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Old 07-15-2017, 07:22 AM
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Why have forums died?

I was having a look around at the Alexa data for large forums in many different industries and have saw a massive decline.

Some of the time I understand the conversation may be taken to social media however websites like V7N, should only have kept growing.

What happen?
 
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Old 07-15-2017, 02:34 PM
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Shiny new object syndrome? a.k.a. social media

Impatient people wanting instant answers and seem to think social media is a quicker place to get their answer?
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With more and more social media around forums will keep dying .
 
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Also spam. Most forums have failed to control it. Very difficult to clean up once a forum gets spammy. It stops attracting good users, further hastening its demise.
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Reddit is another big contributor to forums declining in activity. Personally, I don't quite understand it either. You can't get the same kind of interaction through Reddit and social media that you can get on forums.
 
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Old 07-25-2017, 03:47 AM
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Rise of Forums was quick as there was no other option to connect with completely strangers, share and learn things. Rise of Yahoo messenger was due to the same reason.
Rise of social media killed the both as you got the ability to connect with known people and strangers at a same time.

Social media specially FB and twitter killed forums literally as both the platforms gave the individuals to share whatever they wish to share without any moderation. Those whole world become part of it (not literally). Major things which one would seeking for forums would be satisfied on individual FB profiles and groups. What used to happen at yahoo messanger or gtalk + forums is now happening on FB along with more other features. When you get everything at one place, you won't run from here to there. Also, to be honest, most the topics discussed and answers given on most the forums are not that satisfactory and problem solving all the time. (I am not talking abt this forum)
 
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Old 07-25-2017, 05:37 PM
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have a read of this thread:
http://www.v7n.com/forums/seo-forum/...-my-pa-da.html

...pretty obvious why so many forums are in decline. Crap posts.
 
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All pointed out to social media, definitely a major reason why Forums are dead but also Question and Answers sites like Quora, Yahoo Answers also contribute to reasons why people are opting less for forums. Earlier, for any help, people used forums, but now Q/A answers and social media are used.

@vaguar: Yes, many Forums are unable to keep SPAM away.
 
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Old 07-26-2017, 09:17 AM
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All pointed out to social media, definitely a major reason why Forums are dead but also Question and Answers sites like Quora, Yahoo Answers also contribute to reasons why people are opting less for forums. Earlier, for any help, people used forums, but now Q/A answers and social media are used.

@vaguar: Yes, many Forums are unable to keep SPAM away.
Ya, I don't agree. Sorry, but I don't see the reason pointing to q&a sites or even Social Media being main factors in the decline of high-level forum discussions. SM existed 7-10 years ago at the same time as highly experienced designers and SEOs hung around forums talking business, strategies, testing this and that along with lots of other discussions related to all things online.

When valuable members arrive here of late, and discover the spam and junk, they just leave. Those long-standing members that hung around here posting and replying etc, just left the forum over time because of the spam and junk.

Now, we find forums like this one being swarmed by "paid posters" trying to get their member signatures enabled so they can report back to the suckers they've conned into paying them, advising that they are building links successfully for them.

As a Mod or Admin, when you then take the stance to aggressively remove the junk, fewer of the spammers hang around. And, IMO, since the junk posters are not likely to spend money by clicking thru the banner adverts and buying anything, nothing is lost, except the junk.
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Other than the already mentioned points (which could definitely be possible reasons), I personally feel like forums don't look as modern and attractive as social media does. Social media is just easier to use and easier to get quick results/responses from. To be honest, when I first discovered forums and decided to register to v7n, I almost didn't because of how the site looks. It doesn't look modern and appealing like social media apps do. Social media apps keep updating their appearance and controls and I don't see that in these forums. Look at the emojis - they look like the ones we used in Yahoo Messenger.
It doesn't make you feel like it would be useful because it looks aged, if that makes any sense. I know forums aren't supposed to look like a great well-designed website because that's not the purpose, but it still kind of makes sense right?
Of course, I'm not saying that this is the main reason and people who know how to use forums properly will know better than to judge off of the appearance of the site but for newcomers and those used to posting on instagram and getting likes and comments within a few seconds won't necessarily be as inclined to post on forums.
 
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Social media is killing forums.
 
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Some good points here also google has devalued the links attained from forums, the links from social media are probably better. Forums also have adopted many policies and plugins to stop spammers and protect themselves from people looking to gain a simple link.

I think in genral on the user experience we as a people want wuicker and faster , and thats social media, forums like someone above mentioned "look" oldschool. Not many people today have time to sit around and read a large wall of text no matter how informative it may be, which i believe was the original intent along with socialising with other people in your niche, of forums. Social media has all that covered tied up neatly in a pretty bow and all.
 
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Censorship, forums has rules and they censor according to their rules whereas social media do not censor in many cases you can write what you want and no one will delete your post.

Different forums has certain rules which one can never understand like one forum has rule that speedy posting is not allowed or post which has no value is not allowed, where in social media you can write as many posts you want, no will tell you this is not allowed so social media is winning.
 
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...like one forum has rule that speedy posting is not allowed or post which has no value is not allowed, where in social media you can write as many posts you want, no will tell you this is not allowed so social media is winning.
Ya mean like you just did to increase your post count.
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Censorship, forums has rules and they censor according to their rules whereas social media do not censor in many cases you can write what you want and no one will delete your post.

Different forums has certain rules which one can never understand like one forum has rule that speedy posting is not allowed or post which has no value is not allowed, where in social media you can write as many posts you want, no will tell you this is not allowed so social media is winning.
That in a simple nutshell defines why I am here and in another forum or two and why I don't even have a social media account. Reading drivel posted by people who don't even think before they hit enter is not what I want to do with my time.
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forums

I agree It may not be pretty , may have some rules . But i have learnt more of forums in a year than i have of a lifetime of social media.

You just cannot get the kind of in depth information and the concentration of knowledgeable people on social media like you do on forums.
 
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To those saying social media has no rules, of course they do! Try posting objectionable content to Facebook or instagram & it'll be taken down immediately! Also the algorithms filter out content subtly without you even knowing.
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Yeah, but sometimes spam is also the reason for died forums.
Or could it be the crap that so many post, just like what you posted in another thread about DA?
 
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Crap, spam isn't it all the same?
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Maybe the evolution of social media I guess. Video sharing, for example, is becoming more popular these days.
 
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