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Old 03-23-2015, 10:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question To Ask at my own Risk...

Alright, I realize that I may be putting my privileges to post on this forum at risk here by opening this pandora's box of opinion, but someone ought to do this and might as well be a backseat member like myself who has nothing to lose:

We're coming up soon on one year under new management, and I thought a great question to ask here is, what does everyone think of the forum, one year later?

When I first came to this forum, I hit it off to a rocky start with some of the members, but I quickly realized my faults and took a break fro the forum. A couple of years, and a lifetime of maturity, later, I returned and have been on again, off again paying attention to Mylargescale. Last year I was somewhat saddened to hear that mylargescale would be sold to a company to manage it, but I also understood that running a forum can keep a person quite busy, and it is almost always money out of profit, so I can respect our old owner's decision to sell the forum.

One year later, I've been looking around and it seems to me that this forum is a shadow of what it once was. I knew we'd all be in for a little ride when the company took over, that's just how it works, but I had no idea this 'little ride' would be enough for more than a few members to quit. I'm aware of some problems this site faces, but I get a feeling in my stomach that it's only the tip of the iceberg. My feelings are confirmed by this feedback forum, which is now up to 150 threads including mine, and the bugging forum is at 456. That's 456 individual problems, within one year, that's a lot.

My feelings of people leaving the site are also confirmed. last year, before the forum was sold, there was over 1,000 members a day coming to the forum, and possibly thousands of unregistered guests. I look now and currently as I type there's only about 20 members logged in at the moment, a Monday night after work in March. The 'Active topics' filter also confirms my suspicions as there isn't even a full page of active threads listed.

Based on those observations, I have to say that this forum has gone downhill in the last year. To be frank, if I expressed my opinion in simpler terms, they'd all be four letter words that I can't say on television, so I won't say them here. Such terms aren't directed at any members, you are all good people and great modelers. To say that I respect everyone here is an understatement. But rather, those terms I'd direct at the forum itself, how well it's working, and, heaven forbid, our new management.

And to Admin, while I doubt I'll be banned for asking such questions and making such comments, please remember that this is feedback, not flaming. Mylargescale, like all forums, is a way to communicate with like minded hobbyists. When that communication breaks down, the hobby as a whole suffers and I am getting the gut feeling that the large scale hobby is taking a hit with the way Mylargescale is currently headed.

Regardless, I may recognize some people from the forum at Denver in July, so see you then!

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Old 03-23-2015, 10:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yep, withering...

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Old 03-23-2015, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can't say that I notice any difference.
Still a lot of good threads, and likewise some questionable ones.
As seems to happen with most forums, some people ask their questions, get their answers and then have little to add anymore and drift away.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In the Beginning... there was LSOL.

MyLargeScale came along and when LSOL had/created some problems of various types, MyLargeScale membership went up and LSOL membership went down. Eventually, LSOL went under.

Are we seeing the same thing happening here with MyLargeScale playing the part of LSOL and LSC playing the part of MyLargeScale???
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From the number of people migrating, I think so.

Of course the dearth of new products does not help.

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Old 03-24-2015, 07:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Can't see much change in either site. Sure we don't get the friendly quick service we got under the old management but people seem to be posting about the same as before. If anything, my favorite forum (Steam) seems to be more active.

Would like to see some data about the number of post before I do any hand wringing.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I dont see any major difference..
im still here just about every day, and to me, there is no real difference..
I agree the activity overall has slowed a bit, that's undeniable, but apart from that I see no real difference to the forum itself..and I dont think the slowing is extreme at all..
in fact, its currently 8am eastern time, and there have been 14 new replys posted, in various threads, since midnight! and about 30 threads had posting activity yesterday..that's plenty busy! busy enough IMO..

and I have no where else I would rather go!
I dont care for LSC, because they have no "active topics" feature..I dont want to open up twenty individual forums just to see all the new posts..
here on MLS I just open my bookmark, and all new posts are instantly available on one page, same as its been for the past decade-plus..

So from my perspective, there is nothing wrong with MLS..same as its always been!
its all good..im still going to "live" here for my main G-gauge forum.
I've been here 13 years now, its still my favorite LS forum! I have no reason to leave..


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MLS is not what it was when I joined too many years ago, but I think that is probably because there was a rift (a couple of years before the sale) between several members that were unable to simply say "Oops, sorry, I didn't mean to offend." Some people quit in a snit and several others just sort of drifted away back then and the place has not been the same since.

But there still was a sense of camaraderie that seems to have gone away after the purchase by the new owners.

I also sense an overall general reduction in the "intensity of interest" by people in the hobby and that is a part of the apparent malaise around here.

These reasons are all interrelated and none of them are blatantly the cause, but the new owners total lack of care about the cohesiveness of the group has not helped at all.
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I don't see a difference but I do have to agree with Greg since there has not been much new in way of products hasn't been a **** of a lot to talk about.
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It seems there has been a lack of vigor in the hobby in general. This place used to thrive years back but the die hard large scale train hobbyists are still here. This site used to routinely fail during a basic post with images or videos. Everything here now is not that fancy but it is consistent in function. Not that much new stuff to talk about and we are all getting older and slower too.

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