__/ [Jez] on Tuesday 01 November 2005 12:15 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> I don't know about the remainder of the 'regulars', but I have noticed
>> this group becoming somewhat of an alt.2600 in recent days. What is going
>> on? I hope it's just a temporary slide. I notice that it is not just me
>> who has remained quiet and opted for littler involvement.
>> Yours faithfully...
> It's because no one discusses SEO or search engines much, and some of
> those that haven't left don't seem to know what they are talking about.
> People probably go to places like Digital Point Forums (or any number of
> decent places where such things are discussed) where every thread
> doesn't descend into an massive argument ending with a ritual <plonk>
UseNet isn't dead yet, but I agree that many groups have descended to
<plonks>, flamewars or ever-lasting silence. In fact, it seems as though
80% of the groups (at least 80% as it's practically much more) are dormant
or dead and the rest are filled with 'noise', off-topic discussions or
unanswered parent posts which are very genuine and relevant.
I actually think that in the past year, the amount of spam in UseNet has
decreased. Maybe I'm under some sort of illusion or maybe I just unsub-
scribed from newsgroups where spam levels were unbearable.
I really hope Web-based forums don't take the thunder away from UseNet.
Such forums are bound to be moderated (posts deleted), they might reach a
point of demise (disappearance) and are inclined to the will of the Web-
master. Some have complained about Brett from WMW.