Sites like GameBanshee were ones I was expecting to slow down, because the gaming forum niche has been getting more and more crowded since the beginning of forum software. It's not just IGN or GameFAQs GameBanshee has to face off against, but a few hundred specialist sites directed towards particular games or very defined genres. Given there's, what, two or three people who build all the content of the site for several games, keeping up that level of competition and hence, activity, is going to be rough.
I don't think anyone can blame GameBanshee's entire slow down on twitter and Facebook which are not so much direct competitors for the activity but complements for services which might detract from more general sites. I do think Xandax is a bit off base directing the blame there -- site archives and internet history searches shows consistent growth in the site until about the mid to late 800,000s, and then all of a sudden it died. This was not analogous with the growth in strength of any particular communication medium, not has this trend changed as various mediums have come and gone from the net. Other sites have managed to maintain and much higher rate of activity, including those in the RPG gaming niche and in the gaming niche even while it was experiencing a massive demographic shift on the net.
I've actually always kind of wondered about the join dates here. There's a very odd discrepancy where either posters have been here since forever or they are fairly new, without the middle-age group of posters being there.
I have no doubt there is a difference between quality and quantity. But the different between quality and nothing is even more apparent, and what's apparent in Speak Your Mind is that it once had a more burgeoning history which has given way to an odd sense of emptiness. I noticed this when I first posted a long time ago, and since I largely lurk I never really had a reason to keep posting in Speak Your Mind since there isn't really much of a community here to come back to. I sincerely hope that whatever community which was here which kept people coming back and posting in the other forums emerges once more in some form, because I have to admit some concern that otherwise maintaining member interest in this sort of communication medium otherwise is low.
I used to rate forums for a while and write reviews on them, so I'm kind of used to looking for the problems on sites.
I have to admit that I have noticed some more unsavory habits on this forum which kind of bug me and I don't think help the site, but I doubt you guys want to hear from the Edmontonian with well less than 100 posts over 3 years to his name.
What has happened to Fable? I noticed he has disappeared from the internet as well, since when I last checked he was not around (and we were in that debate over Tasers) and I took a gander around the net since I recognized his name from other sites and such. Outside of his Facebook I couldn't see anything recently updated and I could not view his wall itself, so I don't know if he was doing any of those updates...