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Offline Clark Club Calves

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2019, 08:58:29 AM »
I stop by once in a while to have a read haven't logged in for a long time.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2019, 09:04:18 AM »
I know several that read but never post. I am one of those rarely post but come to read and then bout this time of year try to sell a few calves. When I was an AG teacher I used it more as a resource for my students to help them get in on debates. However since I have gone to raising cattle full time and farming I don't get on as much as I once did.  Also have found that some of the post have become very repetitive. But still enjoy it when i do get to get on.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2019, 09:29:56 AM »
I'd have to agree with E6. It's Trumps fault!
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2019, 09:44:08 AM »
I'd have to agree with E6. It's Trumps fault!

Never said it was Trumps fault. Lots of other things are his fauk but not the SP traffic. We bought a farm through the usda and everything is on hold because of the stupid shut down. Weve had to back the closing up twice now.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2019, 10:55:47 AM »
Where are the first timers coming to ask for tips and advice, I think we need to make sure we are more cordial when a new comer shows up, "maybe look in the archives" is not the best answer for someone new to the site.
I still enjoy reading the Shorthorn post, never saw so many people from the same breed attack their own so venomously, always entertaining. 
I also thank that some of those here in the past were raising projects, now there in college or married and have moved on.
In 07 my boys were raising projects, now one has graduated college and is working in the landscape architecture field, the other is a foreman for an underground electrical company, not much need to visit this sight anymore.

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2019, 10:58:39 AM »
I imagine there are plenty of people that read but don't post. I am in that boat.  But as there is less to read I visit less often. I used to visit daily and now it's maybe once a week

I tried to use the ads last fall as I've had success selling on them before, but I couldn't get photos to post and got frustrated so I gave up and used some facebook groups instead, which I hate because not only do you have to try and skirt the asinine Facebook rules, you also have to deal with what ever opinionated jerks are there who decided they need to insert their negative opinion on something if it doesn't fit their system or their budget instead of just scrolling on by.

So, usability probably plays a factor. A quality mobile platform would help make posting and reading easier.


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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2019, 11:31:01 AM »
I agree with everyone about facebook-The logistics of finding cattle-on "All things show cattle" etc can be a nightmare-and alot of breeders no longer have websites-so things get pretty jumbled up on thier facebook pages  and you cant really make sense of what or where the cattle are at times O0

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2019, 12:30:26 PM »
Ole e6 can't write one post........that doesn't have politics in it. Now that's funny. Ok damn that Trump guy!
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2019, 12:48:17 PM »
Ole e6 can't write one post........that doesn't have politics in it. Now that's funny. Ok damn that Trump guy!

And you are just a bitter old man. Maybe start another genetic defect thread on here. Or a post bashing the shorthorn breed. Yet to see any bull of yours in a semen book. You had to bring in red angus to fix your cattle. L O L

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2019, 12:54:47 PM »
Trump made me do it. Bahahahahahahahahahahahah
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2019, 12:55:44 PM »
That damn Trump guy!
People can't believe we have such a big moon for such a small town.

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2019, 01:57:34 PM »
I can't speak for everyone, but can share my own thoughts.

With any online forum, there is the issue of things being lost in translation.  It is very difficult to convey context unless you are a very good writer.  Knabe and AJ are perfect examples of this.  I believe that the "banter" between AJ and a few other members can really turn off a lot of site visitors.  It even exists in this thread.  This doesn't personally bother me, because I see a lot of it as playful exchanges that are pretty harmless.  Some visitors likely don't understand it.  The reality is that every member knows something that can be of value to someone else...if we focus on the message and not the delivery of the message!

As vc stated, families move into and out of livestock exhibiting.  As the kids grow up, there isn't a reason to visit or weigh in.  My kids still have eligibility remaining, but we are to the point that we don't really NEED the advice that we once needed.  If I get stuck on something now, I send a PM to the person that I know can help me with it.  I don't need to float an issue out to the entire group because I know who my go to person is.

Another thing that I have noticed is the Shorthorn influence within the group.  I know that you guys are extremely knowledgeable about your breed.  I just don't have an interest in Shorthorn cattle beyond a crossbred steer that might classify as a Shorthorn.  My point is, I don't understand most of these posts therefore have absolutely nothing to add.

Then we come back to the name of the site...STEER Planet.  Years ago when I started coming here, a great deal of the forum posts were about show steers, clubby bulls, and daily care.  Look at the posts now.  How far back do you have to scroll to find meaningful content of a show steer? 

The bottom line is that attrition is likely the biggest culprit.  It isn't really anything that anyone has done to cause problems.  It is simply that people come and go...and fewer are coming than are going.  The size of the database here is monstrous.  Any questions that people have can likely be answered in the archives.  People are more conditioned to use the search function today than they were 5 years ago.

I would be interested in knowing what the site statistics look like today as compared to 5 years ago.  They may not be much different!

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2019, 02:36:59 PM »
I began in 2010 and like others posted it was active and such but with the addition of groups and pages on Facebook thats more readily available I think people like the instant gratification.
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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2019, 03:51:23 PM »
Ok, Ill bite. I have been a member since 2010, but rarely post but was an avid reader until about 2 or so years when I slowly started to not read as much. In fact, this is the first time in about 6 months that I got on. I wanted to see what people thought of the display Bulls in Denver. When I first joined I was a freshman in high school and I enjoyed learning, seeing options etc, what people bred their cattle to, etc etc. Now I can see a lot of that on Facebook and to a greater extent. I slowly stopped reading because I could see this information elsewhere. However, there are other issues that have turned me off (personally). No offense to all the shorthorn breeders, but I have never been a fan of the breed and it seemed like thats all people talked about on here. It got old (to me). Another reason is how often good, informative, interesting topics got derailed(yes, I realize this is going to happen and isnt something we can totally prevent). But topics getting derailed and turned into petty, immature, personal conflicts between several people who couldnt just agree to disagree is probably the number one reason I stopped coming on this site.

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Re: Where have all the readers/posters gone?
« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2019, 05:08:30 PM »
Ok, Ill bite. I have been a member since 2010, but rarely post but was an avid reader until about 2 or so years when I slowly started to not read as much. In fact, this is the first time in about 6 months that I got on. I wanted to see what people thought of the display Bulls in Denver. When I first joined I was a freshman in high school and I enjoyed learning, seeing options etc, what people bred their cattle to, etc etc. Now I can see a lot of that on Facebook and to a greater extent. I slowly stopped reading because I could see this information elsewhere. However, there are other issues that have turned me off (personally). No offense to all the shorthorn breeders, but I have never been a fan of the breed and it seemed like thats all people talked about on here. It got old (to me). Another reason is how often good, informative, interesting topics got derailed(yes, I realize this is going to happen and isnt something we can totally prevent). But topics getting derailed and turned into petty, immature, personal conflicts between several people who couldnt just agree to disagree is probably the number one reason I stopped coming on this site.

This is pretty solid information.  This post mirrors some of the things that I posted, but you said it better.

Clint

 

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