I know I could join Facebook like most others but I personally do not care for Facebook. I know there can be a lot of information, trades, buying & selling on there but it's not for me. Just my personal feelings about it.
Ditto. I was there when we first stood up the FB page and helped moderate it for a time, but I really grew to hate it. FB makes no sense for maintaining information for a hobby like ours. There is no way to organize the information. A good post is lost in a week. And most of what I see posted is just pic sharing and not actual info, which is what the ATS is so good at. I left the FB site, and only check it on occasion. I still love this Forum and check it usually 2-3 times a week. (I think that makes like 3 of us, lol).
Christian Elowsky wrote:
For the record I really dislike using facebook. There is no archive and we do not own the material written there. Furthermore the moderation tools are nonexistent. Thus trying to share information is painful. But when nearly all the hobby is there, what choice do we have?
Christian, what I'd love to see is more ATS Board & Mods posting here, keeping it alive. If you dislike the FB site, why not spend more time here?
I don't know what the solution is either. I've tried to think on it a lot over the last few years. FB is not good for the hobby or the ATS (in the long run), in my opinion. But Christian is right, you can't force people to post here. But I do think we should do a better job of encouraging folks to post here. I think FB should be a gateway to the ATS Forum. FB definitely has reached more folks than the Forum ever has. But most folks on FB don't even know this Forum exists. That is a shame.
I'm in another hobby with a Forum and a FB page, but the FB is used primarily for pics and the forum for info. I don't understand why our hobby is all or nothing in the medium of communication.