Are there any SK adaptations that you absolutely hate?

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Gerald

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Actually this board feels a lot like Salem's Lot after the events of the book. Just a couple of people left, don't know if they're all vampires yet. Every now and then a newcomer comes in, asks a question and is then quickly gone and never heard from again.
 

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Actually this board feels a lot like Salem's Lot after the events of the book. Just a couple of people left, don't know if they're all vampires yet. Every now and then a newcomer comes in, asks a question and is then quickly gone and never heard from again.
The Stand also works an analogy, you always occasionally come across the corpse of an account of regular members of the past
 
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Gerald

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I think it's also largely down to him being a writer/creator. These people are fairly invisible to most. People's interests are more towards things and people you can see, like actors, popstars, characters or films as a whole. Even on the IMDb there were only a couple of new posts on his board a day.
Plus the majority of his work is still horror or horror-oriented, which is by and large still one of the smaller genres and to a lot of people not their cup of tea.

Was this board at any time ever really busy?
 

DiO'Bolic

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It's just strange. because SK is more popular and omnipresent than he's been in a long while. And message boards are not something completely of the past; the IMDb boards were busy as ever, they were just closed because of the overall hateful tone that was going on for years.

You'd expect far more people to join in this period.
Just my opinion but right now this board is like a hospice patient on a morphine drip. I think people join this community to have some sort of connection to the author. And that connection was always Ms Mod. With her impending retirement the connection will be severed. Look at recent events: Hot Topics was shut down. The board is only open three days a week. Ms Mod barely participates any more. As a result, we see less people join and less members participate. Like it or not these things make it easier to shut down the board when the time comes next year. And IMO they're doing things the right way to make the end less painful for the diehards here.
 

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I think it's also largely down to him being a writer/creator. These people are fairly invisible to most. People's interests are more towards things and people you can see, like actors, popstars, characters or films as a whole. Even on the IMDb there were only a couple of new posts on his board a day.
Plus the majority of his work is still horror or horror-oriented, which is by and large still one of the smaller genres and to a lot of people not their cup of tea.

Was this board at any time ever really busy?
Yes, there was a time when the Board was really busy but as DiO pointed out, with the changes with the reduced hours, etc. participation has fallen off. I also noticed a direct correlation between the beginning of less activity when the official Facebook page was launched in spite of changing things so that moderation wasn't required after a certain post count, adding longer hours (at that time it was open 24/7) with volunteer moderators, and having an area that was open and visible only to members who'd achieved a minimum post count of IIRC 250 posts. Those were referred to as Social Groups and when we switched to this software, those had to be discontinued as it was not supported by the current board software.
 

Gerald

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So it seems to be closing down more and more at a time when there's more popularity and interest in general. That seems strange.
But Twitter and Facebook work a lot with photos and pictures, which is something people can see. Hence the popularity.

But still that so few people come through from the 5.18 million followers on Twitter with a direct link to this site. Maybe boards have lost their appael in general (apart from the IMDb, which was a huge community), or it's time to really revise the policy used for the board.
 

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So it seems to be closing down more and more at a time when there's more popularity and interest in general. That seems strange.
But Twitter and Facebook work a lot with photos and pictures, which is something people can see. Hence the popularity.

But still that so few people come through from the 5.18 million followers on Twitter with a direct link to this site. Maybe boards have lost their appael in general (apart from the IMDb, which was a huge community), or it's time to really revise the policy used for the board.
I think you are on the right track that message boards are not as popular as they once were. Stephen's Facebook page has plenty of traffic there and is increasing all the time. More people are already on Facebook so once there, it's easy enough to go to his page to get information about projects and post their thoughts.
 

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Yes, there was a time when the Board was really busy but as DiO pointed out, with the changes with the reduced hours, etc. participation has fallen off. I also noticed a direct correlation between the beginning of less activity when the official Facebook page was launched in spite of changing things so that moderation wasn't required after a certain post count, adding longer hours (at that time it was open 24/7) with volunteer moderators, and having an area that was open and visible only to members who'd achieved a minimum post count of IIRC 250 posts. Those were referred to as Social Groups and when we switched to this software, those had to be discontinued as it was not supported by the current board software.
Still the ding darn best message board on the net. I'll take what is made available till the end-times comes. A factor often overlooked is that this MB is one of a kind. The members do not tolerate trolls and nor the disrespectful nature often seen on other social networks. It has become a family. We discuss, we care, and often learn from each other.

