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Lord Hysteria
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I can't help frequent TSR because of a tinge of transient nostalgia. But as soon as I look at my subscribed threads, and posts, I exhale with boredom.

Do any other oldies feel the same way?

Since joining TSR in 2007, I made loads of delightful friends on this website and I was lucky enough to meet loads of them. But everyone is gone. The moment all these changes occurred, the older members vacated ... It's not just that people have 'moved on' but - as forums go - TSR has a pretty strong base of users and a rich milieu of discussion and debates about everything.

But it's not just my old friends leaving (), but the whole website has become tediously boring and over-moderated. The chatbox in the backroom used to be fun. Now, it's usually only two people babbling about Big Brother ... it's like going into a massive party but only after everyone has left ...

Why has the forum changed so much so quickly?

I suspect it's because TSR has become a 'business' - with a product and image to maintain (fair enough) - but now it takes itself too seriously. I also don't understand why MPs, and Popes soon enough, are apparently joining-up to "answer questions". It's just a website at-the-end-of-the-day. TSR is pushing-its-elbows to exert some sort of social standing online and in the real world. The backroom doesn't actually have any redeeming features other than being hidden. To the point that I even miss having musicbloke around there.

Every feature of the website has become standardised like other big sites - alongside that awful essay website were being constantly pushed towards (at one point, TSR was 'paying' its users 'riches' to hand-over their essays. It's cringing when I think about it). Take the rep system also. It exists in nothing but name. It has been neutered now with only bog-standard green gems. You can't leave a negative rep - or scarcely any sort of message like you used to. All of this to manufacture a sense of kindergarten contentment that no doubt boosts the 'TSR image'. As if we all agree with each other, and we're all happy. (You can receive, as I have, warning points for calling someone's post "braindead").

I understand that TSR is selling a brand, and we're its most valuable commodity. All the posts we generate must comport to that image of a "student university forum" - with all the revenue and special interest that generates - but is it too much now?

I feel it's time for me to find a different website? Is there any?
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Yeah I know what you mean. I used to open up the chat forum and I would go through it and open about 10 threads that looked interesting. Now I go through and i'm lucky to find one that looks interesting. I think it's also slowed down a lot. You used to check a forum then 10 minutes later it would be full of different threads, but now it's the same ones.

Either that or I've grown up and no longer find 'My friend called me a **** what should I do' type threads interesting anymore...

And there are so many forums it's boring. For example my favourite one is the Entrepreneur and Freelance forum, but it only gets a new post like once a week.

Also i'm sure when I joined there was more normal students. Most people on here now are either people who argue about religion, people who boast about going to oxbridge, people who moan about not getting good enough grades for oxbridge or people who like to repost the whole of the daily mail website in separate threads.

As soon as I find another better forum I doubt i'll come back here aha.
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Isn't this how all forums go, in the end? I used to go on this kids forum, which was great fun in its early years, but then eventually the quality dips and users leave and every week you get oldies posting that "the forums are rubbish now, where have all the oldies gone, there's too many newbies, why has the site changed etc etc".

Things change, nothing stays the same forever. :dontknow:

But this summer, there has been an absurd amount of annoying troll threads. :sigh:
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You've moved on from needing what it used to provide for you. You're in a different stage of life now.
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The only thing to discuss in Religion is Islam.

The only thing to discuss in Society is feminism.

The only thing to discuss in Relationships is virgins.

The only thing to discuss in Philosophy is... Uh... Nothing?

We just go over the same subjects with the same dunces giving the same guff. Myself included

Until we get warned for spamming when we go the slightest bit off topic...
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I'm a relatively new number here, though I lurked for a few years before joining, and I still find TSR to be quite a fascinating place. Sure you get some threads which leave you fearing for the state of humanity, but you can usually guarantee some pretty interesting threads and debates will crop up every day. That's good enough for me - I'm quite happy to dip into the odd thread and then get back to the real world again. Not to mention that it's largely unparalleled in terms of discussions about British universities (though it could certainly do with a more realistic view of Oxbridge).

