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Why are they so quiet?
8 years ago, March 16th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #131309  
I am fairly new to this site and have enjoyed reading some of the Blogs.
what I am suprised at is the lack of activity on the forums.
so many people are well travelled and have done some amazing independant travelling,info could be passed on to other folk but it just seems the forums are not active,well certainly the european ones and in particiularly the former soviet bloc countries that i travel to.
Is there a particular reason for this or are people using other travel forums like ThornTree,Frodors and Trip Advisor Reply to this

8 years ago, March 16th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #131316  
Hello Craig 😊

Yeah, we would like to see more activity on the forums too. I suppose, internet forums have a bad reputation, which makes people reluctant to get involved in them. Glad to see you are participating despite that. 😊

Is there a particular reason for this or are people using other travel forums like ThornTree,Frodors and Trip Advisor

Well yes, those ones are busy, but they are inadequately moderated. Negativity tends to create more action on forums. I speak about the Thorn Tree and Trip Adivsor. I have yet to see people on TravelBlog comment on Frodors and I have not visited that site myself either.

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8 years ago, March 16th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #131322  
I quite like Fodors,(spelt it wrong ealier, it'sthat Lord of the Rings Infulence) but there are some argumentative souls on there that always think their advice should be heeded.
I am of the opinion that info can be passed between travellers but it is up to the individual to decide what they are going to do with it.I don't believe in saying you MUST try this or you MUST do that unless it is visitng a particular pub.
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8 years ago, April 11th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #133508  
TravelBlog has a reputation for being nice, so the following doesn't bode well for getting more action on the forums.

According to a study by U.K. research group Statistical Cybermetrics, cyberspace citizens are overwhelmingly attracted to the negative. (Gasp!)

Want to be popular on the Internet? Be a jerk!

Hopefully, the nice guy is not always destined to finish last, as (s)he is reputed to? What do you think? Is it our niceness that is stopping the forums from being more busy? Surely, there are some nice, but popular discussion topics?
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8 years ago, April 12th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #133569  
I think this site has what I call Savvy travellers,experienced people who plan properly and prepare for the unexpected and do not panic when it does happen.I think the majority can give lots of info but as most folk are pretty resourseful they find the info before they really need to ask it.
reading the many blogs it is very easy to pick up lots of great info without having to ask questions. Reply to this

8 years ago, April 12th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #133619  
I often go to Thorn Tree if I can't find what I need here. But I absolutely hate going there. Its unbelieveably hostile and unfortunately, I can't hold my tounge when people speak to me the way they do. I have recently had a right barny on there and it did actually get to me a bit. Silly me, I know. My BF always says 'ah well thats forums for you' but I always respond with 'not on Travelblog!'.

I am starting my trip in Sept, so my questions are becoming more and more each day. Sometimes I think I might be seen as a bit of a spammer because I post alot of similar questions but I do hope I am contributing to keeping this forum alive. Reply to this

8 years ago, April 12th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #133620  
Well Craig, I think you are right. I am part of a couple of forums and a destination expert on Trip Advisor. For me TA is the kind of forum for the uninitiated traveler where as TravelBlog is more for the professional traveler, those who already have experience.

I too wish that the forums were busier here, I really enjoy the blogs and kinds of questions that pop up when they do.

Mel, you are sadly correct, the forum posts that get the most attention are the ones that turn heated, thats what I see in several forums. I like to feel that TravelBlog is a bit above all that, having said that you can still see it here too, the ongoing TA thread comes to mind.

For me I love Travel Blog, great website and very informative.
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8 years ago, April 12th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #133634  
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@ Tina - Keep the questions coming :-)

@ MusicinMind - if there's a topic you feel would make a good forum discussion, feel free to start a new thread for it :-)
Regarding the TA thread - it's better now they have a dedicated thread, not as rampant as it used to be ;-) Reply to this

8 years ago, April 21st 2011 No: 9 Msg: #134271  
I think people instead of looking at the forums on travelblog, look at the blogs and ask questions directly to the blogger if necessary. At least I know I get quite a few questions via the PM button.

About the former Soviet Bloc countries, here goes some info that you won't find in the LP, mainly about a few cheap places to stay in Central Asia. This is information I wish I had known before hand or been able to find on the internet before hand.

If you happen to go to Merv in Turkmenistan, you need to stay in Mary the nearest big town. According to LP the cheapest hotel is some 20 dollar affair on the outskirts of town. There is actually a 5 dollar hotel right by the bus station, though it is extremely filthy. Still it is an option which should be mentioned I think.

If you take a train from Atyrau in Kazakhstan towards Uzbekistan you will have to change trains in little town called Beyneu right before the border with Uzbekistan. Since you arrive late at night on one train and the connecting train is only the next morning it is handy to know there is actually a hotel with dorm rooms right at the train station. I think it was 10 dollars for a bed.

So, there you have it, a little information about some former Soviet Bloc countries and cheap places to stay which can't be found elsewhere. It is a start I guess.

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8 years ago, April 29th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #134980  
Craig and others.....

After reading this forum posting I'm still not certain what you feel the difference is between participation on this site versus others?

As Ralf pointed out it makes sense to me that private messages may account for part of it.

And..... I'll never understand why people get angry and negative. I don't understand what they get out of that behavior.

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8 years ago, May 1st 2011 No: 11 Msg: #135169  
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I definitely prefer this site because of its friendly people and tight moderation. So thank you all for that! I don't post too much because I dont't have much to say. I haven't asked questions because I've been in grad school the last two years and any travel I've done has just been to and from hotels for conferences, and I don't answer much because compared to many of the people here I am not well-traveled at all. I can answer with a tiny bit of authority on some parts of the US (where I am) and some parts of France (where I've lived). Technical threads that interest me involve netbooks and photography, so I chip in there where I may. If there were linguistics threads, you'd hear a lot more from me! Reply to this

8 years ago, May 3rd 2011 No: 12 Msg: #135365  

You should pose a linguistics thread. There are a couple of travel bloggers with that back ground. You might be surprised at the responses you would get.

We can always use more tips on photography.

Happy studying! Reply to this

8 years ago, May 7th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #135651  
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I might do that. I'm trying to get a grant together now to go get some documentin' on in Irish. That would be a lovely trip to have someone else pay for : ) Reply to this

8 years ago, May 11th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #135982  
Good luck with pulling your grant together. How long will it be before you find out if the grant is approved. We'd love to read about your travel and explorations of Ireland. Reply to this

8 years ago, May 11th 2011 No: 15 Msg: #136010  
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It would be for either next spring or next summer. I won't know for a few more months. Reply to this

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