Bikeradar forum... what happened there then?

by jimmythecuckoo   February 20, 2011  

Just been to have a look on there and the forum is down for the weekend... what's that all about then eh?

Have the Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador threads finally gone too far? Thinking

Or is it just "system maintenance"

Interesting and it will be good to see a bit more traffic coming through the forums on here as a result perhaps.

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I'd say it's more likely maintenance than anything else. I would have thought if there were any threads they were really nervous about they would simply pull them rather than take down the whole forum. I suppose something could have happened that requires them to go back in painstaking detail over some very big threads and possibly edit out some things rather than take the whole thread down and risk loving the traffic it generates… but then why have the forum up as read only in that case.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4151 posts]
20th February 2011 - 21:46

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still down....

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1279 posts]
21st February 2011 - 11:25

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jimmythecuckoo wrote:
still down....

Why the fascination?

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
21st February 2011 - 11:33

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Hopeful that some people might migrate over here and add some more to this forum.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1279 posts]
21st February 2011 - 15:21

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Oh Confused And there I was hopin' you'd expand a little on your conspiracy theory Thinking

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
21st February 2011 - 17:09

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I'd like to use this forum more as I think it could be a "nicer" forum as opposed to the arguments and name calling that can break out on other forums I use. However I get a quicker response to questions on Bike Radar, so if I've got a problem with my bike I'll go there.

I like the idea of Tweeting forum posts, but maybe the forums need to be more prominent on the home page of the site?

Just my tuppence worth.

Rob

posted by robert.brady [146 posts]
21st February 2011 - 18:00

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The comments section works so well on the site and gets used so extensively that you could maybe say the forum suffers ?

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1279 posts]
21st February 2011 - 18:04

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Perhaps, but that would suggest that people see this site simply as a source of news rather than as a community, which is what a good forum can build up.

Rob

posted by robert.brady [146 posts]
21st February 2011 - 18:16

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jimmythecuckoo wrote:
The comments section works so well on the site and gets used so extensively that you could maybe say the forum suffers ?

I must say I agree. As someone who has used forums for cars and mtbs in the past, I hoped to find this forum would do the same for my road bike hobby.

posted by Super Domestique [1626 posts]
21st February 2011 - 22:19

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I think the comments section does reduce the forum traffic, but since the comments are then used like a forum it balances out. A lot of the Bikeradar forum posts are essentially started with comments about news stories, and they then diversify into wider discussions.

Much the same thing happens on road.cc, but I'd agree with robert.brady that the road.cc forum has less arguing for the sake of entertainment. I quite like a good argument now and again, but if I want that I'll go elsewhere - I like the more constructive discussion on here, plus I can post from work (whereas bikeradar is caught by the internet filters).

posted by step-hent [695 posts]
22nd February 2011 - 12:48

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step-hent wrote:
I quite like a good argument now and again

No you don't.

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posted by abudhabiChris [543 posts]
22nd February 2011 - 16:11

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That's not an argument, that's just contradiction Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7444 posts]
22nd February 2011 - 17:38

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Oh FFS! I can't believe it's still down!

I sent an e-mail to Jeff today and he explained that the web site had grown too big. They were trying to move files around, or between servers and it hadn't worked.

He promised the forums would be up again this afternoon, but it clearly hasn't happened Crying

posted by Velo Rapide [2 posts]
22nd February 2011 - 20:05

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7444 posts]
22nd February 2011 - 21:23

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First name terms with Mr Jones then!!

Interesting.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1279 posts]
23rd February 2011 - 14:29

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http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/bikeradar-forum-update-29392

16,000,000th post and it all went FUBAR. Oh well, it's back now!

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posted by jamesfifield [94 posts]
24th February 2011 - 1:26

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