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Rezzo

Tuned
Reddit and Discord killed the Internet forum star, what do.

I occasionally watch the Youtube channels of some of the big names over on Smogon and one of them recently put out a video actually teaching people how to use the forums as they had a lot of requests on how forums are used and navigated properly. I guess, generally speaking, forum design at its core and style is just super unintuitive for younger folks and puts them off of joining.
 

The Admiral

solid state survivor
How hard can it be to use forums? I learned how to do that all on my own.

Granted, this was back in a day when they were the main means of communicating on the internet. Nowadays it's Reddit and stuff, which is greatly dumbed-down simplified compared to a forum. So I guess when that's as much as you usually have to learn, other mediums seem overly complicated instead.
 

Vernikova

Champion
I don't like Reddit's form of conversation and it's lack of customizing your own posts. And Discord is just a chat room, so it's just kind of useless for me. I guess because everything is on there people use it out of convenience of needing one or two accounts at most but having everything so centralized and with lack of customizability leaves Reddit lacking.
 

Rezzo

Tuned
On the back of what's been happening in America, I just wanted to give a quick shoutout to everybody who used to post regularly in the Debate subforum back in the day. A lot of the opinions and discussions made over there back about 10 years ago helped me form a solid liberal political agenda which has stuck with me today, and probably helped me (and likely others) avoid becoming radicalised in any kind of fashion. If you had posted anything progressive at all over on Debate, there's a good chance that I had read it and been taught critical thinking at still a young age when it had time to sink in.

Basically, you fought the good fight and it has had a positive impact.

How hard can it be to use forums? I learned how to do that all on my own.

Granted, this was back in a day when they were the main means of communicating on the internet. Nowadays it's Reddit and stuff, which is greatly dumbed-down simplified compared to a forum. So I guess when that's as much as you usually have to learn, other mediums seem overly complicated instead.
That and everything is bitesize now, so the extra attention span needed to learn is probably a bit much. Not to mention that web forums often look like trash on mobile
 

Jb

Tsun in the streets
I don't like Reddit's form of conversation and it's lack of customizing your own posts. And Discord is just a chat room, so it's just kind of useless for me. I guess because everything is on there people use it out of convenience of needing one or two accounts at most but having everything so centralized and with lack of customizability leaves Reddit lacking.
Reddit is getting better with profile pics and pinned profile posts but it still feels like you're another face i guess. But when teh main reason of formus was to meet people, things like discord really do take its place. I mean, it replaced the Serebii chat.

I will admit my attention span for forum replies has greatly lowered. Its way easier to post on reddit, or discord and get a near instant reply since one is community based (so people that want to talk about whatever you posted is there) and discord is instant.

It doesn't help that this site in particually actually killed its own discussion because every time someone made a post, the staff would just close it and direct it to a general topic for a answer, i mean, i get the idea but it didnt really help in the long run.
 
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