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uggboy
(@uggboy)

Hi,

I'm concerned about the future of InsideFlyer as it looks like that many forums are dormant right now and many haven't been touched for a while. What's happening and where are the members? Many times I find myself in a position to post something here on InsideFlyer but literally [almost] no-one seems to be interested on travel related threads/forums. I haven't seen much activity for a longer time now and I'm concerned of what's happening. Equally it looks like that many formerly active members have deserted InsideFlyer, which was formally a better-run and more active MilePoint.

Any answers to where InsideFlyer is going? Thanks.

Cheers & Safe Travels. 🙂

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Posted : September 9, 2016 3:27 pm
ACMM
 ACMM
(@acmm)

I could not agree more. I believe the people behind this have other things going on to pad their pockets or just no longer care. I recall when MP started it was vibrant and busy. Then issues came about and they were ignored. People left. Never to return. It is a dead shadow of its former self on life support. No reason for people to come here. I am here solely to keep in contact with some folks. I no longer care about the travel forums as they are dead. Very sad. But this came about as a direct result of the people running it. Simple. My 2-cents.

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Posted : September 9, 2016 3:52 pm
uggboy
(@uggboy)

ACMM, post: 2757104, member: 520 wrote: I could not agree more. I believe the people behind this have other things going on to pad their pockets or just no longer care. I recall when MP started it was vibrant and busy. Then issues came about and they were ignored. People left. Never to return. It is a dead shadow of its former self on life support. No reason for people to come here. I am here solely to keep in contact with some folks. I no longer care about the travel forums as they are dead. Very sad. But this came about as a direct result of the people running it. Simple. My 2-cents.

Sent from my iPhone using the poorly tested and bug ridden InsideFlyer mobile app

Thanks for your honest/fast reply [USER=520]@ACMM[/USER], could you please elaborate which issues came about and they were ignored. People left. Would be interesting to know why people don't care about travel forums, especially IF is a travel related forum website.

Any insights?

Cheers & Safe Travels. 🙂

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Posted : September 9, 2016 4:04 pm
ACMM
 ACMM
(@acmm)

uggboy, post: 2757108, member: 36278 wrote: Thanks for your honest/fast reply [USER=520]@ACMM[/USER], could you please elaborate which issues came about and they were ignored. People left. Would be interesting to know why people don't care about travel forums, especially IF is a travel related forum website.

Any insights?

Cheers & Safe Travels. 🙂

I think shortly after MP started some bad eggs arrived and pleas to reign them in to MP management were ignored. As such ppl left. I know I did. When I returned over a year later I heard through the grapevine that other things similar had occurred and ppl left again. Now that does not account for many of the forums just some. Something must have happened to have ppl leave.

Again this is all just my 2-cents.

If frequent flyers no longer come here to post and answer then it becomes dormant. You need activity. Not just from one or two people.

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ACMM at your service! I am an Elite and Million Mile member and [B">HH Diamond[/B">

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Posted : September 9, 2016 4:12 pm
uggboy
(@uggboy)

ACMM, post: 2757110, member: 520 wrote: I think shortly after MP started some bad eggs arrived and pleas to reign them in to MP management were ignored. As such ppl left. I know I did. When I returned over a year later I heard through the grapevine that other things similar had occurred and ppl left again. Now that does not account for many of the forums just some. Something must have happened to have ppl leave.

Again this is all just my 2-cents.

If frequent flyers no longer come here to post and answer then it becomes dormant. You need activity. Not just from one or two people.

Sent from my iPhone using the poorly tested and bug ridden InsideFlyer mobile app

Thank you [USER=520]@ACMM[/USER], I hope that other members/owners/mods might chime in here and we might get some answers to "Where InsightFlyer is heading" in the future. Would be good to know.

Cheers & Safe Travels. 🙂

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Posted : September 9, 2016 4:22 pm
ACMM
 ACMM
(@acmm)

uggboy, post: 2757113, member: 36278 wrote: Thank you [USER=520]@ACMM[/USER], I hope that other members/owners/mods might chime in here and we might get some answers to "Where InsightFlyer is heading" in the future. Would be good to know.

Cheers & Safe Travels. 🙂

I expect you will get little reply or just platitudes. That is my firm belief.

Sent from my iPhone using the poorly tested and bug ridden InsideFlyer mobile app

ACMM at your service! I am an Elite and Million Mile member and [B">HH Diamond[/B">

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Posted : September 9, 2016 4:25 pm
Kiwii_Xan
(@kiwii_xan)

As someone in the business of digital media, it isn't just Inside Flyer that is slowing down, but most forums in general are. It has to do with generational interest. Younger audiences don't appear on online forums as much as older generations, and other types of social technological advancements are gaining traction instead. Also, the purpose for forums has shifted to being a place where conversations happen, to a place where you go when you need a question answered. The problem with this is that everyone is asking questions, and few are truly there to answer. The reason why some threads to better than others is purely based on habit and community. Threads with more action get more traction, naturally.

