Back in 2011 Railpage had a record 360 punters online...tonight there is about 17 0f us. Why Bevans?Assuming you are hinting they are on Facebook? Not sure a definite conclusion can be drawn as you will need to analyse the type of posts on Facebook to determine if they are discussing different topics to RP and in a better or worse manner. Having watched Facebook and here I think facebook is a bit like Railpage in that some RP threads are better than other RP threads and some FB posts are better than other FB posts. Specialist threads are on FB eg the NSW38 class group but some of that group are here and yahoogroups as well. Some people new to the rail fan internet concept are on FB only but that might be similar to some on Yahoogroups only and not here.
Back in 2011 Railpage had a record 360 punters online...tonight there is about 17 0f us. Why Bevans?Simply because it might be a slow news day or there just is not anything to report. We dont want it to end up that Railpage begins to look like some printed media do and TV does, if not enough news create some !
i am a user of some facebook groups but less and less these days. the dribble you read in the two groups (main australian groups) can be quite off putting. one post about a sighting and then 10 follow-up comments with nothing useful. i read this week facebook is now sliding in popularity in this great land which teens moving to twitter so i guess less could be more?
what i appreciate about this site is the depth of discussion and the quality of the posts.
the team here really should be congratulated. this site is one of a kind worldwide. the outstanding contributions made by this site to the overall railway industry is grossly understated. the locomotive database is excellent. the railcams just brilliant and the forums well we all love those.
i think the idea of reading news here as a central site is very good.
i for one would like to nominate the team here for a AO for contributions to industry and the growth of railway social media. anyone interested in backing me?
As for the contributions, the quality of the contributions has in my view lifted since the user clean-out. I received a lot of positive feedback after some lets say troublesome users left. Users feel more comfortable posting here.
What happened there? Did I miss the clean-out?
Maybe the next round....
The Facebook Groups tend to involve more people posting images and with a few likes and comments.
Railpage tends to be detailed in depth discussion which the Facebook groups tend to lack.
Only those whom need the clean out were cleaned out.
Actually I have a confession to make, I have been banned from Rail Australia and Abroad the Facebook Group with 384 members. I have been cleaned out!
Wow, so I am not the only one who has been thrown out of a forum or two!
I was so baaaad that I got thrown out of a forum I owned, how cool is that? 8)
The number of people on any site will go up and down all the time. If there is a big derailment every man and his dog will get on, if there is nothing happening at all then you start to get what most call dribble by some. I have a web site and even I do not take notice of the statistics on there as to how many view my site at one time. If they want to view it they do, and if they don't oh well. you don't judge a website by how many people are on, but by the content of the site as whole. Just my two bobs worth anyway!
just witnessed very poor form on a facebook group. a young kid harassed on a photo by members. thankfully it has now been removed.