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| p.5 #18 · Slow forum? Less people posting? WHY? |
1) Photographers that move out of the amateur category and into the professional category due to the improved quality of work and increased schedule pressures.
2) Snap shots that are less than adequate or not best work being posted (and they get rave reviews!)
3) Content that no longer contains information for improvement, i.e. new processes/techniques, etc. Lot of photographers are now protecting the new processes they develop so they can be sold as tutorials, (i.e. Rian Flynn blending modes)...and you can't blame them either.
4) Non-constructive criticism
5) To many nudes
6) Sometimes no response to a posting at all.
1) This is why it's necessary for any group to be able to attract new people in order to survive. Some turnover is inevitable, groups that cannot attract new members or aren't welcoming enough to keep them around eventually die off.
2) Perceived inequity. Back in the print days some groups would do critique sessions like this -- everyone who wants critique hands in their prints before, then shuffle them and go through them one by one. No one knows who shot what until the very end. Though often times you could tell, there were enough times that you were surprised also. I don't know if such a thing can be done here like a 'post new topic anonymously' or not. It doesn't help the other side either, I mean getting nothing but positive comments (when I am looking for ways to improve) is my main reason for posting here. If I got nothing but positive comments on an online forum, when I knew I could improve, it would be kinda upsetting...
3) Hard to say much about this. Mining the miners... I think the main base for help or instruction has shifted back to the local club level.
4) Sometimes it gets out of hand, but I'm not sure it's a big issue (it can be ignored). Not sure how to deal with it. I remember enough cases where the moderators did exactly what most decent people would do, and it ended up killing the forum rather than keeping it alive. Sometimes the actual result of one's actions can't be seen for months, and by then it's too late.
5) I've always just ignored the erotica, though I think the perception can be hurtful or drive away the new people. Someone who sees every third post labelled NSFW, they might decide 'not for me' and find another place to go.
6) Sometimes it can be hard to find something to say. Some photos speak for themselves, and it the message is complete, it's hard to say much beyond a few words.