[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Jun-13-03 AT 07:17PM (EDT)[/font][p]Hi all,
Just a question that's been bugging me for a while. Anyone notice that, compared to last year, this section of the site really seems to have slowed down....to the point where even the latest aviation news or hot topics seem to arrive for discussion awfully late after the fact? And that even huge news gets very little attention or reply.
Compared to the insanely past-paced FS2002 forum, where a topic is lucky to stay on the front page for one day due to the speed of people's replies, this forum's activity is really slow.
That can be a very good thing as well, though. For example, a really, really good topic on the FS2002 forum may not get as much replies or catch people's attention as much as it could, when things move so fast that it's off the front page in a day or two.
Here in outer marker, a topic can stay on the front page for up to a week. Even a locked topic. Giving it much more time to be seen and commented on. Or at least you'd think. but somehow it doesn't seem like a whole lot of people spend their time in this section of the site...or that there generally isn't that much interest in the latest aviation news or whatnot. I guess that's to be expected, after all this is a flight simulation website, though sometimes I wonder why this part of the site dedicated to general aviation topics and feedback..doesn't really get all that much attention.
Or maybe I'm reading it wrong. I could be completely off, and I don't mean this to sound negative...but are people choosing instead to discuss general aviation topics on other sites such as airliners.net, rather than in outer marker?
A.net charges $5 a month just to sign up for a forum membership. You'd think that would deter alot of people (especially me, I can't afford 60 bucks a year for a forum), but they have probably the highest number of active users of any aviation website I've ever seen. Problem with that is, there's also alot of jerks in that group too. (That's why I left that site 2 years ago).
Here, with our seemingly more laid back atmosphere, I don't see alot of the fighting I used to see over there and here we have moderators that are amazingly competent in making sure that hot topics don't live long enough to incite lasting bitterness amongst forum members.
I applaud them for that. I wish airliners.net had mods like you guys 2 years ago. But that's beside the point.
The point is, Outer Marker is a fantastic place to be and share info with other aviation nuts like ourselves. The problem is, it often seems like outer marker is left out of the loop on alot of things. there's been big aviation news...like the near grounding of Air Canada, and the jetblue order of EMB-190s...that didn't even make it to this forum. I found out about it only by chance of browsing through the news on Embraer's website. Not a word here about it. Had I not been on that site, I wonder how long it would have been before someone mentioned it?
So I wonder....is Outer Marker...in a way, dying? Instead of enjoying conversation and news sharing of aviation here, are people choosing to go to larger, more populous sites for that purpose, and just leaving flightsim.com for discussion related to Flight Sim only?
Sometimes, I think they are. And occasionally, I wish the traffic here would increase a little bit, while hopefully not brining any new trolls in with it, and hopefullly not destroying the "friendly" feel of this forum either. :)
What do you think? I think the mods here have done a darn good job of keeping this site well maintained and moderated for all of us to enjoy. I just wish sometimes that activity here was a little....well....a little higher I guess.
What about you?
Brandon Williams, Aircraft developer, flightsim.com
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