I have been a member of the forum community for a very long time – since July 14th, 2003 to be exact. Since my registration I have been banned and unbanned on numerous occasions, promoted to moderator status, demoted to a regular member, once again promoted to moderator, site-banned, IP-banned, Klined and Glined from the IRC channel and server, and even had my forum account deleted then brought back only to have it shit on after being resurrected over a year and a half later. But I am still here. Why?!?
The GW forums is an interesting place. It’s the second forum I’ve become an active member in, first being the Counter-Strike forums (lol). In fact, right now, I’m not registered anywhere else as a forum member besides two other places, but I don’t usually post on one of them and don’t post at all on the other. So what is keeping me here? Honestly, I don’t have a clue. Maybe it’s because GW’s forum community is special to me. Perhaps much like an old group of friends, I don’t think I can let it vanish from my life. But like with any group of friends, we went through some drama. It’s kind of like a love and hate relationship. I just can’t seemed to give it up…
Before you read on, let me warn you that this is an article written by a long-time forum member whose hopes and dreams for this forum have been slipping away for quite some time now. Let’s begin.
So here’s a short summary of the current status of GW forums: Its user activity is gradually dwindling, the contents (level of interesting, informative, or funny material – known as my IIF [just made that up]) of the posts aren’t improving, and nothing is being done to fix and improve the situation. No one is stepping up.
Is this appealing? So appealing that it makes you want to stop reading this article and register as a member to post on the forums immediately? Probably not, but I can think of some other things that this might make you want to do. The forums on this website seem to serve only one purpose: it’s a place where many of us can waste our precious time. But I used to have fun doing it. Unless you’re an old-timer like I am, this place has little or no significance or purpose other than a place to see whether or not the raw for the newest Naruto chapter is out. Oh wait, we have MangaHelpers or NarutoFan for that. Dammit, so what is this place really worth?
Honestly, it’s worth nothing. At least, not anymore. As said above, interesting, informative, or funny (IIF) posts are almost completely absent nowadays. The good ‘ol times have rolled by and now are the days of degeneration. There is less activity now too. This forum community I really adored being part of has declined in usefulness as well as the degree of enjoyment. My near-undying hope and faith of reviving the forums (ongoing devotion since roughly two years ago) has been fading, and it’s making me sad. My hope for the GW forums was that it could be a forum where content-filled IIF posts would dominate over the lesser, no-content posts. The IIF posts wouldn’t even need to be so well-thoughtout, lengthy, or brilliant. They would just need to be written with effort. Take a look at a post I made regarding The Worst Posters. The list isn’t important, but the criteria are. My standard of what a good post vastly differs from most, and I think this is where a lot of the confusion occurs.
Some say it’s impossible to resolve the problems I’ve mentioned, but disagree. GW forums weren’t always lacking IFF posts, it’s just that the standards of the forums have been pushed down to almost an unbearable state. A state that simply does not attract new members nor encourage others to be better posters. The state GW forums are in, I wonder how long the daily activity will last. Some of you might ask why I don’t do something about it. Well, frankly, I’ve tried almost everything, but nothing has worked due to certain obstacles I’ve encountered, which I won’t bother mentioning. Additionally, no one has really taken the initiative for improvement. Maybe I’m asking too much out of people, especially since I’m asking over the internet. The forums are battered from the constant shitposting and barely on its last legs, but I keep coming back to it. Why do we do what we do?