Wolfman1420 wrote:I agree with the above posters. The wiretaps are just a sad and inaccurate regurgitation of other beat-writers works. If you insist on keeping them, please put a little effort in keeping them accurate and timely. Otherwise get rid of them. RealGM is a forum based site. There is very little value elsewhere.
In relation to the forums, there are some very real problems that may explain why attendance keeps dropping (yes it’s pretty obvious to most users).
1. There is way too much cronyism on the site. Guys think that just because they have thousands of posts that somehow they are superior. Their statements must be right and anyone who disagrees is wrong. If this primary problem is not resolved, what new fans will be willing to dedicate hundreds of pointless hours to become “relevant”. Maybe get rid of the ranking system to help keep new fans.
2. Keep the sarcastic comments away. Unfortunately, the same “no life” posters keep saying the same BS – thread after thread. Any dissenting comments are just bashed in a sarcastic manner. If a new user fights back be is reprimanded by the admins - no appeal. The "RealGM's" (LOL) are always given the benefit of the doubt. Way to keep new members.
3. The trades section is all about disagreements. In the time I have been surfing this, only about 1 in 100 trades is agreed by more than 90% of the posters. Maybe a mandatory IQ test would help weed out the lower educated portion of the fanbase – especially the cronies that think their **** doesn’t stink. They are ruining this business for you.
Maybe you should consider making the forums private. If you cannot attract any new users, then why bother in the first place. I visit a few different forums each day and RealGM is by far the angriest, most elitist and inaccurate forum of them all. I would think many users just visit for the humor value only.
Look, I'm not affiliated with the site, so I cannot speak on their behalf. From my own account of things, I think that everything is very board dependent- there are different dynamics throughout Realgm. You can't subsume every forum under one heading. I know that on the forums I moderate, the posters with the fewest posts are welcomed regularly, and their comments are highly regarded.
I have thousands of posts, but I am certainly open to being wrong. (and have been corrected on several occasions in recent memory) I think you may have been reading the wrong group of posters then. And, to be honest, I view the "ranking" system more as a joke than anything. Obviously they want their users to come back, so they will give them titles. The people who are most respected on this site for their input do not/should not talk down to people with a few posts. In fact, some of the smartest posters ever have been ballboys- (because they are actually columnists or people officially involved in basketball)
In summary, don't a few rotten apples spoil your time here.