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Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by les, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. les

    les Registered

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    Simple question really. Why did the present owner but Saltybox?
    Been quite sometime now since the owner bought the forum but why when little has changed in fact IMO the site has got a little worse and what changes have been made appear to be backward steps? IMO the subforums have done nothing to enhance the site, little if anything new has happened to revamp or kickstart the forum. I am aware other forums are slow these days. There was talk of things to come but since then n9thing of note. Seems to me the owners are happy to let it run as it is until the subscription is up for renewal then what?
     
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  2. jim_fitz

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    Agreed
    there has been very little input from the new owner(s)
    I hoped they would use there experience to get things back on track :(
     
  3. les

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    Makes little sense to me to buy Salty and just let it rot after all it's not just going to spring into life and sponsors are not going to pay for so little activity and so few visiting the forum. Time the owners put some input into the forum and at least answer as to what if anything their intentions are.
     
  4. Realist

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    I don’t have any ideas what plans admin have or had for that matter but I for one paid 50% for a new look and style, started advertising SB on other means and wanted others to be a part of the community by being staff by adding valued content etc.

    I would of kept SB and put quite a few pounds into it but unfornatuly that was put to bed so I sold it which to this day I miss it.

    I do hope Admin/Owners start putting money into the forum otherwise it’s going to go to the grave and I don’t want that and that’s why I first purchased this forum to save it.

    Please Admin put up a post with what plans you have so it puts peoples mind at ease.

    Regards all.
     
  5. sixty_reefer

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    To be honest fellas I may dnt understand much about forums ( only been around a couple of year ) but I see tings and a forum only gets busy if there is a lot of activity, members updating there tank treads and helping newbies with fast answering questions etc. Ppl will get annoyed if they have to wait 12h for a reply will keep them of. The community makes the forum if we all want the forum to get back up I tink all the members can help. I don’t tink it’s a matter of money in the end of the day.



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  6. les

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    Money isn't the issue I don't think but the owners seemed to have abandoned SB. If the owners can't be bothered then what do you expect of the members? .com forums are all less active these days as social media has drawn many away. The problem then is there are too many FB groups chasing members while .com groups suffer.
    Personally, I don't care for the format on here esp the subforums, seems a bit of a mishmash to me. The way it is going SB won't be around when the subscription comes up unless a new buyer can be found who can be bothered to breathe some life into it. Now is the time for action, innovation and fresh ideas to jump start SB before it is too late.
     
  7. jazz

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    I may be putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 but I have suddenly started to get emails from a Canadian site called the 'The reef tank'. As far as I remember I have never signed up to that site. The email address that is being targeted is the one I use for joining sites and not my normal one, it must have been harvested from somewhere, along with the fact that I am a reefkeeper.
    As we know personal data is a valued asset and could be a reason for buying a site, especially if you want to move into another country.
     
  8. jim_fitz

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    not one i'd heard of

    not sure of any links either
     
  9. les

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    Same here but I just delete them. All seems very strange, not one word from the owners on this thread nor any come to that, that I have seen.
     
  10. Realist

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    Shame Less I wanted Rex and his mate to grow the forum but it looks like it’s just going to be sat there like a lemon.

    Shame.
     
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    Seems they don't really give a damn about this forum,why buy it?
     
  12. Realist

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    True.
     
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  13. Realist

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    Admin come on what’s going on a bloody good forum going down the pan with no input from owners.
     
  14. doug_amanda

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    2nd of May since Brent last visited so almost a month ago
     
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    Disappointed and if I had know it would just be sat their like a lemon I would of not sold it but to late now.

    The forum should go back into UK hands for UK reefers and I still say it should of been purchased by the original admin/staff but that’s water under the bridge but Iam disappointed in the lack of response and input from the new owners.
     
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    Don't think that's an option.but like you say shame the forums just sat here doing nothing.
     
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    Yes it’s a shame and it goes against what I wanted from SB and that’s a community.

    Now it’s a ghost town worst than ever.
     
  18. jazz

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    This is painful to watch, a once vibrant site has become a zombie. Although its sad to lose any resource, especially a specialist database like TSB's, it's offering a lie to new members, they sign-up expecting answers to their queries or just conversation and nothing! no answers, no conversation, nothing!

    Do the mods have anyway to contact the owner and find out what's going on, perhaps they can tell us.

    I know I've had my differences with past owners but past is past. This site either needs significant input from the owners to revive it or just switching off. Please don't leave it to rot- it's like the walking dead in here. So sad:(
     
  19. doug_amanda

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    We only have the same lines of communication as any members, PMs or tagged in threads. To be honest I think all the mods, myself included would like to see some input from the owners as it’s a shame to see the site hit rock bottom like this. Trouble is what do we change/do to give it a new lease of life?
     
  20. jazz

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    The problem is a decline becomes a self sustaining prophesy- Less members post -> less content-> so less to comment on-> less members post, round we go. The only way I can think of reversing it is a drive to get more members posting, in the first instance led by the owners and the team. Maybe get some articles, you need to get permission to republish stuff from elsewhere, to get members reading and commenting. A push on tank threads (make sure someone replies to them and not just with 'nice tank'). Make sure all questions are answered with full answers, that way others will join in. It won't be instant and will need a sustained effort from the owner and the team, perhaps for 6-8months, until members get used to posting on here again.

    TSB lost a good number of heavily posting members a while ago when they left, no one has filled that gap. TSB needs to fill it with new heavy posters.
     
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