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@  RichardT1977 : (21 February 2019 - 10:56 PM)

Thirty Helens agree.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 February 2019 - 09:41 PM)

People forget the whole phrase. It's "Great minds thing alike, but fools rarely differ."

@  Nevermore : (21 February 2019 - 08:49 PM)

The German version is very straightforward: "Two idiots, one idea."

@  Nevermore : (21 February 2019 - 08:49 PM)

English: "Great minds think alike".

@  Nevermore : (21 February 2019 - 08:49 PM)

Here's an example of a phrase that's charmingly positive in English but self-deprecating in German:

@  wonko the sane? : (21 February 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Turns out the basic figures in the transformers siege line are basically minicons, and my sister is back in the hospital for another psychotic break. It's been an emotional day, and it's not even 1 pm yet.

@  Pennpenn : (21 February 2019 - 12:27 AM)

Maybe, or maybe it'd be more like wood? Y'know, bashing each other with planks.

@  Ashley : (21 February 2019 - 12:23 AM)

Wouldn't pillow fights be like slapping each other with meat?

@  unluckiness : (20 February 2019 - 11:54 PM)

RODO ROLLA DA

@  MEDdMI : (20 February 2019 - 11:14 PM)

they hit each other with full sized vehicles

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2019 - 08:18 PM)

Also, do Softmus Prime and Slumblebee engage in pillow fights?

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2019 - 08:16 PM)

Feathertron?

@  MEDdMI : (20 February 2019 - 08:34 AM)

@Penn Megadown, maybe?

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2019 - 05:38 AM)

The kernel.

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2019 - 05:37 AM)

Who gives the orders in cyberwarfare?

@  Pennpenn : (20 February 2019 - 03:16 AM)

I wonder what Megatron would end up in that context?

@  Sabrblade : (19 February 2019 - 09:21 PM)

It's not "Optiplush"... it's "Softimus Prime"

@  Ashley : (19 February 2019 - 08:19 PM)

I've got the two plushes from the first movie, they're great

@  Shrug : (19 February 2019 - 08:00 PM)

Still have mine, although Optiplush Prime is kind of discolored

@  Shrug : (19 February 2019 - 07:59 PM)

They came out around the time of the first movie with the big merch push, but they were distinctly G1 and everything else wasnt, IIRC

@  Trpodeca : (19 February 2019 - 04:51 PM)

Take another shot Wonko.

@  Trpodeca : (19 February 2019 - 04:51 PM)

prime the lost season

@  wonko the sane? : (19 February 2019 - 01:41 PM)

I did not even know those things were a thing. I guess they didn't do very well cause they didn't make more of them.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 February 2019 - 01:25 PM)

Pfft, Hasbro did that 12 years ago with Slumblebee and Optiplush Prime

@  Xellos : (19 February 2019 - 12:37 PM)

Well, this past Christmas I did see licensed plush Transformers that went from their robot to vehicle mode by turning inside out just like popples.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 February 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Why DIDN'T transformers make plushes ala popples?

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 February 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Design in mixed media and make him out of actual flannel.

@  Lancer : (18 February 2019 - 09:24 PM)

Make his fur a red and black flannel pattern

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2019 - 09:10 PM)

Bonus points if you can work in a red and black flannel pattern on his chest plate.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2019 - 09:09 PM)

Might as well make it cliched. Lumberjack moose male and aristocratic deer female.

@  TriBlurr : (18 February 2019 - 08:16 PM)

Or their aristocratic deer.

@  TriBlurr : (18 February 2019 - 08:10 PM)

Thinking of making a pair of moose Transformer OCs, male and female. Thier a lovey dovy pair of lumberjacks

@  Paladin : (18 February 2019 - 06:56 PM)

they also have NOTORIOUSLY poor protection on their servers. do NOT keep a credit card on file there.

@  Telly : (18 February 2019 - 04:48 PM)

i just checked my past tfsource orders, and theres no sales tax charge

@  Arazyr : (18 February 2019 - 11:16 AM)

They haven't (yet, at least) on the stuff I currently have in my Stack. Haven't had them ship anything for a while, though, so I don't know if they will when I do...

