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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:37 am Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Ha  ha,  yes,  the  obsession  continues.  Beta  keeps  both  FW  and  SW  tanks,
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:15 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Again  hello!.
 
 I  browse  this  forum  still  and  try  to  connect  with  new  people  (not  a  lot  nowadays).  But  the  new  gen  looks  more  for  Instant  result..  Crying or Very sad  hence  this  hobby  needs  to  evolve  or  evolved  already  to  meet  that  demand.  the  proof  is  entire  ADA  setup  sold  as  one  piece  off  the  shelf..  not  anymore  fun  of  having  painstaking  setup  right  from  DIY  tanks  and  learn  yourself.  was  it  not  fun  more..  Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 1:28 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Hi  all!
 
 I've  got  an  idea  which  I  feel  might  boost  the  community.  However,  it  requires  contribution  of  all  of  us  and  some  sort  of  commitment  from  the  mods  too.  
 
 What  if  we  start  a  facebook  page  for  IAH.  I  am  not  sure  if  we  already  do  have  a  facebook  page  since  I  use  facebook  strictly  for  work,  but  we  can  have  a  page  and  post  pictures  of  the  tanks  and  fishes  of  iah  members.  And  we  can  post  links  to  the  threads  of  those  tank  builds  on  the  posts.  This  way  we'll  be  directing  traffic  to  this  forum.
 
 Currently  IAH  has  close  to  400,000  posts  on  its  forum.  i  think  this  a  superb  number  and  it  would  be  a  shame  if  this  number  didn't  grow.
 
 I  invite  other  members  to  chip  in  with  suggestions  and  comments  on  the  idea.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:35 am Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Greetings  to  all.I  am  Alex  from  Coimbatore  
 When  I  have  started  the  hobby  before  3  months  this  forum  helped  me  a  lot(By  reading  old  posts),  even  I  have  contacted  one  of  the  lovely  member  “Vivian  Andrew”   in  my  hometown  through  PM,  He  immediately  gave  his  mobile  no  and  helped  me  to  build  a  DIY  filter  for  my  2000  liter  cement  tank.  Thanks  a  ton  “Vivian  Andrew”   
 What  a  lovely  forum  but  now  lost  its  charm  mostly  because  of  unanswered  posts.W  hen  a  new  hobbies  raising  a  query  none  of  the  seniors  responding  it,  I  feel  this  is  a  big  threat  to  the  forum  .for  example  I  have  posted  a  query  two  weeks  before  but  I  got  0  response,  so  I  have  posted  the  same  in  another  forum  got  immediate  response.
 I  can  bet  this  is  the  best  forum  in  India  with  a  lot  of  information.M  y  sincere  recommendation  to  senior  hobbies/moderators  please  respond  to  junior  fellows  queries.  In  my  view,  only  this  will  help  to  keep  the  forum  active  or  else  people  will  move  to  other  forums  where  they  will  get  response.
 
 Long  live  IAH
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 3:47 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

                                                   
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Greetings  to  all.I  am  Alex  from  Coimbatore  
 When  I  have  started  the  hobby  before  3  months  this  forum  helped  me  a  lot(By  reading  old  posts),  even  I  have  contacted  one  of  the  lovely  member  “Vivian  Andrew”   in  my  hometown  through  PM,  He  immediately  gave  his  mobile  no  and  helped  me  to  build  a  DIY  filter  for  my  2000  liter  cement  tank.  Thanks  a  ton  “Vivian  Andrew”   
 What  a  lovely  forum  but  now  lost  its  charm  mostly  because  of  unanswered  posts.W  hen  a  new  hobbies  raising  a  query  none  of  the  seniors  responding  it,  I  feel  this  is  a  big  threat  to  the  forum  .for  example  I  have  posted  a  query  two  weeks  before  but  I  got  0  response,  so  I  have  posted  the  same  in  another  forum  got  immediate  response.
 I  can  bet  this  is  the  best  forum  in  India  with  a  lot  of  information.M  y  sincere  recommendation  to  senior  hobbies/moderators  please  respond  to  junior  fellows  queries.  In  my  view,  only  this  will  help  to  keep  the  forum  active  or  else  people  will  move  to  other  forums  where  they  will  get  response.
 
 Long  live  IAH                

 
 Hi  alex!  I  agree  unanswered  posts  are  definitely  a  downer  especially  for  new  members.  I  made  it  a  point  to  look  up  your  post  and  answer  it,  hoping  someone  in  the  future  might  find  it  useful.  How  is  the  fish  doing  now?
 
