Normally you'd expect to have increased activity from Mods to lighten the mood and keep conversations moving. Unfortunately, posts by Mike, Slinky, and Willie are all down and many of the other retired mods are very inactive (Latsabb, Sticktodrum, Kitty, etc.). Most of the mod posts are from Andrew, Gordon, and TK-421, and they do help keep the community engaged.
I don't know if it's all facebook, since facebook is a pain in the ass lately. Part of it is the lull of new equipment after Extravaganza, part of it is PSP choosing not to air their videos for free (so less discussion on them), part of it is the sub-forums dying out (when was the last time you went to a manufacturer's subforum?), part of it is that many players aren't buying the latest and greatest equipment as much as they used to do. All of that has an impact. The question we should be asking is whether this is a pause, an ebb, a continuing downward trend, or just noise in the life of the forum. Individuals get burned out on paintball and they get burned out on forums, too. When very active individuals stop posting as much then we all notice the decrease in forum activity.
I know I've personally been slack about starting new topics - mostly because of being busy at work. Generally, I find myself just reading the same forum questions over and over and over again because new users are faster to post than search. It could be the lack of stickied posts that contribute to redundant questions. Again, I don't really know.
But I'm still lurking and occasionally posting, and I don't really see that changing any time in the near future. I hope all of you keep posting stuff that I'll want to comment on, and that will help make the board active.
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