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02/09/2013 at 07:23
I know hitched went through quiet times too but it seems to be a constant with mumdrum which is sad.
Just wondering the reasons. I know I'm friends with a lot of pp/md'ers so catch up with all their news on there instead. A lot of people don't seem to post anymore.
02/09/2013 at 07:28
I don't know if it's that or just lack of new blood. I'm not on any of the fb groups other than the main one so don't know if there's much being discussed on there, rather than just seeing friends status updates.
It does normally go quieter during the summer hols so maybe it will pick up this week or next? I'm not holding my breath though, as think most of those with school age kids stick to OT (which is even quieter than BT at the mo)
It's a shame, I'm not sure what the solution is though.
02/09/2013 at 07:37
I honestly think that separating ttc has a lot to do with it ad a lot of the 'new' people just aren't coming onto the board. I'm only on the main fb group too so no idea if much else goes on. I mostly write in the tri threads now but even they are quieter than when I was on them with p.
02/09/2013 at 07:38
It has been so much quieter recently, I'm hoping BG is right and it's just cos of the summer holidays. Weekends in particular are so slow on here.
02/09/2013 at 07:55
I think it's the separation from hitched. There was a natural progression before from WP or OT - now there's not really a 'feeder' group.
This is not meant as an insulator complaint in any way, just a general wondering, but I don't know how much this site is advertised in other places and on hitched.
02/09/2013 at 07:56
02/09/2013 at 07:57
May i be so bold as to suggest that the management has completely killed it? I pop in from time to time but am defo not an avid user anymore. Mumdrum was a crap idea full stop. They ran with a name/format the majority didn't like. They formed 'user groups' waaaaaaay too late, after all meaningful decisions had been made. There never was enough traffic to justify it anyway (the decision was made ar&e about t1t for commercial reasons, not user reasons, which is fine, except the users are its life blood). They are now making a bad problem worse by splitting the boards. I used to be passionate about the place, now I'm not. Come up with as many reasons as you want but I think we all know that's the fundamental one . . .
And DW is as busy as ever so that hasn't suffered a jot due to FB.
02/09/2013 at 08:18
I think separating ttc was a bad idea, I know that if we are trying again I wouldn't go on a separate board but if I were here and seen the thread then I'd likely post
Also I do think that fb groups haven't helped, then added to the fact that a lot of people have totally disappeared. There's been countless efforts to get the board moving but it never seems to come to anything
02/09/2013 at 08:22
I'm not on Facebook at all so can't comment on what is covered or amount of groups etc but I do often read people saying that they've already shared of Facebook or that they updated on face book etc and perhaps don't always post on MD as well if that's the case?
I do think the move from hitched has had a massive impact. I lurked on BT just after our wedding and felt 'part' of the community in the sense that i 'knew' people in a way before I ever actually started posting on the TTC threads. As marmite says, the natural 'feeder' group has gone. It is really really quiet which is a shame but nothing seems to get it moving.
02/09/2013 at 08:25
I'm inclined to agree with Hollywood. There are a lot of Facebook groups floating around, and that's only the ones I know about. I use FB to speak to my MD friends and tri buddies more and more but I don't think FB is the reason for MD dying a slow death. FB has always (well a long time!) been around. I don't think BT was ever really busy enough to justify a new site and separate boards and it was quiet from the off. I think that is what makes people use Facebook rather than this forum, not the other way round.
02/09/2013 at 08:27
I loved taking a sneaky peek at BT when I was still on Hitched. It was a natural progression, as others have said. I still visit H every now and again but see very little mention/advertising of MD.
I don't think separating the boards is to blame. The TTC threads were dead on MD when I came back after a break several months ago, before the boards were separated. The MTTC thread had disappeared completely and the normal TTC thread was limping along with about three posters. There is at least more TTC action now that us ladies who are trying have our own space, but the whole site is dead.
Facebook isn't to blame. Creating MD in the first place is to blame.
