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We cannot let this group die! Please be more active! (And yes it is mostly my fault because I have been gone for a long time)
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| September 8, 2013, 8:01 pm
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Quoting Seamus M.
We cannot let this group die! Please be more active! (And yes it is mostly my fault because I have been gone for a long time)

Where have you been?!?
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| September 8, 2013, 9:51 pm
Quoting Seamus M.
We cannot let this group die! Please be more active! (And yes it is mostly my fault because I have been gone for a long time)

Break out the Defibrillators!
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| September 8, 2013, 9:59 pm
Saying "we cannot let this group die" won't help anything, because most people who aren't active here are either completely inactive on MOCpages as a whole, or have forgotten about the group, and in both cases they won't see your comment.

A couple reasons why I think people might have "stopped bothering" with THG (which I still think is pretty cool):

1. The Group Pic isn't perfectly cropped, and group pics, being the first thing a lot of people see of a group, should usually be done very carefully.

2. The title is capitalized improperly.

3. The rules say to ask admins for permission to start topics, which is ok, expect when the admins start like 50 topics anyway, which is a bit annoying.

4. There aren't enough reasons to be active in this group. Maybe a competition or something could get THG going again.

There's my 2 cents, I would gladly volunteer my ideas to get this group back on track, because I really like it and think it has lots of potential.
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| September 8, 2013, 11:29 pm
Well, I might as well say some stuff here.

I dunno man; I mean, if you want me to be brutally honest, the problem with this group is that it didn't rapidly expand, and sustain that expansion. You should've have aggressively recruited folks, and, most importantly, come up with ideas outside of the box. That's basically how I got the Int'l Fan of Lego Debate Club going, and its how the 50+ and 100+ groups were established.
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| September 9, 2013, 8:56 pm
Quoting Achintya Prasad
the problem with this group is that it didn't rapidly expand, and sustain that expansion.

I've seen very small groups succeed as far as activity goes. More people, while you have a higher chance of having more people active, doesn't really solve the problem of activity. You gotta look at the people you are recruiting; if they are reliable, like groups, etc. A lot of people just use groups to share some creations and then leave, and so far many people here have done just that. Also, I don't know if this group has this system already, but something I've seen working before in several groups is having a "excused absence" system, where if a person has been inactive for a while they are kicked, unless they have a good reason (vacation, homework, etc.). Just more ideas.

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| September 10, 2013, 12:35 am
I have school and volleyball, so im almost always busy
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| September 13, 2013, 2:56 pm
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Quoting Sam Sanister
Break out the Defibrillators!

Clear!
ZZZZzzzapp!
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| September 13, 2013, 4:42 pm
I have school and tennis so I'm limited to activity on the weekends... :I
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| September 13, 2013, 9:38 pm
Quoting Justin L.
I have school and tennis so I'm limited to activity on the weekends... :I

Hey, I also live in the Seattle area and play tennis!
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| September 15, 2013, 10:32 pm
Quoting Mister Lego ~
Hey, I also live in the Seattle area and play tennis!

:o what city?
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| September 17, 2013, 10:22 am
It's too good of a group to die. That simple.
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| September 17, 2013, 4:50 pm
Quoting Alex Rode
It's too good of a group to die. That simple.

Cannot Die...
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| September 28, 2013, 11:57 am
ABSturlutely not.
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| September 28, 2013, 12:07 pm
Creations...
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| September 28, 2013, 1:45 pm
Start Building, or I will...
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| September 28, 2013, 1:56 pm
It's not so much there are no creations being added to this group, but that people here aren't feeling chatty.
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| September 28, 2013, 6:06 pm
i might try to be active. but y isnt this group active? its called the humongous group! and i'ts barely active. please help
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| October 16, 2013, 7:10 pm
 Group admin 
WE ARE LOSING OUR GROUP! THIS GROUP NEEDS CPR! by cpr its means get more actve
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| October 20, 2013, 2:56 am
Beep, beep, beep, beeeee.
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| October 20, 2013, 4:54 am
Quoting Spencer A
WE ARE LOSING OUR GROUP! THIS GROUP NEEDS CPR! by cpr its means get more actve

Realize that periods of inactivity within groups is an inherent problem with the MOCpages group system and psychology, not the group itself. Don't stress too much about it.

