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    #16
    I dont think it's just here. I've noticed a significant downturn in the activity in a couple different forums I visit since the start of Covid, (here and a car forum). Figured it was related to changing focus/attention due to the pandemic, but who knows.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Mr. Charles View Post

      Ehh.... very hit or miss. They seem pretty focused on the "fashion" aspect as the sub is littered with "inspiration posts" of effeminate males in dresses/skirts or just ridiculous outfits consisting of massively oversized shirts paired with baggy but short (think clam-diggers) pants, capes, etc... I'm subscribed, but don't really take the sub seriously... at all.
      Ha! Accurate. There are some good resources there--I recommend the Basic Bastard as the starting point for anyone not targeting a specific subculture, but Reddit doesn't really draw me back for regular participation. The active users there definitely skew more "enthusiast" than I do.

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        #18
        Originally posted by drocpsu View Post
        I dont think it's just here. I've noticed a significant downturn in the activity in a couple different forums I visit since the start of Covid, (here and a car forum). Figured it was related to changing focus/attention due to the pandemic, but who knows.
        I noticed this before COVID, but the lockdowns don't seem to have helped. The post-COVID slowdown is actually the opposite of what I expected--I started coming back because other options for my time have gone away, but that doesn't seem to be the norm.

        I wonder if the era of the forum is over. In the same way that BBSs are long dead, and blogs (especially amateur ones) are nearly dead, too. These days it seems that it's all Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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          #19
          it does cycle. some format changes have made mobile posing a little different. Also, we did go through a little spurt where there were some...overbearing people that killed a lot of conversations so every post was predictable for a while. want a shoe? buy AE. want chinos or jeans? buy BR travelers. Need an OCBD? go to j crew. Need a watch? get a casio marlin\orient mako\hamilton field. All of this is great info for new people but it got to where new people asking old questions got shouted out. I cant speak for others, but it drove me away for a little bit. the place seems pretty chill these days, just slower topics due to pandemic I think.

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            #20
            Lack of image hosting is a big thing, if you look at how other forums like SF get activity it's people posting pictures of their AEs every single day in the AE enthusiasts thread. Second the cycle of newer people becoming more experienced and moving on mentioned earlier resonates with me. I've said this before but Dappered is great for newcomers and ingesting information in clear and concise bits, but the structure and ethos of Dappered (where style is presented as a system of rules and facts) doesn't really lend itself well to a lively community / back and forth discussion. When you go on MFA today you see wider silhouettes and more experimental stuff compared to if you looked at it in the early 2010s it was all OCBDs and slim chinos, if the definition of style wasn't changing / evolving through time then it'd probably be similarly quiet.
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              #21
              1. I don't think a lack of an image host has stopped anyone from sharing images. LOTS of people use hosting sites like imgur with success. If that's your barrier to sharing, that's a low barrier.
              2. Covid has hit clothing/fashion/shopping hard, especially the classic menswear side of things. Very few people are wearing a suit or sportcoat these days. Suiting isn't dead, but it's getting closer and closer to the minority edges of the male fashion ecosystem rather than front and center like it was almost a decade ago.
              3. Forums in general are much, much slower than a site like Reddit or Facebook which are tailored to fast, frequent updates and have a MUCH larger audience. Especially a younger audience who moves between different clothing genres. Reddit's MaleFashionAdvice has over 2.8MM members, FrugalMaleFashion has 2.2MM, GoodyearWelt has almost 150k, and Rawdenim has almost 100k. By contrast, Dappered Threads has 13k total and only a few hundred active on any given day.
              4. You can only show the same outfit or the same boots so many times. We have to have new members and organic growth if you want more lively talk.


              In short, if you want more activity, reddit or facebook groups is what you're looking for.

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