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TMF Activity Over The Years

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Jeff has always kept his fingers on the activity stats and such, but I can make some general statements from what I know.

A big part of what you see is the evolution of the internet. When we started, boards like this were the dominant way for people to interact and form 'tribes' that shared an interest. At the time is was VERY novel. For the first time people could see that there were others like themselves out there, and they were not alone. This drove interaction strongly. And in it's first decade the TMF saw a very high engagement level across all it's forums, and people were very active in contributing content, forming relationships and so forth.

But things change. Along came FaceBook, and it's shadow Fetlife. Both were honest to gods modern social media platforms that allowed people to interact in different ways, often with much more personal control then the older threaded forums like we did. FB and Fetlife drained off what we called the 'active user group' heavily. People that posted a lot, and engaged a lot on the less fetish parts of the forum. They moved over to the new platforms and activity here dropped.

Deviant Art also rose at this point, and that pulled a measure of artists and writers away who again, liked the controls of 'their own space' and things got a bit more quiet.

Lastly, community participation seems to have a declining curve shape for most people. Stick around long enough and you have seen the same discussions, types of posts and so forth a lot. It's not a big deal and when you may be moved to post back once, when you are on your third or fourth go-round not so much. You get quieter.

Add it all up and the atmosphere of the forum changed. We returned to what we started as, a fetish platform, that mostly services the giant silent majority of users that only have accounts so they can dip in and look at some media for... personal gratification. And things get quiet. If you remember the Tickle Theater, or UK Tickling forums, you can see examples where interaction slowed to a point that things froze like glaciers. We managed to maintain an activity level that is active by the sheer mass of our user base, and being the first in place advantages we accrued.

Lots of the areas here are pretty quiet, and could be folded without much note. But we keep them because they see some use even now, and some folks enjoy them. (Sub areas of the GenDis Forum come to mind)

We actually see more active members online now then ever on average. Most are never going to post, but they are here looking at things and enjoying.

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Can't reply in TD which I'm sure is helping things activity-wise, but I wanted to say that a lot of those social media sites were a thing prior to the beginning of my being active here and did not cause the mass exodus that is implied. Many are not going there for tickle media or discussion for instance. With the various algorithms and tracking - your "secret" fb page starts listing real life family members as "people you may know."

I think the main reasons are: the splintering of NEST into multiple off-shoot gatherings, various contentious group-politics type situations, and personal values of members (changing over time as humans become more aware of harmful behaviors and vulnerable groups/individuals) contradicting with what is allowed on TMF.

I don't mean to upset anyone, just my point of view.
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    Nah, I'm with you; it seems like the atmosphere has changed over the years; it used to be a place that was more comfortable and welcoming for those who were curious, or considered tickling to be just part of their personality. I used to feel comfortable reccomending the site to a few people who were curious about what the whole "tickling thing" was between my wife and I. Not now. It seems like the more extreme tastes and viewpoints hold more weight, and if that's what drives traffic, you can't fault the TMF for trying to stay afloat.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf
    Nah, I'm with you; it seems like the atmosphere has changed over the years; it used to be a place that was more comfortable and welcoming for those who were curious, or considered tickling to be just part of their personality. I used to feel comfortable reccomending the site to a few people who were curious about what the whole "tickling thing" was between my wife and I. Not now. It seems like the more extreme tastes and viewpoints hold more weight, and if that's what drives traffic, you can't fault the TMF for trying to stay afloat.
    I wish I had the kind of control over things here that I could pick and choose the kind of content and participation we get in order to increase traffic or adjust the tone, but that's not how this works.
    One positive change: When I joined in 2002 and posted a few of my stories, all of which are F/m, I got a lot of nasty feedback.

    Over the years, */m has become not just accepted but common.
    Quote Originally Posted by TMF Jeff
    I wish I had the kind of control over things here that I could pick and choose the kind of content and participation we get in order to increase traffic or adjust the tone, but that's not how this works.
    Probably sticking my neck out, here, but I would argue that on some level, it does. You can pick the content and the participation, based on what you allow and don't allow, and that has an effect on who participates. Ironically, I think I have a lot of the same positions as you do; but as I don't have the responsibility of running a site, I don't have to err on the side of fairness, as I believe you do, especially if you disagree with the poster. But, as I said, that has an effect on who comes back. At any rate, I took your words from a post to heart, and became a Patron. Not fair to bitch if I didn't buy a ticket.