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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:So, as has been pointed out in the "Is it quieter around here lately?" the boards are kinda dead.

Things really started to turn quiet around April/May of this year and I figured it was just part of the normal cycles that we see here of flurries of activity and then periods of less activity.

It's November and the trend continues. In Social Chat, only six posts were made over a period of four days. I haven't been posting much lately because there haven't been posts to respond to. In seven years as a HoP member, I have never seen anything like it.

Even worse, Josh and Kate were going to have a mini-Doof tomorrow night at their place in my honor and it appears that very few people will be coming. This disappoints me. It means that our community is collapsing and I can't figure out why this is happening.

But more important than the discussion of why is how to fix it. This community was an amazing, active, warm, loving family consisting of tens of thousands of spinners all over the world. I don't think the blame can be placed in the hands of any individual.

Did the community move to Facebook? If so, can we use that to our advantage? Is there something that we can do to make this forum more conducive to gatherings and socialization?

What are your ideas?

And please, if you know someone who has gone silent, encourage them to come back.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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tainted


tainted

addict
Location: London

Total posts: 422
Posted:like alot of others i have recently came back to hop - i stopped coming a while ago cos i just got to busy with work.... then my laptop screen broke..... but now that i am able to spend time on here (in hospital for a month lucky me) theres almost noone that i knew...
i feel weird even writting on this thread cos it seems like im the kiss of death for a thread one comment from me and everyone leaves lol im starting to get a complex. But i do hope that people start popping in more cos i need entertained smile


There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers...

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=Flashpoint=
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

=Flashpoint=

Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs..., United Ki...

Total posts: 2719
Posted:Nope, its me that kills threads smile

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dani_babyboo
SILVER Member since Feb 2005

dani_babyboo

addict
Location: Cannock, staffordshire, United...

Total posts: 667
Posted:frd must have been lurking a while he sent me to this thread to check it out why it wa so quiet lol

enticed, entrapped, entombed.
intoxicated, impaled, ingested.
bewitched, beaten, broken.
enter the love realm...
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Eveish
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

Eveish

*Tickles pretty strangers*
Location: Australia

Total posts: 610
Posted:Oh dear.
I have been visiting HOP so rarely that I have just been reading posts from way back in August for the first time. Plus I am joining this discussion 7 pages in.. Sooorrrrryyyyy! I guess I am one of the many people around here that used to post every day and have let it slip - I must say tho -I have missed you guys!
Hugs!


What if I should fall right through the centre of the Earth and come out the other side where people walk upside-down?!

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Wow, maybe all it took was this thread?

The problem is that I'm not sure this trick will work next time. I think some of the ideas that have been brought up about integrating HoP into Facebook or similar sites is a good one, though.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Fine_Rabid_Dog


Internet Hate Machine
Location: They seek him here, they seek ...

Total posts: 10530
Posted:I guess a lot of us have just become lurkers now. I read like everything in social chat and discussion, but rarely feel like I have anything interesting to contribute... I dunno... does anyone else get that?

I certainly feel out of sync from the whole "old days", where I'd just slap any old crap up... maybe its just that I've grown up? But then, that might just be me... hmmm...

As for Facebook mergings... I wouldn't add a homeofpoi app. I try not to use them, as they're quite annoying. Whilst I certainly see how facebook can increase social activity within the community, I can't quite see why having a HoP group on facebook would increase activity here... wouldn't it reduce activity by rendering the forum useless? If everyone's nattering away on facebook, who's going to be clearing up the tumbleweeds here?

Whilst I may be lurking still, I think I'll always be on HoP. Its kinda like your local bar. You don't have to talk to anyone, just listen in on your mates conversation and join in at any time.

I think my feelings can truly be summed up by this. grin

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The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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Seye
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

Seye

Geek
Location: Manchester, UK

Total posts: 1261
Posted:Intergration with another site is only going to be counter productive.

I think HoP itself needs to edge towards social networking structures.


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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:Originally Posted By: Doc LightningWow, maybe all it took was this thread?


Sweet. You've single-handedly saved HoP by starting this thread. Well done.

I'm looking forward to this new era of Lightning-Inspired Enlightenment. I don't want to break it so I'll just sit back and watch the magic.

wink


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Noelski


member


Total posts: 129
Posted:If not for this forum, I would never come here.

I wish there were another place for people around the world to meet and chat about manipulation where people actually get responses. I guess jugglingdb and contactjuggling.org are good options....


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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Originally Posted By: NYCOriginally Posted By: Doc LightningWow, maybe all it took was this thread?


Sweet. You've single-handedly saved HoP by starting this thread. Well done.

Thank you, thank you. I will gladly except being showered with rose petals, gifts of dancing boys, medals, statues, or a day named after me. duck

If you'll recall, some years ago, we came to the conclusion that I am the pinnacle of human evolution. Thus, I must have great powers. wink


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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ElectricBlue
GOLD Member since Feb 2002

ElectricBlue

Now with extra strawberries
Location: Canberra, Australia

Total posts: 810
Posted:Originally Posted By: NoelskiIf not for this forum, I would never come here.

Wait... Isn't that we are talking about? this forum is here if it is not what else is here?


