bomba503 posted:

The biggest problem I see is too many people posting about things other than wine. Yes what you ate, listened to, watched, voted for etc was a nice adjunct when things were more active but now that's most of what We've got left. We've got people here that post regularly but little or nothing about wine in years. I don't know if some of them even buy or drink wine regularly anymore. That creates an odd dynamic if not hostile environment and repels newbies. Think about this. Who is the last new regular poster that has joined the forum? Can't think of one in years

The main reason I post rarely in wine-related threads is that after 17 years here there is little new for me to add to any discussion.  I used to post TNs regularly but then realized that my list of descriptors numbered maybe a dozen.  Having a crappy palate doesn't help!

Ha...

gregt posted:
mareff posted:

I used to post an offline event and people would respond.  Now it seems that even our NY crew does not have the time to meet.  Maybe they do not want to meet me!

Absolutely 100 percent the reason!

Finally you're getting the message!  Took long enough!!! 

 

 

Ha.. and I thought it was my charming nature that was driving people away.

 

 

bman posted:
bomba503 posted:

The biggest problem I see is too many people posting about things other than wine. Yes what you ate, listened to, watched, voted for etc was a nice adjunct when things were more active but now that's most of what We've got left. We've got people here that post regularly but little or nothing about wine in years. I don't know if some of them even buy or drink wine regularly anymore. That creates an odd dynamic if not hostile environment and repels newbies. Think about this. Who is the last new regular poster that has joined the forum? Can't think of one in years

The main reason I post rarely in wine-related threads is that after 17 years here there is little new for me to add to any discussion.  I used to post TNs regularly but then realized that my list of descriptors numbered maybe a dozen.  Having a crappy palate doesn't help!

So are you saying that after all this time drinking port that your palate can be in a commercial similar to “this is your brain on drugs”? 

billhike posted:
bman posted:
bomba503 posted:

The biggest problem I see is too many people posting about things other than wine. Yes what you ate, listened to, watched, voted for etc was a nice adjunct when things were more active but now that's most of what We've got left. We've got people here that post regularly but little or nothing about wine in years. I don't know if some of them even buy or drink wine regularly anymore. That creates an odd dynamic if not hostile environment and repels newbies. Think about this. Who is the last new regular poster that has joined the forum? Can't think of one in years

The main reason I post rarely in wine-related threads is that after 17 years here there is little new for me to add to any discussion.  I used to post TNs regularly but then realized that my list of descriptors numbered maybe a dozen.  Having a crappy palate doesn't help!

So are you saying that after all this time drinking port that your palate can be in a commercial similar to “this is your brain on drugs”? 

I think a slip of my dentist's needle many years ago that killed some taste buds is more responsible than the port!

100% the new format is why i don't post anymore and the only reason i'm writing this is because this thread compelled me to. i maybe check in once every 3-4 months now, if i remember to, just to see how the board is doing, and because of the format i'm usually only hear 5-10 min before i can't stand it anymore and leave. not that i'm anyone or my opinion matters more than others, just a single voice. good to see some familiar names kicking around.

kumazam posted:

100% the new format is why i don't post anymore and the only reason i'm writing this is because this thread compelled me to. i maybe check in once every 3-4 months now, if i remember to, just to see how the board is doing, and because of the format i'm usually only hear 5-10 min before i can't stand it anymore and leave. not that i'm anyone or my opinion matters more than others, just a single voice. good to see some familiar names kicking around.

Agreed.  So many reasons have been posted as to why interest has dwindled, but this pretty much sums it up for me. 

Another reason, for me, is that I spent a LOT of time on this site when I was exploring wines and getting to know people.  I depend more now on my own developed tastes/preference (or undeveloped if you think my tastes are for sh!t!) and the friends I've met here.  Thus, this site is not essential for me. 

HOWEVER, there should still be a regular infusion of new and younger people, just as there are on others sites (audio, esp.) that I subscribe to.  Interest in wine is huge, globally, and growing.  The fact that we are NOT attracting new people says a lot about the format and how WS (mis)manages the site.  I suppose many younger people are getting their wine info other ways and from other sources.  But, the serious young wine enthusiast surely would stay away from this anachronistic, clunky format.

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