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I started a thread asking about your problem. In the "help" section there is only this:
Can you provide a link to that thread?
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Can you provide a link to that thread?
I will when I get home. (started the thread on my home computer, where I have my password saved. Don't know my password so I cannot get in at work)
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Old 08-08-2019, 11:25 AM
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I wandered around there some, and whenever I saw something I might want to contribute to, I would see at the top: "27.3K Comments". When a subject garners thousands of comments, what's the point of adding to it? I tried the very specific hobbyist subs, and there is no discussion of equipment or methodology. Just "Here's a picture of me doing [thing]". Over and over and over.

There are some interesting subs about science, the future and nature, but I just read without commenting.
The support groups are 95% "I just found out I have this, what next".

Reddit is for reading, not for building a community. All those listicles that are "This group of people relate their experiences related to being in that group" are from AskReddit.

I'd classify most of their forums as cooperative blogs. I suspect that the forums which actually work as a community are so because they're closed and you have to know someone to get in.

Count me in as someone who would like to find other fora that I might be interested in. (I made the mistake of googling my name on GB, and now the place has left a bad taste in my mouth)
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:13 PM
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Chronicle of the Horse message board. Lots of different horse-related forums (Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Foxhunting, Western, Trail, etc), a pet forum, an "Off-Course" (not horse-related general forum). Busy, active board - If you look at who's online right now, there are 530 registered members active at that moment.

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Old 08-08-2019, 01:53 PM
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Chronicle of the Horse message board. Lots of different horse-related forums (Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Foxhunting, Western, Trail, etc), a pet forum, an "Off-Course" (not horse-related general forum). Busy, active board - If you look at who's online right now, there are 530 registered members active at that moment.

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That's a board I occasionally lurk on but I am much more comfortable with The Horse Forum. Much more diverse and far, far, more downhome, while there are still plenty of experienced people. Beginners are helped not sneered at. Heavily moderated, no snark allowed at all (I was a moderator briefly so saw behind the scenes.)Different tone entirely. CoH is dominated by people who apparently routinely drop $5K on a weekend show with their $35K+ horse. Mostly dressage/eventing/jumping (all of these are very expensive sports). It was lurking on CofH where I first heard the word "ammie". Ammies are those lesser folks who aren't Pros or BNTs (Big Name Trainers). Not a word used on HF. Still it's an interesting window into a world I will never actually enter.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:23 PM
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I wandered around there some, and whenever I saw something I might want to contribute to, I would see at the top: "27.3K Comments". When a subject garners thousands of comments, what's the point of adding to it? I tried the very specific hobbyist subs, and there is no discussion of equipment or methodology. Just "Here's a picture of me doing [thing]". Over and over and over.

There are some interesting subs about science, the future and nature, but I just read without commenting.
One thing you can do is sort posts by "Rising" or "New" instead of the default "Top." Top posts have already gotten a lot of attention, they are interesting to read but like you said most every comment has already been made. Rising or New posts won't have nearly as many comments.
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:40 PM
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I know OP said no Reddit, but Reddit. There is a vast amount of content there. Multiple subreddits for just about every topic you can think of; ...
Fully agree. There's something for everyone.

It's also true that the default subs are enormous and it's likely you won't recognize other redditors in the 15k comments. However, it's also true that there are smaller subs with much more of a small town feel. Subs for smaller hobbies and very local neighborhood info are particularly good for this.

I use a browser for reddit but far prefer old reddit.
http://old.reddit.com
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OK, so based on the recommendations here, I just went and checked out the Giraffe Boards.

I've grown concerned about how traffic is slowing here on SDMB. I used to be able to pop in every two or three days and see lots of brand new threads in the two fora I habituate. Now, if I come back two days later, not a lot has changed. A bunch of new posts maybe, but not a lot of new threads. So I'm looking for more stuff to distract myself.

I started on the Giraffe equivalent of GQ (Just the Facts, I think they call it). The very last thread on page 1 had something I felt would benefit from my input — until I noticed that the most recent post was put up back in March.

Today is the 11th. The most recent post in that forum was three days ago, and only 6 threads have had updates this month.

Really!!?? Is this how infrequently Giraffe is used?

I mean, the thread currently at the bottom of page 1 of GQ was last posted-to the day before yesterday. Does one really return to the Giraffe after a week away and find only two or three new/updated threads? Or is my computer sorting them wrong or something?
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:37 PM
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Really!!?? Is this how infrequently Giraffe is used?
Yea, as said, traditional message boards are done for. What did you think of reddit, though?
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I've been to Reddit once or twice and to me it seemed like just a bunch of random shit presented in a really cluttered and unattractive way. If there was some way of narrowing all that enormousness down (a lá Cafe Society or General Questions), I didn't see it.

