Help! We seem to be dying chaps!

I've noticed a distinct lack of chat recently.
Being the anal type that I am, I thought I'd do some quick checks to see
what was going on.
Did you realise that this time last year, we were averaging around 65 posts
per week on this group whereas this time this year we've only managed to
average 15? (Actually I'm not that anal, I got bored very quickly and gave
up, but you get the idea).
Have we all become so knowledgeable that we don't need to ask questions any
more?
Have we all become so wealthy this year that we're all sunning ourselves on
distant shores?
Have we all given up playing with rusty iron?
I suspect that 'no' is the answer to all of the above.
Any ideas?
Reply to
mark.howard10
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Gentlemen,
Who is going to Internal Fire on the 8th October, I and Dan are. What of the rest of you.
Martin P
Reply to
campingstoveman
I would love to but the place is about as diametrically opposite my abode as is possible and requires about a week to get there (M25 etc.) so it will have to wait until I can get a good run at it, or a week off! Damned inconsiderate place to put it! :)
Reply to
mark.howard10
Mark
I believe the answer is down to two main reasons.
1. The loss of a number of 'core' posters/sources of information for reasons of their own.
2. The invasion of a number of trolls and the dross that follows them around.
Saying that, it may just be that it's a 'natural' downturn in activity, I don't honestly know.
Regards
JohnR
Reply to
JohnR
Hope to be there. I was lucky enough to be there while Paul was testing the Worthington-Simpson last week, and now want to see it running with everything sorted.
Also, if the paint dries quickly enough I might just have an engine to take with me.
Alan
Reply to
Algernon
It's been said before, and it will cYou cannot run a newsgroup expecting only a few contributors to keep up a flow of articles and dialogue, it just doesn't work that way. A lot of people have other interests and there are plenty of distractions on the net apart from Usenet. A lot of us have to work :-))
The Trolls did have an effect, mainly self-defeating as usual, but while they are posting, most of us just turn off and go somewhere else, returning after a few days to see if the coast is clear again.
The newsgroup has been here before, it will recover again, but fresh faces/signatures are really needed, and I also feel that while aliases might be the 'in' thing on the internet, newsgroups work much better with real names and real people.
My 2p worth...
Peter -- Peter & Rita Forbes Email: snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk Web:
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Reply to
Peter A Forbes
Gents Well i'm still here lurking. We'll be off up to IF on the 8th, we've got a bloody big mixer to deliver :-). We should have an engine with us, hopefully the Petter S type if we can get the new piston rings in time, failing that i think we'll give the 6HP fairbanks Z an outing. looking forward to meeting up with NG folk old and new again. Regards, Gary.
Reply to
gary millward
Personally I'm in the middle of rebuilding a classic Land Rover, so that particular lump of rusty iron is getting almost all my attention at the moment and I'm spending more time in an appropriate news group. No doubt my interest will return to my engines once that's largely complete. Greg
Reply to
Greg
Indeed, unfortunately certain members of this group is not too welcoming to fresh faces, particularly if they bring new skills and don't bow and scrape to the old guard. Greg
Reply to
Greg
That should be 'are not', it's been a long Monday... Greg
Reply to
Greg
Greg,
Who would you refer to as the old guard, I don't quite understand. We I hope all look to new idea's and suggestions so who doesn't.
Martin P
Reply to
campingstoveman
I also feel that while aliases might be
I had better change my name by deed poll then. :-))
Martin P
Reply to
campingstoveman
Don't forget the Mag bracket, hint hint :-)) I bet size for size my Van will have more in it than yours will, so there. Dan and I are only bringing tiny engines because we have no room :-))
Martin P
Reply to
campingstoveman
Mag bracket is in the van awaiting the 8th Martin. Can i assume you and Dan are going via sodbury again? :-)
Regards, Gary. camp> Don't forget the Mag bracket, hint hint :-))
Reply to
gary millward
Can't say I've noticed this...perhaps it is an attitude problem. Personally I revere the more experienced as I'm looking for info on old skills which are being lost so rapidly nowadays.
Alan
Reply to
Algernon
Unfortunately not. I had booked in & everything & had intended to drop off the switchboard I'd picked up for Arthur & collect a dynamo. However, the Real World has decreed I must be in Kent that day.
Regards,
Kim Siddorn
Time flies like an arrow Fruit flies like a banana
Reply to
Kim Siddorn
Still lurking.
The trolling and cross posted rubbish doesn't help and I am still in a generally rather 'low mood', probably due to ongoing work situation, but I guess the primary reason for my current lack of NG activity is that nothing much really seems to have come up to which I feel I could usefully contribute.
Reply to
Nick H
Martin, We could always go in my new van.... Loads of room in there ;-)
Regards Dan
Reply to
Dan Howden
I can't honestly say I've been aware that subservience is a prerequisite for posting on this group... OTOH usenet in general is not a place for the thin skinned. It's very easy for something to come across in writing in a way that the OP never intended. Also the recent outbreaks of trolling haven't exactly helped matters; sometimes, and most regrettably, newbies and trolls can get tarred with the same brush. For myself...at the moment there's nothing much here that I could usefully contribute to -so I haven't. Still lurking though.
Regards
Philip T-E
Reply to
philipte
have paperwork loaded and have plenty of room.
Martin P
Reply to
campingstoveman

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