I can however, understand how that is not sustainable (I just look at my sister and brother-in-law and what having three kids requires). In addition, it is normal we move on -- I have over the years posted less in the Korean threads and more and more in the Asian and general ones.
All that said, I hope that changwonmatty is right when he says that the forum probably has plenty of life in it yet. I like what paquebot is doing in the K3 threads, providing some facts and figures and if more people could chip in (changwonmatty used do it under his other moniker - though he has been away from the action in NZ) perhaps he will be proven right.
Holyjoe wrote:nzfooty wrote:eujin wrote:I've not listened for a while. Are you still doing it? The last time I listened was probably around the last time someone posted on here about it ~ beginning August.
If you're not advertising on ROKfootball you're probably not reaching 80% of your target demographic.
These days every man and his dog has a page on Facebook about their experiences of the K-League. There is no single place where anyone can reach anyone with anything meaningful to say. I hope the lack of "critical mass" will see some people come back but I guess it remains to be seen.
Yeah it's a shame in a way that 'traditional' internet forums are on the wane but then Facebook and Twitter offer a much more centralised online information/discussion experience where people can participate in online discussion about anything from the one starting point. Forums are a great way to structure communities on the internet but they're quite limited in connectivity and expression compared to what social media offers. That's probably what's going to spell the end for ROKfootball as a forum as well in the not-too-distant future I would imagine.
I've noticed a distinct drop off in usage in a number of forums I use frequently over the last few years, mainly Scottish football related ones but even somewhere like Dave's ESL Cafe which I looked in on a couple of weeks ago is a shadow of its former self. Some might say that's a good thing, but ten or so years ago it was pretty much the only location on the internet to discuss English teaching in Korea, now as you say every man and his dog can set up Facebook groups for anything and everything (I'm still a member of the Incheon English Teachers group and I think I was part of a Bupyeong English Teachers group as well as an F-2 Teachers group).
It's a shame really as I like the fact that forums provide a much more organised and structured way of storing information and discussions for a particular subject or topic of interest, however niche, that can then be referenced again in the future. We've got 10+ years of Korean football stuff on here all nicely categorised and relatively easy to look up should you wish to revisit something that happened in the eleventh round of matches during the 2007 National League season (overlooking the fact the search function on this site is shit). I see Facebook and Twitter as more of a 'here and now' platform - you aren't going to get a discussion thread like we have for The "48" going on for more than five years on Facebook.
I've no idea how much longer this forum will stick around for, certainly it would do a lot better if it was part of an overall Korean football news & information site, which of course it used to be until the original contributors slowly started moving on from Korea and not all have retained the interest in Korean football that some of us who keep coming back here have.. until it got to the point where I just couldn't be arsed getting other folk involved or keeping it going. I'd moved on from Korea as well so that made it even more difficult. Back then I had all the time in the world as well to run the forum properly, do all the behind-the-scenes updating etc.. now with three kids running riot I get about seven minutes to myself each day if I'm lucky so the site will pretty much run as-is until it either gets fucked up by interweb goblins once more or everyone leaves