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Are forums dying?

Post by VG_Addict » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:40 pm

Do you think forums are becoming obsolete, because of Reddit, Twitter, Discord etc?

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by DarkZero » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:41 pm

they already died next question
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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by The Amazing Tazy Ten » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:00 pm

I think we're at the point people are getting sick of Reddit and Twitter if anything.

Discord is where it's at right now though. Time will tell if that lasts, but unless they're official ones or this place, Forums are flat out dead unless some legislation or nostalgia tinge brings people to message boards again. But I doubt that'll happen.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Valigarmander » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:09 pm

I think forums have waned in popularity with the advent of new social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc. But "dying" suggests that forums are going to disappear sometime soon, and I don't think that's going to happen. I think there will always be a place on the web for forums, even if their golden age has passed.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by MeowMan » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:18 pm

forums are all but dead, mostly existing now for the sake of small communities and obscure fandoms, but I don't think they're going to completely die out any time soon

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Bomby » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:40 pm

Yeah. The kids just don't get it.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:44 am

They don't attract the same audience as they used to, due to the convenience of other social media, it seems. But more and more niche groups are turning back to forums, especially those who have idealogical objections to how social media is run.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Marilink » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:58 am

What’s dead may never die

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Red » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:47 am

Does this mean every post is a necropost?

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by smol Kat » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:34 pm

all the forum wants to do is eat your brains
it's not unreasonable
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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by X-3 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:58 pm

General-use gaming forums are definitely rare nowadays but I think specialized forums (ie: Smashboards) still have a niche even in the Discord era.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Shane » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:53 pm

I'm still here.
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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by CaptHayfever » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:32 am

Reddit is a forum, so let's get that out the way right now.
To answer your question, though, yes. Most of the forums that survive nowadays (besides Reddit) are the ones with a well-connected community (like VGF, for example), or that serve a specialized & useful purpose (tech support forums, for example).

FWIW, I tested out Discord, but it's a mess. The interface is not intuitive at all, & it's easy to miss entire conversations.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Marilink » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:59 am

^That’s because Discord isn’t an evolution of forums, it’s an evolution of IRC.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by steeze » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:25 am

Can someone please explain to me what discord is? I've been living under a rock for like ten years.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Marilink » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:02 am

Discord really is just IRC 2.0 in a lot of ways. Dedicated, user-created servers for voice and text chat.

https://discordapp.com

It's quite nice. I've been using it more and more over the past year.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Shane » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:02 pm

So it's a place people go to download international episodes of Survivor?
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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by DarkZero » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:10 pm

another way to describe it is like skype with more emphasis on text/voice chat and community servers
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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by Apollo the Just » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:52 pm

As long as people are still relying on someone else on Yahoo Answers to have asked a stupid question they’re too embarrassed to, forums will have a place on the internet.

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Re: Are forums dying?

Post by ScottyMcGee » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:00 am

I haven't used Skype in ages. Discord kicks Skype's butt.

I think forums faded after the advent of smartphones. Faster communication made forums feel slower, like how email is kind of not a big thing anymore, unless your work really depends on it for whatever reason.

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