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    Agreed!

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    Disagreed! :P

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    Senior Member Lou Schuler's Avatar
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    It moves slower than any other site I use. It's like being back on dial-up.

    This has been my home base for a decade, but now I only come here once a day, and that's mostly to clean up spam, answer NROL-related questions, or chat about books with a couple of the guys who're still posting.

    I can't remember the last time I started a thread, on any subject. It just takes too damn long.

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    I think that this time of year is probably slower for most forums. People have other things to do. Still, I have seen a couple forums I have participated in go belly up in the last year. It is hard to say why one forum goes belly up and another does not.

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    You're right Lou. It IS slow. And as you're more of an information/inspiration provider, vs. me who is more of an information/inspiration receiver, the time spent waiting while you could be doing something else must be practically unbearable.

    I guess the slowness doesn't get to me as much. I've visited other sites and they're speedy fast; but I always leave them feeling they just robbed me of my half hour. More times than not, when I find a thread title that I want to read, I have to spend soooo long reading through a kazillion responses (often snarky and/or not even related to the OP). I get to the end of the thread with ... nothing. And THAT gets to me. But here, even now, when I logoff from JPF I always feel like I wish I could spend a little more time here.

    I dunno. I can only think/hope Monty Python: "Not quite dead yet."

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Saqotu" post=1017082
    You're right Lou. It IS slow. And as you're more of an information/inspiration provider, vs. me who is more of an information/inspiration receiver, the time spent waiting while you could be doing something else must be practically unbearable.

    I guess the slowness doesn't get to me as much. I've visited other sites and they're speedy fast; but I always leave them feeling they just robbed me of my half hour. More times than not, when I find a thread title that I want to read, I have to spend soooo long reading through a kazillion responses (often snarky and/or not even related to the OP). I get to the end of the thread with ... nothing. And THAT gets to me. But here, even now, when I logoff from JPF I always feel like I wish I could spend a little more time here.(
    Interesting: A day after I wrote that, the forum returned to normal speed. If this place could just be the same place for longer than a day or a week or a month at a time, maybe we could bring it back.

    A revival would be great from my POV. I've invested a lot of time over the years not just posting here, but also moderating to weed out the bullies, trolls, nutjobs, and chronically negative people. So I'd love to see more traffic, more new posters, and a return of some of the older crowd.

    Every forum, I suppose, eventually breeds an in-group, which breeds group-think, which limits the number of people who feel welcome. The one thing we did successfully over the years is create an in-group of people who're positive and helpful. You can see that in action if you go to the Fitness Summit. Even though it's expanded way beyond the forum, and has become more targeted to fitness pros vs. enthusiasts, there's still a core group of forum vets who go every year. After all these years it's almost like a family reunion!

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    Lou - I'll certainly try to do my part.

    Tom - I forgot about that guy at the end with the stick! hmy:
    Ok, so as far as I can figure, that guy with the big stick = a big server crash and JPF simply is no more. So. What's our Plan B? If JPF suffers a final fatal blow unexpectedly, where will we meet? Any recommendations?

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    Other than a few glitches, I have not had any problems. But then again, maybe everything operates at a slower pace in South Arkansas than the rest of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Lou Schuler" post=1017102
    A revival would be great from my POV. I've invested a lot of time over the years not just posting here, but also moderating to weed out the bullies, trolls, nutjobs, and chronically negative people. So I'd love to see more traffic, more new posters, and a return of some of the older crowd.
    I am not sure my comment here will be popular...

    Here's a link to the quantcast numbers for jpfitness:

    https://www.quantcast.com/jpfitness.com?qcLocale=en_US

    If these numbers are even directionally correct then literally blowing up the site and starting over would have very little impact. Archiving the old posts and migrating the user pool over to something less compute intensive would help tremendously.

    Forums get slow over time because of the sheer number of threads/comments, the number of users, a lack of optimization of the database, and underpowered hardware for the script being used.

    The previous traffic volumes, amount of indexed pages in Google, etc. really don't matter much. Right now the traffic volume is very low and the engagement level is low.

    Now's the time to blow it up and rebuild.

    I understand that JP's long term direction is to implement the latest vBulletin, etc. But maybe that's too long of a goal.

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