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#31
KingDon Wrote:To make a VIP section for payment and one section that will run as now does not make any sense as this is creating a division between anglers as there is now with all the diffrent MT and SABASS and all others.
This forum should be for all from novice to Pro all Pro's where novices at one stage.
There should be no cost involed, there are a lot of forums which I belong to not one of them charge a fee.
This is my 2c

Agreed and also no prizes or rewards for COTM and the moderators must crack the whip when guys start talking k@k! :blue-biggrin:

Back to sharing and caring and good old foooooshing with full report backs! :eusa_clap:
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#32
Hey Ninja.......have you seen who should be on the winning end of October COTM...... :eusa_shhh: :eusa_think: :lol: :eusa_whistle:
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#33
Make the site mobile friendly

1. Upgrade/replace the forum software and make sure it is less cluttered.
2. Make sure whatever forum software you select can work with something like Tapatalk (<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.tapatalk.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.tapatalk.com</a><!-- m -->)
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#34
Forums as a whole are dying. Reason is because "forums" as a platform are dated. The value in this forum that needs to continually be unlocked is in the shared knowledge and in the community interaction: behind that is a brand. If you can find a way for the brand to live on on another platform, but not a forum per say then you might be able to hit a sweet spot.

Platforms that are thriving at the moment for community interaction are facebook and whatsapp (and slack, in the 1st world countries but unknown in south africa), these are the reasons forums are dying.
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#35
What gets to me if I check in say 3 times a day and nothing has changed...

...that tells me a forum is barely alive.
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#36
I have the solution. Allow me to rock the boat a bit with those okes that are easy to catch and especially now with this "Super Moon" looming, pms levels will be building up to an all time high................. :roll: :lol:
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#37
Rip what has happened to your pond you where running there is now a topic which I enjoyed so much?
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#38
For me it started going downhill when all the reportbacks started becoming more about people pushing their products or those of their sponsors rather than actually doing a reportback
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#39
Mick Wrote:For me it started going downhill when all the reportbacks started becoming more about people pushing their products or those of their sponsors rather than actually doing a reportback

I hear you but the problem is that our sport does need sponsors. Even the non-product-punting reportbacks dried up.

Personally I don't care what product you punt. As long as you take the time and effort to entertain us on the forum.
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#40
KingDon Wrote:Rip what has happened to your pond you where running there is now a topic which I enjoyed so much?

Hey boet, between the drought, poachers and a naughty hungry pair of fish eagles the place has taken a hammering. That being said my sons got some nice fish there this weekend so the interest has been re-awakened!
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#41
It's not just here, it's all the boards as they are an outdated form of social media when compared to Facebook and other such platforms.
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#42
Well I think its time to revive this old forum with some good report backs and interesting content. I am also against sponsor punting reports. I miss the days when okes just told a fishing story with heart
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#43
Can we have auctions to sell lures ,reels and fishing rods and so on?
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#44
The site was pumping when it was a social fishing forum, it lost it's attraction when the focus shifted towards sponsored / professional / competitive bass fishing. That's when report backs dried up and people began fighting over information being posted that might jeopardise their chances in an upcoming competition. The "fun" aspect has gone, that is probably the biggest reason for the drop off in activity.

We used to have social get togethers in the WC, and there was the BFSA Tour in KZN. Those were the "good old days" when it was about camping, braaing, drinking too much, boasting and fishing for fun. The Money Trail was itself originally conceived more as a monthly social event, the prize money was solely from entry fees and wasn't that much - once it became more popular with higher prize money it attracted more competitive anglers, the money became the attraction and the social aspect was lost. This website was the centre piece, but the social get togethers where just as important, faces were put to avatars and website aliases and solid friendships were formed.

There were many online barneys and arguments, friends were made as well as enemies, but unless it became really hectic there was leeway to express individual opinions. There was always rivalry with the "other" site, and for the most part it was in good spirits, apart from some legendary exceptions, no names will be mentioned here :blue-biggrin:

I do believe that the Facebook page could play a much larger role, as many guys have mentioned, people are spending more time on social media than on forums like this. What about an Instagram profile? We all like to take photos of our catches, get a hashtag like #BFSA going and ask members to use it when posting their photos or videos, which can also be pulled through to the FB page. Feature the best ones on the main BFSA Instagram account and award the COTM award to the photos that gets the most likes - very democratic.

Regard the website and social media platforms as different, though equal, parts of the whole, working together rather than as separate entities. We used to have a Twitter profile, with the feed pulling through to the right sidebar of the site, not sure what happened to it, but the same can be done with Instagram, far more modern and effective than the old style gallery system. Members would use it as well, posting a photo on IG from the water & adding a hashtag is so much easier than waiting until I get home, resizing the image and uploading it to the site, where chances are that it will only be seen by a handful of people.

I guess BFSA is at a crossroads, it's got to decide whether it's a social platform or one geared towards competitive bass fishing, it can't be both. And, before anybody jumps in to attack mode, this is simply my observation, it's not taking aim at any individuals or organisations, and it's not directing blame or saying what is right or wrong, it's just my personal and humble opinion.

Peace out!
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#45
Bassassin Wrote:The site was pumping when it was a social fishing forum, it lost it's attraction when the focus shifted towards sponsored / professional / competitive bass fishing. That's when report backs dried up and people began fighting over information being posted that might jeopardise their chances in an upcoming competition. The "fun" aspect has gone, that is probably the biggest reason for the drop off in activity.

We used to have social get togethers in the WC, and there was the BFSA Tour in KZN. Those were the "good old days" when it was about camping, braaing, drinking too much, boasting and fishing for fun. The Money Trail was itself originally conceived more as a monthly social event, the prize money was solely from entry fees and wasn't that much - once it became more popular with higher prize money it attracted more competitive anglers, the money became the attraction and the social aspect was lost. This website was the centre piece, but the social get togethers where just as important, faces were put to avatars and website aliases and solid friendships were formed.

There were many online barneys and arguments, friends were made as well as enemies, but unless it became really hectic there was leeway to express individual opinions. There was always rivalry with the "other" site, and for the most part it was in good spirits, apart from some legendary exceptions, no names will be mentioned here :blue-biggrin:

I do believe that the Facebook page could play a much larger role, as many guys have mentioned, people are spending more time on social media than on forums like this. What about an Instagram profile? We all like to take photos of our catches, get a hashtag like #BFSA going and ask members to use it when posting their photos or videos, which can also be pulled through to the FB page. Feature the best ones on the main BFSA Instagram account and award the COTM award to the photos that gets the most likes - very democratic.

Regard the website and social media platforms as different, though equal, parts of the whole, working together rather than as separate entities. We used to have a Twitter profile, with the feed pulling through to the right sidebar of the site, not sure what happened to it, but the same can be done with Instagram, far more modern and effective than the old style gallery system. Members would use it as well, posting a photo on IG from the water & adding a hashtag is so much easier than waiting until I get home, resizing the image and uploading it to the site, where chances are that it will only be seen by a handful of people.

I guess BFSA is at a crossroads, it's got to decide whether it's a social platform or one geared towards competitive bass fishing, it can't be both. And, before anybody jumps in to attack mode, this is simply my observation, it's not taking aim at any individuals or organisations, and it's not directing blame or saying what is right or wrong, it's just my personal and humble opinion.

Peace out!

I think you just hit the nail on the head.

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