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#1 HerlockSholmes

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 04:53 PM

For such an excellent forum, with excellent moderators, I wonder why so few people post on here? I come from 2 Jack the Ripper forums. I posted last night and in 3 hours there were 51 posts on the thread. Sometimes I post on here and get no reply or maybe one. I'm not blaming anyone. I just wonder why this is the case on such an excellent forum👍
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#2 T.o.b.y

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:30 PM

Good question, difficult answer. The place has certainly been busier in the past. I think in part it's due to the series having ended, at least for now. There's no big cliffhanger to discuss, no "how did he DO that?!?" to mull over.

Still plenty of food for thought and conversation if you ask me. So post away!
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#3 Arcadia

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:51 PM

Agreed. Some of our most frequent posters have slowly dwindled away. I have to include myself in that, I'm afraid ... just don't have the time I used to have. But yeah ... once the, er, "excitement" surrounding S4 quieted down, so did the forum. :( And even then it wasn't quite the frenzy I remember from Series 3, people seemed less willing to discuss the show.

 

As for non-BBC Sherlock, I'm afraid that's never been the most active part of the forum, at least in my experience. I've enjoyed your posts, though, Herlock! For myself, I mostly don't have time to respond, or the knowledge base to respond intelligently. But I've read them all!

 

 


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#4 Carol the Dabbler

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 10:18 PM

For such an excellent forum, with excellent moderators, I wonder why so few people post on here? I come from 2 Jack the Ripper forums. I posted last night and in 3 hours there were 51 posts on the thread. Sometimes I post on here and get no reply or maybe one. I'm not blaming anyone. I just wonder why this is the case on such an excellent forum👍

 

Thank you!  We kinda like it too.

 

We generally have quite a bunch of lurkers (check out the main index page, down at the bottom, and you'll probably see that there are maybe two or three members online, plus twenty or so "guests").  So some people are apparently treating us like a fan website -- something to read, not something to participate in.

 

Also, considering how much Sherlock activity there apparently is on Tumblr and such, I am gonna sound self-serving and guess that the average post here has a bit more substance than a lot of people care to deal with.

 

Then too, we've become kind of an in-group.  Not that we've intended to, and as you know, Herlock, newcomers are always more than welcome.  But some shy folks may feel a bit intimidated by all the in-jokes and such.

 

I've been on some highly active forums myself, and am trying to figure out what was the enabling factor.  Some had a lot more general interest (e.g., gardening) and some had a steady inflow of new members.  There's always going to be tunover, so perhaps the key is to attract new members.  But then there was one that was a special-interest topic with few new members -- I think that one was kinda like Sherlock Forum right after series 2, with lots of fresh news to keep the comments coming.

 

Frankly, though, I must say I'm relieved that we don't get 51 new posts every three hours!


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#5 HerlockSholmes

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:00 PM

Hi all,
Yeah Jack the Ripper forums can be a bit 'no prisoners.' This is an excellent forum as I've said and who knows, in a month or two it could be really busy, who knows.

I was only wondering if I'd bored everyone to death with my Holmes nerdiness 😀👍
Regards, Herlock
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#6 Carol the Dabbler

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:40 PM

Nope. Seems to me like you fit right in.

'Course that may simply mean we're *all* a bunch of boring nerds!

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#7 Arcadia

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 02:30 AM

Yeah, I can't believe you just joined, you seem like part of the gang already. Of course, the downside of that is, it means you must be batsh*t crazy.... :P


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#8 Carol the Dabbler

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 05:04 AM

This forum has been in existence for about 2,028 days.  It currently has 2,441 members and 130,256 posts (not counting this one).  That averages out to something over one new member per day and a little over 64 posts per day.  In the past 24 hours, there have been just 29 posts, so we're clearly in a slight lull -- but that's not surprising, since Sherlock hasn't jumped off of any buildings lately.  And besides, it's a weekend.  Things generally perk up a bit by Tuesday.


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#9 J.P.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:49 AM

And somehow we became like a ship-free zone, while shipping still seems to be a big thing "out there".


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#10 T.o.b.y

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:09 AM

And somehow we became like a ship-free zone, which still seems to be a big thing "out there".


You mean that places where people talk about their "ships" more are busier? Makes sense I guess, that's kind of an inexhaustible topic...

I don't think anyone around here minds discussing ships though, do you? I believe we actually have quite a few older threads on that topic. I know that some members at least have a preferred pairing and I would hate for anybody to feel unwelcome because of that.

I do believe you're right in that this place is pretty much a "ship neutral" zone while from what I have seen elsewhere, other fan spaces do seem more or less dedicated to one particular relationship, be it canon or not.

I actually love analyzing the various relationships on the show because I think they are quite interesting. But I don't really ship anybody... I do feel a high level of emotional investment in John and Sherlock and how they relate to each other and I am always willing to argue my point that it's a love story of sorts but I don't think it's meant to be about sex. I just like it the way it stands right now.

So - I guess what I mean to say is, do please indulge in any fan fantasy you all like, share it if you want, just please continue to respect other people's perspective. So far, I think everybody has done a great job there. Maybe that makes the place quiet but hey, at least it's peaceful!
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#11 Carol the Dabbler

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 11:06 AM

I see what you both mean. Maybe we're sort of a "ship optional" zone? Tobe's right, a lot of our members are ardent shippers of one pairing or another. But nobody tries to impose their ship on others. We seem to follow Mrs. Hudson's rule -- "live and let live."
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#12 Doe

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 12:58 PM

I like it. "Live and let live."

#13 Van Buren Supernova

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 01:52 PM

I feel the same when I first joined but then I actually kind of like it quiet-er.

Like Arcadia said, although I know less than her, probably almost next to nothing about Sherlock outside BBC, so I don't have much to contribute. But from couple of stories I had read, I enjoyed it more than I thought and could see a lot of potential interesting discussions, I think there are still things to discuss about BBC's Sherlock as well, too bad I hardly have time to keep up with even the pace of this forum.

P.S. That is cool statistic Carol.
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