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Title: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 04, 2017, 09:50:54 pm
Sorry - don't know how else/where else to put this !
AMF is a magnificent forum (as was once UC), graced by the presence of hugely knowledgeable,experienced musicians and music scholars, but, rightly or wrongly, there seems less and less genuine interaction between participants...so that posts, as in, for instance, 'coming broadcasts', 'you tube performances', 'broadcast videos' ++ are being put up in all good faith....and nothing is being posted to recognise that anyone ever made the effort.
Don't for a moment pretend, for example, to speak for member Henrietta Pedal, or several others in different topics, but are such contributors being put off by the fact that nobody appears to acknowledge that their posts ever existed, never mind that they made any slightest difference to anyone ?? ('Henrietta's' not bothered even to log in for 6 weeks now !)
Very, very occasionally, something seems to strike a chord with a few members, & a lively-ish discussion ensues; elsewhere...post after post with no response, or maybe just, as in 'The Listener', another member stating what they're doing without any regard for what has gone before.
May well be churlish, disingenuous...or whatever else you care to call it, to mention one contributor - but I always feel most disheartened that I can't respond more positively to 'Violinconcerto',who puts up all sorts of excellent 'steers' under 'discussion of obscure composers'. Reward (?) - well, precious little actually.

PLEASE, PLEASE....if you know I'm talking rubbish, shout me down; but preferably with hard facts to prove something to the contrary !!
 Frankly, as far as I'm concerned, visits to this site are just 'going through the motions' now, before getting on to other sites where there will definitely be reasons to stay, and leads to research.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: guest140 on March 05, 2017, 10:20:13 am

May well be churlish, disingenuous...or whatever else you care to call it, to mention one contributor - but I always feel most disheartened that I can't respond more positively to 'Violinconcerto',who puts up all sorts of excellent 'steers' under 'discussion of obscure composers'. Reward (?) - well, precious little actually.


Thanks for that. A lot! I am so happy that my project at least touches a string in the one or other person here. But I also know that my work and my offers are very, very special. Modern unknown violin concertos are a niche (in contrary to piano concertos for example). And "scores of modern unknown violin concertos" are a niche in a niche. So I don't take the silence too personally, it's just the topic. But if you compare the activities on this forum to "Talkclassical" forum, than one can see the differences! When I post one of my little new contributions here and come back in - say - 3 days to check for responses, my posting is still on top or at least on the first page. When I go to Talkclassical half a day later, my posting is gone (due to the fact that nobody answers - same problem there). So maybe I won't say this forum is dying, but most of the time it is sleeping. And that is a problem of this forum, not generally to talking about classical music. That is my impression.

Thanks again a lot for your comment, that made my day!

Best,
Tobias


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Christo on March 05, 2017, 11:04:46 am
AMF is a magnificent forum (as was once UC), graced by the presence of hugely knowledgeable,experienced musicians and music scholars

Exactly my feelings, am really grateful to many posters here who are so well-informed about rather 'obscure' composers that I happen to love too. That I'm not always responding, doesn't mean I don't read and appreciate these posts. Hope we'll continue!


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Gauk on March 05, 2017, 07:04:14 pm
A lot of posts probably get no response because there is nothing to respond to. Just posting s link to something on YT without any remark as to what it is, or why anyone should check it, doesn't encourage a response. Same with posts along the lines of "today I listened to Symphony No 1 by Heimo Erbse". And? So what? (Actually I did, but I'm not moved to listen to No 2, but that's neither here nor there).

I'm not saying people shouldn't make such posts, but personally, I pass them over quickly. It's not surprising if there is no response.

Then, on the other hand, there are some posts that a lot of work has gone into, and it's certainly a shame if those draw no comments.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: christopher on March 05, 2017, 10:31:25 pm
I agree with all of the above. Both regarding the lack of discussion to interesting posts or uploads made, but also being slightly annoyed by posts which are just a youtube link with no description of what it is. Why would I open that?


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: dhibbard on March 06, 2017, 01:00:52 am
I would say this forum is what you make of it... if you want interesting commentary.. provide it.   If you want news about composers, provide it.  If you want downloads from radio broadcasts....try to provide it.   

 This forum has greatly enriched my collection and knowledge of music and I've learned a lot from reading others comments.  I especially have enjoyed looking and researching the composers by country.  There are several countries that bore composers that I wasn't aware of.   

