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I’ve noticed that over the last few weeks, posts on the forum are waxing and waning. People come back and post when something big happens but in between these events, the post count seems to be on a downward trend. 

Im wondering if there is anything we can do to keep the momentum going. I don’t want to see the site die away. 

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I don't think there's a problem; things have been relatively quiet globally and most people on here don't post for the sake of it.  I have seen people posting for post count on other forums and it is just pointless noise.  I post on two football forums; one has endless repetitive "best manager", "best left back" posts and the other can have zero posts for three days midweek if there is no game and no news.  I prefer the latter.

I'd much rather that we had quiet patches than people posting PS4 and Pepsi type posts for the sake of it.  I was about to post a thread on something but I'm not doing it for post volume!

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Its nearly spring and being a sheep other things are on my mind as I frolick around farmer Jones rather nice south facing intake pasture.

As James Brown once said 'I feel good', 'I feel nice, like sugar and spice'. Ladies 'my love won't do you no harm'.

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1 minute ago, Melchett said:

It's been a busy time, trying to get things in before the April pron deadline.

You've clearly been too busy to keep up with all the news Melchy but it's been kicked several months down the road as they can't work out how to do it. 

So you can return to work for a bit having miraculously recovered from your "mystery illness".

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Just now, Frank Hovis said:

You've clearly been too busy to keep up with all the news Melchy but it's been kicked several months down the road as they can't work out how to do it. 

So you can return to work for a bit having miraculously recovered from your "mystery illness".

RSI of the wrist ;)

its all that typing they make you do at work.

Edited by Melchett

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9 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

You've clearly been too busy to keep up with all the news Melchy but it's been kicked several months down the road as they can't work out how to do it.

Do you think someone in govt had a rare moment of clarity and realised thAt getting half the population to hand personal and financial information over en mass to the sorts of people who run porn sites might have been...   an idea that they'd not entirely thought through the likely consequences thereof? xD

That might have been the real black swan event that brought it all crashing down.

Edited by Melchett

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57 minutes ago, One percent said:

I’ve noticed that over the last few weeks, posts on the forum are waxing and waning. People come back and post when something big happens but in between these events, the post count seems to be on a downward trend. 

Im wondering if there is anything we can do to keep the momentum going. I don’t want to see the site die away. 

I don't post much. Still read though. Not much point in posting for me, as I have so little to say, and I've so little in common with most of the regulars! 

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25 minutes ago, Uptherebels said:

I don't post much. Still read though. Not much point in posting for me, as I have so little to say, and I've so little in common with most of the regulars! 

I just post crap. :Jumping:

join in.... :)

41 minutes ago, Thombleached said:

Works just been immense for me. No spare time. Just handed notice in though..

You should try striking. Lots of time to post then. :)

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I've been really busy for the last couple of weeks so I haven't had the chance to be here very much.

So I haven't noticed. But then, if the above is also true for a few people who post regularly then perhaps this explains it.

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I'm reading and learning everyday.  Some cracking topics and contributions.

I'm posting less at the moment because very busy converting an old barn.

Hopefully the summer meet will be going ahead.

 

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Not a criticism of the general membership, but I find this place a little depressing. It's only representing what's going on in the wider world, but on a day to day basis it's drifting further from my observable reality. 

I'm not blind to the problems in the world, but equally bathing in them on a daily basis possibly isn't too great for my mental health. 

I've taken a couple of extended breaks from here in the past. I read far more than I post. My only real issue is a lack of a viable alternative. 

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To answer question literally - Nottinghamshire again. I came up from Somerset a week ago to begin "tarting up " my parents' bungalow to put it on the market. We moved in in 1970 so big emotional wrench. My wallpapering is just about OK but the radiator started leaking uncontrollably last night so called emergency plumber. I should have done it myself as it had stopped leaking by the time he got here. I am stuck now as the outside painting I want to do has to be done with minimum temperature of 8 degrees C, so I will return tomorrow. 

Oh and we are contemplating buying a second hotel with money from the sale.

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2 hours ago, One percent said:

I’ve noticed that over the last few weeks, posts on the forum are waxing and waning. People come back and post when something big happens but in between these events, the post count seems to be on a downward trend. 

Im wondering if there is anything we can do to keep the momentum going. I don’t want to see the site die away. 

It's because there are a finite number of daily forum posts in the world, and you have used them all up. The world needs time to recover :P

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40 minutes ago, gilf said:

I'm not blind to the problems in the world, but equally bathing in them on a daily basis possibly isn't too great for my mental health. 

