Why do you post on forums?

 

Henrywrites

New Comer
Writing on forums can mean a lot of things to different people. To some, it is a way to cure boredom and interact with others. However, there are people that write on forums as a way of promoting their own forums. When it comes to writing on forums, what is your purpose?
 

PGen98

I, Am I?
Community Leader
I've been using forums since 1996-ish, give or take. They're amazing for interacting, they're great for going in-depth on various subjects, and I find that they're a fun way to pass the time. I love forums, they're a really good communication medium that social media just cannot replicate.
 

Ash

Active User
It's just fun to talk about certain topics with other like-minded people. I have my own forum as well because it's just fun to own a little corner of the internet.
 

Dave

Member
Forums open up the opportunity to get into meaningful discussions whereas Social Media is for the moment (a fleeting one at that). If I'm enjoying a discussion I know where to find it in a forum, this isn't really possible in SM. Forums are more immersive and can do everything that SM can do, but better. The downside is that forums are not such a good medium on mobile phones, but if people take the time to learn they would find forums so much more than SM could ever hope to be.
 

Foxy

Community Helper
Community Helper
Great way to exchange ideas and meet people from all walks of life from all around the globe you would never have met outside of the internet. I have met some really great people over the years and have made some real heart to heart connections with several. ❤️
 

Lee

Can't get enough...!
Community Leader
Great way to exchange ideas and meet people from all walks of life from all around the globe you would never have met outside of the internet. I have met some really great people over the years and have made some real heart to heart connections with several. ❤️
Do you feel like the time of the forum is coming to an end? It worries me that the younger generations aren't really finding platforms like this and using them to establish those connections. It is all about the accessibility of social media these days.
 

Foxy

Community Helper
Community Helper
IDK @Lee, perhaps forums are more appealing to older folk and will phase out sometime in the future much like the people who frequent them today. If that's the case, we won't be around to see it. Last one posting, turn off the lights please.👋
 

PGen98

I, Am I?
Community Leader
IDK @Lee, perhaps forums are more appealing to older folk and will phase out sometime in the future much like the people who frequent them today. If that's the case, we won't be around to see it. Last one posting, turn off the lights please.👋
Need to educate these kids on their better social interaction platforms. Darn kids.
 

Dave

Member
Do you feel like the time of the forum is coming to an end? It worries me that the younger generations aren't really finding platforms like this and using them to establish those connections. It is all about the accessibility of social media these days.
I don't believe that forums are coming to an end, rather they are moving to more specialist fields such as customer support. One of the biggest problems regarding forums for the younger generation is that they rely on their mobiles for everything and are unlikely to have access to larger devices, such as laptops and desktops. Forums are not great on mobiles, they're clunking and have far too many menu choices to choose from and different platforms have different ways of displaying these absolutely essential elements.

With social media you have a box to type in and hit post/tweet/or whatever and they're done. It's a momentary fix that lasts seconds and they disappears into a black hole never to be seen again, and that doesn't bother the younger generation, it's what is normal to them.

The great advantage of forums is that there are no black holes - everything is permanent and discoverable. Forums have everything that SM has in terms of features and so much more, but we come back to that interface that is a nightmare to get to grips with on mobiles.

It's a shame too, because this current generation have no idea what they're missing out on. No character limits, can follow content, can find content, can post images and videos, can send personal messages, can use reactions (more than just 'like') can follow others, can have access to loads of content, not just messages and the list can go on and on. However, no matter how much better forums are than SM, they are not mobile friendly in the way mobiles users expect them to be.

I doubt very much that regardless of tweaks to the UX that anything will change to make forums more appealing to mobile users. Statistics show that over 90 percent of the global internet population use a mobile device to go online. It's a hard fact to face but mobiles have literally killed off most other means of connecting to the internet.

The following information snippet is direct from the internet:

Desktops were responsible for 35.7% of all visits in 2020, and tablets drove the remaining 3.3% of visitors. Globally, 68.1% of all website visits in 2020 came from mobile devices—an increase from 63.3% in 2019. Desktops drove 28.9% of visits, while 3.1% of visitors came from tablets.