I understand that not everyone is retired and they work full time and perhaps has family or young children at home...and some travel and can't access the internet all the time.    I do appreciate the freedom we have here and even though a few of my posts have gotten "locked down" .... I do read click the " unread posts since last visit" option to see what's going on.    Just because someone doesn't comment on a post doesn't mean that I have not read it... usually someone in the kitchen is yelling help whilst I read thru commentary ....   just my 2cents!


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: guest632 on March 07, 2017, 01:18:09 pm
Don't worry too much about my particular case. I haven't given up; I've just been busy sorting through my backups. There's a real treat coming tomorrow.

But I agree that more posts and more discussion would be welcome. We are the experts, aren't we? Now's our chance to show it.



Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 07, 2017, 02:16:00 pm
Well, so pleased to have drawn some thoughtful responses (& nice to hear now from 'Henrietta', of whom I had rather despaired) !
Is there a consensus ? No, probably not - though enough support for 'yes, it might be nice to get a bit more back after taking the trouble to post' to (maybe ?) encourage members to be aware of it.
Personally, I don't mind (and am probably guilty of !) You Tube posts that don't do much more than highlight a work. Much of my pleasure comes from 'new' discoveries, so if I've not heard of the composer/piece, I'll assuredly take a look if someone's made the effort to put it up for us. After which a quick 'thanks for the steer' isn't too much effort (and,sorry, not just by pressing a button !).

I'm so grateful for the chance to have encountered the handful of AMF forum users (+ one or two others from different sites) with whom I now share an E-mail exchange of ideas/pieces/steers. It's the contact with/learning from like-minded folk that makes this and other Internet forums so special for me - where on earth might I meet them otherwise ?! Certainly not in my local town/area, where after years of trying with music group/choirs etc. I don't have a single person really on my wavelength to spend time with, face to face or on-line.

So, if you were remotely interested to know why such an emotive title for the thread....it's because it means that much, to this particular soul at least !


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: dhibbard on March 07, 2017, 03:17:23 pm
Clive... yes we have a diverse group here on this forum... from all around the world!!     Nice to have them here!


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: shamus on March 07, 2017, 09:42:38 pm
I guess it is easy to check out posts and then pass them by, but sometimes I use the "Thank you" button, but I don't know if anyone ever knows I did. I have tried to contribute at times and have been ignored, and it doesn't feel good, but I know I am firmly not in the running to be an "expert" on anything, much less music. But I do appreciate the thoughtful responses, just don't always have a lot to add. So, perhaps reports of the death (or dying) of this forum will have been greatly exaggerated, thanks Mr. Twain. I even follow forums that might actually deserve to die because I am so obsessive-compulsive.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: christopher on March 10, 2017, 11:28:13 am
So, I've made three uploads of rare music this week, and included commentary about the pieces.  And also posted links to two complete little-known Belarusian operas.

Not a word posted by anyone about any of them.

Just saying.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: dhibbard on March 10, 2017, 02:51:31 pm
So, I've made three uploads of rare music this week, and included commentary about the pieces.  And also posted links to two complete little-known Belarusian operas.

Not a word posted by anyone about any of them.

Just saying.

thanks Christopher !!     I'll listen this weekend !   


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: cjvinthechair on March 11, 2017, 03:11:08 pm
Mr. Christopher - am currently in (depressingly rainy !) Turkey, but have managed to log in (an adventure in itself nowadays), seen the entries in "downloads", & will definitely get to them (and say something - if only thanks) on my return !


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: christopher on March 31, 2017, 07:43:31 pm
I just posted quite a lot of music up (in the Belarusian music folder).  Let's see if (present company on this thread excluded) there is any comment about it at all.

A couple of weeks ago I thought I would take the reverse approach: I have a complete recording of the opera "Mindiya" by Georgian composer Taktakishvili, sent to me by the daughter of Mikhail Galkovsky who sang in the title role in the recording (which is from the 1960s) - so I asked BEFORE posting it up if people would be interested (in the Georgian music thread).  Absolutely no reply or comment.  So it's not posted.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: dhibbard on March 31, 2017, 08:53:15 pm
I just posted quite a lot of music up (in the Belarusian music folder).  Let's see if (present company on this thread excluded) there is any comment about it at all.

A couple of weeks ago I thought I would take the reverse approach: I have a complete recording of the opera "Mindiya" by Georgian composer Taktakishvili, so I asked BEFORE posting it up if people would be interested (in the Georgian music thread).  Absolutely no reply or comment.  So it's not posted.

