10 posts since late Thursday night on a board with 20,.000 members? Pretty sure that cannot be attributed to it just being a slow time of year. This board was fun for a few years, but then the inevitable cliques began and someone even had the audacity to start a "Hall of Fame" to even further divide the board. Where are all the HOF members BTW? I thought they were the ones who kept this board and it's discussions going? [
This is not even close to a reality.
Stone cold truth is, if guys like me, diener, Travis, longball, etc. have something to say, it's almost exclusively straight to social media with it.
Internet forums these days only survive if they're exclusive to any certain thing (Badgers, Packers, anime, pro wrestling, politics, video games). It's hard for all-encompassing sports boards to survive, in the days of "everyone's got a blog with a comment section."
HS scores are so quickly disseminated through Twitter now that score threads (and the inherent game discussion that followed) are heavily curtailed here and darn near pointless.
This was the discussion spot to be at up through about 2010. It was at that point that Facebook (and within another two years, Twitter) had completely consumed the friendly banter, and more often trash talk, between HS age kids. There no longer was any reason for them to hit up the conference message boards on WSN, post what they had to post, and then wait for someone to respond. The direct interaction and immediate reaction that exists in the social media world has rendered 80% of the WSN forum null-and-void.
Haven't you noticed how rare it is for new members to sign up and actually post on the forum? That's because most new accounts are solely created for Xtra subscribers or coaches to enter stats. The WSN Forum community is simply a lot smaller than those numbers would suggest.
People grow up, their priorities changes. Hell, my own desire to discuss college and pro sports is simply no longer what it was. It can be exhausting, and I just don't have the time or patience for it, especially as the internet becomes more viral and vitriolic. Honestly, I watch a fraction of what I used to (seen maybe 100 innings of the Brewers this year).
This community was built on the back on HS and college-age kids with a sprinkling of older concerned parties. As the former aged, their presence here became less-and-less, and they simply weren't replace with a new crop of youngsters. It's not like any perceived cliques drove away people who weren't here to begin with, or never had any inclination to join in the first place.