 I  feel  like  a  redesign  too  is  in  order.  Currently  the  mid  2000s  UI,  which  is  a  wholesome  dose  of  nostalgia  for  the  older  members,  is  quite  intimidating  for  new  users.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 4:21 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

                                                   
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Greetings  to  all.I  am  Alex  from  Coimbatore  
 When  I  have  started  the  hobby  before  3  months  this  forum  helped  me  a  lot(By  reading  old  posts),  even  I  have  contacted  one  of  the  lovely  member  “Vivian  Andrew”   in  my  hometown  through  PM,  He  immediately  gave  his  mobile  no  and  helped  me  to  build  a  DIY  filter  for  my  2000  liter  cement  tank.  Thanks  a  ton  “Vivian  Andrew”   
 What  a  lovely  forum  but  now  lost  its  charm  mostly  because  of  unanswered  posts.W  hen  a  new  hobbies  raising  a  query  none  of  the  seniors  responding  it,  I  feel  this  is  a  big  threat  to  the  forum  .for  example  I  have  posted  a  query  two  weeks  before  but  I  got  0  response,  so  I  have  posted  the  same  in  another  forum  got  immediate  response.
 I  can  bet  this  is  the  best  forum  in  India  with  a  lot  of  information.M  y  sincere  recommendation  to  senior  hobbies/moderators  please  respond  to  junior  fellows  queries.  In  my  view,  only  this  will  help  to  keep  the  forum  active  or  else  people  will  move  to  other  forums  where  they  will  get  response.
 
 Long  live  IAH                

 
 Hi  alex!  I  agree  unanswered  posts  are  definitely  a  downer  especially  for  new  members.  I  made  it  a  point  to  look  up  your  post  and  answer  it,  hoping  someone  in  the  future  might  find  it  useful.  How  is  the  fish  doing  now?
 
 I  feel  like  a  redesign  too  is  in  order.  Currently  the  mid  2000s  UI,  which  is  a  wholesome  dose  of  nostalgia  for  the  older  members,  is  quite  intimidating  for  new  users.                

 
 Thanks,  Ashwin,  Fishes  are  doing  well.  IAH  is  a  very  good  platform,  when  I  am  going  through  old  posts  I  have  understood  IAH  has  lot  of  information  other  than  various  Indian  forums.From  my  understanding,  I  think  following  points  will  really  improve  the  popularity  
 1.  Yes,  Answering  mostly  all  the  posts  (not  to  consider  WTS,  WTB)
 2.  Again  YES  the  design  is  very  boring.  Time  to  redesign  the  site.
 3.  Image  upload  size  limit.  Please  allow  at  least  mobile  image  quality  it’s  annoying  (Posts  with  images  will  surely  get  more  attraction)
 Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 4:39 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

                                                   
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Greetings  to  all.I  am  Alex  from  Coimbatore  
 When  I  have  started  the  hobby  before  3  months  this  forum  helped  me  a  lot(By  reading  old  posts),  even  I  have  contacted  one  of  the  lovely  member  “Vivian  Andrew”   in  my  hometown  through  PM,  He  immediately  gave  his  mobile  no  and  helped  me  to  build  a  DIY  filter  for  my  2000  liter  cement  tank.  Thanks  a  ton  “Vivian  Andrew”   
 What  a  lovely  forum  but  now  lost  its  charm  mostly  because  of  unanswered  posts.W  hen  a  new  hobbies  raising  a  query  none  of  the  seniors  responding  it,  I  feel  this  is  a  big  threat  to  the  forum  .for  example  I  have  posted  a  query  two  weeks  before  but  I  got  0  response,  so  I  have  posted  the  same  in  another  forum  got  immediate  response.
 I  can  bet  this  is  the  best  forum  in  India  with  a  lot  of  information.M  y  sincere  recommendation  to  senior  hobbies/moderators  please  respond  to  junior  fellows  queries.  In  my  view,  only  this  will  help  to  keep  the  forum  active  or  else  people  will  move  to  other  forums  where  they  will  get  response.
 
 Long  live  IAH                

 
 Hi  alex!  I  agree  unanswered  posts  are  definitely  a  downer  especially  for  new  members.  I  made  it  a  point  to  look  up  your  post  and  answer  it,  hoping  someone  in  the  future  might  find  it  useful.  How  is  the  fish  doing  now?
 
