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Published on January 30, 2019 By Frogboy In Personal Computing

It’s no secret forums have seen a serious decline in recent years versus social media. Which is a shame because social media is so impersonal.

I think this year I’m going to focus more time hanging out here.

on Jan 31, 2019

I hate dealing with social media. I've basically stopped participating on Twitter, and cut facebook down to a couple of times per month. About the only social media I use regularly is Mastodon and Diaspora, mostly because it's not as awful there. 

I'd rather use forums or discord instead of social media.

on Jan 31, 2019

I don't do social media. Tried it once, never again. At least in the forums no one is trying to demonize, disparage or tear down a person for being who he or she is. Respect and dignity actually means something unlike on social media where such things are seriously lacking. 

on Jan 31, 2019


This is a natural trend and you can't help it. All the forums are going down, at least a bit in terms of traffic, so don't be surprised.

Especially since this is the one and only comment you have ever left on a Stardock Forum.

But there will always be spam ....

on Jan 31, 2019

But there will always be spam
I prefer potted meat.     


I use Facebook mostly to keep up with family, since we live apart. I go there maybe 4 times a week.  Twitter I didn't like at all, tried it twice.  These forums used to be humming all the time, I miss that. 

on Jan 31, 2019

Twitter is a cesspool. Never tweeted, never will, and will never use their "service".

My Facebook is primarily used to keep in touch with family and friends. I may post something new once a month. I would post more but Facebook has become notorious for spying and censorship so I'm mindful of the things I post now. A shame it has come to that, really.

I read forums quite a bit. It is my primary source for many things, especially updates on my favorite games and games I am interested in.

on Jan 31, 2019

I actually prefer forums, but this is the only forum I ever post in. As others have said though, I do use Facebook too, but for friends and family mostly and showing previews of some of my designs I am working on. But I post those things here also.

Good to hear you will be on here more Brad.

on Jan 31, 2019

I don't really "use" social media any longer. I have a facebook account which I haven't posted to in a couple years. I also have a twitter account, which I have never tweeted with, but have used for some direct communications with CS reps throughout the years.

I still participate in quite a few forums. Most recently my heaviest forum usage was probably Steam (4 or 5 games and explorminate group), Rimworld (Ludeon studios), and then Stardock forums, with some other minor forum usage here and there.

Discord is great for immediate answers, but doesn't really help with questions where someone who is currently there doesn't know the answer.

I think that this is still where forum boards shine:
1) much easier to follow specific discussions over a longer time period.
2) threads stick around and are easy to search for future internet searches to find answers
3) just easier to navigate what has and has not been answered - on this line of thought, I really like Steam's feature of letting the original poster of a thread mark one of the posts as the "answer" to the thread.


on Jan 31, 2019

Saw this thread and just had to post... I've never used "social media" at all, except for Discord because of GC3 and being a founder. I've never had a use for it and don't see a need to ever use them. The negatives far outweigh the positives, imho... Okay, back to observer mode...