@  Benbot : (18 February 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Does TFSource charge sales tax?

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2019 - 09:47 AM)

That's because, once upon a time, the people whom owned the animals weren't the people whom butchered them. So the pig was owned by a saxon who spoke english, but butchered by a french speaker. So a pig got cut up into PORC chops.

@  unluckiness : (18 February 2019 - 03:25 AM)

Hank Pym<<<< Hank Hill

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 February 2019 - 01:28 AM)

In that case, I don't see anything wrong with English speakers calling it what it is in English. Even though we technically use the French words for what comes out of it. "Beef", "pork"...

@  Bass X0 : (17 February 2019 - 02:04 PM)

I’d like a Siege Thundercracker who has his regular blue colors Cybertronian jet mode which transforms into a robot mode with his Action Master colors. Looks like it could be possible.

@  Paladin : (17 February 2019 - 11:57 AM)

The cow was slaughtered in the abattoir.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 February 2019 - 08:53 AM)

It's not a pretty name: abattoir is literally just the french word for slaughterhouse.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 February 2019 - 08:46 AM)

Giving it a pretty name won't make it a pretty place.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 February 2019 - 02:45 AM)

I do believe there is an aphorism about the U.S.A. and yogurt being different because after 200 years the latter will have a culture.

@  Maruten : (16 February 2019 - 11:30 PM)

There's another word for "abattoir"?! Honestly you people, "slaughterhouse" is a bit on the nose.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 February 2019 - 10:09 PM)

I learned this week that the French-style term abattoir is prevalent in the UK/Commonwealth in place of where U.S.-American Anglophones would say "slaughterhouse". Fascinating.

@  MEDdMI : (16 February 2019 - 08:51 PM)

Nonsense. Everybody loves all my posts.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (16 February 2019 - 08:27 PM)

Or dislike them. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (16 February 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Wish we could like the shout posts...

@  Patch : (16 February 2019 - 04:26 PM)

Uh oh. Here comes a flock of Wah-Wahs.


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#1 CastletonSnob

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 08:49 PM

Do you think forums are becoming obsolete, because of Reddit, Twitter, Discord etc?



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:00 PM

Probably mostly the ones that can't sustain themselves as forums.

Like, the Allspark is probably big enough and busy enough that it's not going anywhere, but I can totally see smaller, low volume forums just switching over to other systems.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:05 PM

This place seems to run at a fast clip

 

I would never see my self at redit in fact I never been there I have no need to

 

I hate Discord just as much as I hate Facebook to hell with that mess


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:08 PM

Probably mostly the ones that can't sustain themselves as forums.

Like, the Allspark is probably big enough and busy enough that it's not going anywhere, but I can totally see smaller, low volume forums just switching over to other systems.

 

We've definitely lost traffic over the years, though. I think what remains to be seen is whether forums as a whole still have a niche that will keep them as a necessary part of the landscape. I think you're right that some individual forum communities could essentially outlive forums as a whole, but I think that in that scenario, where forums are just not a mode in which people expect to engage with something, it'd just be a harder and harder sell to bring in new members over time. 


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 10:58 PM

I prefer an well-organized and moderated forum to any of the alternatives listed.  (Well, I've never tried Discord, but I really don't have the interest to either.)

 

Don't like how Reddit seems to encourage upvotes over actual discussion.  It works fine for images/memes, but I think discussions should rise and fall based on people's desire to contribute, rather than just clicking a button and running away.

 

Twitter feels like too much of a free-for-all and definitely lacks the kind of organization that I like.

 

I'm never going to use Facebook to engage in my hobbies because I like my anonymity.

 

I figure forums will die out eventually as fewer and fewer people will want to spend the money and time to really get it right, when the other options above are more popular and do a "good enough" job as-is.  That'll be a sad day, but no sense in worrying about it now.



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:10 PM

Ah, yeah, absolutely. And they've been dying for years.

 

Many smaller forums have gone the way of the dodo and shut down, or hang in this limbo state where they are still there, but nobody posts anymore.

 

As was mentioned, big forums are probably going to survive, but yeah. There's definitely been attrition.


