Yes, definitely. I joined with my first account back in 2010 also. The site had a mucg different "feel" back then. A lot of the familiar faces have left and it seems as if less people actually care about giving good, though-out responses as before.
Less users are willing to interact and get to know other users also. I still think of this site as a community but it's definitely different than it used to be. When the new version launched is when it lost a lot of that in my opinion. I miss the older users who have left and the more personalization and community "vibe" that the old version gave.
Hmmm...I have a different experience of the site. I comment back and forth with a few awesome people and message with a few too. The only thing that's a major turn off about this forum is how unnecessarily judgmental and inflammatory a few users are. People just jump the gun way too often, but it is the internet so such things are to be accepted I guess. One thing that bothers me is that they're allowing very young people to use the site. But then again, anyone can just lie when they sign up.
I guess it's just like any other online community. I've been a member of various online forums for over 10 years now, and the ones that I stayed with have definitely evolved and changed over the years. That's just the nature of websites like this. The membership shifts, so the community gets a different vibe every so often.
It's kind of like the street I grew up on. My parents and maybe one other neighbour have been there since the early 90's. Everyone else I knew while growing up is gone and there's a new crop of young families there now. It doesn't really feel like the same place.
That being said, I still like this place. I'm not going anywhere.
I'm not a seasoned veteran only been here a little over a year. But in my opinion the reason the community feel is gone because so many users are going anon & have private profiles. Plus the follow thing sucks was much better when you friended a user.
I definitely agree. Compared to like one or two years back (I've had an old account) the community feel is nearly gone. I stay in touch with a few members that really grew on me quickly, but other than that, I feel rather alienated from the rest of the site.
I've been here on an off for a year. I joined shortly before GaG dropped the chat function so I'm not as affected by that. I still feel a sense of community here even though I've been noticing long time frequent users dropping out since the most recent changes.
I haven't been around long enough to know but I feel "accepted" for lack of a better word. I think you'd have to put a lot of time and effort into developing friendships and honestly I'm a little skeptical of people when they first message me, especially if they haven't built up a repor by commenting on things. However I do feel like I've made a handful of friends here and I love to hear their opinion on things.
I would never give anyone my number online. And age does not matter, I have seen young pervers and old perverts, young trolls, and older trolls, I see sexual questions from older people and from younger people. Users on here try to act like they never did anything sexual at a young age lmao. Also, I use tp be more open in my old account until I got weird messages, some days ago I saw this QA trying to get pictures from a user after saying no. I get creepy messages. Now my profile is private.
I'm a relativelely newer user (my account was made in '12 but I really only started using several months ago) so I can't really compare to the old community feel, but the current sense of community feels pretty strong to me.
I mean, they even had to put in a rule about GaGers not posting new questions about other GaGers. To me, the need to implement a rule like that seems to indicate a pretty strong sense of community.
I haven't used the site much since it changed. I used to feel a lot more connected a couple years back, it seemed like you would see the same people all the time and got to know them. It seems like there is a lot more people using the site now which is good. Although I used to always have friends sending me messages, I have gotten distant from the site and most people left so it's not quite the same because I don't have those friends to speak with.
I'm on several motorcycle forums. These types of places go through phases of being a tight knit group and distant relationships. Though, if the close feel of a site is too far gone, it's hard to recover.
Its not as friendly without the chat, but I find that if people really want to talk to someone they will. I used to have my profile set to private in regards to messages but I opened it up recently because why not right if I dont like someone I can just ignore him.
Well, I think they consciously dropped and reduced all the 'friend' type interaction. No walls. No chat. No 'friends'. You don't receive notification if someone follows you, so in essence, it's quite hard to casually PM people. This behind the scenes cement might have been what drew people to keep coming back in the past, and given the place more of a community vibe.
Yes.. I was here years ago with a different user name, and came back again before accidentally deleting myself. One or two really solid people who had been here years left because of one user.. I fear they were the tip of the iceberg