I'll be interested!....  I have a lot of Taktakishvili on Melodiya... don't think I have that one.   Its surprising that none of his other piano concerti or symphonies have been released on CD.....???  :(    still a lot of Melodiya recordings that never see on CD


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: christopher on April 01, 2017, 01:47:46 pm
I just posted quite a lot of music up (in the Belarusian music folder).  Let's see if (present company on this thread excluded) there is any comment about it at all.

A couple of weeks ago I thought I would take the reverse approach: I have a complete recording of the opera "Mindiya" by Georgian composer Taktakishvili, so I asked BEFORE posting it up if people would be interested (in the Georgian music thread).  Absolutely no reply or comment.  So it's not posted.

I'll be interested!....  I have a lot of Taktakishvili on Melodiya... don't think I have that one.   Its surprising that none of his other piano concerti or symphonies have been released on CD.....???  :(    still a lot of Melodiya recordings that never see on CD


http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,1507.msg29063.html#msg29063 (http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,1507.msg29063.html#msg29063)


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: kyjo on September 16, 2017, 01:19:48 am
Yeah, this forum is quite a bit quieter now than it was a couple years ago. I'll try to contribute as much as I can, but I'm a busy man these days! :)


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: dhibbard on September 16, 2017, 09:30:42 pm
I noticed that 2 other forums have been almost dead for several days recently... I think this forum ebbs and flows, some days more and some less or nothing..   weekends can sometimes have more activity, around the Holidays there can be no activity as folks are busy with the family and friends.    I think it does better than others.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Dundonnell on September 16, 2017, 11:39:29 pm
Well, as the member with by far the most posts on this forum (this one is No. 3674 and I don't think anybody else has reached 2000 ;D) I had better say something :).

First of all, in reference to the statistic above it is obviously not a competition to see who can contribute more posts than others. Some of my posts have been pretty lengthy (too lengthy perhaps!) and have consisted of lists of compositions or composers. Oftentimes these have had little comment from other members but I know (or at least certainly hope!) that that does not necessarily denote a lack of interest. And compiling such lists has given me pleasure and kept me mentally active-which, in retirement, is vitally important!!

It is true that the days when members were regularly posting links to music which they had uploaded seem to be past. I suspect that is because those who have been members for a number of years have provided all or most of the music which they had available and that there is actually not much else around to share with others.

I also agree and understand that there are many other calls on the time of members and that therefore the amount that they are able to contribute is limited and restricted by such pressures of time. Those who are retired-as am I-do have more time at their disposal.

This forum however remains one where I feel "at home", comfortable that our discourse is civilised and good-humoured. There are no ridiculous rules imposed by "over mighty" site administrators as in other forums one could mention (but I won't!!).

A number of years have passed since I visited the Good Music Guide forum so I have no idea how healthy it is. This forum had a more "intimate" feel to it and members have always appeared slightly more "friendly". I really have no interest in indulging in the "one-upmanship" and point scoring that can be a feature of some internet forums. I would prefer to share my enthusiasms rather than to denigrate music I do not understand or which does not appeal to my tastes and I certainly have no wish to criticise directly or indirectly the taste of others. For some vigorous debate and disagreement mean that a forum is more "alive" and interesting. I respect that point of view. Perhaps we do tend to agree with each other on here to an extent which might become "soporific" and if so that is a legitimate criticism but I can only say that I am now past the stage of taking part in debate which can degenerate into personal abuse.

....so, yes, there will be quiet periods on here but I do not believe that the forum is "dying" and it is up to us to ensure that it does not. I shall continue for as long as possible to contribute and do "my bit" :)