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:14 PM

Bulletin Boards, Usenet, and AOL chat rooms have all fallen by the wayside.

All I know is that I like it here, and hope to stick around for as long as possible.

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#8 HellCat

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:31 PM

I think there's a technical and emotional response.

It used to be hard to run a forum. Sure anyone could start up an ezboard but that came with no promise of an actual community. Plus it was much harder to find stuff online so establishing yourself as a landmark meant most would end up with you.

Now though? With competing social apps? With people going online just about anywhere? Forums are antiquated.

Just a few years ago I was involved with updating the TZ forums. The basic brief I was given was to make it more like Facebook. A chat client, in-browser games, stat trophies, etc. Tons of little rewards and distractions because trends were telling us it was what kept attention now.

Probably doesn't help that newer competing news sites snuck up and outdid us. I'm proud as hug to work for TZ but when people discuss us now it's largely to say we're past our prime.

Community wise most moved on. A lot of the people who ran the place when I first joined were college students. They graduated, started careers...shooting the shit discussing cartoons just didn't fit in anymore.

I think toy forums like this survive partly because it's a hobby that thrives on being aware. New wave spotted here! New toy has a problem, oh no! But wait, here's how to fix it! Etc

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:47 PM

About five years too late to be asking this question.  Any forums that are still around are likely to continue sticking around, because the fit a niche.  Other forms of social media really aren't well-suited to extended more-or-less linear discussion.  Google Plus kinda sorta tried that, but it didn't really kill anything.

 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:50 PM

Don't think forums will ever completely die, though usage numbers will probably end up like irc. Frankly I prefer forums over massive social media sites. Always have.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:59 PM

Forums are dying but certain communities will continue to exist.

 

I think the biggest threat to fan forums is the concept of official subreddits. I mean, say you play an MMO or whatever, you'd be more inclined to post on the official subreddit where someone who works on the game might see your post than some fan forum.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 12:13 AM

I worked on the official US Gundam forums.

The rest of the staff were dicks who wanted the community to be subservient to us.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 01:24 AM

Haha, they hated me there.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:31 AM

I know I've measurably come on here less since the Allspark Discord started up. Multiple times a day went to just checking in once. Still, there's enough here I can't get on discord that I don't see myself ever fully dropping it.



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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:39 AM

Everything has its time & everyone dies.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 02:10 PM

Except me.  I'll be here forever.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:14 PM

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:02 PM

Forums aren't as popular as they used to be, but I think the format has its merits. ReEdit & Facebook don't appeal to me in the slightest.  Twitter is well & good, but I can't have the same sort of conversations via Twitter.  I've not any experience w/ Discord, but it doesn't look like it's for me either.

 

On a forum, I can post a question, or make a comment & can come back 1 week later & and catch up on the direction where the conversation went.  On other formats, this isn't as always as easy to do.  I generally prefer the easy laid back feel of forums, over something that requires more of a real time communication.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:44 PM

I don't know what I'd do if Allspark went away.  I spend so much time here.



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Posted 10 July 2018 - 07:43 PM

We've definitely lost traffic over the years, though.

Fair. I don't have access to the numbers or really know what peak Allspark would look like.

 

I think what remains to be seen is whether forums as a whole still have a niche that will keep them as a necessary part of the landscape. I think you're right that some individual forum communities could essentially outlive forums as a whole, but I think that in that scenario, where forums are just not a mode in which people expect to engage with something, it'd just be a harder and harder sell to bring in new members over time. 

I think what we're seeing is similar to what happened to Tripod and Geocities websites.  That is to say that, when the ability to easily create web forums debuted, it was the easiest way for people to get together in a relatively well organized group.  EZ-Board and similar services made it something anyone could do and so everyone did.  Since then, a lot more options have sprung up and people are naturally moving to the niches that better suit them. Social media has become a diverse and prominent thing and people just don't need the forum structure as much as they used to.

 

I'm not sure forums are on their way out entirely, though.  Forums have their benefits and I don't see those being taken away by anything else on the market, except maybe Discord.  But even then, Discord doesn't offer quite the level of organization that a forum does.

 

So, yeah, forums are almost certainly getting less popular, but I'm not sure they're dying, per se.


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