Yes, it has becomes more social , as opposed to the early board of "on topic only". And compared to way back then, MsMod is a social butterfly today. One must realize she is still Stephen's PA and has other duties beside the MB. Thus she may not always be here.

FB and twitter might be more fast paced, but it also had more conflicts. Everything does not necessary need to be instant. Each, FB, Twitter, SKMB , has it;s own place. I, for one, will be happy being on that morphine drip and enjoying the conversations here as opposed to the other social networks.
 

Gerald

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I think you are on the right track that message boards are not as popular as they once were. Stephen's Facebook page has plenty of traffic there and is increasing all the time. More people are already on Facebook so once there, it's easy enough to go to his page to get information about projects and post their thoughts.
What I remember from reading on IMDb, is people signed up for this board and simply forgot about it. That seems to happen a lot and may explain why a lot of people only post once or twice and never return: they seem to be getting their information quicker and more easy elsewhere.
I think people who still use boards don't like to get their own information out a lot - you don't see people posting their own pictures a lot on this board. That's what doesn't attract me about Facebook - strangers looking at your personal pictures. But almost no-one cares about things like that anymore, and just puts anything online.
 

Gerald

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Still the ding darn best message board on the net. I'll take what is made available till the end-times comes. A factor often overlooked is that this MB is one of a kind. The members do not tolerate trolls and nor the disrespectful nature often seen on other social networks. It has become a family. We discuss, we care, and often learn from each other.

Yes, it has becomes more social , as opposed to the early board of "on topic only". And compared to way back then, MsMod is a social butterfly today. One must realize she is still Stephen's PA and has other duties beside the MB. Thus she may not always be here.

FB and twitter might be more fast paced, but it also had more conflicts. Everything does not necessary need to be instant. Each, FB, Twitter, SKMB , has it;s own place. I, for one, will be happy being on that morphine drip and enjoying the conversations here as opposed to the other social networks.
People are inclined to conflicts very fast. It's that first spark of anger at seeing something or not understanding something, and explaining it as an attack. And a counter-attack is quickly posted.
But it much depends on the overall 'spirit' of a site or board. While IMDb was generally very negative and hateful, the Doctor Who board was always friendly. But the spirit of the show is very optimistic, it's about a benevolent character helping people where-ever he can and doing it with a lot of humour. So a lot depends on that factor too.
 

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Still the ding darn best message board on the net. I'll take what is made available till the end-times comes. A factor often overlooked is that this MB is one of a kind. The members do not tolerate trolls and nor the disrespectful nature often seen on other social networks. It has become a family. We discuss, we care, and often learn from each other.

Yes, it has becomes more social , as opposed to the early board of "on topic only". And compared to way back then, MsMod is a social butterfly today. One must realize she is still Stephen's PA and has other duties beside the MB. Thus she may not always be here.

FB and twitter might be more fast paced, but it also had more conflicts. Everything does not necessary need to be instant. Each, FB, Twitter, SKMB , has it;s own place. I, for one, will be happy being on that morphine drip and enjoying the conversations here as opposed to the other social networks.
You really nailed it.

This Board is so different to any other forums i have seen since i'm online (almost 20 years)
I was so surprised, when i'd registered, because the tone was totally different to any other place i have been before.

Like spidey has said, it's family here.
And if you a newbie you don't have to be shy to post or ask something.

Many Forums have these "Top Dogs" like "Hey newbie, look at my amount of postings...what do you wan't from me"

FB might be more fast paced and has a lot of traffic but be honest.....how many users there have an Iq like an old bread ??
Rational chats or respectful behaviour ? Wrong !!
 

DiO'Bolic

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I always thought this MB had a family feeling. It is what drew me here and kept me here. I always enjoyed the inside information on the author, the camaraderie, the ideas, the humor, the wit, and yes… the heated discussions. Every family has its good, bad and ugly. I’ve always relished being a mixture of bad and ugly... Hey, doesn’t every good novel have a villain you love to hate? We all have our own reasons for being here, but I believe it's the friendships that's kept the regulars involved.
 

Gerald

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I can't remember why I signed up and I can't find the first post anymore. I believe I wanted to know about the use of product names in his books.
To me most social media is an absolute waste of time. I also wouldn't miss it at all if it was gone. You start doing it for the simple reason that it's there, but there is no real purpose to it.
Also just sharing anything personal online I don't get.

Also, it will probably stop for me at a certain point if my pc breaks down - I don't think I will be able to fix it mysellf.

I do like to discuss things indepth though, and that's not something a lot of people are interested in. Although every now and then you run into someone like that.
 
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