What I like about this forum over others out there is the sheer scale of topics and sub-forums on offer, and the fact that it's usually quite active all the time. Other forums that are more specialised in certain areas have high-quality discussions but it can sometimes be pretty quiet with only a small handful of people talking to each other. TSR still feels very much alive and active, and I'm happy with that for now.
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Not that I'm saying I'm an oldie. I still consider myself quite new. But I am starting to get tired of hearing the same crap about Islam. I wish there was another religion as crazy to debate
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(Original post by The Angry Stoic)
Not that I'm saying I'm an oldie. I still consider myself quite new. But I am starting to get tired of hearing the same crap about Islam. I wish there was another religion as crazy to debate
Buut aren't you the one often discussing it?
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(Original post by The Angry Stoic)
Not that I'm saying I'm an oldie. I still consider myself quite new. But I am starting to get tired of hearing the same crap about Islam. I wish there was another religion as crazy to debate
kinda ironic that you would say that but so am i


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(Original post by The Angry Stoic)
Not that I'm saying I'm an oldie. I still consider myself quite new. But I am starting to get tired of hearing the same crap about Islam. I wish there was another religion as crazy to debate
Not that you start loads of threads.....


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Buut aren't you the one often discussing it?
I'd like to have more objective, historical discussions about it but they're usually mobbed b Muslims.

I once had a conversation with Fullofsurprises about the origins of Islam as a Jewish sect and how it slowly developed into a different religion and not one Muslim butted in. Living the dream.
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2008 user checking in. Absolutely agree with op. I'd say decline started around 2010
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It's just a forum lmao
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(Original post by Elm Tree)
It's just a forum lmao
looooooool.


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It's just a forum lmao
Heretic!!! :mob:
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(Original post by Eloquai)
I'm a relatively new number here, though I lurked for a few years before joining, and I still find TSR to be quite a fascinating place. Sure you get some threads which leave you fearing for the state of humanity, but you can usually guarantee some pretty interesting threads and debates will crop up every day. That's good enough for me - I'm quite happy to dip into the odd thread and then get back to the real world again. Not to mention that it's largely unparalleled in terms of discussions about British universities (though it could certainly do with a more realistic view of Oxbridge).

What I like about this forum over others out there is the sheer scale of topics and sub-forums on offer, and the fact that it's usually quite active all the time. Other forums that are more specialised in certain areas have high-quality discussions but it can sometimes be pretty quiet with only a small handful of people talking to each other. TSR still feels very much alive and active, and I'm happy with that for now.
agree.
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To be honest, that sort of thing happens with all forums. The bigger they grow, the chances are the userbase gets younger and more tedious questions are repeated. Along with that, the moderation needs to become stricter and the presence of the website attracts bigger and more important people. It's the nature of most online forums.

I strongly doubt the forum will revert to the way you experienced it. If we didn't enjoy it at some stages, I doubt we'd come back here.
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It really has changed a lot. I know we all grow out of certain forums just like we grow out of anything in life, but I feel as though it's more about the adverts/promoting universities that have paid money these days than providing a place for students to converse about courses and experience. Add trolls to the blatant advertising (which, yes, I know TSR needs to make money somehow) and it's really not inspiring to come here now. I've also been made to feel bad about course choices on here, and have seen others suffer the same fate, and that's pretty devastating for those who come here to talk about their studies. I don't need to hang around so much negativity when I'm trying to make choices that are right for me.

I've had good times here, and I talk daily to some of the friends I made a few years ago. They don't come here these days that I know of, and I've tried coming back recently but I'm not enjoying anything outside the (rather blank) study and advice areas.
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Joined late 08.

I agree for the most part. I don't feel like I enjoy as much of TSR I used to. Maybe it's because I have less time to invest in new friendships as old members have left.

I willsay though that I think the guest posters are great. Not many times have I had the opportunity to ask editors of gaming magazines, politicians, sports stars, heads of Sony gaming and Lois from Family Guy questions!
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I'm struggling to bite my lip over all the league table arguments and the 'Am I good enough for Oxbridge' threads. Getting a bit worried about the number of threads asking if their applications to Oxbridge are 'risky' when they claim to have A*A*A*A* as well.
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