Posted : 1/18/2017 6:50:56 PM
Doug -- I"m not going to see It that way. We had an "active vibrant community" but with the internet change HAS to happen -- you can't use the same old computer year after year especially when you have a product to sell. The change wasn't great -- but what brought about the "death" of this community wasn't apathy -- it was sabotage. Several folks took it upon themselves to start a FB page with many of those (many who were a little more technologically savvy than others) TO COMPETE. Supposedly everyone was welcome ... but it was done in secret and some got word and some didn't. Belated "oh of course you are welcome" but the third time I stopped in and saw myself being soundly TRASHED right in front of my eyes I stopped trying. Now ... for a long period of time those who started their "FB" community wandered back HERE just in time for the Secret Santa at Christmas and a few other goodies .... but they quickly disappeared after the presents were opened. MUCH time was spent maligning the original board ... how horrible the software was and why bother. and some who did try to post and answer questions still got routinely gutted for their efforts.
And unfortunately some of the ones who were left were those a bit less comfortable with technology but we tried ... and we tried a long time. But a few people can't out weigh a larger group that continues to disparage the former whole. And unfortunately a few of those who did stay "faithful" were so incredibly negative that it just became a difficult place to spend time.
The owners tried -- not one but TWICE they upgraded the software and gave an unprecedented opportunity to those who stayed to have input on how we wanted it and they tried to appease. But it needed more advertisement than most of us could do.
I'm not social -- I'm outgoing and friendly -- but I'm just not the sort to discuss my day. I am on FB (and I hate it) but I'm on FB on the IMHA page because the need is huge and I can help. But it's a sweet and supportive group of people which IMHA dogs desperately need. More survive now than survived when my Billy had IMHA but still far far far too many are lost. I see names pop up from the "I-Dog" FB group but I ignore it unless someone contacts ME. I don't use FB as "social" media (David and I are still using e-mail to communicate and it will be our 20th anniversary March 8 and yes ... we "met online".)
The page is fading .. but I'm still glad Dog dot come gives us free access to this. I suspect if a few took the time to contact the owners and tell them that if they advertised the board on the webpage we would likely try to reciprocate.
But it wasn't apathy ... and it honestly wasn't the "changes" (I've had TWO I-Phones since then -- change AIN'T easy -- and the industry has changed massively in the last 12 or 15 years -- no one uses email much any more -- they're too busy texting.) Most of us hate change.
But it was the internal sabotage -- those who deliberately started a whole different "place" and omitted so many and openly criticized and bad-mouthed others AND Dog dot com (because it was an easy focal point).
But it's not the same group it was ... some, yes. life is fluid like that. And sometimes the resulting things I find I HAVE to deal with that have changed?? Some of it I like, some of it I don't. But whether *I* like it or not probably isn't going to make or break that thing. Like a rock sitting in the middle of a stream, if I get balky and just "won't" ... the world is just going to flow around me and no one is going to care much.
But I have good friends here -- people I don't get to talk to enough because sometimes life is difficult. Glenda, Tracy, Ginger , Kate and others. (and for a lot of us it's simply that we don't know HOW to quit).
I know for me when I don't get those notification emails that list the daily posts it's harder for me to remember ... but that's an EXCUSE. I'm certainly capable of making sure I "do" a certain thing daily ... but I get busy. So I check as I can.
And yeah ... once again this is me, saying exactly what I think. But it really wasn't the software -- the software didn't make it easy ... but we really can't blame the software for the mass exodus.