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Subj: Re: As a social scientist, I'd like to remind you all that correlation does not equal causation.
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 at 07:11:56 am EST (Viewed 7 times)
Reply 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)

    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.

I only post on one other comics forum besides this one (Something Awful-Batman's Shameful Secret) but it is clearly obvious that other comic sites and forums are much more popular. And for others, they may avoid that completely and just discuss over social media via hashtags and whatnot.

    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.

This too. I think when I first started reading comics, the top 10 or so comic issues were all selling for 100,000+ units (okay, Diamond shipped, but I digress). Nowadays, if I eliminate the stuff with mainstream popularity like Walking Dead, the mega events like Axis, and A-list character #1 issues, it is pretty rare for the biggest selling comics to reach much further than 100,000.

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