I ran a group about the same size once and I found cracking down and kicking inactive members and adding active ones really helped boost activity. ;)
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| October 26, 2013, 1:48 pm
Quoting Seamus M.
We cannot let this group die! Please be more active! (And yes it is mostly my fault because I have been gone for a long time)

It already has :P
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| May 3, 2017, 2:28 pm
This group is utterly dehd
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| May 6, 2017, 10:48 am
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Well, I might as well say some stuff here.

I dunno man; I mean, if you want me to be brutally honest, the problem with this group is that it didn't rapidly expand, and sustain that expansion. You should've have aggressively recruited folks, and, most importantly, come up with ideas outside of the box. That's basically how I got the Int'l Fan of Lego Debate Club going, and its how the 50+ and 100+ groups were established.

Hello Achintya.

This is not related to your comment above, but reading this i remembered that you were the founder (or at least admin) of the IFOL Debate club.

I was removed from the group some time ago and while i supposed it was due to inactivity in the discussions, i would like to be certain. I don't know if it was you who removed me, but do you happen to know the reason why i was removed?

I am not dissapointed, angry, hold a grudge or request to be re-invited, i am merely curious if there was a particuar reason for my removal :-)
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| May 9, 2017, 10:35 am
A side-note to my comment above: If my removal was due to inactivity, then i fully understand. I am frequently very inactive in groups, including the group i started myself ages ago :-)
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| May 9, 2017, 10:41 am
Quoting Builder Allan
Hello Achintya.

This is not related to your comment above, but reading this i remembered that you were the founder (or at least admin) of the IFOL Debate club.

I was removed from the group some time ago and while i supposed it was due to inactivity in the discussions, i would like to be certain. I don't know if it was you who removed me, but do you happen to know the reason why i was removed?

I am not dissapointed, angry, hold a grudge or request to be re-invited, i am merely curious if there was a particuar reason for my removal :-)

Wow it's been a while since I've logged on. I just randomly happened to catch the email that told me you replied. Anyways, to answer your question, I deleted the group and removed most (if not all) of the members in the interest of protecting everyone's opinions online. The group was active a long time ago, and I'm sure people's opinions and beliefs may have shifted and changed since the debates. And with colleges and jobs looking all over the internet for background checks, I figured that getting rid of political/controversial conversations like that was relevant. It wasn't meant to be rude or to direct any malice towards anyone (yourself included). Tbh I wasn't even sure people kept up with MOCpages nowadays which is why I didn't bother with contacting anyone.

But yeah, TL;DR, I wanted to make sure no one was negatively impacted by their opinions on controversial topics from a few years ago.
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| May 9, 2017, 2:05 pm
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Wow it's been a while since I've logged on. I just randomly happened to catch the email that told me you replied. Anyways, to answer your question, I deleted the group and removed most (if not all) of the members in the interest of protecting everyone's opinions online. The group was active a long time ago, and I'm sure people's opinions and beliefs may have shifted and changed since the debates. And with colleges and jobs looking all over the internet for background checks, I figured that getting rid of political/controversial conversations like that was relevant. It wasn't meant to be rude or to direct any malice towards anyone (yourself included). Tbh I wasn't even sure people kept up with MOCpages nowadays which is why I didn't bother with contacting anyone.

But yeah, TL;DR, I wanted to make sure no one was negatively impacted by their opinions on controversial topics from a few years ago.

Oh, ok :-) That was actually very considerate of you, you are absolutely right about employers etc. checking up on people.

I thought it might have been my inactivity in the group, which i would hav been fine with too, but the reason you mention is actually even better :-)
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| May 9, 2017, 3:37 pm
Wow.. I should have checked that last comment for typos before i posted it.. Not great spelling for someone studying to become a teacher! :-D
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| May 9, 2017, 4:12 pm
Quoting Builder Allan
Oh, ok :-) That was actually very considerate of you, you are absolutely right about employers etc. checking up on people.

