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snake
06-16-2017, 05:30 PM
It's pretty crazy how the GD forum has more traffic than the rest of the place. 63 viewing right now.

Are the same 15 or so members that post here really that entertaining to lurkers? Yeah, I get that it's pretty much down-time for TMNT, but was it always like this?

Powder
06-16-2017, 05:40 PM
There's nothing but drama & whining in this part of the forum. People love that.

sdp
06-16-2017, 05:53 PM
For many years I only posted in TMNT sections and never in GD and now it's rare. Then again in the past I only came to the drome when I wanted to talk about TMNT taking long hiatuses and now I visit almost daily.

Cure
06-16-2017, 06:54 PM
There's nothing but drama & whining in this part of the forum. People love that.

Sad but true.

CyberCubed
06-16-2017, 09:12 PM
Isn't it really only 3 forums, and even then there's not that many new threads or posts? Everything Else, TV/Movies, and Current Events. The other sections even the videogame one aren't really that active, only a handful of posts a day or so.

sdp
06-16-2017, 09:19 PM
The Drome was a better place when Current Events was a dead forum and the only threads in it were RIP threads (http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=47019). I remember warning people to leave it as the RIP forum as it had for over ten years but no, you guys had to post your current events.

CyberCubed
06-16-2017, 10:05 PM
The Drome was a better place when Current Events was a dead forum and the only threads in it were RIP threads (http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=47019). I remember warning people to leave it as the RIP forum as it had for over ten years but no, you guys had to post your current events.

To be fair the only reason that place got active was during the 2016 election era due to Trump and that continued after he got elected president. Either that or all the random terrorist incidents happening all around the world, since it seems like we get one every month now.

DestronMirage22
06-17-2017, 12:46 AM
I think that most of the guests that come and view the General Forums are just members who're being too lazy to sign in and just view the forums like that. I know I do that all the time. :lol:
Also Snake's new sig has me confusing his and Plastron's posts now :/

Prowler
06-17-2017, 01:56 AM
I initially joined this place to talk about the Turtles mostly, but talking about them only would be boring and there's a reason why most forums dedicated to a certain subject have off-topic sub-forums.

I do mostly post in the General Discussion nowadays, yes, but that's because I haven't been much up with the Turtles in the last few years, only having watched a few episodes of the Nick series and never reading an IDW comic.

Drama goes down here often, yes, but that's mostly in the Current Events section whenever it gets too political. The Video Game and Music sections are generally peaceful. Everything Else is also not so bad despite some threads getting locked/Disintegrated there sometimes.

The thing about Current Events is, if people wouldn't talk about natural disasters, political affairs or terrorist attacks there then what else would they talk about besides people who had just died? And even thought we all know by now that arguing about politics and religion in this place is a guarantee for a lock and disintegration, we still can't help ourselves, now can we? :tlol:

CyberCubed
06-17-2017, 02:00 AM
The reason the TMNT sections aren't as active as they used to be is because the Nick cartoon is on constant hiatus with month breaks between new episodes, and the IDW comics only come out twice a month so after the review threads there's not much to talk about besides people talking about older comics once in a blue moon.

As for other stuff, the original cartoon and 2k3 series has been discussed here to death, besides the people who are watching them for the first time and never saw them before. Same for all the movies.

So besides new people coming here who are discovering TMNT for the first time, there's not much else to say as all the old material before the Nick era has been discussed to death.

Prowler
06-17-2017, 02:13 AM
The reason the TMNT sections aren't as active as they used to be is because the Nick cartoon is on constant hiatus with month breaks between new episodes, and the IDW comics only come out twice a month so after the review threads there's not much to talk about besides people talking about older comics once in a blue moon.

As for other stuff, the original cartoon and 2k3 series has been discussed here to death, besides the people who are watching them for the first time and never saw them before. Same for all the movies.

So besides new people coming here who are discovering TMNT for the first time, there's not much else to say as all the old material before the Nick era has been discussed to death.
That makes sense as well. I joined this forum pre-Viacom buyout of the TMNT property, so the TMNT sections were kind of dead at the time. When the Nick toon was in its first season and the first Bay film was a few months away from coming out in cinemas, TMNT sections were pretty active. We also got lots of new users due to Nick, IDW and Bay films.

The next time a new TMNT cartoon series or movie comes out this forum will see a wave of new users again.

CyberCubed
06-17-2017, 02:21 AM
The forums as a whole were most active from about 2003-2009 or so, basically the heyday of the 2k3 series, Mirage came back with new comics and people were catching up on old ones, and people were re-discovering the original cartoon through the DVD releases, as well as the toys.

Plus in the early 2000's it's when all the kids from the 80's/90's were either teens or young adults, so it was the very first time a lot of people were discussing TMNT online, besides the very oldest ones who were on webrings back in 1997-1999 or so.

snake
06-17-2017, 02:25 AM
I'd love to see another level of activity on the scale of the great sh*tstorm of 2014.

Prowler
06-17-2017, 02:31 AM
I'd love to see another level of activity on the scale of the great sh*tstorm of 2014.
LOL I thought you were plastron for a second :lol:

Oh man the Bay films further divided the fandom, as if it wasn't divided enough already.

I found the Summer of 2016 pretty hostile here. Lots of arguments around that time.