 

I know exactly what you mean, I feel angry at some of the actions taken by the UK authorities purporting to act in our best interests. It saddens me and makes me feel helpless. I still try to introduce my opinions to people I speak to in an effort to counteract the propaganda put out by the media and give an alternative perspective. Probably makes me a bit boring, but hey. Strangely enough most people I speak to seem to share my opinions. Sometimes I almost despair that we have been unable to unseat some of the most treacherous politicians and others in positions of power and control. The lack of a viable alternative, someone who will act in accordance with my view of what is best for the UK, is my major concern. Steptoe will drive us even further into totalitarianism than Blair and Brown. They did their utmost to criminalise the entire population with their legislative program.

 What concerns me on here is that we all share similar opinions on politics and world affairs. Its not a bad thing but sometimes I feel we may be missing certain elements if viewed from a different perspective. We don't deliberately try to make each other conform to group opinions but to take two examples Knock out Johnny had opposite views to most of us about Brexit. He put up a good fight, tedious arguments at times, but he rather too quickly went away. The other recent dissenting posts from @201p? (I might try to edit this later when I discover how to properly enter a posters name) put forward an opposing perspective on immigration. He signed off the topic saying these were his last words on the matter. I felt it was a shame, even if he was playing the Devil's Advocate a challenge to our views is welcome to me.  

Having said that I feel a strong sense of community on here and the sharing of our anecdotes, family concerns, our backgrounds, health issues, hobbies, likes and the minor irritations if life gives me hope and enjoyment. 

Even though I have little that is pithy and wise to say I'll continue to post my blather and drivel when I can. 

Edited by sleepwello'nights
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I hadn't noticed the forum being quiet; although I'd noticed individual posters like @DTMark and @MrPin posting less.

Since the beginning of the year I've been trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to spend less time on this forum and on the internet in general. I find that I can't limit my access to t'interwebs, and if I have days off, most of the day can be lost jumping between DOSBODS and Youtube and Facebook ect...

This happens to the extent that I neglect responsibilities (simple things like keeping my flat tidy and exercising and hobbies) in the real world. I continue to battle with depression on a regular basis (one or two especially bad days most weeks) and I think that sometimes the things that we talk about on here can drag me further into that - I frequently look back at what I post on the DOSBODS topic and think 'well you just wasted more time whinging about stuff didn't you', and then feel bad about the time wasted.

I think what I need is a Jordan Peterson-esque 'schedule' to follow that has very limited 'aimless internet time'.

So whilst I love the quality of the conversation on here, I think it will be a good thing for me  to post less, and be more choosy about what I actually do post.

Edited by JoeDavola

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1 hour ago, sleepwello'nights said:

I know exactly what you mean, I feel angry at some of the actions taken by the UK authorities purporting to act in our best interests. It saddens me and makes me feel helpless. I still try to introduce my opinions to people I speak to in an effort to counteract the propaganda put out by the media and give an alternative perspective. Probably makes me a bit boring, but hey. Strangely enough most people I speak to seem to share my opinions. Sometimes I almost despair that we have been unable to unseat some of the most treacherous politicians and others in positions of power and control. The lack of a viable alternative, someone who will act in accordance with my view of what is best for the UK, is my major concern. Steptoe will drive us even further into totalitarianism than Blair and Brown. They did their utmost to criminalise the entire population with their legislative program.

 What concerns me on here is that we all share similar opinions on politics and world affairs. Its not a bad thing but sometimes I feel we may be missing certain elements if viewed from a different perspective. We don't deliberately try to make each other conform to group opinions but to take two examples Knock out Johnny had opposite views to most of us about Brexit. He put up a good fight, tedious arguments at times, but he rather too quickly went away. The other recent dissenting posts from @201p? (I might try to edit this later when I discover how to properly enter a posters name) put forward an opposing perspective on immigration. He signed off the topic saying these were his last words on the matter. I felt it was a shame, even if he was playing the Devil's Advocate a challenge to our views is welcome to me.  

Having said that I feel a strong sense of community on here and the sharing of our anecdotes, family concerns, our backgrounds, health issues, hobbies, likes and the minor irritations if life gives me hope and enjoyment. 

Even though I have little that is pithy and wise to say I'll continue to post my blather and drivel when I can. 

There are plenty of situations where I've found my views don't chime with "the majority" view on here, but you can only really state your differing opinions so many times before you become a whinger or a bore.

Examples: animal rights/veganism, abortion, NIMBYism is good, etc.

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