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umteman
PickupHockey Pro



USA
525 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2017 :  13:11:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We are in the midst of the season with the playoff races shaping up yet I logged in to find only 5 active topics in the past two weeks 4 of which were authored by me. Is this site dying or is it left to me to keep it going or could I be the one killing it?

Did you hear about the retired proctologist? He spent 40 years saying "what's a place like this doing in a girl like you?"

The Duke
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Canada
1199 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2017 :  13:42:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yeah not much goin on here for sure
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slozo
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Canada
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Posted - 02/15/2017 :  07:10:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No, I still check in. When I get the chance . . . which isn't as often as before, that's for sure.

There's a snowball effect as well, only in reverse. A few of our more prolific posters (Beans and Alex were the two biggies, but there were more) basically stopped posting, so then the conversations die down, etc.

Don't Leaf me hanging, Buds!
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Beans15
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Canada
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Posted - 02/16/2017 :  07:33:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I check in from time to time as well but there are two reasons why I think this thread slowed considerably. Firstly, to Slozo's point, most of the conversations were between 4-6 people. It gets stale talking from and listening to the same POV. Secondly, and most important, hockey is boring these days. Both the product on the ice and the media. There are no stories anymore. There is almost no creativity in the game. I find hockey so systematic today and such a lack of player creativity, I fall asleep or change the channel on most games today. Frankly, I am extremely apathetic toward hockey until the playoffs.




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Alex116
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6060 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2017 :  08:47:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I also check in, quite frequently actually, however, with so little response and often days between, it's gotten boring. I always preferred the forum here over other far too populated sites as there were too many posts/responses to read through to find an actual reply to your posts (on other sites).

When I first signed up, after a year or two of "browsing", the population here was great. The back and forth chatter / debates were strong. Sure, there were times that things got kinda carried away and the mud slinging got a bit much (I'll admit on a few occasions I was not helping things) but I think most, myself included, improved as posters as the time went on. Not sure why things subsided like they did, as quickly as they did? I guess things could have gotten stale between some of us regulars but maybe it was a combination of that and just simply a lack of many new, intelligent posters as well? I do recall watching others sign up prior to my actual "joining" and in the past few years, the numbers of "new" posters seemed to dwindle.

I personally don't have a problem with hockey today and don't find it boring really though I will admit, the regular season just doesn't compare to playoff hockey. The thing that keeps me interested on a day to day basis is I'm a gambler. I bet online, I bet through the lotteries and I bet amongst friends. I even had a bookie at one point. It's hockey pools, both "keeper leagues" and year to year "re-drafts" that have me perusing forums, looking for info on prospects, injuries, etc. And in that regard, it's nice to be able to throw out a question to people on here to get their opinions on things like trades or drafts or player expectations, just to get an unbiased view or opinion on a guy maybe I've become hung up on?

Umteman.....my only other comment towards you, and please don't take this the wrong way, is in regards to the threads you start. The vast majority of them are very short comments that are POH's version of "click bait". You usually throw a comment out that means absolutely nothing to anyone, unless they click the link that you usually attach. There's rarely much of a comment or opinion of your own and it's as though you are simply waiting on others to get the conversation going. For example, the current topic titled "and your money would be on?" has a link attached, and the only comment you add is "I mostly agree with this". Agree with what? Without clicking the link, we really have no clue. Even if I read the link without clicking on it, and I see it's got something to do with who Vegas is picking to win", I still don't know what. I have to assume it's hockey related but is it who's gonna win the cup? The Calder? The draft lottery? I'm all for links to support your posts, but add some content to get a thread going! Tell us "why" you agree. Give us some insight. I'd prefer to click a link and after reading your thoughts, be able to either add to it and agree with you, or counter as to why I think otherwise. Again, please don't take any offense to this, it's just some constructive criticism to hopefully improve things around here!

Playoffs are coming, the deadline is looming, etc. Maybe we can see an increase in traffic around here?
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JOSHUACANADA
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Canada
2179 Posts

Posted - 02/17/2017 :  08:39:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I too check out whats new pretty regularly here, but the topics are not fast and furious anymore. Some of the sites I comment on regularly, SB being my favorite, have something new at least twice a day, per team trend, with tonnes of responses for close to 100 posters per team, who I am starting to get familiar with like I was with posters here. That's where I go first now days. I assume this is a no pay job for Moderators and Admin and thats why the topics, polls and trends dont happen as frequently as they use to.

This use to be the site I went to first and the people I enjoyed discussing hockey with first. Its disappointing for me though, because right around the time I really started getting interested in hockey pools and following this site, there were so many topics per day and for a while I just read the responses and learned alot. Posters like Beans, Slozo, Alex, Leigh, FatElvis etc, were generally the ones that got the topics going to high volume responses and sometimes some heated conflict, which can be fun here. I only started responding due to misrepresentations of some of the greatest hockey players ever by others, the great who is better conversations about Gretzky, Orr, Lemieux, Crosby and Ovechkin. Hell I remember a time on here that Crosby and Ovechkin were not even drafted yet.

I know I could put more effort into starting topics and driving up responses, but I have found that unless your a fan of a certain team the topics die pretty quickly here now. I miss the heyday of the Kessel for Sequin debate. I will say there is a wealth of knowledge in the old trends of this site and I would hate to see the topics side die due to lack of traffic.

Edited by - JOSHUACANADA on 02/17/2017 08:40:10
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umteman
PickupHockey Pro



USA
525 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2017 :  05:58:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Umteman.....my only other comment towards you, and please don't take this the wrong way, is in regards to the threads you start. The vast majority of them are very short comments that are POH's version of "click bait". You usually throw a comment out that means absolutely nothing to anyone, unless they click the link that you usually attach. There's rarely much of a comment or opinion of your own and it's as though you are simply waiting on others to get the conversation going.

Yeah, that's pretty much it; I figured people would not likely follow the link and read the article if I give too much of what it pertains to so I leave them to read it with the idea of responding to their comments on it.

Did you hear about the retired proctologist? He spent 40 years saying "what's a place like this doing in a girl like you?"
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