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Old 08-01-2005, 01:25 PM   #31
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The goals of the returning person are not the same as the reasons he/she had for originally joining Interference, which was often a sense of community. Sadly, that is often lost once a person leaves.

That's what makes me the saddest about this place these days, much as I still love it...it's that too many of the noobs don't want a community. They want someplace where they can participate in popularity contests, make fun of people they don't know without any repercussion, and basically draw attention to themselves. They have no interest in building community; they don't care about the feelings of longtime members; they are inconsiderate, disrespectful, and just plain annoying.

Now, is this anyone who joined after I did? No, of course not. New blood is wonderful, and lots of newer members still bring fun, positivity, and kindness to Interference. I like quite a few of the newer members. But the nice-people-to-jackasses ratio is getting uncomfortably low, I fear. It didn't used to be this way.

Every forum will always have people who just want to spoil things for others. But I'm afraid that too few people here care about being a community anymore.

And that's sad.
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Old 08-01-2005, 01:26 PM   #32
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Old 08-01-2005, 01:26 PM   #33
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It's true, people do leave and return...

However, I have noticed that those returning are not the same as they once were (which can be a good thing). The goals of the returning person are not the same as the reasons he/she had for originally joining Interference, which was often a sense of community. Sadly, that is often lost once a person leaves.

Do you think people join for the sense of community, or do they get that once they are here? I didn't feel any great sense of community when I joined...more of a "wow! lot's of threads to post in and things to discuss here" feeling. The people I've gotten to know (a bit) and enjoy came later. Maybe I'm just odd.
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Old 08-01-2005, 01:29 PM   #34
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One more thing that I didn't make clear in my original post...while the mods can try to encourage community-building to some extent, it's a hard job when the community doesn't necessarily respond. I don't wish to blame the mods for this; I blame members who are variously averse to community-building, judging from their posts.
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Old 08-01-2005, 01:31 PM   #35
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hey as long as were bringing up 'fake edge',

at least he was right about electric co and zoo station coming back
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Old 08-01-2005, 01:38 PM   #36
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The sense of community doesn't have to come right away, but it's always great seeing fellow U2 fans respond to your words - knowing that you aren't alone in your views.

Unfortunately, there was a time that I felt the mods actually hurt this feeling of community. The mods sometimes hurt more than helped, which broke the sense of community.

But those events occurred years ago. I don't see this behavior from the mods at present in any capacity. Rather, I find all mods to be very responsive and receptive to suggestions. I feel that they are professional and courteous. It's because they are trying so hard that I feel some of them were hurt by this thread.

The community, of course, is what one makes of it... but those who leave usually do not return for that feeling of community any more. They (we) tend to return to gather information and tend to post on vastly different topics than they once did. At least these are my observations.
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Old 08-01-2005, 01:57 PM   #37
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i happen to know (and miss) someone who did, indeed, leave. and while i know for a fact that this person still reads my journal, i know they will never post again.

of that i am sure.
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Old 08-01-2005, 04:23 PM   #38
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I'm sorry, I've been here for almost 5 years, how bout you?
It's a pretty much a fact.
I was trying to recall when I arrived I think it might have just been the anniversary? August 1st 2000?the horse's birthday. Now that really is 5 years
that may not be a fact, just a guess.

As beegee just said , I know and miss quite a few of the old regulars who lost faith in this place and moved elsewhere.I suppose that is why I am still here, lost in the corridors hoping they might return. But I doubt they will.

So I suppose I should be careful not to let that famous door hit me on the way out.
Take care blahblahblah, I'm sorry you have been made to feel that way.
Please if you feel differently at some later point, come ye back
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blahblah, i don't think many people know who you are, nor will you be missed.

you're point isn't taken.

you signed up AFTER all these fees came into place, you knew that going in. you have no reason to complain.

goodbye, and please don't come back.
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Do you think people join for the sense of community, or do they get that once they are here? I didn't feel any great sense of community when I joined...more of a "wow! lot's of threads to post in and things to discuss here" feeling. The people I've gotten to know (a bit) and enjoy came later. Maybe I'm just odd.
I agree completely. The more you post, the more you find people who share your opinions and make friends. This place is good fun. And $12 really isn't much. It's the price of an evening at the movies plus some popcorn. I don't understand why blahblahblah feels the way he does. Too bad, he was a pretty cool guy otherwise.

PS: And Sicy is right. This place does pull you in. I took a break from this site when I went on vacation. Couldn't wait to log back in when I got back. It's addictive!
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im relatively new here and when i joined i will say i wasnt looking to join a community of any sort(or meet anybody)

just simply talk about U2 with fellow fans
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I love it here no matter what. I came here to find out more about trading for live U2 and not only did I get more live U2 than I ever thought existed but I made a lot of friends along the way. I met two of my closest friends I've ever had in my life on this website. I can guarantee that without them wouldn't be seeing U2 11 times this year, I wouldn't travel to strange cities only to sit on a sidewalk all day waiting for hours to maybe get a picture or an autograph of my favorite band, I wouldn't have gone to Ireland last month, gone 2 U2 fan conventions last year, or traveled to San Diego, Memphis, Phoenix and any place else we've been to in the past few years. I didn't come here thinking I would meet two people who would want to drop what they are doing to travel the country or to other counties with me but now I don't know what I would do without them in my life.

This website is the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing I look at before I go to bed. Interference I hate when people who have only been here a few months start to complain about the way things are around here.
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New blood is wonderful, and lots of newer members still bring fun, positivity, and kindness to Interference. I like quite a few of the newer members.
. New people are fine so long as they act like mature adults. And of course, the same goes with people who've been here for a long time as well.

At another board I go to, though, I've heard people state a belief in which "newbie" isn't so much a description of how long you've been there as it is the attitude you present. Don't know who here would agree with that, but just something to put out there.

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But I'm afraid that too few people here care about being a community anymore.

And that's sad.
For what it's worth, I care about that. I haven't been a part of these boards for three years now for nothing, after all .

Also, to what bonosgirl84 and nbcrusader said.

I feel sad that some people are thinking of leaving, though . Don't let a few jerks ruin things for you-there are still good people here. But then again, it is your choice.

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Old 08-01-2005, 06:09 PM   #44
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Oh the delicious drama of a public panty-wadded farewell.

Another newbie leaves in a fit of pique.

Buh-bye!
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I agree completely. The more you post, the more you find people who share your opinions and make friends. This place is good fun. And $12 really isn't much.

PS: And Sicy is right. This place does pull you in. I took a break from this site when I went on vacation. Couldn't wait to log back in when I got back. It's addictive!
It's $1 a month which is like 3 or 4 cents a day. Cheap entertainment! And this is quite addictive. My daughter just said... You'll be a blue crack addict someday (referring to my current status, LOL). I'm already an addict, and when not here I think of which smileys I would use in certain situations. I don't have a lot of free time, but most of it has been spent here the last 4 or so months. And this is the only place where I can share my passion for U2 with others who feel the same. Hopefully when the band are back in the fall in L.A., I will meet up with others here from Interference, and I do look forward to that. It's worth it to me, and like arw said, it's the first place you look at online in the morning, and the last before bed. I don't see me wanting to leave anytime soon.

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