One suggestion that was given multiple times to Robert, was to encourage the WS writers and editors to pop in from time to time.  It was good fun to have Suckling and friends join in on existing threads, and even start the occasional conversation.  It would lend credibility to the site and would certainly boost participation.  

PH

purplehaze posted:

One suggestion that was given multiple times to Robert, was to encourage the WS writers and editors to pop in from time to time.  It was good fun to have Suckling and friends join in on existing threads, and even start the occasional conversation.  It would lend credibility to the site and would certainly boost participation.  

PH

he is online now.  Maybe he will read

i forgot my password!

Curious, who acutally reads critic reviews about wine anymore?

It feels like readership at all the major publications are down.  Ebob no longer wants to do print anymore,  The internets has empowered every rando blogger to be a wine critic to throw up scores on anything and everything.

While I still enjoy talking wine with folks offline, there aren't many topics that wouldn't get rehashed.  Unless all folks want to tal about is the latest cult waiting list to sign up for.  Wine forums search on google doesnt even show up spectators on the first page on my cell phone so we don't see many new non spam users.

doubled posted:

I’ve been too lazy to organize dinners in the city.  The high corkage is a bit of turnoff.  Mostly, I am leaving it to others to organize or it’s a very impromptu Shake Shack type offlines.

uh huh.

you're welcome for that.  Imagine if you've never met me.  You'd still be in your "I can't go anywhere because i don't pay corkage shell"

I think all these points have contributed to the decline.  I have rarely posted in the last few years.  Partially because i didn't like the new format, partially because a lot of the individuals I knew better had started to drink less, so also post less. 

It would be nice to get a good boost here.  But, I also think we would need to be more accepting of newer members.  For a while there, anyone with a basic question would be torn apart for either not searching the forums first, or asking a such a simple question.

Lot's of "My shit doesn't stink" attitude
Political differences divided the forum to maybe 80/20.
Really silly topics. I mean, I'm surprised there hasn't been a "What fine spatula are you using" thread. Yet if someone new comes along with a fresh idea for discussion they are driven out by a few who think they rule this place because they either don't know the standard "protocol" of posting, make mistakes and it looks like a spam, or the royale court of the WS forum posters decided to be extra assholish on that particular day and bully up on them.
With that said, it's been a fun couple of years and there are some really nice and interesting people here. Parcival, java, longboarder, G-man come to mind as do several others, others I won't name I probably wouldn't care to meet. I see a "deactivate" button and I'm going to click that now. Adios!

winoca posted:

Lot's of "My shit doesn't stink" attitude
Political differences divided the forum to maybe 80/20.
Really silly topics. I mean, I'm surprised there hasn't been a "What fine spatula are you using" thread. Yet if someone new comes along with a fresh idea for discussion they are driven out by a few who think they rule this place because they either don't know the standard "protocol" of posting, make mistakes and it looks like a spam, or the royale court of the WS forum posters decided to be extra assholish on that particular day and bully up on them.
With that said, it's been a fun couple of years and there are some really nice and interesting people here. Parcival, java, longboarder, G-man come to mind as do several others, others I won't name I probably wouldn't care to meet. I see a "deactivate" button and I'm going to click that now. Adios!

Great post for anyone who needs an example of hypocrisy. Bye Felicia.

How long has this forum been around.  I swear I was on it in the 1980's.  On dial-up no less.  There was a ton of activity and a lot of larger-than-life characters.  Some classic rows on the weekends when the moderators weren't around.  Another site I used to participate in WestCoastWine has virtually disappeared.  Wish we had a hall of fame list of old posters.

jcocktosten posted:

I joined in 2002 I believe 

The next to the last day of 2002, actually.    Your original sign-up date is still retained in your profile page.  11-22-2003 for me.

I feel a "little" energy coming back into the forums.  Hope it will continue.

PH

purplehaze posted:
jcocktosten posted:

I joined in 2002 I believe 

The next to the last day of 2002, actually.    Your original sign-up date is still retained in your profile page..  11-22-2003 for me.

I feel a "little" energy coming back into the forums.  Hope it will continue.

PH

 

Feb 2003 for me.  Have met some fine people on the forums and in off lines. Too many to note without missing someone.  Had some wines I would never have had without the generosity of these folks, went to a few restaurants to which I  would otherwise not have gone.

Got a couple clients.

And a certain cheesecake.

 

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