 I  feel  like  a  redesign  too  is  in  order.  Currently  the  mid  2000s  UI,  which  is  a  wholesome  dose  of  nostalgia  for  the  older  members,  is  quite  intimidating  for  new  users.                

 
 Thanks,  Ashwin,  Fishes  are  doing  well.  IAH  is  a  very  good  platform,  when  I  am  going  through  old  posts  I  have  understood  IAH  has  lot  of  information  other  than  various  Indian  forums.From  my  understanding,  I  think  following  points  will  really  improve  the  popularity  
 1.  Yes,  Answering  mostly  all  the  posts  (not  to  consider  WTS,  WTB)
 2.  Again  YES  the  design  is  very  boring.  Time  to  redesign  the  site.
 3.  Image  upload  size  limit.  Please  allow  at  least  mobile  image  quality  it’s  annoying  (Posts  with  images  will  surely  get  more  attraction)
 Thanks                

 
 Hey  Alex,  regarding  point  3,  its  easy  to  circumvent  that.  Just  use  an  image  hosting  site  like  imgur  and  just  put  links  in  your  post.  It  helps  the  IAH  servers  too,  since  data  is  not  being  stored  there.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 5:23 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 I  FULLY  AGREE!  Cheering  
 
 IAH  is  visited  randomly  by  members.
 
 After  the  whats  app  falling  into  line,  the  load  on  the  IAH  website  has  come  down  tremendously.  There  is  very  little  moderation  here  now  a  days  compared  to  when  I  enrolled  as  a  member  on  IAH.  Whats  app  has  stolen  the  charm  for  the  reason  that  posting  pictures  and  videos  is  very  simple.
 
 I  don't  miss  the  meets  on  sundays  as  we  have  a  bigger  group  in  south  mumbai.  
 
 The  group  which  we  had  started  as  IAH  Mumbai  is  now  on  whats  app,  posting  85%  off  topic  discussions  and  XXX  pictures  Surprised  .  
 
 I  miss  my  beer  Drinking  parties  and  collection  trip  though  but  I  have  managed  to  find  new  spots  for  collection  with  other  friends  in  the  hobby.
 
 I  believe,  very  soon  people  will  return  to  IAH  website,  those  who  are  seriously  following  the  hobby  and  are  decently  sharing  their  fish  tanks  pictures  ROFL.
 
 I  recommend  new  hobbyist  to  check  this  website  for  fish  keeping.  Many  of  them  have  sought  good  knowledge  from  here  and  still  discuss  their  own  experiences.  New  ones  come  all  the  way  from  Vasai,  Virar  and  Thane,  Kalyan,  Ambernath  to  contribute  and  share  their  interest.
 
 I  still  share,  lights,  plants  and  fertilisers,  as  I  am  very  close  to  the  market  here.  We  even  group  buy  plants  very  often  from  sreepadma  and  aqua  by  nature.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 5:34 pm Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Thanks  ashwin/garothmaan
 
 I  request  all  members/Guest  readers  to  share  their  opinion  here.  Together  we  can  move  this  great  forum  to  next  level
 
 Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:06 am Post subject: Re: Decline in popularity of IAH; Where are you now? Reply with quote

 Hi  guys,
 
 Believe  it  or  not,  I  was  wondering  the  same  when  I  revisited  iah  this  time  after  a  very  long  gap.  I  am  pretty  much  inactive  in  hobby,  even  on  social  media.  
 
 I  was  active  in  my  student  days,  now  I  hardly  find  time  to  maintain  a  couple  of  running  tanks.  Hectic  life  as  a  practicing  architect.
 This  was  a  great  learning  platform  for  me,  I  owe  a  big  time  to  this  forum  for  the  things  I  have  achieved  in  the  hobby.  I  feel  very  sorry  to  see  it  this  state  now.
 
 One  major  thing  that  contributed  to  decline  of  iah  was  IMO  the  groupism  that  started  here  which  lead  to  flamewars  and  later  a  lot  of  regional  forum  sprouted(aquapetz,  KAC,  MAC,  etc.).  When  all  these  people  parted  their  ways  they  gradually  stopped  participating  in  discussions  here.
 
 I  will  try  to  frequent  this  forum  and  I  really  hope  we  can  revive  this  platform  again.
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