I am just wondering if anyone else has noticed a change since the board has changed its format. I think it is due to the PM being better now and people are just PM-ing their friends. I just notice that there are fewer responses on new topics, and fewer posts by older members.
Do you guys agree? I am not saying it is bad, but I used to expect responses... and I don't get any anymore. IMO, discussion has become a lot less informational and interesting because things are private, so I don't get the benefit of seeing other people's problems and resolutions.
Just my thought
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
Here is a thought, maybe after so many years people have really run out of things to say. How many threads are there about the same topics, again and again?
Or maybe there are a few people that have been allowed to effectively squash most other people's opinions. I mean, there are a lot of dog breeders, and a lot of people interested in dogs that are simply NOT WELCOME ON HERE.
People continually arguing their OPINIONS and putting them off like they are facts about breeds they are NOT FAMILIAR or INVOLVED WITH IN THE LEAST.
I don't care, stuff rolls off me, because I simply disagree and don't feel a whole lot of extremist people on TP have the knowledge that they think they have, that others in my life actually have.
On a final note, possibly we can look at it as a positive. Maybe, like myself, people have found other hobbies than pointlessly arguing on the internet. Maybe everyone is actually spending more time with their families and pets.
I too think it's just a slow period. It will pick up. I know I don't do a lot of PMing myself.
As far as irresponsible breeders not feeling so welcome, I think it's just a matter of this being a forum where generally most people here love animals and feel strongly against behaviors that are harmful to them. A pet-lover specific forum, if you will.
I was looking at websites about raising children, and there was one that was based on a method called "playful parenting." The group there doesn't believe in spankings or time outs or basically any punitive action. So someone coming on that forum and sharing how time outs work for them wouldn't go over well there because it is a support group for this other method.
This forum seems to work much the same way. People who love animals and do right by them are embraced and those who do things that are harmful to animals don't feel so welcome.It makes sense really. I think most of that type decide that this isn't the environment for them and move on. A few will stay but complain a lot, case in point (which I have yet to understand, what with there being a zillion forums out there and surely some of them friendly to miller and byb activity) ; and probably a lot quietly take in the informational posts while not disclosing their own actions, like choosing to read the Playful Parenting forum but not to go to there and post about how well spanking works for you.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 1/8/2008 7:56:47 AM*** Reason: asdfjkll;
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
I agree.....i think it's gotten very quiet around here..i personally don't pm anymore b/c i like seeing everyone response to not only my threads but all the other threads as well. And i don't see a lot of the "older" members on here anymore and that sucks. I like hereing all their advice! I wonder if all the sudden troll outbreaks that we had made some people leave the site?
i know i haven't been around much at all in the past 7 months. its not easy getting a's and b's ( yay me !! )in school at my age when i am juggling working and family at the same time. plus having a defunct computer doesn't help much. i try and get on at least a few times a week from work but i am at work so my reading time is limited and i rarely get a chance to respond to anything.
hopefully soon i will be on more regularly !!
i don't pm much at all, probably 1 a month.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e372/Bpope1982/Good%20stuff/hijack.jpg Thanks mastibull. My Christmas was more than I could have ever expected this year. I got the ring and the promise of babies in the near future I had all but given up on, and, I buried the hatchet with a mother in law I had been estranged from for about 3 yrs. Even pictures documenting the rare moment lol