It's been almost a week since posting of articles in this thread - FAIL

 
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Sadly, the amalgamation of all the former categorised articles has led to 'International Discussion' having had no postings for almost a week.

IMO, compared to the old International Discussion format, this is a FAIL.

Mike.

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  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Sadly, the amalgamation of all the former categorised articles has led to 'International Discussion' having had no postings for almost a week.

IMO, compared to the old International Discussion format, this is a FAIL.

Mike.
The Vinelander
I expect it would take some time for the interest in these forums to grow.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Okay, if it's such a "fail", why are you not starting any topics? If your answer was "I have nothing to discuss", then perhaps that's the reason no topics have been started? The old International forums were just spammed with news articles that very few people gave a hoot about. This is an Australian website used by (mostly) Australian railfans. Why should Railpage cater to any overseas content? So many other websites cover it better than Railpage ever could, so why fill up the page with useless garbage?

How about before taking aim at the management of this page, you actually appreciate all that you get for nothing. That's obviously just as challenging as starting a productive international discussion rather than having a whinge, obviously.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Okay, if it's such a "fail", why are you not starting any topics? If your answer was "I have nothing to discuss", then perhaps that's the reason no topics have been started? The old International forums were just spammed with news articles that very few people gave a hoot about. This is an Australian website used by (mostly) Australian railfans. Why should Railpage cater to any overseas content? So many other websites cover it better than Railpage ever could, so why fill up the page with useless garbage?

How about before taking aim at the management of this page, you actually appreciate all that you get for nothing. That's obviously just as challenging as starting a productive international discussion rather than having a whinge, obviously.
Raichase

Some iron ore rail projects in Africa involve Australian Companies, such as:
* Simandou, Guinea - BHPBilliton
* Cameroon - Sundance Resources
* Mozambique (coal) - BHPB

* Queensland locomotives are being sold to Africa for second hand use.
* Old Queensland sububan cars were sold to Thailand

* Should African railways meet more than they do now, there will be break of gauge issues like what has bedevilled Australia.

* This week's Economist (10 Jan 2015 page 55) has an article on High Speed Rail in Europe questioning their viability. This is relevant to High Speed Rail in this country.

So there are at least a few overseas topics of interest to RP.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
So there are at least a few overseas topics of interest to RP.
awsgc24
That's all terribly exciting on paper, I didn't ask if there were any topics that would be worth discussing, I pointed out that people have nothing to discuss. Perhaps you or someone else could go start a bunch of threads on these topics if they're so interesting, as well as some talking points to prompt discussion? It strikes me as being obscenely counterproductive to just stand around bleating about how there's heaps of things to talk about but nobody talking if nobody starts a meaningful discussion. There are topics about Aurizon locomotives going TO Africa, but nothing for when they're there. Perhaps because the member base doesn't know what's happening? Perhaps the member base isn't interested?
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Sadly, the amalgamation of all the former categorised articles has led to 'International Discussion' having had no postings for almost a week.

IMO, compared to the old International Discussion format, this is a FAIL.

Mike.
The Vinelander
You're entitled to your 2 cents, but I would be looking for change from that post.  I observe that there was no "H" in your "IMO".

There was no "discussion" in the old format.  It was just continuous stream of news articles by Tony Mercury, and then Wanderer53. Certainly they were of interest, but there was no "conversation" associated with it.

If there were no postings in the last week, then it could be seen as an indication that the level of posts in the old format was too high, and unsustainable.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Don't get me started. International forums dead.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Don't get me started. International forums dead.
freightgate
So you've made this comprehensive statement after doing all you can to foster interesting discussion in the international forums? I can see numerous topics started by you with interesting talking points to engage people in a worthwhile discussion.

I really shouldn't be surprised, you're incapable of starting or continuing a productive discussion in the Australian forums, why would I believe for a second you'd be capable of it in an international forum? Perhaps if you've finished posting garbage, you could go start your own Railpage, filled with wonderful discussions about nothing?
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Well I did my bit a week or two ago by posting an article on fast trains in Europe, but not many people wanted to discuss it.

Let's face it, the former forum was completely monopolised by one ultra obsessive-compulsive person whose daily posts exceeded those of all other posters on all other forums combined, making it impossible for anyone else to contribute to the forum before the OCD poster buried any post under another pile of cut and paste spam.

The old forum was utterly dysfunctional (as was it's sole contributor), so something needed to be done. It would be nice if the original poster in this thread put up a few more articles or discussions himself rather than knocking things.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I think we'll stifle discussio on this discussion as it is just pointless.  People will discuss what they want, when they want. And first they have to notice the change that was affected, as most have simply ignored the forums.

So it is free to  be posted in , or not.

Have a nice day.

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