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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloory View Post
    Hiya

    Hopefully a bit clearer now? I didn't go to a single forum as it just didn't make sense. Let me know what you think (there may be the odd sticky post needs removing or something too).
    much better,

    would be good if the home page was the forum, i reckon. or at least pushed the forum more rather than richard's announcement

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    Quote Originally Posted by big chris View Post
    much better,

    would be good if the home page was the forum, i reckon. or at least pushed the forum more rather than richard's announcement
    I agree - I'll have a look at that next...
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    Ahh- to me that's a vast improvement !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloory View Post
    I agree - I'll have a look at that next...
    And what's wrong with my 2017 announcement

    I agree, we need to make the forum the front page

    Happy New Year everyone, I know I've been a bit absent........ still very much Scouting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    still very much Scouting
    Too busy Scouting?

    I think I know how you feel.
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    Thing I've always liked about escouts compared to other social media, is you can have a disagreement, be respectful and then forget about it and move on. to many people on 1FB like to hold grudges against people and go out there way to disagree with them.

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    I must say Escouts proved it still has a valuable place (and even moreso valuable members) with my wide games post. 3 decent replies within 3 hours with some great ideas as opposed to 1st FB where there is just one reply saying "we always play baseball"... and I can't even begin to imagine the calibre of responses that "Local Holding Trustees for Hut" would get...
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    I don't have the exact or most recent numbers to hand, but at last count, way less than 10% of people who read the forum (not including bots) ever register or contribute. This means that a large number of people globally come and read the content without registering. I am unsure if registering is considered "old hat" given other platforms are ubiquitous with people (Facebook as the primary example)

    I don't believe we have any desire to restricted access to our content or to force people to register, but it would be nice if more people who read the forum felt like contributing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magician View Post
    I don't have the exact or most recent numbers to hand, but at last count, way less than 10% of people who read the forum (not including bots) ever register or contribute. This means that a large number of people globally come and read the content without registering. I am unsure if registering is considered "old hat" given other platforms are ubiquitous with people (Facebook as the primary example)

    I don't believe we have any desire to restricted access to our content or to force people to register, but it would be nice if more people who read the forum felt like contributing.

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    I think there is an inherent flaw in all online forums. Basically, with the passage of time, active membership distils down to a hardcore few. It's anecdotal on my part (I haven't done a study or anything), but it's been my experience. There are those who will offer an opinion come what may, then those who will have an opinion but not feel so strongly that it should be aired. That latter group far outnumber the former group. So you get a hardcore few which to new people looks like an impenetrable clique. I mean it isn't, it just looks like that.

    What's good about this forum is, if you ask a question, you still get a good range of answers in amongst all the tangents and opinions.

    I think (for me) one of the best threads is the 'what we did at scouts/cubs/beavers/Explorers last night'. It's a simple thread, no flimflam or opinion - just what you did and if it worked. If everyone (habitual commenters and lurkers) added to it, it would become a powerful program tool.

    But, I digress. (Hypocrite that I am... )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magician View Post
    I don't have the exact or most recent numbers to hand, but at last count, way less than 10% of people who read the forum (not including bots) ever register or contribute. This means that a large number of people globally come and read the content without registering. I am unsure if registering is considered "old hat" given other platforms are ubiquitous with people (Facebook as the primary example)

    I don't believe we have any desire to restricted access to our content or to force people to register, but it would be nice if more people who read the forum felt like contributing.

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    Ah, but if they were to register, of heaven forfend contribute, they would show their hand and not be able to claim that they "never look at Escouts" - which of course they always have done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushfella View Post
    Ah, but if they were to register, of heaven forfend contribute, they would show their hand and not be able to claim that they "never look at Escouts" - which of course they always have done.
    Whenever I mention escouts at local scout things, invariably they'll have seen it when searching for something on google, and a fair percentage of time after that they'll say "and I saw what you posted".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magician View Post
    I don't have the exact or most recent numbers to hand, but at last count, way less than 10% of people who read the forum (not including bots) ever register or contribute. This means that a large number of people globally come and read the content without registering. I am unsure if registering is considered "old hat" given other platforms are ubiquitous with people (Facebook as the primary example)

    I don't believe we have any desire to restricted access to our content or to force people to register, but it would be nice if more people who read the forum felt like contributing.

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    Agreed, dont think the % figures of those that read, and those that post has changed much at all, in all the years we've had the forum, I dont think that restricting access would achieve anything, other that stop Escouts coming up on google etc

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    What's good about this forum is, if you ask a question, you still get a good range of answers in amongst all the tangents and opinions.
    Yeah I try and avoid giving even Scouting advice on Facebook now, even if I have given the factual answer, it often gets ignored or argued against, as there is no acknowledgement of my (or others) knowledge or experience. The discussion threads in Facebook are terrible for a real discussion, and the quantity, and quality is often very alarming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Yeah I try and avoid giving even Scouting advice on Facebook now, even if I have given the factual answer, it often gets ignored or argued against, as there is no acknowledgement of my (or others) knowledge or experience. The discussion threads in Facebook are terrible for a real discussion, and the quantity, and quality is often very alarming.


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    I have to feel a) passionate enough to want to answer and b) confident enough in the validity of my answer, to bother to post. I couldn’t count the number of responses to points or questions that I have spent minutes crafting and yet at the critical moment of "post quick reply" I've decided "nope, I cannot be bothered to defend this". I lurk in many places but, frankly, life's too short to contribute routinely.
    If it was easy, it wouldn't be so much fun...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W View Post
    I have to feel a) passionate enough to want to answer and b) confident enough in the validity of my answer, to bother to post. I couldn’t count the number of responses to points or questions that I have spent minutes crafting and yet at the critical moment of "post quick reply" I've decided "nope, I cannot be bothered to defend this". I lurk in many places but, frankly, life's too short to contribute routinely.
    I’d add a c). I mostly read on a phone and often CBA to try and type anything more than a few words on the damn thing.


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