I could see a place like this evolve to a platform that has a purpose more relevant for the Frequent Flier Community, with Slack being an interesting example. However, I do not see the forum itself completely dying off, but rather acting as a hub to guide the conversation elsewhere. Then there is the problem with being mobile friendly, and consistency across devices. The world is becoming more mobile, and IF just is not there yet.

*This post represents solely my own opinions and thoughts and not of my employer or clients they hold.*

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Posted : September 9, 2016 4:53 pm
colpuck
(@colpuck)

I'm here only for the box really.

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Posted : September 9, 2016 5:07 pm
cvsara
(@cvsara)

I think quite a number of the persons came here, just to see what it took to get 'gold' status. Many, again JMHO, very little was contributed to the boards, just simple reply's to get a point toward gold status, like 'yep', ' I agree' 'of course', etc. Once they got their 'status, they were gone. Very little was contributed to the forums.
My second thought is that with all the changes in the airline's FF programs, and not so easy for us non elites to have status in their programs, there is very little reason to look at or contribute to those forums. I, most certainly, am one of those. Since I lost my UA & AA status, there isn't much I could contribute. I and 'da bride' travel about 3 to 5 times a year now, and we both have 'tons' of miles, so no need to look at those forums. CCs and VGCs have contributed many FF miles to our FF accounts. I haven't bought an airline ticket in 3+ years, since my company stopped paying for the trips, and wife and I both lost AA & UAL status. I would think that many, who don't have any status would have a need to visit some of those forums.

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Posted : September 9, 2016 5:07 pm
Pizzaman
(@pizzaman)
Admin

Weighing in here as one of the co-founders (and not speaking for any other co-founder).

I don't recall very many early reports of people who needed to be asked to leave the community. There were a few, but I don't believe that's the primary reason for the decline.

We haven't been able to get the sort of participation yet that we need to make all the forums viable. We've discussed some strategies to trim the forum tree and encourage more activity.

I'm definitely open to suggestions, we don't have all the answers. But, I'm not going anywhere. I'm not even sure where the light switch is. 🙂

I don't have much to say, but you can usually find me saying it here.

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Posted : September 9, 2016 5:17 pm
colpuck
(@colpuck)

Pizzaman, post: 2757132, member: 24 wrote: Weighing in here as one of the co-founders (and not speaking for any other co-founder).

I don't recall very many early reports of people who needed to be asked to leave the community. There were a few, but I don't believe that's the primary reason for the decline.

We haven't been able to get the sort of participation yet that we need to make all the forums viable. We've discussed some strategies to trim the forum tree and encourage more activity.

I'm definitely open to suggestions, we don't have all the answers. But, I'm not going anywhere. I'm not even sure where the light switch is. 🙂

It's simple and I said this when inside flyer started, the community isn't big enough to support two sites Flyertalk and whatever this place is. I didn't support moving the box from FT to here. however the Mods on the UA forum shit the bed and themselves on a continual basis so here I am.

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Posted : September 9, 2016 5:56 pm
Wandering Aramean
(@wandering-aramean)

colpuck, post: 2757143, member: 3248 wrote: It's simple and I said this when inside flyer started, the community isn't big enough to support two sites Flyertalk and whatever this place is.

And IF chose to further fragment that community via language walls and disparate operations that compete with each other for resources and eyeballs. Combine that with technical failures, the over-promise/under-deliver problem and, generally, insufficient unique or compelling content and there's minimal value to the shell here.

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Posted : September 9, 2016 6:15 pm
colpuck
(@colpuck)

Wandering Aramean, post: 2757149, member: 23 wrote: And IF chose to further fragment that community via language walls and disparate operations that compete with each other for resources and eyeballs. Combine that with technical failures, the over-promise/under-deliver problem and, generally, insufficient unique or compelling content and there's minimal value to the shell here.

[USER=24]@Pizzaman[/USER] read this comment.

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Posted : September 9, 2016 6:40 pm
Mrp Alert
(@mrp-alert)
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I'm back to IF after having a whole bunch of issues elsewhere and few challenges here. I appreciate mobile access via Tapatalk vs. a complete lack of mobile strategy on the other site. Facebook groups have started to supplant some of the traditional forum posts, but I believe there is still a market for public forums such as IF and FT.

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Posted : September 9, 2016 7:57 pm
Wandering Aramean
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colpuck, post: 2757154, member: 3248 wrote: [USER=24]@Pizzaman[/USER] read this comment.

He knows my opinion well. :-:

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Posted : September 9, 2016 8:37 pm
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