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: guest128 on September 17, 2017, 01:11:24 am
Few if any here (besides at least "Latvian") will remember what might have been THE flagship Classical Music Discussion Forum, active in the mid-to late 90's, and named Classical Insites" or simply "CI".  Far more freewheeling, imaginative, creative, and often genuinely insightful (if sometimes outrageously so) than anything since, it was the very antithesis of a venue like today's "Unsung Composers" and it's "representative man" Alan Howe with all their punctilious anality and barren scholasticism.  CI was much more an allowed "microcosm" of diverse characters, interests, and enthusiasms than the rigidly defined, rule obsessed, and generic music forums of today, - with often dozens of active threads and dozens of posts to each (not merely perfunctory-like either, but frequently substantially elaborated), - and I can think of participants here who would quickly have become suicidal had they been thrown into the maelstrom of CI and forced to justify and defend their views rather than retreat into mere devotional sentimentalism.  One thing it lacked, of course, was the uploading/downloading feature of sharing music so much a staple of today's groups, - and there was less to talk about because of that.  But as I remember it was a modus of both knowledgeable critical dialogue and sincere inquiry and at the same time a theatrical stage for genuinely distinctive characters to perform and express their individuality on.  Not entirely I should add (most activity in probably all Internet forums is transiently forgettable), - but enough of that ethos reigned at CI to be an enduringly remembered quality by me (I could probably name several dozen former "regulars" there that two decades later are more vivid to me than even some present relations, - without ever having physically met any of them).  AMF is a congenial and sometimes informative and stimulating (if rarely provocative) congregation with an irreplaceably invaluable music archive, but just without the dynamism and (inevitably) the sheer novelty and fascination of the old CI.  The reminiscences and nostalgia of an old guy, I suppose, but no one who was there could possibly disagree and say otherwise, - or am I over-idealizing things and revisioning the real history, Maris?




Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: dhibbard on September 17, 2017, 01:37:52 am
Well, as the member with by far the most posts on this forum (this one is No. 3674 and I don't think anybody else has reached 2000 ;D) I had better say something :).

First of all, in reference to the statistic above it is obviously not a competition to see who can contribute more posts than others. Some of my posts have been pretty lengthy (too lengthy perhaps!) and have consisted of lists of compositions or composers. Oftentimes these have had little comment from other members but I know (or at least certainly hope!) that that does not necessarily denote a lack of interest. And compiling such lists has given me pleasure and kept me mentally active-which, in retirement, is vitally important!!

It is true that the days when members were regularly posting links to music which they had uploaded seem to be past. I suspect that is because those who have been members for a number of years have provided all or most of the music which they had available and that there is actually not much else around to share with others.

I also agree and understand that there are many other calls on the time of members and that therefore the amount that they are able to contribute is limited and restricted by such pressures of time. Those who are retired-as am I-do have more time at their disposal.

This forum however remains one where I feel "at home", comfortable that our discourse is civilised and good-humoured. There are no ridiculous rules imposed by "over mighty" site administrators as in other forums one could mention (but I won't!!).

A number of years have passed since I visited the Good Music Guide forum so I have no idea how healthy it is. This forum had a more "intimate" feel to it and members have always appeared slightly more "friendly". I really have no interest in indulging in the "one-upmanship" and point scoring that can be a feature of some internet forums. I would prefer to share my enthusiasms rather than to denigrate music I do not understand or which does not appeal to my tastes and I certainly have no wish to criticise directly or indirectly the taste of others. For some vigorous debate and disagreement mean that a forum is more "alive" and interesting. I respect that point of view. Perhaps we do tend to agree with each other on here to an extent which might become "soporific" and if so that is a legitimate criticism but I can only say that I am now past the stage of taking part in debate which can degenerate into personal abuse.

....so, yes, there will be quiet periods on here but I do not believe that the forum is "dying" and it is up to us to ensure that it does not. I shall continue for as long as possible to contribute and do "my it". :)

Dundonnell, I just wanted to say "thanks" for all you have done for the forum.. I esp. enjoyed your "Complete Orchestral Works"  posts that you provided on various composers.... they were very helpful trying to locate the recordings.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Dundonnell on September 17, 2017, 02:42:27 am
Thank you very much for that comment  I do appreciate it


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: shamus on September 17, 2017, 12:24:24 pm
I second the thanks to Dundonnell, certainly hope this forum stays alive, I think Colin is right that we have reached the point where we have shared almost all we can and since everybody has access to YouTube one or the other of us will find stuff there, also appreciate dhibbard and Toby Esterhaze when they bring the youtube stuff to our attention. "Trolling" the many streaming radio sites for live concerts shows how so many orchestras stick with the tried and true, but occasionally they play something new (or something old but recently revived) that is shareable, so maybe that will be our only source for keeping up the contributions.  It is hard for me to participate in discussions as I really have not much technical knowledge about music except "I know what I like". One thing I hope is that if death really is imminent that Albion's magnificently huge British collection of files will stay available somewhere! My favorite thing is new discoveries of any era of music, and I appreciate those finds you kind folks share with us and the way one can make a request and almost always get a reply! But now I am listening to Schubert...and finding new sounds (to me) there!


