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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

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FormerSMBMember

Subj: As a social scientist, I'd like to remind you all that correlation does not equal causation.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 at 02:33:30 pm EST (Viewed 11 times)
Reply Subj: This may not be popular but I'll say it anyway
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 at 01:56:07 am EST (Viewed 33 times)

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Under a different user name I was a prolific member of this community from the end of the 90's and into the 2000's. I made some friends here, had some great times and even made a trip to visit some folks. This place was a lively carnival. I look back fondly on those days.

But in the days after OMD, Comicboards.com got very heavy handed with the moderation. Not the mods on this particular board back then; they were fine and I considered them the best of the bunch. Yet at one point we had mods from other boards here stepping in and silencing OMD criticism.

With that, I stopped posting here altogether. I went to another forum where civil criticism was still allowed and I've been discussing Spidey there ever since. I drop in here just to see reaction to certain news or storylines but this is the first time I've posted here in roughly six years.

Again, this isn't a knock on this board's mods from back then (or now). They were doing fine. This is just about the site in general and the boards as a whole.

This post may get deleted and my IP may get banned. Doesn't affect me either way since I don't consider this 'home' anymore, so to speak. But when I saw your post I felt compelled to comment on it.

All my best,

Former SMB Member \:\)



You and the OP seem to be cherry-picking statistics to draw some unwarranted conclusions. You make it sound like the sudden drop in activity was a result of OMD, but the board has always had its ups and downs, and you're comparing a time when there was a lot going on in Spider-Man's world to a time when there's not all that much happening. As Comp noted in an earlier thread, this isn't a particularly eventful time for Spider-Man discussions. Spider-Verse is a fairly mediocre crossover, and there's not a lot to say about it. It's not intriguing enough for people to talk and speculate about it, but it's also not bad enough to people to complain about it. Spider-Man doesn't have another movie coming out for a few years, and his new cartoon isn't all that popular. There's just not a lot to talk about.

If you looked at this board's activity when The Amazing Spider-Man came out, or when the Superior Spider-Man story arc first began, I bet it would be a lot higher than it is now. Likewise, if you looked at this board's activity during the middle of the JMS run, before The Other and Civil War and Back in Black, I bet it would be a lot lower than it was in the months immediately preceding OMD. The scenario you're describing, where these boards were buzzing with activity prior to OMD and dead as a doornail afterwards, didn't actually happen. There's really not any clear divide like the one you're proposing.

Additionally, Comicboards as a whole is less active than it used to be. This site isn't particularly well-advertised anymore, and hasn't been since the early 2000s. The site also has a lot more competition than it did ten years ago, thanks to the rise of mass-media comic sites like Newsarama and Comicvine, which provide forums to talk about comics in addition to plenty of other content. It also uses a rather old-fashioned formatting style that probably turns off a lot of younger internet users, since they're used to more responsive and faster-paced sites like 4chan, Reddit, or even Facebook. As a result, old posters leave because they're too busy with real life, and new posters don't show up.

On top of all that, the comics industry itself is slowly dwindling, despite the success of superhero movies and TV shows. Old readers are getting frustrated with modern comics and quitting, and potential new readers are put off by the real or perceived inaccessibility of those comics. So there are increasingly fewer people who want to talk about comics in the first place, and out of those few people, only a very small percentage of them will find Comicboards and stick around, for the reasons mentioned above.


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