It is with a proud sadness that I see that the Rocky Mountain Pathfinders is abandoning the secret of its early success for a forum. This rant is not really directed at them, but at the industry in general.
What is it with people wanting to have their own forums everywhere?
I cannot state enough how much I hate forums. I hate them with a passion. Rather than being able to peacefully sort through the emails that I get, I now have to go to your website (usually have to endure the ads and other junk). And constantly troll your lists to make sure I miss nothing.
Not to mention the typical forum behavior:
- First 5 (I usually say first 2) replies on a thread are generally related before they degenerate into inane idiocies of inside jokes that run from thread to thread, usually by the same people.
- Any thread with more than 20 replies is usually completely useless (especially when the useful answer is at post 114, 3 pages further).
- I don't know why but every forums that is "cool" and "enjoyable" always has a transformation at one point where you don't want to participate. It is rarely attributable to a single event or person - such as "when Bob became admin" or "when they moved to the new version."
Personal Code of Conduct
Personally, I chose to adopt the following code of conduct with regards to forums. These are loose guidelines I hold myself to.
- Don't use 'em if I don't have to.
- Never reply more than once on a thread, unless a question *I* asked warrants a response.
- Avoid any and all rules discussion
- Assume that anything important will be communicated some other way. No, Forum rulings are not binding unless you compile in a clear document.
- I cannot spend 5 hours a day looking at forums, so those that do not contact me through email I drift away from very quickly.
- To a company: If its not worth mentioning in the news section of your website, its really not that important!
- Don't use the forums.
I don't know how alone I am with this opinion, but seeing the amount of forums growing every day, I must say that I am in a minoritywho understands how to put an email filter.
Oh well... less information I get to delete from my inbox.