Any1 else here the old foums?
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Yes, the forums have changed quite a bit, haven't they? Social media has an impact
But, like Tuffty says, it's fun if you make it fun. Even as the old fart I am, I still find a way to drop by here and there. And I don't use Reddit, either.Make that two of us! I'm still here.
Yes, there were a lot more users back then, perhaps over 1,000. However, the quality of the posts were very poor. They were mostly Jagex bashing or personal attacks against each others.
Granted, social media drew many of the form users away. However, I believe a big chunk of them are done in by the world governments' tightened control over internet comments. These users knew to voluntarily retire other than being arrested for "terrorism" among other illegal "threats". It was a higher number than that. To be honest, I never paid attention to the negative posts because we had over 300 Forum Moderators to take care of that. What I enjoyed the most was the activity -- even if it were negative -- because people were actually using the Forums and J-Mods were here full time !
Perhaps you don't or didn't care, but the world governments certainly do. A lot of things forum users/bloggers used to write regularly back in 2010 or so definitely are unlawful in modern days. Hence the sharp drop of old forum posters.Wait, what? I am not referring to "terrorism" or any other illegal actions you mentioned. I was strictly referring to spam and trolling posts back then, not "terrorism" or anything related to social media that you talked about...
Yes. I found the forums to be a good source of information and assistance when I first became a member. (back in 2008) And I miss the old independent fan sites just as much. They were also a good source. I've got nothing against wiki. I just wish there were alternatives like there were in the past.Ah, yes! I remember that a new thread would be created every 20-30 seconds here in General and people would respond immediately. Those were the gold ol' days...
I remember when threads that weren't "hot" had to be bumped at least once every 72 hours (or more often in higher traffic forums) else they went to chewy fast.
Chewy must be kind if wasting away these days... I remember threads in General would fall off the first page in minutes. That's how active it was back then and that's what I miss. You'd easily have over 2,000 users online at any given time. Threads were made everywhere and even though we had lots of rule-breaking, the over 300 F-Mods and over 20 Community Management J-Mods were in control.
Those were the days.
16-Aug-2019 01:59:00 - Last edited on 16-Aug-2019 02:01:07 by Wynd
the over 300 F-ModsI know, right? Remember having to scroll the page to see the full list? Green and Gold posts still felt kinda rare sometimes just because there were so many active users.
It was definately a blast. My friends used to tease me all the time about my "foruming addiction". Of course! You guys were so many! Lots of awesome F-Mods. I even remember the time when both J-Mods and F-Mods were on the same list and had their online statuses shown.
I know that rules were more strict back then compared to now, but that didn't stop the traffic. General was undoubtedly the most used subforum and I recall J-Mods posting their most important news here with stickies. I even recall when Forum Emergencies (Immediate Attention, anyone?) was located here. Probably Tuffty recalls the name .
16-Aug-2019 03:35:38 - Last edited on 16-Aug-2019 03:36:13 by Wynd
Ah, the good old days. I remember that they use to give you hints through those messages if you were going to be invited to either the P-Mod or F-Mod team. Say you sent in a query. Within the response, the specific J-Mod would somewhere add a weird message hinting at a possible invite in the future. Obviously, this only happened to those who were being checked to join either team.
And yep. Vanished hidden posts caused a lot of confusion because users didn't know where their contents went. I'm sure after the backlash, it was changed to indicate when a post was hidden. This also applied to threads and that was an even bigger issue. Losing a post wasn't as bad as panicking about where your whole thread disappeared to!
16-Aug-2019 04:02:28 - Last edited on 16-Aug-2019 04:03:10 by Wynd
How about Mod Timbo's "Thread of the Week"? I vividly remember because one of my threads was chosen and stickied for a week. The Jagex Lite subforum where people would camp to see a J-Mod's post.
Those are only a few. I have more but 1) it's late and I work later and 2) I'm on my phone. It's so difficult to type!