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Posted: 11/15/2012 2:07 AM

Its time to talk about it 


What is happening to our dolphin forum, Its posts are a fraction of what they used to be just 4 years ago.

Its becoming sad how this once vibrant forum is becoming less and less populated.. I dont think its anyones fault on this forum, I think after year and year and year of average to hideous seasons this fan base has been pushed to its pain threshold and fans are tuning out more and more until only the diehard few that can withstand the punishment are left.

I think its indicative of the franchise as a whole,We need this team to win badly, I was happy with this being a rebuilding year and once again waiting, but im thinking WE NEED to win this season and at least make the playoffs for the fans and posters sake.maybe im just anxious but i don't want dolphin digest forum to turn into the bills scout forum which is literally an empty void with zero fans. 

Speaking of which is there any posters who have been here long enough to tell me if the bills rockpile was ever frequented possibly in the 90's  back in the bills powerhouse days and 56k modems lol. (I sometimes become nostalgic of the coffee grinder noise, odd beeps and whistles biggrin)

Hell i remember just 4 or 5 years ago we had a 20 page discussion on that lightning rod of debate Ted Ginn. lmao

Anyways Lets keep this forum going and get it back to the way it was, With plenty of heated discussions and debates. If you guys know dolphin fans invite them here to discuss in a friendly atmosphere amongst fellow fans.. LETS KEEP OUR HOME GUYS! 

Last edited 11/15/2012 2:08 AM by Gonzorot

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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:19 AM

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Unfortunately, negativity will do that.

It's funny you mention ted ginn.  I came on this site to vent my frustrations about drafting a player I had been watching for several years and how terrible of a pick I thought it was.  I got drilled.  Fortunately, that kinda stuff doesn't bother me plus I love talking sports, especially the fins.

We've been so inept for so long that I think the fans stopped believing.  It was sad how few people turned out for our last game.  But after the outcome, maybe that was a good thing.

For the first time in over a decade, I'm excited about the future.  We have a QB who i think will be a good one as well as a good coach.  We still need to add some pieces but we are getting closer than we have been in a LONG time.
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Posted: 11/15/2012 9:02 AM

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The internet is always an interesting specimen.

I think fan internet message boards can definitely parallel attendance at stadiums. Which parallels team's performance and team management's dedication to #winning.  I think it can also reflect the overall fanbase's energy levels.  The Orlando Magic or Florida Marlins forums are going to pale in comparison to the Boston Celtics or Red Sox forums.

On the flip side you have the additional characteristic of the internet that negativity and/or debate always brings on more of a rush than status quo or the good times.  

This place has always become click crazy when the going is bad and debate over what the team needs to do, or what they did that was stupid, or who sucks or needs to go.  It carries everywhere - when the going is good, you say great game, I'm happy....but what is there to debate?  Can you debate how you think they should have won the game differently?  Not really. 

This carries across all venues.  Take NASCAR for instance, heated rivalries or debated topics or scandals bumrush the fan sites and tv ratings, but status quo and Mr Nice Guys drop attendance, site visits and ratings.  This trend carries across all leagues. Status quo in the NBA for instance drops ratings, referee scandals, franchise players taking their talents someplace, or ridiculous trades cause humungous numbers.

Sports talk shows and tv shows also thrive on negative / heated debates / rivalries / fights, etc.

But then you can also go over that line where eventually, if you keep having to yell scream debate and state how stupid something is, you get frustrated and just run out of things (the same things) to say.  And you just wait for something different, actual change.

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Well there you go, this concludes my Internet Social Studies 101 - Sports Edition commentary for you.  Hope you enjoyed it, tune in next week when we discuss Toilet Seats 101.  Do they really need to always be down?  Or can they be left up in some circumstances?  Do women really always want the seat down?  What does the internet have to say about it?   See you then.



Last edited 11/15/2012 9:03 AM by Marx8385

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Posted: 11/15/2012 12:28 PM

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There are 3 three types of posters. The rose colored lens type, the doom and gloom type, and the what you see is what you get type. Personally i can coexist with all 3 types but some folks just cant. They get outrageously upset if you dont agree with their point of view and therefore leave the board. Which one am i?? Im a combination of all 3.
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Posted: 11/15/2012 12:30 PM

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rightNexact wrote: There are 3 three types of posters. The rose colored lens type, the doom and gloom type, and the what you see is what you get type. Personally i can coexist with all 3 types but some folks just cant. They get outrageously upset if you dont agree with their point of view and therefore leave the board. Which one am i?? Im a combination of all 3.

That's just ridiculous!  That's it, I'm leaving!   See you tomorrow.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 12:33 PM

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Marx8385 wrote:
rightNexact wrote: There are 3 three types of posters. The rose colored lens type, the doom and gloom type, and the what you see is what you get type. Personally i can coexist with all 3 types but some folks just cant. They get outrageously upset if you dont agree with their point of view and therefore leave the board. Which one am i?? Im a combination of all 3.

