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Author:  Quique [ Sun May 21, 2017 8:50 pm ]
Post subject:  This Place Is a Ghost Town

Haven't looked at this site for years. I believe last time I visited was way back in 2013. I got to thinking about this place and decided to pay it a visit, expecting to see a whole bunch of unknown people here. Instead....I see crickets. =(

Not gonna lie. It made me sad because I had some really good times (and really bad times too) on here and it's sad to see the once-lively musical theatre discussions now dead.

I see my lovely Duchess has taken over this site. That's about the only good thing I've seen here today, haha. And of course the great mods are still here...Mumsy and Set-Building Dad. Nice to see you guys again. Oh, and Pounce. Hi Pounce! *waves*

I hope everyone is doing well.

Just turned 39. This is what I look like these days:

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J/K

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I gots whiskers now.

-Quique

Author:  Dax [ Thu May 25, 2017 5:33 am ]
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...more like an old abandoned theatre, dark, cobwebby, musty...if you close you eyes you can almost feel the memory when it was a happening place, and vibrant.

All this when there my eyes behold
On every stone and heap of mould,
Solitude, though thou art sweet,
Solemn art thou then to meet;
When with list'ning pause I look
Round the pillar's ruin'd nook,
Glooms revealing, dim descried,
Ghosts, companion'd by thy side;
Where in old deformity
Ancient arches sweep on high;
And the aisles, to light unknown,
Create a darkness all their own:
Save the moon, as on we pass,
Splinters through the broken glass,
Or the torn roof, patch'd with cloud,
Or the crack'd wall, bulg'd and bow'd;--
Glimmering faint along the ground,
Shooting solemn and profound,
Lighting up the silent gloom
Just to read an ancient tomb:

'Neath where, as it gilding creeps,
We may see some abbot sleeps;
And as on we mete the aisle,
Daring scarce to breathe the while,
Soft as creeping feet can fall,
While the damp green-stained wall
Swift the startled ghost flits by,
Mocking murmurs faintly sigh;
Reminding our intruding fear
Such visits are unwelcome here.
Seemly then, from hollow urn,
Gentle steps our step return:
E'er so soft and e'er so still,
Check our breath or how we will,
List'ning spirits still reply
Step for step, and sigh for sigh.
Murmuring o'er one's weary woe,
Such as once 'twas theirs to know,
They whisper to such slaves as me,
A buried tale of misery:

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A snippet of John Clare's "Solitude."

Author:  Fantine [ Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town

Aye, I remember those days as well. Good old times :-) And it is a little bit sad to see this place turned into a forgotten theatre. And yet in the meantime it is just as well.

#yayforreplyingfivemonthslate

Author:  Dax [ Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:13 pm ]
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Author:  Fantine [ Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:34 am ]
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:lol:

Author:  The Duchess of Mint [ Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town

Dear Musicals.Net Posters,

A Ghost Town, you say?


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Thanks in advance for your replies.
8-)

Author:  Fantine [ Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town

How did it happen, though?

Author:  Set_Buildin_Dad [ Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:26 pm ]
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Several reasons:

1. The rise of facebook and other social media
2. Lack of new content of the site because the owner hasn't refreshed in years
3. As participation dwindles search engines don't bring new folks here as often

I'm sorry to see it go. My last few years before I resigned as a monitor were mainly spent clearing out spammers. Now even they don't bother to post here.

Author:  Fantine [ Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town

I see... That is kind of sad. I just find it strange and/or interesting that when I started visiting less often, some regulars were still really active. I wonder if their activity just decreased gradually, or if there was a sudden stop? And I wonder if these regulars started adding each other on Facebook to be able to chat about musicals and stuff on Social Media.

It just seems strange that all talk about musicals just stopped, you know? Or are musicals just not as popular as they were ten years ago? Or has there been a new generation shift? As quite a few of us were in their teens/twenties ten years ago.

I actually think I answered my own question, combined with your answers. The new generation grew up with Facebook. So I guess that is the place they go. Which leads to the decline etc.
It still doesn't explain why the regular visitors such as yourself, but also Beagle, Salomé, The Very Angry Women, etc. etc. all stopped visiting and posting to these forums. I never checked the website updates anyway, I only came here for the forums :)

Author:  Set_Buildin_Dad [ Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town

The decline was gradual. I have friended many of the posters I cared most about on Facebook. Facebook has many "groups" that are current and are related to entertainment topics. They are not moderated to the extent a site like this needs to me and some folks like that better.

The site updates also are related to the forums as many of the newer shows have no slots for discussion, hence folks don't come here to discuss them.

The site has also had large scale spam attacks and outages making it less fun to come to. I spent many a night cleaning the site up for hours. After a while I got tired of spending all that time doing so for the benefit of fewer and fewer legitimate users, so I resigned as a moderator.

I do miss the conversations we used to have here.

Author:  Fantine [ Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: This Place Is a Ghost Town

Set_Buildin_Dad wrote:
The decline was gradual. I have friended many of the posters I cared most about on Facebook. Facebook has many "groups" that are current and are related to entertainment topics. They are not moderated to the extent a site like this needs to me and some folks like that better.

The site updates also are related to the forums as many of the newer shows have no slots for discussion, hence folks don't come here to discuss them.

The site has also had large scale spam attacks and outages making it less fun to come to. I spent many a night cleaning the site up for hours. After a while I got tired of spending all that time doing so for the benefit of fewer and fewer legitimate users, so I resigned as a moderator.

I do miss the conversations we used to have here.


Wow, credit to you!

Those were good times :-)
Do you remember our mega-spammer, Evan? :o :lol:

Author:  Set_Buildin_Dad [ Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:05 pm ]
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Evan was banned before I became a mod, but he was a handfull. My understanding is that he has since matured.

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