02/09/2013 at 08:34
Hollywood have hit the nail on the head I think. I also don't have the time to post as much as I used to since having W. I wonder if the sudden influx of new mums has something to do with it
02/09/2013 at 08:37
I didn't mean fb groups. just fb in general as instead of coming to a place like this to 'catch up' with people, we can see most of it online.
I do wonder what the point of this forum is, there just hasn't been new members. I've not seen it advertised anywhere but then again there are so many specific big name parenting forums people would come on here and instantly be put off by the fact things stay the same for days.
02/09/2013 at 08:43
HW is right IMO. can I ask if anyone reads any of the pages on MD rather than just the forums? I've never looked at them so to my mind its been a big waste of time
I also am wary about what I post given that it is an open forum unlike DW. I don't post on DW, as I can't be bothered starting again on another forum but it's format is def preferable.
02/09/2013 at 08:45
Also, how many times do we see OT posts on BT and "children's talk" on OT...segregating everyone DOES. NOT. WORK.
02/09/2013 at 08:51
In that case no, I don't think FB is to blame. FB never had much of an impact on hitched. The move and segregation of the boards is what has killed BT.
02/09/2013 at 09:13
I posted my thoughts on the recent thread about the boards being slow, and I've been posting even less since then as there's not much keeping me here other than a few people who are not on DW that I want to keep up with. I miss how it was on the PP, it's sad that it's come to this and I'm just feeling less and less part of this place. To me it's not FB, it's the creation of MD in the first place, as well as the whole hoo har over on the PP that caused DW to be created 4 years ago.
02/09/2013 at 09:18
I dunno, I can see both sides. I do catch up more with my tri buddies on FB and I think it's a better format there. You can pop some news, no matter how trivial, on a group. If it's big news people can discuss it, or else just 'like' it. I did understand the reasons for doing personals on the tri threads but sometimes there was just not much to say and it started to feel a bit forced.
I don't agree with what people are saying about segregation. I view the forums as a whole and it's very easy to do so, just click on "forums" rather than a specific one and you can see all the threads. You only have to enter a specific forum to make a post, but you can view them all together if you want to. If you choose not to, you can't then complain about 'segregation' IMO!
I do agree that the move from Hitched has made a difference. I don't think the BT section of Hitched was ever big enough to justify its own space, essentially trying to compete with the big-name forums. There was a natural progression from WP/OT to BT which has been lost. Also some people who came to WP already had children so could join straight in with BT.
Can't remember who said it but I also agree with the privacy aspect. I'm not a particularly private person, but sometimes you do have something to say which you want the 'community' here to know but you don't necessarily want to post it on an open forum anyone can view without registering. Not just words but photos here are completely open and accessible to all. On the other hand if you make signing up a requirement for viewing posts, then potentially some new recruits might be put off.
02/09/2013 at 09:20
I don't understand the point of MD as Business. They will have spent a heck of a lot of money creating this site and its basically just a crap chat board. No real advertising that I've seen, no informative information really (apart from what was written by our own), and apart from a few rubbish competitions I don't see them trying to create new users. Darren once said to me BT brought in a lot of users to hitched and it was a good site hit stream so now I'm thinking hitched has maybe suffered from no bt and here is dying daily.
That said Darren/dean and co can't force people to post and a lot of the regulars disappeared and I will be honest and say I don't understand why that happened. The name is terrible and yes decisions were made without asking us (but its not our business to have any input so I think by them creating the user groups at all was thoughtful and above what they needed to do) but has that annoyed people enough for them to leave? In essence hitched and md are chat boards and it really shouldn't matter what happens behind the scenes if people truly wanted to see md busier.
Its a shame ttc is so quiet as the point of it was because loads of users didn't feel happy posting on here but then it doesn't seem that the separate board is utilised terribly much.
Cab we request for ot and bt be merged for a month on a trial basis? I had previously said I didn't want it merged but maybe its worth a try?
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