I thought it might have been my inactivity in the group, which i would hav been fine with too, but the reason you mention is actually even better :-)

Haha yeah you're good. I just remembered that the comments might come back and haunt people, and without a functioning, active group, it could be taken out of context very easily.

Just looking around though, wow. I feel like the LEGO community was hit with a massive slump in activity. Even over on Flickr I feel like people aren't building or interacting as much. It's a far cry from where we used to be for sure. I personally haven't built anything in a while...
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| May 9, 2017, 7:38 pm
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Haha yeah you're good. I just remembered that the comments might come back and haunt people, and without a functioning, active group, it could be taken out of context very easily.

Just looking around though, wow. I feel like the LEGO community was hit with a massive slump in activity. Even over on Flickr I feel like people aren't building or interacting as much. It's a far cry from where we used to be for sure. I personally haven't built anything in a while...

You are avsolutely right! On MOCpages, i think that for many it has to do with the outdated layout of the site and the bugs in the system that aren't being fixed.

For me personally though, it has to do with a lack of time, money and ideas... I have been very inactive here for almost a couple of years now, though i recently became somewhat more active again. I even posted a modest new build a little whie ago :-D

What the reasons are for people on Flickr i don't know. I am not on there because for my level of engagement in the hobby, this site is enough :-)
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| May 10, 2017, 2:50 am
Again with the typos! I -really- need to check my messages before posting them :-D

avsolutely=absolutely

it has to do=it ALSO has to do

whie=while
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| May 10, 2017, 2:55 am
Quoting Achintya Prasad

Just looking around though, wow. I feel like the LEGO community was hit with a massive slump in activity. Even over on Flickr I feel like people aren't building or interacting as much. It's a far cry from where we used to be for sure. I personally haven't built anything in a while...

For me, I started using MOCpages less when it started logging me out every time I left the site. I wasn't much of a talker in the first place; and I've slowed down on MOCing.
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| May 10, 2017, 2:04 pm
Quoting Builder Allan
You are absolutely right! On MOCpages, I think that for many it has to do with the outdated layout of the site and the bugs in the system that aren't being fixed.

For me personally though, it has to do with a lack of time, money and ideas... I have been very inactive here for almost a couple of years now, though I recently became somewhat more active again. I even posted a modest new build a little while ago :-D

What the reasons are for people on Flickr I don't know. I am not on there because for my level of engagement in the hobby, this site is enough :-)

I prefer MOCpages's layout over Flickr's; and I upload MOCs here way more often.

I do agree there are some problems that need fixing, but it may be too late in MOCpages's life cycle.

The creator of the site is somewhat burned out with maintaining MOCpages, I heard.

There are several factors that contribute to my lack of building as well: lack of inspiration, video/PC games, and my recently acquired job.

Time is not a problem for me at the moment, though it most certainly will be in the future.
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| May 10, 2017, 2:11 pm
Quoting Sam Sanister
I prefer MOCpages's layout over Flickr's; and I upload MOCs here way more often.

I do agree there are some problems that need fixing, but it may be too late in MOCpages's life cycle.

The creator of the site is somewhat burned out with maintaining MOCpages, I heard.

There are several factors that contribute to my lack of building as well: lack of inspiration, video/PC games, and my recently acquired job.

Time is not a problem for me at the moment, though it most certainly will be in the future.

I definitely prefer MOCpages too! While i am not on Flickr, i do know the site and have an idea what it's about. I prefer MOCpages mostly because it is a site dedicated to LEGO, where Flickr is more of a photo site in general.

There certainly are problems here that needs fixing, but i don't know if it's too late to fix them. I think that if things were fixed, regulars wouldn't flee and newcomers wouldn't be scared off.

Oh i didn't know that :-) I just heard that he has other things in his life that demands more attention.

For me it is school (taking an advanced education at 41 is tough!) and a lack of inspiration and money. On top of that, it
doesn't help that there are so many problems with the site :-)
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| May 10, 2017, 2:24 pm
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