I mean, I didn't look for it. But I didn't see it before I fled in horror.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:15 PM
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Oops. This got ejected somehow:

And if, as someone upthread said, the posts in a given thread are measured in the thousands, what's the freakin' point? You're just shouting into the wind.
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:54 PM
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I go there and to its main splinter forum Sufficient Velocity more than I do the SDMB these days.
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I've been to Reddit once or twice and to me it seemed like just a bunch of random shit presented in a really cluttered and unattractive way. If there was some way of narrowing all that enormousness down (a lá Cafe Society or General Questions), I didn't see it.

I mean, I didn't look for it. But I didn't see it before I fled in horror.
That's what subreddits (you know, r/SomethingOrOther) are for. There's a subreddit for everything. Everything.
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I know that, but how the hell do you find them?

Yes, the front page has a list of the top trending "communities" (which I assume means "subreddits") and the fastest-growing "communities," but where can I browse an list, organized by topic, of what subreddits are out there? You know, the equivalent of this.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:05 AM
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I know that, but how the hell do you find them?
Use the search function.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:52 AM
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On Reddit what you can do is create an account, log in, and browse the home page to see what interests you. The default homepage is a combination of posts from many different subreddits. The Reddit home page is like seeing the top posts from General Questions, Cafe Society, and The Pit all mixed together.

Find a post that interests you. In each post will be a string like r/news or r/pics that let you know what subreddit that post is in. Click on the subreddit name (like r/pics) and that will take you to that subreddit. Now you are are looking at nothing but posts from that subreddit. Subreddits are loose equivalents to the different sections of SDMB like Cafe Society or The Game Room, only there are tens of thousands of them.

On the right will be stats and a description of that subreddit, and a Join button. Scroll through some of the posts from that subreddit and if it looks like something you would like, click Join and popular posts from that subreddit will appear on your home page.

As mentioned by kayaker, if you have specific topics in mind, you can also use the search function to find subreddits to Join.
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I know that, but how the hell do you find them?

Yes, the front page has a list of the top trending "communities" (which I assume means "subreddits") and the fastest-growing "communities," but where can I browse an list, organized by topic, of what subreddits are out there? You know, the equivalent of this.
It doesn't exist. As kayaker said, if you have a particular topic you want to delve into, you can use the search function. Often, the more popular subreddits will have suggestions in their info about yet other subreddits that may be of interest, or more appropriate to the topic you are interested in.

But something like MPSIMS? General discussions where the community is smarter than your average bear and aren't a firehose or slow drip? I don't even know where to start looking
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:34 AM
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Looking at the communities on reddit that I subscribe to: r/AfricanGrey, AmitheAsshole, atheism, blackmagicfuckery, ChildrenFallingOver, Cinemagraphs, delusionalcraigslist, DrostelEffect, HelloInternet, HerpHomes, Jokes, KidsAreFuckingStupid, MMJ, oddlysatisfying, oilpen, PaMedicalMarijuana, perfectloops, restofthefuckingowl, sdmb, tattoo, tcgte, tortoise, trees, UNBGBBIIVCHIDCTIICBG, Unexpected, UnnecessarySloMo, weed, Wellthatsucks, whatsthisbird, whatsthissnake.
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But something like MPSIMS? General discussions where the community is smarter than your average bear and aren't a firehose or slow drip? I don't even know where to start looking
MPSIMS has a lot of equivalents on Reddit, they are all just splintered into many different interest groups. But try r/happy and r/CasualConversation.

General Questions I would look at r/explainlikeimfive/ and r/nostupidquestions for starters.

IMHO equivalents would be r/askreddit and r/AmItheAsshole.

Some of my favorite groups are r/talesfromretail, r/AmItheAsshole, and r/Nostalgia.

You should also find that any particular popular author, TV show, or game has it's own active subreddit. Also try your country/state/province and local city, they usually have active subreddits.
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Damn, you guys are awesome. I'll start poking around tonight. Thank you!
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When I want to actually discuss something on reddit, as opposed to generally browsing my homepage or r/all, I will go to specific subreddits. My most frequently visited ones are the ones for my favorite baseball team, the state I live in, books I read, or some other relatively niche subreddits. At a certain point, probably between 500k and 1m subscribers, the amount of chaff becomes overwhelming without extremely good moderators, but up to that point you can easily have extended discussions without getting drowned in low effort jokes and whatever, and the flow of content is not so great that it becomes a crapshoot as to what will show up.
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I've been a member of The Giraffe Boards for the last decade, but for whatever reason have only posted once. I should check it out more often -- the board has an interesting vibe.

I'm also a member of the UnaBoard (which is run by Una Persson, SDMB member and member of the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board), but again, I haven't been all that active. I should check this board out more often as well, because Una hasn't posted much on the SDMB lately, and I like hearing reading what she has to say.

A board that I'm somewhat more active on is the DISBoards. I go there when I want to talk about Disney travel stuff (e.g. Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line). My activity peaks there before and after a planned trip.
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I've been a member of The Giraffe Boards for the last decade, but for whatever reason have only posted once.
I remember that post, it was excellent!! Something about Daylight Savings Time, IIRC.
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I remember that post, it was excellent!! Something about Daylight Savings Time, IIRC.
I see what you did there.
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I haven't been to the International Skeptics Forum(formerly JREF Message Board) for a couple of years, but it was pretty lively when I was there last.


