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Should STLAR move to Facebook exclusively?

Should STLAR move to Facebook exclusively?  

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Plain and simple: should we make the switch to using the STLAR Facebook group exclusively?

 

In case you haven't noticed, the site has been fairly dead all year, active new members are unheard of at this point. Forums, in general, are slowly fading away. It's been brought up in the past but at the most recent meeting we agreed to officially put it to a vote.

 

If a resounding "yes", we'll discuss transition details. In my mind, the site wouldn't go away, simply put in a read-only state since we have some info around here and let it expire when renewals come up. There would be decisions as to what to do with the funds in the STLAR PayPal account as well.

 

If a resounding "no", we'll keep on keeping on...

 

Planning on leaving the poll up for a month or so to let all the regulars who tend to visit the forum occasionally have a chance to vote.

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I realize Social Media is "What's Happening Now"but I'm not sure.

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If we were still setting multiple posts per day and there fore had an actual need for folders/threads, I'd vote that we keep it active.  As we are I don't see what we lose by parking the site in read-only mode.  

 

We could activate it again, whenever, if activity picks back up.  

 

For privacy reasons, you can setup a Facebook ID, such as JickSirFiftyFive...  'THEY' will of course still find you, but they already can. 

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B) Voted..

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I chose not to vote since I'm not really "active" here anymore and just pop in time to time to say hi. 

 

Some of the reasons I don't like FB groups

1. You can't create threads by a simple title. You have to just post what you want. This would make it hard to keep dates in line for ride posts.

2. You can't have separate sections like we have here with new rider intro,  2wheel deals, etc. everything goes in one spot. The only way around this I see are pinned comments for the sections. Example: "Post your 2 wheel deal links as a comment to this". If someone posted a ride, it could get buried under posts from different topics. 

3. It's very hard to search the group for a past thread you want to re-visit, or if you're just searching for something. Searching forums isn't always easy, but you can always do a google search with site:stlar.com (or whatever the forum name is) to contain all searches to that site. I've had great success searching several forums this way. With facebook, you can't really search this way. You can't click on someones profile and see all their started posts and comments within the group. 

4. you can't do things like show unread content (that I'm aware of)

 

Some of the reasons I do like FB groups

 

1. It's accessible, and may boost activity. (With that said, FB shows member count in the group as well as new posts per day/week/month depending on how active it is. People probably aren't going to join a group that isn't active with at least a few posts a week)

2. free

 

I really don't see much advantage to moving over to fb besides cost. Long time members without facebook won't be in the loop and it's pretty much objectively worse as far as organization

 

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Casey, you have the right to vote :look:

Just do it...

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FYI. aside from that I don't have FB anymore the reason I don't are are for the reason I would hate to see STLAR go there. None of my business since I have been absent anyway I guess. I did vote a NO though.

 

1. Zuckerberg says FB owns all content and can so what ever they choose with that content and statistics. He did not mind paying a multi-billion dollar fine for violating the laws doing so either. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/technology/facebook-ftc-fine.html

 

2. His organization could close the group anytime, if he/they deems it to be done for whatever reason, justified or not.

 

3. Should something happen to the FB or the FB group and a number of people were exclusively there, well would they find their way to the STLAR website.

 

4. What would happen to the STLAR website?

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Looks like we're keeping the site/forums around. :)

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Thanks for taking care of this Jason 🏁

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