Aug 2, 2020 at 1:28 am #3668090W I S N E R !BPL Member
Something feels so poetically right about it all just vanishing!
I just hope that if it happens, we can have some advance warning and start a doomsday clock.
Until then, hold your heads high Chaffers, .27% is pretty elite.Aug 2, 2020 at 8:14 am #3668107
old regular forum posts have some value
old chaff posts have less value, I can’t imagine wanting to look at a post that was 10 years old, or even 10 months. 1 month would be sufficient.
For my own stuff, memory’s cheap, easier to just buy more rather than try to identify what’s not useful and delete.
things change, if chaff disappeared – whatever. If BPL disappeared – whatever. It would be a loss but I’d get over it.Aug 2, 2020 at 8:40 am #3668116
But….how will future generations discover that one person had it right in the past? I thought I was creating an historical record…Aug 2, 2020 at 8:48 am #3668117KatttBPL Member
I am all for deleting it..Aug 2, 2020 at 8:49 am #3668118Daryl and DarylBPL Member
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
In case Chaff suddenly goes away and never returns. ……….
Thanks for the useful info and good laughs over the years.
My thoughts will be with you even if my posts won’t.Aug 2, 2020 at 10:56 am #3668135idesterBPL Member
@doug-iLocale: The Cascades
“old regular forum posts have some value”
This is certainly what folks in the main forum seem to think, but I wonder if anyone took my challenge. Go to the last thread page and start reading them backward and tell me how many threads you think are still useful. It would be a small number, IMO. There would be some, but very few.
It’s not my site, of course, and Ryan can do what he wants (and does). But if BPL is gonna keep all these useless old threads though, then it would be nice if they’d stop whining about how the big databases are so difficult to manage et.al.
These people crack me up.Aug 2, 2020 at 11:26 am #3668138W I S N E R !BPL Member
Is this database issue typical of most forums? I certainly don’t hear about this sort of thing elsewhere but I have no idea. That’s probably half the problem: I think soliciting “members” (AKA paying customers) for advice and including them in behind the scenes repair details and drama is a bit unprofessional. Sort of like paying for a meal and having the owner come out to ask for advice in the kitchen…
But I guess there are a lot of people here that are far more invested in pushing for certain features and access so maybe I’m way off base. It seems to blur the customer/employee line pretty heavily to me though.Aug 2, 2020 at 11:47 am #3668141idesterBPL Member
@doug-iLocale: The Cascades
BPL has always been that way though. For years it was the paying members who kept the site alive with their stories/trip reports/gear reviews and such, not BPL. I think we can all remember, as it wasn’t that long ago, when the BPL stories/reviews/etc. were very few and far between. IOW, it seems to me that BPL has always relied on its paying members to increase the monetary value of the site, which only enriches one person…Aug 2, 2020 at 1:11 pm #3668160
I take it that Ryan is looking for feedback and responses from forum members. I don’t think he’s soliciting advice. Really if he just deleted all that stuff people would be crying out about how he didn’t consult his paying members. I think he’e being professional precisely by soliciting opinions.
I don’t begrudge Ryan for making money on a site that he created and works at. He’s not ‘quite’ making Zuckerberg money. (By the way I’m a member here but not Facebook.) When I read this forum of post I don’t ever think about how my function is just to create monetary value for this site. Who does? We’re sharing info and experience and trips and such.Aug 2, 2020 at 1:12 pm #3668161
Delete them. It’s just noise albeit more interesting than gear talk.
Delete Chaff. I keep in touch with many of the other Chaffers outside of BPL.Aug 2, 2020 at 1:14 pm #3668163
Ian, the Colonel Kurtz of bpl…Aug 2, 2020 at 1:19 pm #3668164
Agreed Jeffrey. I don’t begrudge Ryan for making a living.
I also agree with Doug. For a very long time 99% of the valuable content was produced by members in the forums and the editorial content suffered, was rarely helpful or interesting, and I eventually broke the habit of checking to see what was new there. Ike wrote a couple particularly good articles, so has Roger and Ryan, so I’m not trying to be unfair, but there was a pretty long dry spell.
I’m surprised BPL can compete with free content like Reddit but obviously it does.Aug 2, 2020 at 1:24 pm #3668165
“Ian, the Colonel Kurtz of bpl…”
Oh that’s dark! I like it!
I’m sure there’s some sort of anti vaxer joke that I can tie in with the pandemic but my chores await and I’m not feeling all that clever today.Aug 2, 2020 at 1:24 pm #3668166
“Thanks for the useful info and good laughs over the years.”
yeah Daryl, same hereAug 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm #3668168
As luck would have it, the Pandemic and my inability to safely visit a barber has left me with a Colonel Kurtz hairstyleAug 2, 2020 at 1:39 pm #3668169
Chaff. A place where an handful of miscreants, misfits, and starving comedians from all over the globe meet to debate and discuss everything from climate change to what we’re having for breakfast, occasionally interrupted with laughter, tears, and profanity.
There is indeed something poetic about Chaff being taken out by a tidal wave of spreadsheets and gear talk.Aug 2, 2020 at 3:20 pm #3668174
you look like either a proud boy or an antifa person?
I know, a biker. You could go under cover.Aug 2, 2020 at 3:50 pm #3668181
I started growing my goatee in March at the beginning of the pandemic. I’m shaving it when it’s over. I anticipate that it will be braided and adorned with skull beads before it’s all overAug 2, 2020 at 4:44 pm #3668190
face tatoo?Aug 2, 2020 at 4:45 pm #3668193
I’m just babbling here, this could easily go out into left field, maybe swastika tatoo would do it?Aug 2, 2020 at 4:47 pm #3668194
Are you high on airplane glue?Aug 2, 2020 at 4:52 pm #3668196
Sorry. That want very welcoming of me.
When you say things like that, well, it hurts my feeling. I do wish you would try to be sensitive to these things
Ian of Clan McChaffAug 2, 2020 at 5:34 pm #3668203
now I feel bad, like I said I’m just babbling, trying to stay just inside the line of acceptable humor, just riffing on your theme of braids and skull beads
if I really made you feel bad, that would make me feel bad
I guess that’s a lesson for me, don’t mention face tattoos especially swastikas
when I was maybe 12, my older sister was maybe 18. Her boyfriend (who is an Eagle scout) and his friends made a huge sand fort on the beach. They topped it with a swastika flag. They didn’t put all that much meaning to it being a swastika flag.
A WWII vet came along and let them know he did not approve of the swastika flag, like his face turned red, he ripped it down while he was yelling at them. That would be about 20 years post WWII.
Then his car got stuck in the sand so they helped push him out
Probably best to just leave swastikas aloneAug 2, 2020 at 5:41 pm #3668205
In my personal experience, Nazi jokes tend to leave the audience with their mouth agape and not laughing.
Same is true for cannibalism jokes. Lord knows I’ve tried but they never flyAug 2, 2020 at 5:49 pm #3668206
cannibalism jokes are out too????
I’ll try to remember that : )
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