Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
I'm probably in the minority on this, but one of the main problems is posters treating SF like a blog rather than a forum. It's one thing to post about your trip to Naples or your cooking class that's going to lead to some fruitful discussions of interest to the community. It's quite another to start a vanity thread whose only purpose is to call attention to yourself. It doesn't help that many of these threads are the most puerile as well. I don't think anything can be done about this trend other than ask members to be more judicious about starting threads.
I don't really have a problem with this at all. I actually thing some of the best threads have started out as blog-like (Manton's Cooking School thread, for example). Some start out funny, or interesting but then fade off or I just lose interest (RedCaiman's comes to mind). When they do I just skip over them.
There is so much content on this site that I probably don't get to 1/3 of it and I'm on here constantly. I do think it's pretty easy to just skip past a lot of this kind of thing if it doesn't appeal to you.
Originally Posted by foodguy
i'm a noob here and probably atypical (i came looking khakis of all things, and stayed for the community). but i have been on fora for a long time ... as have most of you, i know. but take a look at the front page right now and you'll see that there are 1,800+ people "currently active", which i take to mean browsing the site. there are more than 500 in MC alone ... and, of course 6 (six) in CE ... i guess what it adds up to for me is that as much as i find some of the behavior in each of the forums unpleasant, there seem to be plenty of people enjoying the site just as it is. I'm all in favor of trimming around the edges, but let's not go overboard trying to solve problems that we don't really have and as a result, driving more people away.
in the end, it is the internet and we do have the options of just ignoring the things that bother us. as much as i had hoped to find intelligent dinner table conversation on CE, that just wasn't going to happen (using Manton's analogy, like walking into Freddie's Ring Club looking for foie gras and sauternes). The answer isn't to change CE, but for me to look for that elsewhere, though i'll certainly stick around here ... partly for cooking, partly because i'm oddly fascinated by MC ... mostly because there are some good, funny, smart guys that I've come to like.
I'm all for making changes (some need to be made) but I basically agree with this post. I'm one of the ones that has burned out on MC for the most part (although I never was a big contributor so much as a reader). But I still hang out here a lot and it's mostly for the atmosphere. There's a balance between keeping the place free and hip and whatever and keeping it from becoming a sewer. I don't have the answers, but I'd hate to see the forum lose it's edge.
Also, I'm glad to see Manton is still around on at least a limited basis.