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I''ve never been there flip, seems true of a number of Atomicans who stuck around when FB sucked away a lot of members.

Some people I know have expressed the same frustration, a couple of them only really use it as a glorified messenger.

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Sure is taking folks a hell of a while to realize FB is a shithole...

I thought it stood out like dog's balls when I first saw the joint. 

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33 minutes ago, Kimmo said:

Sure is taking folks a hell of a while to realize FB is a shithole...

I thought it stood out like dog's balls when I first saw the joint. 

Ahm...  Weren't you there for quite a while?

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Facebook is like a new road. Nice when it first opens, but then every man and his dog jumps on it, and it just turns into another congested piece of crap.

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26 minutes ago, Cybes said:

Ahm...  Weren't you there for quite a while?

I'm still 'there' - if you count logging in a couple of times a year. 

Not exactly holding my breath for everyone to switch to Diaspora... 

25 minutes ago, spyder said:

Facebook is like a new road. Nice when it first opens, but then every man and his dog jumps on it, and it just turns into another congested piece of crap.

I think maybe that's back to front - the only reason it's worth a damn is that everybody's on it. 

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22 hours ago, Kimmo said:

I'm still 'there' - if you count logging in a couple of times a year. 

Not exactly holding my breath for everyone to switch to Diaspora... 

I think maybe that's back to front - the only reason it's worth a damn is that everybody's on it. 

Exactly.  Facebook moves fast. That's what I like about it.

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Atomic and many other forums used to SN, until the Zuckerberg juggernaut loomed over the horizon.

However given the return of a number of significant members here and on other forums that I have noticed the appeal seems to be waning for many.

I suspect the majority of FB members are mostly forum newbies, the appeal from what I hear, I'm not an FB user, of the groups there is not as in-depth as in more niche or specialised forums such as Atomic.

We had a bit of classic last week, I look after a small BBQ forum with a friend who founded it. It never has had a large membership, which suits us fine, but my friend does hang around the FB BBQ group a bit, more looking for possible BBQ fans interested in our forum than anything else I suspect.

He had posted a rib rub that featured coffee on FB and was pretty much shouted down - a lot of us tried it and found it to be excellent - says something about the quality of users on at least one FB group ?

Cheers

 

 

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1 hour ago, chrisg said:

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Atomic and many other forums used to SN, until the Zuckerberg juggernaut loomed over the horizon.

However given the return of a number of significant members here and on other forums that I have noticed the appeal seems to be waning for many.

I suspect the majority of FB members are mostly forum newbies, the appeal from what I hear, I'm not an FB user, of the groups there is not as in-depth as in more niche or specialised forums such as Atomic.

We had a bit of classic last week, I look after a small BBQ forum with a friend who founded it. It never has had a large membership, which suits us fine, but my friend does hang around the FB BBQ group a bit, more looking for possible BBQ fans interested in our forum than anything else I suspect.

He had posted a rib rub that featured coffee on FB and was pretty much shouted down - a lot of us tried it and found it to be excellent - says something about the quality of users on at least one FB group ?

Cheers

 

 

Facebook is only as good as the friends you keep. As far as groups go, there will always be opposing views and a few trolls. You quickly learn how to handle those.

In any case, I have returned here. Blame Chaos.Lady. She gives me the big news when it happens so I log in to see...and maybe Nickeax seeing as it's his music quiz thread that has gotten me back into the practice of logging on. That said, I have just as many in depth conversations through Facebook and the users include people from all sorts of areas of my life.  There are so many posts that once I refresh my feed, I'll have to know who posted something if I'm ever to find it again. I can't see myself ever renouncing Facebook beacause of what Facebook is, but maybe I might if I want to stop spending so much time online.

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Yeah, I'm sure FB has its place, it's very much a part of the evolution of the forum concept but it certainly impacted smaller forums such as Atomic.

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1 hour ago, chrisg said:

Yeah, I'm sure FB has its place, it's very much a part of the evolution of the forum concept but it certainly impacted smaller forums such as Atomic.

Cheers

My local council had workers fixing a water main here. You couldnt get much info by calling them but their Facebook people seemed to have the answers. Some things are just harder without Facebook these days. Some places just don't cater to you not being on it like it's the new telephone. 