Katie
06-17-2017, 08:45 AM
The movie sh!tstorm is why I stopped going int the TMNT sections. Its no fun when you are attacked. I also tend to not participate in any of the general movie discussions because people have gotten a little crazy about the DC vs Marvel and other movie stuff. Its movies. Jesus I didn't know it could be so sensitive to some people.

Utrommaniac
06-17-2017, 08:49 AM
I think things have calmed down enough that it's safe to come back.

Katie
06-17-2017, 08:58 AM
Unfortunately the damage is done. I still like talking to people here, but not about any fandoms and especially not about movie stuff. I learned that people are a bit too sensitive where their thing of choice (or things) are involved. I'll happily still discuss general stuff, but I'm out where any of the fan stuff is involved.

sdp
06-17-2017, 09:02 AM
I don't know how I avoided the 2014 drama, I didn't post a lot in the section but the few times I did I didn't see anything bad. Most of the comments that were bad were people complaining how bad the forum had gotten and not actual bad comments. Though I do remember being invited to a "2014 is cool group" where they talked bad about a few users like Powder. :lol:

The most drama I remember here was the panties signatures. And even if the forum ha seen more active times, in general the drome has never been a super active forum besides a few spikes here and there. The fact that forums are a dying breed doesn't help but it's not affecting it as much IMO. All forums change over time and become different things as regular users grow and leave them and newer users change it.

Prowler
06-17-2017, 09:07 AM
I don't know how I avoided the 2014 drama, I didn't post a lot in the section but the few times I did I didn't see anything bad. Most of the comments that were bad were people complaining how bad the forum had gotten and not actual bad comments. Though I do remember being invited to a "2014 is cool group" where they talked bad about a few users like Powder. :lol:

The most drama I remember here was the panties signatures. And even if the forum ha seen more active times, in general the drome has never been a super active forum besides a few spikes here and there. The fact that forums are a dying breed doesn't help but it's not affecting it as much IMO. All forums change over time and become different things as regular users grow and leave them and newer users change it.
Some of the users who joined the forums in 2014 just to discuss the Bay film had awful English. I twas painful to read many posts in that section at the time.

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
06-17-2017, 09:16 AM
I'd love to see another level of activity on the scale of the great sh*tstorm of 2014.

Dammit, Snake!

You are confusing me!

ProphetofGanja
06-17-2017, 09:25 AM
I don't know how I avoided the 2014 drama, I didn't post a lot in the section but the few times I did I didn't see anything bad. Most of the comments that were bad were people complaining how bad the forum had gotten and not actual bad comments. Though I do remember being invited to a "2014 is cool group" where they talked bad about a few users like Powder. :lol:

The most drama I remember here was the panties signatures. And even if the forum ha seen more active times, in general the drome has never been a super active forum besides a few spikes here and there. The fact that forums are a dying breed doesn't help but it's not affecting it as much IMO. All forums change over time and become different things as regular users grow and leave them and newer users change it.

Okay, I have to ask... panties signatures???

Katie
06-17-2017, 10:09 AM
It was a thing awhile back. Just search "booty sigs" on the forum search. The signature feedback thread still has some on members that posted in 2007-2010

Edit: Cqb101 still has one on

Candy Kappa
06-17-2017, 05:43 PM
To me it's one forum with sections. I press New Posts and see what people discuss. And lately, TMNT topics have kinda been a bit boring.

CyberCubed
06-19-2017, 07:31 PM
Also social media has killed forums since like 2010 or so. Nowadays people are far more likely to post about what they like on their twitter, tumblr, etc. or just go to youtube rather than post on traditional forums like this one.

Most of the online forums I've been to over the last decade have pretty much dried up in activity. I feel like forums are becoming an outdated means of communication for people, and the young teens of today won't use them over social media.

Forums are soon going to turn into something only us old folk use.

Powder
06-19-2017, 07:34 PM
Forums are soon going to turn into something only us old folk use.

We're better off for it.

snake
06-19-2017, 07:51 PM
There's a certain sense of authority, knowledge, and community that makes me prefer forums to social media. Especially on the collecting side, where Facebook has pretty much taken over.

Also, we should bring back booty sigs.

Katie
06-19-2017, 09:54 PM
What's stopping you?

DestronMirage22
06-19-2017, 10:49 PM
There's a certain sense of authority, knowledge, and community that makes me prefer forums to social media. Especially on the collecting side, where Facebook has pretty much taken over.
Agreed. With forums things are are just more personal. You get to know people and it feels like a real community.
Also, we should bring back booty sigs.
I've seen this suggested a couple of times. Is anybody actually gonna do it? It'd provide a few good laughs. (Though it might go against some rules and mods would probably have to get involved :/ )

ProactiveMan
06-20-2017, 03:41 AM
It's got to the point where all you have to do is read the thread names and you can more or less predict how the conversation will go. I still read the TMNT stuff first, but I end up in here eventually.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
06-20-2017, 12:00 PM
Communities are better, because there you can just share your interests, fandoms or whatever. Social media is for sharing your private life.

plastroncafe
06-20-2017, 12:04 PM
That depends on the community, and it omits the ability of one to form a community on different social networking platforms.

Personally, I prefer the blog format to the forum format.
There's just something more aesthetically pleasing to me about nested comments.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
06-20-2017, 12:08 PM
And lately, TMNT topics have kinda been a bit boring.

Whenever there comes something new, like film, episode or comic, it goes better again.