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    Question What is going on here?

    Going to start this thread not as to spread negative information, but just for clarification. What is happening to ball-pythons.net? Are people just moving to Reddit and whatever? There were 11 comments total yesterday and it was a Sunday. I don't feel interest in the hobby is dwindling. Is it just that forums are kind of an old technology rather? I feel this is hanging over everyone's heads and it's not being addressed. I've never seen lack of activity like this on here...there are slow days, but the site has been very, very slow lately and I have been here roughly 10 years. I feel like mods and whoever else need to clarify. This is sad.

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    Re: What is going on here?

    I've noticed the same thing. I just assumed that a lot of newer people have moved on to social media. I don't have any social media whatsoever so this is my only reptile platform I'm a part of. It's also close to the holidays so maybe people taking a little break.

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    Re: What is going on here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Toad37 View Post
    I've noticed the same thing. I just assumed that a lot of newer people have moved on to social media. I don't have any social media whatsoever so this is my only reptile platform I'm a part of. It's also close to the holidays so maybe people taking a little break.
    Reddit, to me is a jumbled mess of misinformation and I try to avoid it. Besides that I also don't use social media. In the past it seemed site traffic actually increased around holidays. This is not normal.

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    I've been wondering the same thing. I've assumed it's a mix of issues- pandemic & politics that have been distracting to many, & perhaps the slow-down of forums in general. I don't use other forms of social media either, & would prefer not to, so it's sad & a little confusing to me as well. This has been a good forum, IMO, & I don't want to see it die out. WHERE IS EVERYBODY? Hello out there??? I don't think it's just the holidays, as it's been getting quieter here for quite some time.

    I do check here multiple times a day...if anyone has more ideas, let's hear 'em?
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    Re: What is going on here?

    I agree it's definitely slower here than it is in the BP sub on Reddit, and I would hate to see a mass exodus or just a lack of activity in general. That being said, I would rather be here any day of the week than go back to Reddit. I was on there for almost 10 years and left because of the toxic environment in the reptile and fish keeping subs. In the few months I've been on BP.net I've learned more about animal husbandry than I ever did on Reddit, or anywhere else for that matter.

    I just feel like here I get a higher caliber response and overall more seasoned guidance on any issues I may have or am curious about than I do on say the Facebook groups or Reddit. Plus Reddit has this weird, attack culture. The BP sub moderator over there will straight jump down your throat if you suggest keeping a ball at under 70%-80% humidity constantly. There's no wiggle room, or room to suggest you keep animals any way that isn't in line with their care guides, and if you suggest it you get downvoted into oblivion.

    So in conclusion, from a new member's point of view. Is it slow here? Oh yea. Will I continue signing in every single day to see what some of you have going on and to continue learning from you? Absolutely. Quality users over quantity of users is what'll keep me hanging out here until they shut the site down.
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    I've noticed the same as well. Fewer and fewer comments, threads, etc. When there are new threads it's the same questions/topics that have been answered here a million times over. I've been on here 6yrs in April and while there have been waves of higher and lower activity levels, it's been particularly sparse recently.

    Surely some of that is due to folks being busy/holidays/etc, but I can't help but think that some of it is due to lack of interesting content on here and instead seeing hundreds of threads from new users asking why their new ball python isn't eating/shedding/pooping or the same people offering terrible husbandry advice without having ever owned a reptile. I imagine many members (myself included) are easily fatigued with such activity and choose to ignore the BS by no longer participating on here. Just my 2 cents.
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    Re: What is going on here?

    I totally agree there has been a lot less activity and I am guilty of it. I know I am still a newbie around here, but I will try to help out with keeping this awesome place going. I don't have any social media or reddit so this is my only reptile platform and I would be devastated to see it go. Honestly, for me it was finals for all my classes that kept me from being on here, but now that the break is here I should be on a lot more.
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    Reddit is a hot mess, and I can never find anything over there. I prefer the slower-paced forums over here. Of course I am older, lol, so maybe it's just what I'm used to. This really is a friendlier site. People are brutal on Reddit. Also, it could be that since most younger people are into immediate gratification thanks to the "smart" phones that old-fashioned communication taking a bit longer to get your information just doesn't give them the jolt they they have gotten used to.
    Also, this is a weird year. Who knows what is going on, really?
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    As someone who's quite new here (only joined a few months ago) I think a major hurdle for this place is the account approval system. With most places on the internet these days it takes mere seconds to set up an account and get chatting, but here it takes a bit longer since you need to be reviewed and approved first which can take days (took about half a week for me iirc?) and in an age where people want everything NOW NOW NOW that's sadly to this forum's detriment when it comes to getting new members.

    That and the interface itself has a very "old internet" look with the grays and 2000's design which could make newcomers think "Oh, this must be a dead site that's still left up for some reason" and not engage any further.

    Now, I for one don't mind these things (I'll take it over the social media vomit currently infesting society any day), but put yourself in the perspective of someone looking around for a place to discuss snakes and it gets a little more obvious why this forum is sadly dwindling... Even in my relatively short time here the lack of activity has been glaringly apparent.

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    Snagrio, I wish I had a dollar for every time I got a private msg. from someone trying to sign up here & wondering why it was taking so long. I think you're right about that, sadly.
    We need to get these ideas across to those running this site.
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