I {Heart} hand me downs and spinning in the snow.<br /><br />

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Parafinfairy
SILVER Member since Sep 2003

Parafinfairy

old hand
Location: Adelaide, Australia

Total posts: 845
Posted:laugh3 at lightning

Slicing the Loaf as we speak.

I need it..... Trust me!

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=Flashpoint=
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

=Flashpoint=

Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs..., United Ki...

Total posts: 2719
Posted:YOU'RE the pinnacle of human evolution?

Granted, you're a good-looking chap (from a hetero POV)...

Dear god. If thats all the human race has to look forward to, perhaps we should emulate the Disney lemming smile


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plf
BRONZE Member since May 2008

stranger
Location: , United Kingdom

Total posts: 14
Posted:Hey don't knock Lemmings they are actually quite intelligent. You give them a cliff and they will give you an infinite number of different ways to kill yourself.

And we wonder why kids today are so screwed up!


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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali, Australia

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Originally Posted By: ElectricBlueOriginally Posted By: NoelskiIf not for this forum, I would never come here.

Wait... Isn't that we are talking about? this forum is here if it is not what else is here?

lessona. gallery photos. a way to PM people. a shop.
stuff


.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Originally Posted By: =Flashpoint=
Dear god. If thats all the human race has to look forward to, perhaps we should emulate the Disney lemming smile

Well, the argument was that because I'm gay and therefore won't reproduce, I must be the pinnacle of human evolution. If there was more evolving to be done, then I'd be straight. But if I'm the pinnacle, then there's no point in further reproduction. Thus, I must be the pinnacle of human evolution.

Q.E.D.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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=Flashpoint=
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

=Flashpoint=

Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs..., United Ki...

Total posts: 2719
Posted:Ah.

Quod Erat Demonstrandum Indeed smile


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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:They DO teach you stuff in the British school system! How novel!

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Loki_the_trickster
SILVER Member since Feb 2006

Loki_the_trickster

Has sharp edges
Location: Stuck in the mire, USA

Total posts: 1266
Posted:Originally Posted By: NoelskiIf not for this forum, I would never come here.



laugh3 laugh3 laugh3
Good one Noel!


My ADD makes it so that.....Ooooo SHINY.....wanna go ride bikes....wait....where am I.....

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tainted


tainted

addict
Location: London

Total posts: 422
Posted:yey i didnt kill this thread... now i got some entertainment whilst in hospital.... where the food is awful... Mmmm wonder if a pizza place will deliver??? yey for this thread smile

There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers...

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hamamelis
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

hamamelis

nut.
Location: Bouncing off the walls., Engla...

Total posts: 756
Posted:There is a Facebook HoP group isn't there? I'm pretty sure I remember joining one, though don't remember anything *happening* on it.. I think some tumbleweed rolled past a while back, but that was about it.

THE MEEK WILL INHERIT THE EARTH!


If that's okay with you?

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=Flashpoint=
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

=Flashpoint=

Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs..., United Ki...

Total posts: 2719
Posted:Doc, you're comparing the British school system to the American school system?

Please.

Point to Africa on a globe please...


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Eveish
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

Eveish

*Tickles pretty strangers*
Location: Australia

Total posts: 610
Posted:You guys make me laugh, how I have misssed HOP laugh3

What if I should fall right through the centre of the Earth and come out the other side where people walk upside-down?!

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Fine_Rabid_Dog


Internet Hate Machine
Location: They seek him here, they seek ...

Total posts: 10530
Posted:Originally Posted By: =Flashpoint=Doc, you're comparing the British school system to the American school system?

Please.

Point to Africa on a globe please...

And yet, here's me going "WTF is QED?"

grin


The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Originally Posted By: =Flashpoint=
Point to Africa on a globe please...

*points at Flashpoint's mom* Well, she's the SIZE of Africa... duck

And FRD, Flashpoint was educated in the British school system. You... well, you just muddled through. wink


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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KaelGotRice
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

KaelGotRice

Basu gasu bakuhatsu - because sometimes buses explode
Location: Angel's Landing, USA

Total posts: 1584
Posted:*pokes thread*

Hey. I've been around, just wanted to say hi - been on the move though. When the dust settles down I'll be visiting Doc and Noel again :]


To do: More Firedrums 08 video?
Wildfire/US East coast fire footage
LA/EDC glow/fire footage
Fresno fire

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=Flashpoint=
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

=Flashpoint=

Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs..., United Ki...

Total posts: 2719
Posted:Hey Kael - Long time no see...

And Doc. Please, your mom jokes are scraping the barrel.

Even if you know how to spell "Mum" correctly tongue2


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Seye
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

Seye

Geek
Location: Manchester, UK

Total posts: 1261
Posted:Originally Posted By: =Flashpoint=And Doc. Please, your mom jokes are scraping the barrel.
Thats just not true now is it!
Your mum jokes will never stop being funny.


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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Originally Posted By: =Flashpoint=
And Doc. Please, your mom jokes are scraping the barrel.


Your mom is scraping the barrel.

OK, *THIS* is the old HoP we know and love! When it comes down to ur mom jokes, things are back to normal.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:your mum is the barrel

Burner of Toast
Spinner of poi
Slacker of enormous magnitude

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