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Dundonnell on September 17, 2017, 05:27:58 pm
Thanks, shamus, but I certainly do not think that "death really is imminent" And never let a lack of "technical knowledge" deter you or anybody else posting about "what they like" I may have a pretty extensive "knowledge" of the orchestral repertoire of the 20th century but it is a knowledge based on being aware of the existence and the soundworld to which works belong. I cannot read a score, I cannot play an instrument, I have no great ability to analyse the differences in interpretation between one conductor's version of a work and that of another-although I think that I can tell a good performance from one that is mediocre.

There are serious limitations therefore on any "expertise" I may appear to possess. It is only enthusiasm for the music I love and I hope others also love or would if they heard it and a passion to hear more of the music of composers who I think are unjustly neglected which provide my principal motivations for contributing.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Patrick Murtha on April 03, 2018, 04:47:43 pm
I am visiting for the first time in a while and read this particular thread with great interest. I go through cycles with message boards, social media, and other platforms when I contribute quite vigorously for a while and then become disaffected or moody and go silent before starting the cycle over. In science fiction fandom, they used to call it "gafiating" - getting away from it all.

A lot of message boards on various subjects of interest to me seem to have gotten pretty quiet, or even to have disappeared. Is Bright Cecilia gone for good? Is the Good Music Guide Classical Music Forum really moving servers, as the page I just visited said, or is it too kaput?

Anyway, it is good to see that this pleasant forum is still, as they say, "a going concern".

One of the confusing aspects of life on the Internet is that the action is always moving elsewhere.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Dundonnell on April 03, 2018, 05:22:14 pm
As long as there are British, American, Scandinavian etc symphonies and concertos still waiting their first recording or until I peg out (and the latter will come first) you will find me prattling on about these unrecorded "masterpieces" even if I am only talking to myself  ;D


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Dundonnell on April 03, 2018, 05:39:53 pm
......and another point ;D

When I was about 16 years old I used to visit the Music Library section of the Edinburgh Public Library to browse through reference books. I came across the names of composers of whom I had never heard. I was fascinated and intrigued to learn that there were British composers with wonderful names like William Wordsworth who had written multiple symphonies. I began listening to the radio and, very occasionally, got the opportunity to hear one of these symphonies. I dreamt of the day when there might be LPs (the cd had obviously not been invented then!) of the works. My friend, the late Malcolm MacDonald, used to buy imported LPs of American music from Harold Moores in London and, later on, I would tape these recordings for my own listening pleasure.

Now....54 years later so many of these works are on cd (including, shortly, six of Wordsworth's eight symphonies).

But-and this is the point ;D-if I was starting out again today with limited cash to buy cds I could find this site with its immense collection of music available for download. This includes our vast British and Irish Music Archive which is without parallel on the net. I would be in transports of delight ;D ;D


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Gauk on April 04, 2018, 04:50:49 pm
Alas, the Music Library section of the Edinburgh Public Library is now gone. I don't know what happened to the scores. So is the Reid Library, and although the stock has been merged with the main University Library it's not as accessible any more. Farewell to the days of discovering scores of works like those of Karl von Ordonez, who is shockingly neglected.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Baron Scarpia on April 04, 2018, 05:10:22 pm
Is the Good Music Guide Classical Music Forum really moving servers, as the page I just visited said, or is it too kaput?

The server migration was initiated about two days ago, necessitated by the level of traffic and the size of the database of posts. There is every expectation that it will be up again shortly. The forum operator is very competent and strongly committed to the continuation of the forum. Fingers crossed.

GMG is gets a lot more traffic than this forum. It is not always clear what causes one forum to grow and another to stagnate or whither. "Classical Music Guide," where I used to participate, is in the latter category, where it is rare for a new member to join and there are a handful (a dozen or less) members who participate without pause.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Patrick Murtha on April 05, 2018, 03:16:26 am
Is the Good Music Guide Classical Music Forum really moving servers, as the page I just visited said, or is it too kaput?

The server migration was initiated about two days ago, necessitated by the level of traffic and the size of the database of posts. There is every expectation that it will be up again shortly. The forum operator is very competent and strongly committed to the continuation of the forum. Fingers crossed.

GMG is gets a lot more traffic than this forum. It is not always clear what causes one forum to grow and another to stagnate or whither. "Classical Music Guide," where I used to participate, is in the latter category, where it is rare for a new member to join and there are a handful (a dozen or less) members who participate without pause.

