|For me, as a relative newbie (poster I mean, I've been lurking since 2004), I've had a mixed experience. I've found a few threads that I've been contributing to, but often I'll come across a thread that has really kicked off (in a good way) in days past, but now feels a bit abandoned. Whether that's because one of the main posters in a discussion has dropped off (because of y'know, real life or something) and the others have lost interest, or because simply everyone has walked away, I can't easily tell. Regardless, I sometimes feel slightly wary of contributing. |
Where I have found threads I've got into, it's sometimes like trying to get a rally going in table tennis. People bat the ball back and forward for a while then someone misses it or gets bored and the game stops. Threads that differ from this are those with regular external stimuli (the mammoth Big Brother threads) and chatty threads with limited depth or no central debate (Gives me a happy, Urgh Fuck).
I think the question is not whether the board veterans are tired of constantly fighting the same battles - I don't see this, especially with the current verification process. I think the issue is how to encourage and sustain participation. In wiki circles, there is the concept of a 'wiki gardener' who is essentially a mod, but does a lot of work to build initial content and encourage participation. As a non-mod on Barbelith, I don't see the modding that goes on beyond the occasional call for mod action (i.e. 'please move this thread'), but I do notice repeated posting from a core of members. Where the other 4900 or so are is a bit of a mystery to me.