Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

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Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby Ren » Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:16 pm

Is the theory then that if there is no moderatorship, the board will ultimately die?

I'll always post here as long as the board is around, but I think we can agree that this board is dead. If not for the sim forum, I think our posts per day over the course of the month would be in the neighborhood of like 3-5.

I remember the board more or less thriving back when Gary was moderating things. That was back in 2002/2003 or so.

If board members are left to their own devices and there is no policing of any sort, does everyone just sort of kill each other in a Lord of the Flies sense?

I think we could also make the case that maybe the people who posted here beforehand were too soft, or maybe felt a little threatened by us. But we've already made that case about 1,000x over, so yeah.

There's no real point to this post. But I thought of this and wondered if things might be different if we'd had a more PG-13 (R?) rated board.
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby jeff » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:46 pm

It depends on what you are asking of from the mods, I suppose. If you mean because of a lack of censorship, I don't think that's the reason it died. The idea never was for Laird to make money here, rather it was just a place to give we people pissed off at Sandbox over a decade ago a place to maintain contact. Because of that, there was never any real recruiting of new members, and, over a decade, most of us (pretty much all but a select few of us were 21 or younger when this started) have simply moved onto different things in life. Message boards are a way of the past too with Facebook and everything else now as a means to keep in contact.
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby andrew » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:00 am

I agree with Jeff. People have gotten older and too busy to post on here, plus I talk to Adam, Laird, Casey, and Rusty and aim still instead of here. I don't think the majority of people who have left the board stopped posting because of the content.
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby Ren » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:31 am

I was just asking myself why people wouldn't trust Laird to run the board, and then I remembered how they were absolutely convinced that Laird was intent on wiping out the Ohio crew.

I've still got the PHP files from the horsemen board. I think even Matt was convinced that Laird had plans of annihilating the sportsfix population he disagreed with. :lol:

I definitely agree that an isolated messageboard without any sort of foundation is more or less doomed from the start.

Andrew, I disagree about AIM. I've talked to you guys all the time on there, but I don't find it that comparable to twitter or facebook really, or even messageboards. I'm still posting a ton at footballguys.
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby An Adam » Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:56 pm

I think it has sort of migrated to twitter/facebook etc. Whoever said the message board is a dying medium is mostly correct.

It's surely different communication forms now. And mostly we've just gotten older. at home, this page opens when i launch chrome, so i generally log in once a day, see if there's anything new, etc. but it's much easier to just tweet a link instead of coming in here and starting a thread, etc.

The biggest topic in the fix is the fix, the outside stuff we go to the path of less resistance...
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby The Crystal Meth » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:06 pm

maybe you guys are just lame
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby Inspecta » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:07 pm

Who cares, my comedy is the greatest thing to happen to this board since skinflutes were en vogue....
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby thelaird » Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:59 pm

The Adam wrote:Whoever said the message board is a dying medium is mostly correct.


Anyone else laugh at this? There were only four fucking posts in the thread and TA already lost track.
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby dougiejays » Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:22 am

Isn't that just TA being TA?

I think the answer is simple; no new blood, and people bailing tends to move exponentially...for every poster we lose, we lose two more, until it's just the diehards half-assedly checking on a weekly (monthly?) basis.
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby Ren » Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:56 am

And what do I make of the fact that I have +232 karma?
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby Inspecta » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:20 pm

Ren wrote:And what do I make of the fact that I have +232 karma?



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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby An Adam » Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:31 pm

thelaird wrote:
The Adam wrote:Whoever said the message board is a dying medium is mostly correct.


Anyone else laugh at this? There were only four fucking posts in the thread and TA already lost track.


So self absorbed, I don't care who wrote it.

I couldn't tell you who made any of the posts after the initial Ren post.
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby dougiejays » Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:58 am

So I guess you look past the huge avatars?
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby An Adam » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:25 pm

don't really pay attention to them. They're the same ones for years, so my mind filters them out.
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Re: Looking at Sportsfix as a sociological experiment

Postby dougiejays » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:16 pm

The Adam wrote:They're the same ones for years


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