weg wrote:I'm always a bit puzzled as to why a google search on cycling things never brings threads here, but will often bring up BNA. The bots are here, so is it something in my settings or is it hidden or doesn't index somehow?
good question, although maybe if they could get it to somehow only include results from some sections of the forum that might be an idea
I think for quite a while it was hard to find the link to the forum (or they removed it completely?) from the BV main page.
I know I found this place in my very early cycling days when I was doing the 100km ATB for the first time, and was excitedly looking through the BV website and found the forums - there was so much discussion about ATB then, and it was wonderful to get involved and then boom I was hooked.
For whatever reason the discussion about rides has been really down in the last few years - look at the huge GVBR threads up to 2009, followed by the comparatively small ones since. If the threads are really active at the time that new members are likely to be finding the forums for the first time, then it's a portal in, much more so than meat&3Veg threads are. If there is no discussion, people poke their head in, then leave, and it's of course a vicious circle.
so maybe some of us who are old hat (;) ) can show a bit of enthusiasm about our umpteenth time of doing the ATB or whatever, just for the good of the forum, if it might get some new people around
oh, and used to post heaps more. Now I have a small child, and virtually no time online on the computer, except for last thing at night before going to sleep. I browse on my phone on the train, but posting is a pain. Posting on Facebook isn't a pain on the mobile - they've worked out that people need an easy field to type in without having to zoom or move around too much. The forums that haven't got a mobile version, much less so. I read threads, formulate an entire response in my head, think that I'll write it when I get on a computer, but 7 hours later I'm exhausted, and the topic has gone 5 pages in another direction and what I had to say is irrelevant.