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#301619 - 05/12/23 01:39 AM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3203
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Thank you for standing by us, Chaos. Dueling with spam/bots is a task with no joy.

It seems we are in a season of transition. We have lost some of our stalwarts, retired SAR people who could interpret events through the vast lens of their practical experience on the ground.

Others have moved in different directions, including me: I am more of a homesteader now, as opposed to a self-propelled wilderness traveller. So I'm hanging out at permies.com/forums -- even though the front page seems kooky-ville and off-putting, there are lots of people doing innovative and knowledgeable stuff in the forum, and there is a strict "be nice" policy that makes it welcoming, just like this forum. And there is a lot of survival-related crossover in the topics.

So, my point: even if this forum is mostly quiet, it would be madness for the vast, formidable archive of knowledge that resides here to be lost or forgotten. Somehow we need a ready archive of links that we can copy and post elsewhere, to add value to the world and perhaps drive some traffic back this way.

What do you folks think? Madness? or Wisdom?

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#301620 - 05/12/23 01:43 AM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: Herman30]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3203
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: Herman30
Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
"This Place Is a Ghost Town"

Ah, but there be friendly ghosts here. smile

Here there be monsters.


If you are referring to the unknown ocean (the future), you are correct. Perhaps the friendly ghosts in these archives will see us through the perilous waters ahead. cool

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#301625 - 05/12/23 12:58 PM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: dougwalkabout]
Herman30 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 479
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
Originally Posted By: Herman30
Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
"This Place Is a Ghost Town"

Ah, but there be friendly ghosts here. smile

Here there be monsters.


If you are referring to the unknown ocean (the future), you are correct. Perhaps the friendly ghosts in these archives will see us through the perilous waters ahead. cool


I had just happened to see trailer to Stephen King-story Here there be monsters so I thought it wuld be a funny sort of remark. smile

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#301626 - 05/12/23 01:00 PM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: chaosmagnet]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2881
Loc: Nacogdoches, Texas
Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
The policy for new accounts I received from Blast and have been continuing as Sheriff is straightforward. All are welcome who are not fairly blatant spammers. Unfortunately, most attempts to sign up these days are from those who fail the spam test.

It’s not clear to me what we can or should do to increase membership.

Even among the current members, it appears that the level of activity has decreased.

Jeanette Isabelle
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“Birds of a feather sure know how to clip each other’s wings, huh?” Lutz, Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2 Volume 4

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#301628 - 05/12/23 02:53 PM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
pforeman Offline
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Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 236
Loc: Iowa
While participation is down from what it has been there is a lot of truth in the fact this is still a huge repository of knowledge, ideas and information.

I've mentioned this site in some other places I go now and then with the hope a few new folks will stop by and join us. I'm also thinking there may be a group of people who are just reading and not actually getting a log-in and contributing.

I am hopeful that this summer and fall will bring more comments and information as our members have new experiences. I still stop by every day to check and see what is up even if I don't actually log in.

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#301631 - 05/14/23 02:12 PM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
jshannon Offline
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Registered: 02/02/03
Posts: 647
Loc: North Texas
Make a subreddit, "Equipped to Survive" to increase membership possibly by talking about subjects and referring to this site.

But, with no new content on the front page since 2016, correct if wrong, then I am not sure the site owner is too concerned about it?

And, allow others to write new articles for this site and refer back to them from the subreddit.

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#301632 - 05/14/23 03:51 PM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: jshannon]
Herman30 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 479
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: jshannon


But, with no new content on the front page since 2016, correct if wrong, then I am not sure the site owner is too concerned about it?


And the front page looking like something from the 90´s I´m not surprised no new members will come.

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#301633 - 05/14/23 05:25 PM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: jshannon]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2881
Loc: Nacogdoches, Texas
Originally Posted By: jshannon
Make a subreddit, "Equipped to Survive" to increase membership possibly by talking about subjects and referring to this site.

But, with no new content on the front page since 2016, correct if wrong, then I am not sure the site owner is too concerned about it?

And, allow others to write new articles for this site and refer back to them from the subreddit.

This raises the question of how we ended up on this forum. I found this forum in 2006 while researching aviation safety.

Jeanette Isabelle
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“Birds of a feather sure know how to clip each other’s wings, huh?” Lutz, Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2 Volume 4

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#301634 - 05/14/23 06:29 PM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
jshannon Offline
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Registered: 02/02/03
Posts: 647
Loc: North Texas
Jeanette has been here almost as long as me. I don't remember what brought me to this site initially. I got interested in backpacking and something related to that, probably wilderness survival, must have brought me here.


Edited by jshannon (05/14/23 06:29 PM)

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#301640 - 05/15/23 05:07 PM Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Teslinhiker Offline
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Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1417
Loc: Nothern Ontario
Thought I would log in and say hi.

Although I cruise by here when I have a few, It's been since I long while since I have actually participated here.

Life during and now in the (hopefully waning) period of Covid, has kept me very busy with a new line of work. Moved once again, which makes 4 moves in about as many years. So hopefully this is the last for us.

It is really unfortunate to see this forum slowly fade to only a few core people. However, in the days of social media, which I deplore, there are also many other traditional forums that are seeing a decline in traffic and participation.

Best health and wishes to you all!
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Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

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