Which forums have you stopped visiting/contributing?

felonious69

Well-known member
major props to the mods and to Bernhard for providing us with such a stellar joint, and oodles and boodles of thanks for all their hard work.
Yup...No way I'd wanna do it!
This really is a cool forum!

And thanks again for all the seriously helpful info from the whole crew here!
Drums is a totally different animal.
 

A J

Well-known member
Drumsmith. I got banned for a week for mildly criticizing the owner. Never returned.
Remo Drum Forum. It was discontinued. Fun while it lasted.
DFO. Good site but way too many ads and auto play videos. Very distracting. No fun.
Pearl Forum. I still try to drop on and keep it alive, but it's dead.
 

Mr Farkle

Well-known member
Cloudynights.com is a very interesting astronomy forum.


The Adobe forum, I need to join that one soon.. To learn Illustrator.
Illustrator is my favorite Adobe app. The Adobe forums are nothing like DW. They’re all about trying to survive the Adobe experience. Zero camaraderie. There are a lot of responses from people trying to earn points or maybe they’re sudo employees or something? IDK.

I’m also on a pen making forum. The people there are kind and helpful but almost formal. Not a lot of fun going on there, but we’re making antiquated writing tools so I guess that follows.

The DW forum is unlike any other I’ve experienced. IMO it’s a very unique blend of knowledge, wisdom and humor. Drummers are awesome.
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
The Adobe forum, I need to join that one soon.. To learn Illustrator.
There’s lotsa good info on there, but everyone who’s helpful is by now two or three version ahead of my ancient setup.
 

iCe

Senior Member
Drummers are awesome.

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(This is my fav gif ever, i post it whenever i get the chance haha)
 

felonious69

Well-known member
I’m also on a pen making forum. The people there are kind and helpful but almost formal. Not a lot of fun going on there, but we’re making antiquated writing tools so I guess that follows.
A forman at work makes custom pens. I don't know if "antiquated" or just cool but I'll ask him about that.
He's a cool guy. Plays keys and trumpet too.
And GREAT sense of humor!

Do you have a "catalogue" Mr. F. or do you just do it for hobby?
Folks say that my handwriting is "different".
 

Old PIT Guy

Well-known member
It's odd no one has mentioned HoD. For me, somewhere along the line the emphasis shifted to one of hero worship rather than a community. I know guys like to use the word community a lot in the alt.reality of social media, and that was one place that never felt anything like it to me.

I can't help notice how musician enthusiast forums balance on a teeter-totter of worshipping either brandnames or the endorsers of the brands. I bring that up because HoD initially struck me as more of a player's forum than a GAS haven. But then something odd happened and members began peeling off, and in the blink of an eye it was half a dozen guys posting YT videos. Good videos, though.

And all of that made me think about how the influence of marketing and media on every aspect of our lives is omnipresent but rarely discussed. No one was really asked if we wanted to spend a lifetime worshipping media's idea of what we should, it just evolved as something to take our minds off other things. And it's been very successful in that regard.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I live here, and on Facebook. On FB, I keep up with friends from W.Va., and Baltimore, and staff from my working at the hospital. Many of the comments here, about other forums, reflect the problems of talking about politics, which is why it is frowned on here. Other forums that I used to visit, have been eliminated for various reasons. I do comment on the ABC News website if I see a topic of interest. I have been sent to my room a few times there. Again politics.
 

Old PIT Guy

Well-known member
I have moderated a few lists/boards in my time and I can tell you it is hard and thankless work and there are so many times when there are absolutely no truly good solutions, just various shades of bad. Which is to say—and I've PM'd this previously to a few of the mods on here—major props to the mods and to Bernhard for providing us with such a stellar joint, and oodles and boodles of thanks for all their hard work.

I'm honestly not trying to be argumentative, but on just about every board I've been a member of at some point a member or two or more post to thank mods and others usually agree. This thread is no exception. What has happened, through political polarization, is that some members are savvy enough to weaponize thanking mods and putting Likes on mod posts and striking up PM relationships with mods or forging a report button Bromance to their advantage. And depending on the mod that strategy can work.

Another thing that really blisters my behind is when a mod attempts to excuse or mitigate any criticism of their moderation, whether in private or public (should be done privately) by pointing out they don't get paid. If you take on the responsibility then either make an attempt to do a good job or give the job to someone who will. I don't get paid to post, but I try to follow the rules. It's just the lamest excuse I can imagine for lousy effort.
 

Al Strange

Well-known member
I'm honestly not trying to be argumentative, but on just about every board I've been a member of at some point a member or two or more post to thank mods and others usually agree. This thread is no exception. What has happened, through political polarization, is that some members are savvy enough to weaponize thanking mods and putting Likes on mod posts and striking up PM relationships with mods or forging a report button Bromance to their advantage. And depending on the mod that strategy can work.

Another thing that really blisters my behind is when a mod attempts to excuse or mitigate any criticism of their moderation, whether in private or public (should be done privately) by pointing out they don't get paid. If you take on the responsibility then either make an attempt to do a good job or give the job to someone who will. I don't get paid to post, but I try to follow the rules. It's just the lamest excuse I can imagine for lousy effort.
I thanked the mods in my post and I meant it. There’s nothing for me to gain from showing my gratitude; I’m grateful for what they do? No weapons or ulterior motives here... :unsure:
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I attempt to moderate the way most sports officials should officiate. The less seen the better. I appreciate, and I'm sure, Bernhard, Andy, and Jon feel the same way, the thanks we get from other members. All of us were members before we became mods, and try to empathize with other members when moderating. I may view the rules a bit more "black and white" than others but try to be fair and as far as I know have no "bromance" relationships.
 

Old PIT Guy

Well-known member
I thanked the mods in my post and I meant it. There’s nothing for me to gain from showing my gratitude; I’m grateful for what they do? No weapons or ulterior motives here... :unsure:

I wasn't referring to anyone here. I don't see any of that. But it exists at some of the other places mentioned - I've witnessed it. I'm also one who doesn't think moderators should have the ability to give or receive Likes because it runs counter to impartiality, at least in appearances. I've seen users over and over get into squabbles in a thread, being wholly a part of those squabbles, and then when a Mod locks the thread with an admonition they plant a Like on the Mod's post. It's not only tacky it's meant to 'influence the jury' .. for lack of a better analogy. And when I see a Mod at some point later plant a Like on that member's post - what am I supposed to think? I mean, c'mon. This isn't advanced physics.
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
I wasn't referring to anyone here. I don't see any of that. But it exists at some of the other places mentioned - I've witnessed it. I'm also one who doesn't think moderators should have the ability to give or receive Likes because it runs counter to impartiality, at least in appearances. I've seen users over and over get into squabbles in a thread, being wholly a part of those squabbles, and then when a Mod locks the thread with an admonition they plant a Like on the Mod's post. It's not only tacky it's meant to 'influence the jury' .. for lack of a better analogy. And when I see a Mod at some point later plant a Like on that member's post - what am I supposed to think? I mean, c'mon. This isn't advanced physics.
That's a human issue, not a moderator issue. No one can control how others think/act amongst a group of people. Not everyone is friendly, and no one likes everyone. Having the maturity level to take the high road is all that is needed.

If you see a member like a mods post, then later on a mod likes their post, and you think that's suspicious, that's a you problem.

The mods were members once upon a time. Why take membership away so they can run the place? We are talking about websites, not businesses.
 
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