ISF has slowed down a lot since it stopped being the JREF forum, but there's still a lot of daily activity.

Unfortunately, a lot of that is now political stuff about Trump, but I'm not sure how that could have been avoided....

But worth a look if you're looking for something similar. I know there are a few other people who post on both SDMB and ISF.

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...forumindex.php
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ISF has slowed down a lot since it stopped being the JREF forum, but there's still a lot of daily activity.
Apropos of nothing, James Randi celebrated his 91st birthday recently (August 7).
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General Questions I would look at r/explainlikeimfive/ and r/nostupidquestions for starters.
Add to that r/askscience & r/askhistorians.

r/whatisthisthing is amazing, too. Useful to some, entertaining for others. For example, here's one from a day ago with a part apparently from a 100 year old dairy machine. Remarkable.
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Add to that r/askscience & r/askhistorians.

r/whatisthisthing is amazing, too. Useful to some, entertaining for others. For example, here's one from a day ago with a part apparently from a 100 year old dairy machine. Remarkable.
Is that history sub the one with the very rigorous standards for posting? There's one on reddit that basically doesn't want to hear from any enthusiastic generalists, just sourced material from historians (professional or amateur). Can be quite funny - someone posts a question on a contentious aspect of history, e.g. What was Ronald Reagan's role in the collapse of the USSR?, 80 comments nuked by the moderator until someone serious shows up and posts.
It's an interesting approach to quality that would never work on a normal message board, but with the weight of reddit it can.

Think you have to post on reddit if you're into computer gaming - ground zero for so much information and community. Also great for specialised stuff that a general board can't support, and you tend to recognise the names on these smaller subs. It fails on the stuff in between, though IMHO - the more routine interests that can support their own message boards. Just feel too impersonal on reddit like others have said. Never know who you're talking to and I prefer a dedicated board.

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I think GQ is the most irreplaceable part of the SDMB, since it is large enough that there is a battery of experts who are still likely to chime in on any question, but small enough you can get to know people and their individual credibility, and it isn't so specialized that you have to hunt for the right place to post.

IMHO is the same way but with opinions.

Game room and CS I think do lend themselves to subforums which would be too small to have much of a following on the Dope.

I think Great Debates used to be greater than it is, but the quality of discourse has gone down. The only thing going for it is being on here for so long I immediately know whose posts to not pay attention to, rather than having to read halfway through the posts to find out it isn't worth reading. But there doesn't seem to be much interesting to talk about. I think part of it is the political climate, since even if we agree on something there's no chance of it ever becoming reality, so why moot the point in the first place?

MPSIMS is mostly replaceable with Reddit, since Reddit is best at "hey, what do you think about this link!" and that's what half of MPSIMS is anyway. There is the social aspect but I am not into that personally as far as MPSIMS goes.
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history sub with the very rigorous standards for posting ... basically doesn't want to hear from any enthusiastic generalists, just sourced material from historians (professional or amateur). .... 80 comments nuked by the moderator until someone serious shows up and posts.
It's an interesting approach to quality that would never work on a normal message board, but with the weight of reddit it can.
r/askhistorians is a very professional, academic forum.
For more popular discussion of history, see www.reddit.com/r/history. Most threads there are as good as the posts we have here at the SDope.

And if you're feeling sad, be sure to look at www.reddit.com/r/mademesmile, or /www.reddit.com/r/aww.


Almost everything on reddit is well written,with good grammar, and a friendly atmosphere.The problem is that it's just too big and impersonal.
It's like fishing--you can drop your hook in, and pull out something interesting. But It's harder to post there, and much harder to have longer, back-and-forth debate.

(And never use capital letters if you type the URL in your browser..It's the only website I've ever seen that doesn't work with caps )

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And if you're feeling sad, be sure to look at www.reddit.com/r/mademesmile, or /www.reddit.com/r/aww.
That link is nsfw. Well, I guess it is safe... if you're ok with your cow-orkers seeing you all teary-eyed and such. Thank you for sharing MadeMeSmile; it is a gem.

Among others... this post really hit me:
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We recently had twins and my husband has a habit of saying “dada” to the babies in front of me, so I play along and say “mama” as if I’m fighting back. But I watch them overnight and when I’m alone with them I also whisper “dada” to them, because he’s such a good dad, and I want him to have the joy of being their first word.

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I hit the xda-developers forums from time to time for the Android-ish devices I use. There are general ones but the ones for certain device families attract my attention.

While I mainly use them for things like rooting a device, how to tweak a rooted device, etc. There are often subforums where people talk about their favorite apps, how to do interesting things, accessories, etc.

Along these lines is the TiVo Community. Lots of TiVo and dvr related stuff. But I only go there in search of specific info: How to do X? How do fix problem Y? etc.

One forum I've visited a few times recently is this xkcd-based one. Seem like good folk, but just a few people making a few posts.
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