it's a nostalgic habit.

Forums are basically the car phones of the internet.

basically all of this. though I do like some parts of reddit [the New Jersey one, the Football Manager one, etc. none of the big ones. /r/nbacirclejerk is one of the funniest things on the internet]

one of my earliest forum memories is the off topic section of the Runescape message boards. I vividly remember making a thread about how I was scared of going into highschool because I wouldn't know anyone going in. fun days
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#37
I vastly prefer flat replies to threaded replies and so I'll always prefer traditional forums to reddit. I think they allow for better discussion and more realistic discussion whereas threaded replies with upvotes don't necessarily generate that. At the same time I think flat replies take a certain amount of effort to engage in and that makes traditional forums "harder" to use than reddit and slower than the instanaeity of something like tumblr.
#38
Quote by bradulator
I don't like reddit and I like people here and I have no other friends who I can talk with about cool movies and other things, so thems the main reasons why i'm here. And since i've been here and other forums for like 8 or 9 years now it's a nostalgic habit.

Forums are basically the car phones of the internet.



That sums most of us up here, I think.


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Yeah I have never used Reddit, just glimpsed over it. it looked like crap.


Reddit's great if you just want to be entertained. I think it's horrid if you actually want to discuss something.
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#39
Reddit is a huge popularity contest where the most generic, spineless sheep-like people go to voice the same brain-dead opinions over and over again in order to get an arbitrary number next to their posts which to them symbolises acceptance and approval and somehow fills the hole in their lives brought on by their inability to either socialize enough to become popular in real life or think hard enough about their own self to actually establish some autonomous form of personality.

To me, any site which has a karma like system that gives popularity and approval a measurable value combined with user anonymty just amplifies the problems already apparent in the real world - it doesn't matter how idiotic your views are, as long as you have a large enough crowd of people to back you up you will be able to rise above anyone else voicing their thoughts on the matter, regardless of the logic and rational thought behind said opinions.

And this isn't even a matter of intelect but rather just the way in which society in general operates. It has its pros and cons and is in my opinion ultimately a part of human nature. But the cons are apparent enough in everyday life that I don't need an internet site to encourage this kind of behaviour even more.

Finally, what makes me prefer the Pit? Well, it feels more human and personal in a very weird way. Almost every day I see cringe worthy posts, opinions that make my head hurt and argumants that make me wonder about the sanity of the participants but goddamit atleast I feel like I'm talking to actual people and not just thousands of bots that are part of the same mentally handicapped hivemind. And of couse it's not all idiots in here. There are some really cool people here, some of whom I hope I can even call friends and the rest are just average joes who I don't really mind.

TL;DR I'd rather talk to furries, transgendered freaks and enraged feminist than spend my days fishing for le upboats by posting mad maymays and pictures of autistic homosexual introverted atheist kittens that I allegedly rescued from various shelters and abusive sport- loving Christian white conservative cops.

Oh and like the penguin guy above me said, Reddit is good for entertainment but for the love of god steer clear from the comments sections and posts that give the author the opportunity to voice his 'thoughts'.

Also, I'll take some of the posters' words that the smaller subreddits are fine due to the feelings of community present there but at this point I couldn't really live with myself having a reddit account even if its just to cut off all of the cancer that is the homepage.


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#40
Quote by genghisgandhi
basically all of this. though I do like some parts of reddit [the New Jersey one, the Football Manager one, etc. none of the big ones. /r/nbacirclejerk is one of the funniest things on the internet]

one of my earliest forum memories is the off topic section of the Runescape message boards. I vividly remember making a thread about how I was scared of going into highschool because I wouldn't know anyone going in. fun days

I got banned from the runescape forum for trolling. Guess some people never change.
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