AT (http://AyrshireTiger.wordpress.com/) wrote (see)
.... I made a lot of good friends on here and keep in touch with them now mainly through Facebook. ....
I really regret the decline of OM. Like you AT, I have made some strong and lasting friendships through this forum, attended some great meets and it's fair to say OM has played an important part in my outdoors activities.
It's often claimed that FB and Twitter are eclipsing older web-based media but other forums continue to thrive. Nonetheless, many long-standing OMers have drifted away recently and their absence is one of the reasons I visit infrequently and rarely post. The Meets section is dormant too - I miss attending OM meets.
You may make a joke of it butyou are responsible for some of the departures. The forum has been virtually taken over by your scattergun torrent of often-irrelevant posts - the three above for instance - and that's really pissed people off.
I counted the 'latest posts' page recently. In 18 out of 20 threads, the most recent post was by you. Furthermore, you were also the original author of 15 out of the 18 threads. In other words, you keep your own threads alive and thereby drown the rest of us out.
Try to understand how your domination of the forum appears to other people - it looks obsessive and off-putting. It discourages potential newcomers and it alienates the old brigade to the point where we simply don't post any more. Post here by all means but exercise a bit of restraint FFS.