My previous signature was getting old. This is my new one.
fuck fuck shit fuck
For real. I found the drop-off between the end of '07 and the end '08/beginning '09 much more surprising. Once that happened, the inevitability that the BBS would die became very clear. This is the only forum I visit, but this doesn't bother me at all. It's been a great run. Its "mainstream" (for lack of a better word) popularity far outlasted the Offspring's.
I can't say that I'm horribly upset over the current state of the boards. Then again, I can't say I don't miss the good old days, either. Coming here is still enjoyable. I'd say the big difference is that the more "interesting" people made a far more substantial contribution to the boards' activity. If more of the "leet" were still here - shit, even Justin or the 'tards like ruroken - it would be a lot more fun.
I would spread the cloths under your feet: but I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
When thinking about why this forum is dying out, I started to ask myself why I don't post here that much. One of the main reason is because there is really not much I can add to a particular discussion, but also another reason is because I've been busy. I remember posting a lot here, then I stopped because of several things like I got sucked into WoW for 2 years. Having quit that for good, I've supplemented my time with other things like my writing, my music, school, friends, etc etc, to the point where I visit this site less often.
I think a lot of the old members just stopped posting because their lives are getting in the way. Sure, they may still love the Offspring, but are too busy with real life shit to take time to post on a forum.
As for making new fans, In the past ten years, The Offspring have released 2 albums and one greatest hits, culminating into 3 or 4 popular singles that reminded people of their existence, but the music industry is changing. People treat music more like a novelty than a means to express how you feel. People don't buy CD's or even download whole albums, just the songs they heard on the radio and liked. People are getting lazy in terms of music appreciation.
but that's only the way I see it, I may just be full of shit right now.
I first posted in these forums (albeit a very different version of these forums) over a decade ago. I was in a very confusing, very very strange period in my life. Through these forums I got to know a few really cool individuals who helped me, even just through AIM conversations, through some really heavy stuff-- fighting addiction around the same time I got married and became a father. It was also a laugh-- I genuinely had a great time in the boards.
Since then, my life took a few really bizarre turns for the better. I stopped posting because I just got too busy, and honestly, I haven't really liked The Offspring for the better part of a decade (I wouldn't say I've "outgrown" them, as much as we've just grown in different directions). I've made a few "comebacks" that weren't really comebacks at all, but sudden pangs of nostalgia. Save for LM1565 and maybe wheelchairman, I've no idea where the "old gang" is. I know I likely won't find them actively posting these days, but I'm still drawn back to the board every once in a while I can't really explain it.
Also, for nostalgia's sake, http://web.archive.org/web/200203280...?ubb=forum&f=4
Who could forget threads like "I need some advice (don't reply if you're gonna slag me off)"? Classic.
Let's make it into a movie. Better yet, it should be in 3D! All the drama we've gone through, occasional flame wars and troll invasions, not to mention the increasingly intelligent bots, religion, horse fucking, abortions, breast implants, beer discussions, horse fucking, chrisdude, horse fucking, nude mods, That Punk Kid You Love and horse fucking... Seriously, this forum has everything that is needed for a great script! It would revolutionize the entire concept of filmmaking altogether.
Bitches would be all over us.
Last edited by Rooster; 02-06-2012 at 02:44 PM.
I just wonder how it was different last year around this time. I don't think there had been a distinguishable slowdown.