Thank you for this information! I am glad to hear the interruption at GMG is only temporary.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Christo on April 06, 2018, 10:27:32 pm
This includes our vast British and Irish Music Archive which is without parallel on the net.
It is, or indeed isn't. A real treasure cove.


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Vandermolen on June 06, 2018, 11:16:25 pm
I enjoy this forum but it's a little like communicating with someone on the outer fringes of the Solar System - you post a message and, if you're lucky, get a response several weeks later.
 8)


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Christo on June 07, 2018, 08:08:39 am
I enjoy this forum but it's a little like communicating with someone on the outer fringes of the Solar System - you post a message and, if you're lucky, get a response several weeks later.
 8)
Black hole calling!  :D


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Dundonnell on June 07, 2018, 12:27:34 pm
I enjoy this forum but it's a little like communicating with someone on the outer fringes of the Solar System - you post a message and, if you're lucky, get a response several weeks later.
 8)

You must appreciate that this forum has a comparatively small membership compared to, say, GMG and and an even smaller number of "active members". There are those who find the range of topics discussed too narrow. There are those who find the absence of heated debate or rancorous discussion too polite and not lively enough for their needs.

I have posted more than anyone else on here but (a) I had a serious illness three months ago and am trying to cut down on the time I spend sitting in front of my pc, (b) I have been away from home for a week, and (c) our own musical tastes and views are so akin, Jeffrey, that repeatedly posting "I agree" would be unedifying

Many of my posts get little if any response but that is just something one has to accept

.....and-if you are seeking any disagreement -while I do agree that the Philip Spartley Symphony No.3 is both excellent and highly enjoyable I do not find the last movement in the slightest"Brucknerian" 


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: dhibbard on June 07, 2018, 04:18:08 pm
One thing I like about this forum is that it is totally driven by the contributors.. we don't have a moderator posting topics and then arguing with the members about what is or what should be..  it is somewhat like sending a message out into outer space and getting a response months or weeks later... but that is the beauty of the forum....  enjoy !!


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Admin on June 07, 2018, 11:11:14 pm
One thing I like about this forum is that it is totally driven by the contributors.. we don't have a moderator posting topics and then arguing with the members about what is or what should be..  it is somewhat like sending a message out into outer space and getting a response months or weeks later... but that is the beauty of the forum....  enjoy !!

Funnily enough I was just about to post on a new topic when I read your comments :)  Never mind, I can so I shall............ ;D


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Vandermolen on June 10, 2018, 02:06:40 pm
I enjoy this forum but it's a little like communicating with someone on the outer fringes of the Solar System - you post a message and, if you're lucky, get a response several weeks later.
 8)
Black hole calling!  :D
  8)


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Vandermolen on June 10, 2018, 02:10:52 pm
I enjoy this forum but it's a little like communicating with someone on the outer fringes of the Solar System - you post a message and, if you're lucky, get a response several weeks later.
 8)

You must appreciate that this forum has a comparatively small membership compared to, say, GMG and and an even smaller number of "active members". There are those who find the range of topics discussed too narrow. There are those who find the absence of heated debate or rancorous discussion too polite and not lively enough for their needs.

I have posted more than anyone else on here but (a) I had a serious illness three months ago and am trying to cut down on the time I spend sitting in front of my pc, (b) I have been away from home for a week, and (c) our own musical tastes and views are so akin, Jeffrey, that repeatedly posting "I agree" would be unedifying

Many of my posts get little if any response but that is just something one has to accept

.....and-if you are seeking any disagreement -while I do agree that the Philip Spartley Symphony No.3 is both excellent and highly enjoyable I do not find the last movement in the slightest"Brucknerian" 

Colin - very sorry to hear about your illness and wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Our blazing online row about Philip Spratley's Third Symphony can wait!

I take your point about this forum which I still enjoy despite the Marie Celeste-type ambience.

All best wishes
Jeffrey


Title: Re: Is this excellent forum 'dying' ?
Post by: Vandermolen on June 10, 2018, 02:13:24 pm
One thing I like about this forum is that it is totally driven by the contributors.. we don't have a moderator posting topics and then arguing with the members about what is or what should be..  it is somewhat like sending a message out into outer space and getting a response months or weeks later... but that is the beauty of the forum....  enjoy !!

Thank you and I agree.

I'm having to have a glass of wine to calm my nerves after all the activity on this page  8)

Sorry, after decades from being banned from using sarcasm as a teacher I am trying to make up for lost time!

Genuinely appreciate responses though - thank you  :)