Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

04 Oct 2009

Saving "regular reason discussion" from oblivion?

I know I'm not the only person to note (and lament) the lack of discussion traffic this season. The open game threads have been one of my more favorite bits of FO over the years.

Any thoughts on what's causing it and whether or not it can be fixed, or is the "open thread for this week" concept just doomed.

(Admins -- I know this is coming close to the line for whether or not this should be a thread here, but I wanted to put it somewhere where the few people who still read the open threads would find it).

Posted by: PatsFan on 04 Oct 2009

5 replies , Last at 05 Oct 2009, 6:32pm by navin

Re: Saving "regular reason discussion" from oblivion?
by Jimmy :: Sun, 10/04/2009 - 9:02pm

I used to lurk here a lot on Sundays but I think most people prefer the IRC chat (personally I can't make it work all that well) so the boards here are like a crypt. I live in the UK and if I want to watch my team every week I have to use my computer to watch online which is difficult to do if you are typing out responses on a computer. Having paid for the season of games I generally watch a different game when the Bears aren't playing. I suspect that quite a few other expats or foreign fans (like me) make the same choice.

On the whole though I agree the threads here used to be a good way of keeping tabs on other games and some very funny comments. Shame really.

Re: Saving "regular reason discussion" from oblivion?
by Bobman :: Mon, 10/05/2009 - 4:10am

In my old house, I had my laptop on the DR table about 15 feet from the TV--easier to read/comment during games. Now I am on 2 floors--TV on one, office on the other. But I always came here at the end of the day to read non-corporate/informed fan discussions of the games I missed.

And boy, do I miss that. sniff.

Re: Saving "regular reason discussion" from oblivion?
by nat :: Mon, 10/05/2009 - 9:56am

I'm with you, bro. I miss it, too.

But to be sure, the discussion quality had dropped quite a bit. It was getting tiresome to wade through pages of "A correct penalty was called on my team! Dey wuz robbed!" to get to the occassional gem.

Grow some hazelnuts, people!

Re: Saving "regular reason discussion" from oblivion?
by TimK :: Mon, 10/05/2009 - 7:49am

I mostly lurk as well. Also from the UK, and am also greatly missing the old boards.

IRC is fine for quick shoutouts but I find it a pain to follow interesting discussion on.

Maybe the solution is for those of us who mostly lurk and miss the atmosphere to try to lurk a bit less and make enough new atmosphere to get things moving again. I'll see what I can do in the next few weeks to be around and more active. However as someone who used fieldpass and so listens rather than watching the action I'm always a bit hesitant to go wild about specific plays as I cannot see them to make my own judgment and have to rely on the commentators hyperbole...

Re: Saving "regular reason discussion" from oblivion?
by navin :: Mon, 10/05/2009 - 6:32pm

Well I used to post here regularly but left for IRC this year because of the lack of posts. I definitely agree that it's harder to have a lasting meaningful discussion on IRC due to its nature. The problem now is that when I do post something, no one will reply to it for quite awhile. It seems that we've lost critical mass here.

I know the college threads have had less traffic due to the location changing. Not sure why the pro threads have changed, weren't they up here last year too? Maybe a location change would help...

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