Why is this Forum so quiet ?

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Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby ParkeNd » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:19 am

This Forum is undeniably attractive. It is easy to use, doesn't run out of band width two days before the end of every month, and does not appear to be run for the benefit of a central clique, and does not appear either to have a couple of mods hiding in the wings waiting to insult members or crush views that aren't their own.

Brilliant.

But I have noticed that Guests often outnumber Members online by three to one, and that some threads like "Best mag for N Gauge" have been viewed 18770 times but only posted on 55 times.

The suggestion that many folk are happy to just stand back and view in silence is just a description of the symptom and not a plausible reason in my view.

So - why on such a good forum - are there so few posts rather than views?

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby luckymucklebackit » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:29 am

ParkeNd wrote:This Forum is undeniably attractive. It is easy to use, doesn't run out of band width two days before the end of every month, and does not appear to be run for the benefit of a central clique, and does not appear either to have a couple of mods hiding in the wings waiting to insult members or crush views that aren't their own.

Brilliant.

But I have noticed that Guests often outnumber Members online by three to one, and that some threads like "Best mag for N Gauge" have been viewed 18770 times but only posted on 55 times.

The suggestion that many folk are happy to just stand back and view in silence is just a description of the symptom and not a plausible reason in my view.

So - why on such a good forum - are there so few posts rather than views?


Quality rather than quantity??

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby hairyhandedfool » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:50 am

I think you have to account for people clicking on a thread, thinking they might be able to help and then seeing someone has already 'beaten them to the punch'. 55 posts with little repeated is much better than 355 posts comprised of the same information repeated over and over again. Maybe they have a similar question and before they type out their post they see the answer on the thread and see no need to post. Sometimes people see a topic, think they might be able to help and the question isn't what they thought it would be.

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby alex3410 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:02 am

The only improvement I could suggest would be to make the forum more mobile friendly as this might encourage more people to post as it would be easier? - it would be interesting to see the % of visits that are coming from a mobile device

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby carnehan » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:09 am

I personally use the forum most for inspiration, gaining knowledge and just for a damn good read. I enjoy the hobby of model making combined with trains but I am in no way an expert in the field and certainly don't have the experience and knowledge on the real life railways. Hence, any input I can give is usually minimal and only within my field of experience.

There are plenty on here who have a great deal of knowledge about real railways and their operation and the technical sides of the hobby. I would much prefer to leave it to them to make a comment than for me to make an inaccurate or invalid one.

This forum is fantastic for gathering ideas and knowledge in a friendly and welcoming environment without the pompous 'I know it all' attitude you get on some sites. I for one will continue to sit back and view on the whole and make the occasional comment as and when I feel I have the ability to do so. It is the British way after all!! :lol:

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby Ex-Pat » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:23 am

ParkeNd wrote:
But I have noticed that Guests often outnumber Members online by three to one,


I always initially peruse as a Guest and then sign in only when I have a specific reason to do so. There could be many more doing the same so the true ratio of Guests to Members might actually be one of those great "Unkowns".

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby garth45 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:27 am

As a new comer I have found it quieter than say my Wargames Forum ( Guild) for which I am a subscriber/ supporter.

It could well be because you have a wide spread of categories for the specialist sections eg N gauge has its own section etc.

However I can honestly say I have found it very informative especially since I have had such a long break from Model Railways. Anyway you guys shouldn't be spending all your time on forums answering my queries you should be playing with your trains :lol:

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby ParkeNd » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:32 am

I have just noticed that I "lost" my last post probably because someone else was posting at the same time. Happened last night too.

Maybe this is a factor ?

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby Bigmet » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:35 am

Bear in mind also, seasonal effect. The weather improves, and many folk take up their 'summer hobbies'. It may just be the fruit and veg growing and taking bike rides out to inviting country pubs as in my case, but it takes time.

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby Old Man Phil » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:37 am

I like to keep myself permanently signed in...until the Forum, out of boredom, logs me out without asking me, just to keep me on my toes. but, like many Readers, I peruse it every morning, well actually several times a day, but not with the direct Intention of adding a comment to a thread. I didn't intend to write this when I came in this morning, but it seemed like I could add my 2p worth without unduly boring anybody. I would not classify the Forum as 'quiet', just filled with members who do not come on line to go at the throat of other members. So, I like this Forum, it doesn't tax my brain to read it, and occasionally I may have something to add.

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby ParkeNd » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:43 am

The gist of my lost post was that I think that this is easily the best model railway forum but I would find a number of people restating the same views added validity. On another forum I asked for advice on dry brushing and scratch building buildings and was referred to four year old threads with about two posts each - because no-one had anything new to add. Had there been more replies I would have been less nervous taking a paintbrush to a building that had taken me 75 hours to make. The same happened on glues, and platform building.

Chat Rooms were popular at one time - but they were really for Chat rather than eavesdropping. In the same way Forums at work were organised to encourage participation rather than passive listening.

Have a go - good to see that quite a few are. Excellent reies so far.

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby flying scotsman123 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:06 am

alex3410 wrote:The only improvement I could suggest would be to make the forum more mobile friendly as this might encourage more people to post as it would be easier? - it would be interesting to see the % of visits that are coming from a mobile device


I visit here on my mobile quite a lot but make proportionally less postings via my mobile, just because it's more hassle on a phone. As I mentioned on another thread, would be great if we could get a tapatalk version for mobile users or similar. The biggest advantage is a "quick reply" so you can just start typing directly below the last post, one click and it's gone.

I'll also agree that sometimes I look at a thread where a question has either been answered, or I don't know the answer myself, so no need to post, hence upping the view count but no post.
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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby whynot » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:30 am

First, yes, it is a NICE Forum! I can't recall how I first came upon it when I began my first serious attempts at railway modelling, but I have had no reason to look elsewhere. (I did venture briefly on to another where the only comments my post attracted simply slagged off my photography. As I pointed out (somewhat brusquely!), had I an interest in photography I'd have joined a different forum.) I'm sure that there is much knowledge on here that would be of enormous help did I wish to learn e.g. DCC stuff. What is nice is that no-one castigates me for not wishing to do so!

Second, the lack of "comments"/replies is indeed noticeable compared with e.g. cycling and m'cycling sites (which are what I know). Perhaps many viewers, like me, have neither technical expertise e.g. loco repairs, electrics, signalling nor real railway world history/knowledge to contribute? I can usually say little more than "wow, that looks brilliant" - so I do!

Or maybe there is still a certain reluctance to come out in public as a ..... model trains enthusiast! The last taboo.........
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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby alex3410 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:59 am

Linking to old posts is helpful but the best thing about a forum is the discussion so even I it is repeating the same stuff elsewhere sometimes it's nice to have a fresh discussion to help answer questions etc

I will admit it can be taken to far if the same question keeps being asked though :lol:

One thing to remember is if you have a question / thought about a post please post it as chances are there are several others sitting there wondering the same thing :lol:

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Re: Why is this Forum so quiet ?

Postby Kentishman » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:09 am

Is part of the answer in the site's name? I've taken 'New Railway Modellers' to mean that the site is directed towards people new to railway modelling rather than a new site for existing modellers. Certainly the nature of many of the queries and personal information given by participants would support that many folk don't have the life time's knowledge of real railways nor of railway modelling. We are, however, very fortunate that there are a few out there who do have such knowledge and are willing to share it in a friendly, non-patronising way to our benefit. Many of us appear to be learning as we go from a variety of sources and will chip in if we can make a worthwhile contribution.

I feel very comfortable using this site and participating with many 'unknown friends' and I thank you all for your tolerance and humour.


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