Why so little traffic on a Mustang Usenet group?

I'm soliciting theories that would account for the differences between
the amount of communication on the dozens of Internet forums and the
very few Mustang-related Usenet groups.
I have seen those forums, and I'm not really very impressed with the
general caliber of correspondents. There are some worthwhile sites, but
...
Without wide experience on Usenet, I have the impression the discourse
here is more likely to be civil, considered, and serious in comparison
to the forums.
How come?
Reply to
Frank S
On Tue, 9 Apr 2013 17:43:36 -0700, "Frank S" wrote:
- Usenet is uncontrolled so it attracts lots of spam and crazy people. - It cost ISPs money to support Usenet so most of them stopped supporting it and running servers for it. - Usenet was a known commodity to the "older" generation who started out on CompuServe and text based networking and they were comfortable using it. An awful lot of the "newer" generation never became aware of it or found using it too complicated so the user base has dwindled way off.
I much prefer Usenet for "discussion" since you can have hundreds of discussions all in one organized framework.
I generally don't like the "Forums" because it fragments everything including things that really should all be discussed together... Like Mustangs. Now to discuss "mustangs" you have to join several forums, email lists, groups, etc and you wind up either missing a lot of interesting stuff or reading teh same stuff posted redundantly.
You can't fight "progress" and it seems Usenet is doomed to eventually die out due to lack of support and participation. Certainly the objections to all the spam and cross posting are valid ones, problems that can be controlled in "Forums" - that is one good thing about "forums".
- One thing you rarely find on Usenet anymore is civility however. The anonymity makes to too easy to start flame wars.
Reply to
Ashton Crusher
why? dont have a job ? lots of other mustang forums besides uslessnet
your judgement of content is meaningless, we will not feed your narssistic personality since you are not talking about mustangs, you are a spammer, and contaminate and degrade the uselessnet.
yes you do not have experience. Talk about your blown 24# 1993 instead, gumby.
I dont know why you have no experience, dude. Ask you mommie.
-- thats f*cking gay, frankliey boy.
Reply to
AMiews
I really dislike web forum software. All that anyone had to do was mimic one of the many decent newsreaders out there and they didn't. Same with the google groups interface for usenet. Pure crap. There's no reason web forums can't work, they are just use crappy interfaces and they aren't getting better. comment systems, blogs, etc and so forth are just getting worse and worse not better. Slower, more clicks, more annoyances, more broken pieces and bugs.
I can fly through usenet. everything is well ordered with a decent newsreader. I still read it via a terminal emulator from my own unix box. Web forums are slow and clunky. The better ones have canned 'new' post searches that bring up the active threads. That's about as good as it gets.
I find a great deal of less that civil behavior in forums and even on social media sites. Some of it gets canned, threads get shut down, but it still happens.
Usenet is essentially dead. I found an autos/driving blog to my liking and I post there now more than I do to usenet. It's much nicer and the wordpress software is ok so long as thread branches don't get too deep and I can read it like an admin would, which this one allows. No admin powers, but I can read threads through the admin interface, but by most recent rather than subject. It's klunky but livable since I read almost all the threads anyway. If I didn't read nearly all the threads it wouldn't work so well.
Reply to
Brent
You must be new here? LOL The kind of flaming that used to happen here would never be tolerated on a moderated forum.
Reply to
WindsorFo
One of the biggest problems on Forums, besides the fact that the mere proliferation of them has horribly segmented the potential user base, is trying to read new, threaded messages. You need to constantly start over, going up and down the tree to get to what's new and many times it's hard to tell what's new till you "get there". Decent Usenet Readers have made all this stuff like a warm knife thru butter but sadly the tide is against them.
Reply to
Ashton Crusher
On Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:44:03 -0500, "AMiews" wrote:
Thanks for posting a real life example, you, of the kind of assholes who have ruined Usenet. It's too bad you trolls can't get a life and leave your blow up dolls with the lifelike female/male parts in the closet.
Reply to
Ashton Crusher
It's easier if you know how to manipulate the software, but I'm a moderator and administrator so I have more experience than a lot of people.
Reply to
WindsorFo
Maybe he used to be herc ast or troy the troll and thinks hes funny? I fondly remember Michael Dykes and Steve Everest in "Flaming to music" ROFL!
Reply to
WindsorFo
True, but the downside is there are several different softwares running forums so what you learn on one may not work on the other. Plus, it seems like some of the authors of forum software have no idea what "usability" means and can make finding a simple search box and Easter egg hunt.
Reply to
Ashton Crusher
It's good to be remembered fondly, and not fondling...
Steve Head of the Bashing Department "I'll Add That to My Threat Collection" -Dirty Harry Shit Disturber
Reply to
A Guy Named Steve
Any more, I feel like an outsider. No more Mustangs for me... But the Ford Focus newsgroup is even DEADER than this one. AND, damned if I can find any decent Focus apparel. Mustangs, sure, you've got your pick of jackets, T's, whatever. Focus....eh... not so much.
Half my damn wardrobe still says Mustang on it.
dwight
Reply to
dwight
Although I'm replying to a nearly 4 year old post on an ancient newsgroup (is "ancient newsgroup" redundant?), do you still have the Skylark GS 455?
Reply to
nemesis302
(is "ancient newsgroup" redundant?), do you still have the Skylark GS 455?
And here I am replying to your reply... months later.
I don't have the GS455 anymore. The black 71 was sold is 2002, IIRC. I did pick up $300 Skylark with a blown 350 around 2005. I had a 455 that went in to it. I never got it finished though. I put some really good heads/intake on it along with a trans with a stall somewhere in the mid 2000's. It still had the original 2.56 open rear in it. I drove it to the drag strip with s ome straight pipe into 3" Dynomax mufflers. With the rear and stall convert er, I had to drive in 2nd gear (TH400, I think). It was a stock block with the heads/intake/Holley 850/headers. It went 13.50 @ 106 mph, crossing the line still in 2nd gear. But the 1-2 shift point was higher than it should h ave been and a bearing was spun.
A friend who set up the engine swap, had the motor rebuilt with some .030 p istons I had, a better cam, and he had the heads ported. But I never got it finished. I ended up selling it to another friend who has a GS400 that nee ded a motor. Then he sold the body to the guy who done all the work to buil d something for his son.
I'm always on the lookout for something, but it hasn't been a priority. I'd love to get back on the track. I did, however, get to do the Xtreme Xperie nce down in NOLA in 2016. Drove a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari 458 ar ound their big track. I didn't see the speed on the straight in the Gallard o, but the instructor figured about 140mph. In the 458, I saw the needle sw eep past 145 while I was still in it.
So there ya go...
Steve Head of the Bashing Department "I'll Add That to My Threat Collection" -Dirty Harry Shit Disturber
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A Guy Named Steve

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