Personally, I would choose forums over SM any day of the week. I would also very rarely use my mobile to access the internet. 99.99% of my internet time is from a desktop. I came up with a little ditty that I often throw at mobile users - "the bigger the screen, the more can be seen' and more easily to add.

I grew up in the age of the desktop when mobile phones were like bricks and only used for making calls and sending text messages and I'm not about to change screens. I like my 24" desktop monitor and I like to see more in one go rather than having to squint at a tiny screen and spending my life scrolling to see whatever I need to see.

I doubt that anything will change, if you enjoy forums keep them active, otherwise they will go the way of the dinosaur and that will be a very sad day indeed.
 

Lee

Can't get enough...!
Community Leader
I don't believe that forums are coming to an end, rather they are moving to more specialist fields such as customer support. One of the biggest problems regarding forums for the younger generation is that they rely on their mobiles for everything and are unlikely to have access to larger devices, such as laptops and desktops. Forums are not great on mobiles, they're clunking and have far too many menu choices to choose from and different platforms have different ways of displaying these absolutely essential elements.

With social media you have a box to type in and hit post/tweet/or whatever and they're done. It's a momentary fix that lasts seconds and they disappears into a black hole never to be seen again, and that doesn't bother the younger generation, it's what is normal to them.

The great advantage of forums is that there are no black holes - everything is permanent and discoverable. Forums have everything that SM has in terms of features and so much more, but we come back to that interface that is a nightmare to get to grips with on mobiles.

It's a shame too, because this current generation have no idea what they're missing out on. No character limits, can follow content, can find content, can post images and videos, can send personal messages, can use reactions (more than just 'like') can follow others, can have access to loads of content, not just messages and the list can go on and on. However, no matter how much better forums are than SM, they are not mobile friendly in the way mobiles users expect them to be.

I doubt very much that regardless of tweaks to the UX that anything will change to make forums more appealing to mobile users. Statistics show that over 90 percent of the global internet population use a mobile device to go online. It's a hard fact to face but mobiles have literally killed off most other means of connecting to the internet.

The following information snippet is direct from the internet:

Desktops were responsible for 35.7% of all visits in 2020, and tablets drove the remaining 3.3% of visitors. Globally, 68.1% of all website visits in 2020 came from mobile devices—an increase from 63.3% in 2019. Desktops drove 28.9% of visits, while 3.1% of visitors came from tablets.

Personally, I would choose forums over SM any day of the week. I would also very rarely use my mobile to access the internet. 99.99% of my internet time is from a desktop. I came up with a little ditty that I often throw at mobile users - "the bigger the screen, the more can be seen' and more easily to add.

I grew up in the age of the desktop when mobile phones were like bricks and only used for making calls and sending text messages and I'm not about to change screens. I like my 24" desktop monitor and I like to see more in one go rather than having to squint at a tiny screen and spending my life scrolling to see whatever I need to see.

I doubt that anything will change, if you enjoy forums keep them active, otherwise they will go the way of the dinosaur and that will be a very sad day indeed.
Can't disagree with any of this.

I think the only way to compete is to make forums more like social media, which is absolutely the wrong thing to do - forums are unique and should be kept that way. I think that with everything in life there will be peaks and troughs, hopefully we will see a resurgence soon.
 

Dave

Member
I think the only way to compete is to make forums more like social media, which is absolutely the wrong thing to do
100% agree that it's the wrong thing to do. Apart from the fact that forums are not SM, to make them like SM would destroy the essence of what forums are.
forums are unique and should be kept that way. I think that with everything in life there will be peaks and troughs, hopefully we will see a resurgence soon.
Again, 100% agree that forums are unique, they have their own characteristics, quirks, plus points and negative points. Fads, fashions and all things characteristically human have a way of coming full circle and perhaps one day (if we live long enough lol) we may see a resurgence in forums as SM burns itself out.
 
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