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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:55 pm Post subject: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 The  penetration  of  social  media  has  tremendously  affected  forums  like  this.  Anyway,  this  post  is  not  about  the  reasons  why  there  was  a  decline,  but  is  a  reconnaissance  post  in  finding  where  is  the  wealth  of  information  now?  Where  do  newbies  go  to  ask  stupid  questions,  about  compatibility  between  "Parrot  Fish"  and  Gouramis?  Where  to  intermediate  hobbyists  go  to  ask  for  their  DIY  LED  Unit  builds?
 
 There  are  plenty  of  "Pages"  on  facebook  and  instagram  but  they  are  not  even  remotely  close  to  the  expanse  of  information  held  by  active  forum  posters.  Also,  lets  be  real,  we  all  chose  to  post  on  mostly  anonymous  hobby  forums  because  we're  not  social  butterflies  like  the  average  social  media  user  Chuckle  
 
 My  question  is  simple,  where  are  all  you  people?  I  see  a  few  names  still  somewhat  regular  but  a  huge  chunk  have  disappeared.  I  myself  only  seldom  post  here  anymore.  
 
 What  about  the  community  coming  together  to  give  the  forum  a  boost?  We  could  pitch  in  donations,  help  the  mods  plan  out  photo-contests,  meet-ups,  giveaways  etc.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:04 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Seasoned  hobbyists  pretty  much  have  most  of  the  knowledge  they  require.  New  hobbyists  are  nowadays  lazy  buggers  who  cant  be  bothered  to  do  research  and  need  instant  spoon-fed  info  that  they  get  from  Whatsapp  groups  or  FB  where  generally  they  get  sold  a  quick  fix  product  that  they  dont  really  need  by  one  of  the  numerous  sellers  that  exist  nowadays.
 
 Unfortunately  this  is  the  norm  currently  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:49 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 This  question  I  always  have  in  mind,  but  for  sure  its  not  only  IAH,  but  most  of  the  forums  loosing  its  charm  due  to  social  media.  But  for   sure  nothing  can  replace  the  forum  knowledge.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:32 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 I  don't  use  social  media.  I  post  regularly  on  this  forum.  Its  the  people  who  make  the  community,  hopefully  things  will  turn  around!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:22 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 I  am  still  around  and  frequently  read  all  posts.  Even  I  hate  the  fact  that  people  have  moved  to  Social  media  from  here.
 there  are  100s  of  groups  that  serve  the  same  purpose.  I  would  still  rely  on  IAH  for  any  of  my  queries.
 
 I  would  request  all  old  members  to  drop  in  to  say  a  'Hello'  on  this  thread.   Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:35 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 While  Social  Media  may  have  temporarily  taken  over  forums,  it  will  never  be  an  able  or  an  ideal  substitute.  I  have  nothing  but  contempt  for  FB  type  sites  parading  as  sources  of  knowledge.  Forums  are  forums  and  I  will  wait  till  the  significance  of  such  forums  is  realised  by  social  media  'converts'.  
 
 Till  then,  'Hello'.   Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:17 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

                                                   
Preeths  wrote  (View  Post):                
 Its  the  people  who  make  the  community                  

 
 Very  true.  I  think  we  should  be  posting  more  tank  journals,  encourage  fellow  hobbyists  to  do  the  same.  I  think  im  gonna  start  one  just  for  the  heck  of  it   Chuckle  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:43 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 For  me..  I  frequently  use  the  site  to  look  up  projects  and  queries  that  members  have  posted  and  to  get  Tank  Ideas.  The  other  source  for  me  is  Youtube.  With  a  lot  of  established  channels  there  i  can  get  a  lot  of  info  from  there  as  well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:47 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 First  of  all  I  would  like  to  say  'Hello".
 Request  the  hobbyist  who  are  reading  this  thread  to  put  a  word  across  to  the  old  members  if  they  are  in  contact  with  them  and  help  IAH  to  regain  its  old  glory.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:48 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Hello!
 
 I'm  fortunate  to  have  witnessed  the  forum  at  its  full  glory  at  the  time  I  joined  the  forum.
 
 It  seems  to  me  that  most  of  the  seniors  got  so  serious  with  the  hobby  that  they  finally  graduated  to  next  level  and  are  into  commercial  business  of  aquatics.  Others  may  have  taken  a  break.
 
 There's  hundreds  of  entries  by  Indians  in  IAPLC,  I  doubt  whether  they  have  accounts  in  IAH.  Even  if  they  have,  they  are  not  active.  Clearly  they  are  sharing  and  obtaining  knowledge  from  International  Forums.  If  these  guys  get  active  here  and  share  their  expertise,  I'm  sure  we'll  get  the  crowd.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:44 am Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Anyone  knows  where  is  Beta,  Rasiknayak,  retro_gk  (Rahul)  ?
 
 Are  they  still  active  in  the  hobby?  I  miss  the  old  days  of  IAH.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:00 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

                                                   
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Anyone  knows  where  is  Beta,  Rasiknayak,  retro_gk  (Rahul)  ?
 
 Are  they  still  active  in  the  hobby?  I  miss  the  old  days  of  IAH.                

 
 I  really  doubt  Beta  or  Rasiknayak  would  be  out  of  the  hobby  considering  how  much  both  of  them  were  invested  into  it.  I  am  sure  they  are  still  pretty  much  active.  I  wish  the  fishroom  threads  would  get  new  content.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:19 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Hi  ,
 
    Really  one  time  lot  of  post  will  be  uploaded  and  lot  of  content  to  read  and  improve  the  knowledge  but  very  sad  now  days  very  few  post  are  getting  uploaded  also  lot  of  post  goes  unattended  or  no  reply  at  all  which  also  give  negative  impact  for  that  particular  member  and  the  last   we  should  have  at  least  one  meet  once  in  a  month  to  be  honest  i  have  also  not  attended  the  meet  for  quite  a  long  time  so  i  will  be  happy  to  be  part  of  the  next  meet  if  anybody  take  the  initiative.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

                                                   
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Are  they  still  active  in  the  hobby?  I  miss  the  old  days  of  IAH.                

 
 Absolutely.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:13 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

                                                   
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Are  they  still  active  in  the  hobby?  I  miss  the  old  days  of  IAH.                

 
 Absolutely.                

 
 I  guess  Beta  is  into  Marine  now?
 
 And  are  you  still  obsessed  with  Catfish?   Smile
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