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Dissapointing Forum Traffic => 2017 Challange for All of you

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I have to be honest, I’m real disappointed with the lack of activity in these forums over the last 18 months.  I still believe the ICMJ website is the best resource for recreational and smaller-scale prospectors but we lost a lot of folks who were very passionate and active in posting.  There were feathers ruffled at times but none the less the dialog was solid.

 

I don’t have an answer or ideas for bringing this place back to life but I’d like to challenge folks who may be “lurkers” on the site to come forward and share what your 2017 prospecting plans are going to be about.  There are excellent resources on this site and we simply need a little fuel to get things rolling again. 

 

Hope to hear from more of you!

 

JR

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Chris Ralph and I were just discussing that last night.

About a year ago we were having problems with people using the forum for spamming and advertising, and it was very difficult to keep a handle on it. We were going to let the forum die a slow death.

But we have reconsidered. There's a lot of good people on here and some past info that many still read because it's "good stuff."

And we think we have solved a few of the problems with spammers. The forum was recently overhauled/updated on January 11, 2017, and we seem to have the spammers from China and Russia blocked for good now. (We'll see if that lasts.)

We will still have to manually delete the advertisements and block the accounts of users who fail to read the terms of service or can't resist posting promotional material.

Chris is going to put the word out that we are back, and would appreciate your help doing the same.

Thank you very much for your support and your comments!

Scott

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Yeah boys, you can't let these forums die as it would be a shame that one of the foremost publications for prospecting doesn't have an arena for prospectors to meet, trade ideas and gain insight.  I'm glad you guys have decided to take another run at it.  Maybe you look for some outside perspective as a means to generate more traffic, i.e., great use of social media platforms, direct linkage in your publications to forum content, maybe a classified forum for selling of used recreational prospecting equipment etc.  Maybe it's time for some benchmarking across other industry publications to see what they have done to drive traffic in their forums?  

Please let your readers know if there is anything we can do to help.    

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Traffic is way down on most forums. I've heard this form others also. I still check 4 gold forums every day but don't post much as my dredging days are over. It was a great run though but it's hard to fight old age.

Leonard

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I recently found this site and am very impressed with the information provided. Just signed in the first time, thanks again Scott for your quick help. As someone new to mining, it took me actually seeing people dig up nuggets and pan out grams and ounces from places like the Rogue River to believe that there is plenty of Gold still available and ready to be pulled from the earth. I had to watch Youtube video of incidents like the Butte Nugget to believe that was still possible. I realize that that man had been looking for his "Retirement Nugget" for over 20 years... but just the BELIEF that it was possible sprung me into action.
I'm looking forward to joining the discussion. I'm "green" but I've been researching with great enthusiasm. I'm an Information Technology nerd by trade and have worked as a research analyst, so finding information online is easy for me. I've owned a computer support business before I went to work for the State of Oregon as a computer field tech about 10 years ago. I'd be glad to offer any advice in that field. 
The biggest curiosity that I have right now is in metal detecting. I would appreciate advice on which model works best in Southern Oregon. My budget is 2k and under. 

Thanks again,
Brett

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