That's just ridiculous!  That's it, I'm leaving!   See you tomorrow.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 4:46 PM

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I posted here briefly during the Jay Fieldler fiasco/debate.  At the time there were too many fans posting here.  It was very difficult to follow a thread.  So I guess this place is just "too crowded, nobody goes here anymore".
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Posted: 11/15/2012 5:34 PM

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Miss me yet ?   tongue    I kid, I kid....






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Posted: 11/16/2012 3:54 PM

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here is what i like and dislike about the franchize . yes we are better defensively , Philbin is better then Sparano. and Cameron Wake is a stud . wejust need to rebuild our secondary and somehow find us a Sam Madison Patrick Surtain and brock Marion type of player.


the flip side Armando what ever his name said it best, Miami has regressed , mainly the oline ,tightend , and running backs.

There is many people in the big 12 area who have seen Tannyhill and they dont think he will be a special qb and last night he showed he cant bring us back from behine. I think Tannyhill has some skills but there is a posibility that Tanny s just like chad Henne. Of course I dont really beleive it is wise to evaulate the qb when the qb doesnt have a oline and wrs.


dolphin fans definately need for the team to win . Unfortunately as long as Ireland is the gm this thing could go either way. the attendence should be a tale tale sign of the state of the dolphins .
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Posted: 11/16/2012 6:07 PM

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I know exactly what you're saying but the phrase 'sing when you're winning' springs to mind. I'm as guilty as the next for not posting enough and just reading not writing. But lately, and lets be honest, there's not a whole lot to be hopeful for. If we're reporting on stuff honestly it's probably gonna be negative and folk prefer to be seen in a more positive light.

I do sigh when I'm reading other boards and see they have like 50+ people on line at once. Ours only ever goes onto two lines of users on match day or the draft. However I do think you get more of a personal reply here cos everyone seems to 'know' each other and it's rare to converse via a post with someone you've never heard of.

I'm sure when the teams performance improves consistently then the stadiums numbers, and thusly, this forums numbers will swell.
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Posted: 11/17/2012 4:23 PM

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birdmond wrote: I posted here briefly during the Jay Fieldler fiasco/debate.  At the time there were too many fans posting here.  It was very difficult to follow a thread.  So I guess this place is just "too crowded, nobody goes here anymore".
Who would have thought the Fiedler years would be the highlight of the last decade?  Not that I was happy with Fiedler, but those defenses were just terrific.
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Posted: 11/17/2012 6:30 PM

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I liked Fiedler. But then I worked at a couple of years at a summer camp his Dad ran so always had a soft spot for him. I caught some passes off him when he turned up and he was lasering balls at me. Summer camps were great fun back then.
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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:31 PM

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miamivette wrote: Miss me yet ?   tongue    I kid, I kid....
Always Vette. You were a model poster, the best Mod ever ( Sorry Mrs and CG3 your close 2nds ) and a very caring and generous person outside of the fourm boards that a few of us can vouch for. I wish you the best w/ your health and etc.... cheers.gif
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Posted: 11/19/2012 1:33 PM

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I have never really seen where this board has had a HUGE number of posters at one time, and I've been coming on here for a LONG time. Maybe 13-15 years.

Just for the fun of it, when I read the post, I decided to check some other boards.

It's Monday @ 1:27 pm.

Cleveland board had 998 members signed on!!!!!! ??????????
Buffalo had 1.
Oakland had 3
St.L had 2
Carolina had 76
Tenn had ZERO
San Diego had 43
Houiston only had 6

So, I don't know if the teams sucess actually has anything to do with it or not.

Remember, every season there seems to be another place on-line to get news, and a lot of those also have boards. It's probably something cyclical instead of team abandonment.
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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:20 PM

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jabba2 wrote:

 


 

birdmond wrote: I posted here briefly during the Jay Fieldler fiasco/debate.  At the time there were too many fans posting here.  It was very difficult to follow a thread.  So I guess this place is just "too crowded, nobody goes here anymore".
Who would have thought the Fiedler years would be the highlight of the last decade?  Not that I was happy with Fiedler, but those defenses were just terrific.

That defense deserved to win a championship, I don't think we will ever have a dominant group for a decade like when we had Zach, JT, Armstrong/Ogunleye, Bowens, Gardner,  Surtain, Buckley and Madison.

If we even had an above average offense any of those years we would have been serious contenders.
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Posted: 11/20/2012 2:53 PM

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Those were really good Defenses.  I wouldn't call them dominant.  They had a habit of wilting in big games.  They were talented, well coached, but were NOT a dominant D.  the current Bears D, or the Ravens of 2000 - 2008 were dominant D's.

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Posted: 12/19/2012 12:46 PM

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englishdude wrote: I liked Fiedler. But then I worked at a couple of years at a summer camp his Dad ran so always had a soft spot for him. I caught some passes off him when he turned up and he was lasering balls at me. Summer camps were great fun back then.
Fiedler was the best thing to happen to Dolphin fans. He was so not Marino. He didn't have the arm of Marino. He didn't have the pocket presence. He could run. He was a polar opposite. We had to deal with that quickly. If it was someone like a Scott Mitchell, we'd be hoping and praying he'd be like Marino.

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