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avaganda10

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What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 2:04 PM
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What’s happened to this forum, where has all the Socratic irony gone? It seems to be full of selling, selling, selling. How can I sell more? Look at my web page/Amazon/ facebook/blog. Of course I’m guilty of this myself, I’ve promoted my books on this forum, and it’s made such a difference. (Yeah, right, keep deluding yourself).
But this is supposed to be the Voice of the Author / Publisher, asking other authors for their advice, their knowledge, their experiences. And what do we get?
'Authors seeking book reviews - List your books.'
'Authors. Please feel free to promote your book thread.'
'I'll tag your books, please tag my books too.'
And these are popular, judging by the amount of responses.
But I must say for a long time I have ignored these posts, mainly because they don't fire my imagination, they bore the socks off me.
I'll like my facebook friends, my fellow writers, even though many times their posts have seemed inane. But I watch for that nugget of gold, that snippet of silver that will, even at my mature age, teach me something.
I propose to Amazon that they introduce a self publicity forum where those that want to shout about their books can, and leave the Voice of the Author to those that want to talk about the process of writing.
diamondlifestyle

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 2:36 PM   in response to: avaganda10 in response to: avaganda10
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Agreed. There's more than a whiff of desperation about all these "where have the sales gones?" threads. We're all experiencing tough times, but perhaps we should put our heads together and come up with solutions, rather than bemoan the problems.

So who's going to start us? Solutions on a postcard please...how do we get people to start buying books again?
paul105432

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 2:38 PM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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We hold guns to their heads and make them an offer they can't refuse.
diamondlifestyle

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 2:43 PM   in response to: paul105432 in response to: paul105432
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genius. problem solved :-)
lovelylace1979

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 2:46 PM   in response to: avaganda10 in response to: avaganda10
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Hi there,

I've only been on here since January so I truly don't know what the forum was like before that. I can say that it is truly the same way it was when I first got here. Well for me that is. I see the same stuff. I see the same authors nick picking with others, I see the same questions go up under different names that never get answered and I see the high traffic threads with several posts from the same group of posters. I even sit back sometimes and wait to see how long it's going to take for my own posts to either get buried under the pile or get attacked.

It's quite comical sometimes. There are posters that you can clearly see they really need help. I try to help when I can. I have bought so many books from this forum just because the author was attacked, to show some support. I've read many and left honest reviews. I never asked for anything in return.

I wish I had something to compare to. Hopefully there will be a positive change one day.

Lovely
inyun

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 3:52 PM   in response to: paul105432 in response to: paul105432
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Paul,

You are not allowed to have guns. (I could make you a very nice one.)

Thom
texaswier

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 4:25 PM   in response to: avaganda10 in response to: avaganda10
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avaganda,

What you are putting forth is a bit of a challenge, and I think we should all accept it. The influx of new authors, however, will forever guarantee threads such as: "Post your atrocity here!" However, overlooking those, there are some nuggets of gold here. We do, however, tend to focus on problems in the main. A problem is that which gets your attention. That's by definition. So, we tend to see what's on people's minds. However, we do get the congratulations and the huzzahs, particularly when someone has a sparkling success. As you've said, you're already trying to focus on the positive side and the "good" questions. But here, it's sort of the same old same-o.

Maybe someone could write an Indie's Creed! I'll give you one for it right now:

"I promise that I will endeavor always to help in greater proportion than I seek help."

texaswier
temmike

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 4:51 PM   in response to: texaswier in response to: texaswier
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An excellent creed, George! I like it a lot.
Mike
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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 5:19 PM   in response to: avaganda10 in response to: avaganda10
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the socratic irony might still be here but nobody knows what it is
ignaciodemure

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 5:20 PM   in response to: avaganda10 in response to: avaganda10
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the socratic irony might still be here but nobody knows what it is
inyun

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 5:24 PM   in response to: avaganda10 in response to: avaganda10
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You my friend have just opened a can of worms that was shut tight a few months ago.

There were those on this forum that did not like what it had become. The inane humor and political discussions. Some of us left for a month or so and most dialed back our opinions.

Some even missed those that added spice to this forum.

Now you come along with one month under your belt and ask what has happened to this forum.

FYI: There are other forums listed above Voice of the Author. Most problems can be and should be solved in the other forums

Thom
thetimucuan

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 5:39 PM   in response to: avaganda10 in response to: avaganda10
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What's happened to this forum? Nothing.

The tag, review, and promotion threads have always been here. I have never even looked at them.

I miss Sarge. At least he gave people something to complain about.
inyun

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 5:44 PM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
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Yeah. He was Mr Excitement personified. His post well well written.
texaswier

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 5:55 PM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
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Hmm. I missed that Sarge was gone. What happened to him? Did he bugger off somewhere in search of fresh blood to harass? :)
inyun

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Re: What’s happened to this forum?
Posted: May 10, 2012 6:01 PM   in response to: texaswier in response to: texaswier
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He got discouraged with the way the forum was becoming.
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