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1 hour ago, chrisg said:

Yeah, I'm sure FB has its place, it's very much a part of the evolution of the forum concept but it certainly impacted smaller forums such as Atomic.

Cheers

Other forums negatively impacted Atomic, too.

Small niche platforms live and die by being small and niche.

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I remember people leaving or being banned for getting knickers all twisted and having arguments ... so it seemed to me they went to make their own wee cliques on fb ... very pleasant for a time I suppose.

Others use fb to keep in touch with kith and kin spread around the universe <<< to me this really legitimises the fb concept. I've never signed up ? sumwot anti-social I am

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2 hours ago, eveln said:

I've never signed up ? sumwot anti-social I am

Makes two of us.

Odd: I get along just fine with most people as individuals - but people/humanity I tend regard as being a gigantic waste of resources.

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Small forums topple larger ones as well Nich.

The BBQ forum I mentioned started because a fairly large forum specialising in BBQ but actually created by a not very active bbqer it seems purely as a web project that he then took not much care of, made the mistake of letting BBQ vendors in. Rather quickly the site became more a place where resellers touted their wares, abused each other and generally created havoc.

Those who objected tended to get banned because a couple of vendors were given admin status.

The founder of the site I now share admin duties with became fed up and created an alternative but not knowing a great deal used Proboards, because it was free I suppose but pay nothing, get nothing is often the case, it was very restrictive.

I was invited along, saw the limitations and suggested it could be done better using SMF, Simple Machines Forums, source code, which is open source and free, also very customisable.

I can get by in SMF but I knew someone who is a real artist with it, ironically once an Atomican called the dude.

He had been introduced to it by another one time Atomican friend of mine, an American with a fiery temper called Jamie. He's sadly now deceased and I don't recall his handle here but dude used SMF to build the now in stasis Dudeworld. dude likes bbq and happily built and hosted a very nice site for us with great graphics and just a very nice site that we happily congregate in to talk cooking in general really but accent on bbq ?

It's almost entirely an aussie site - not quite, there are a few international members but the core members of the vendor saturated site jumped over and the original site pretty much imploded.

Forum life, ever changing.

FB is sort of the forum of forums I guess, an idea that started with MySpace but FB really took off.

Whether it will still be the size it is in a decade, who knows ?

Cheers

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, chrisg said:

an American with a fiery temper called Jamie. He's sadly now deceased

Oh shit, I remember that bloke from Dudeworld. Fucken bummer. 

Do you know how it happened? Was it perhaps related to his taste in women? 

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It was related to another vice, sadly.

I don't think he even made it to 40 - the grog took him.  He'd had numerous hospital admissions, falls and illnesses but was mostly in denial about the cause of it all.

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Yeah,

 Jamie drank himself to death - I used to chat on the 'phone to him for ages, he was always drunk...

Such a waste - but for him Dudeworld would have died years bef ore dude put it on the backburner for now.

The site was badly hacked, some hacker mates of mine and myself went on a rampage the bastard crackers will never forget and tightened up the security. Jamie meanwhile, despite being banned at the time, a regular event with him, came back in and he and dude did a rebuild.

Jamie was well remembered at dudeworld, I even managed him a flypast at his funeral.

Sadly missed...

Cheers

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Yeah, a few Atomicans have gone to the big cave in the sky over the years...

Cheers

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2 hours ago, Nich... said:

Who else?

There's two who come to mind immediately for me and I'm mortified to realise I can't bring their atomic names to the fore just now.

The first was that young guy who loved this place to bits. He was in a car accident in NSW I believe . His mum and close friends contributed to a thread here for quite a while

The other is the guy @osama_bin_athlon I think he was Cheekychops uncle in order for her to attend one of the first m33ts ...

@Antraman is another << he was a security guard irl ( I think ) and another who seemed to like being here too ...

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thankyou SacrificialNewt :)

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5 minutes ago, SacrificialNewt said:

Did I read right when I saw that Osama Bin Athlon was gone too?

Yes.

And thankyou for giving his name. There's a thread somewhere. It's only a few years ...

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Thanks. I've been trying to compile a list, and there are a few former members I can't remember the names of. I have those two, tho.

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