IF YARDBARKER ISN'T CUTTING IT...

Posted January 08, 2013

THE main draw of any website is the content. Be it news, pictures, video, or interaction with others interested in the subject that particular website covers. 

Alot of people are upset (I used to be one of them) that the YardBarker Eagles Forum seems to be in a death spiral. That things don't seem as good as they used to be. That it seems the administrators are purposefully ignoring the regulars here.

Well, it is, they aren't, and they are.

Here's a link to the Top 10 Websites and Forums Every Philadelphia Eagles Fan Should Visit. Take a look and tell me which site or forum doesn't get a mention:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1213705-10-websites-and-forums-every-philadelphia-eagles-fan-should-visit/page/2

Yardbarker doesn't have the skill promote ANY of their football forums and the fans (on this one) can't be bothered to behave in a way that's good for any kind of reputable business. That means that even when (I'll use my experience as an example), someone invites friends to have look, even under their account, the friend looks at most of the posts and gives you a look that says "You actually BOTHER with these cretins?" and then verbally says something like "Nah man. You can have that" or "But how many of these p***ies would talk that s*** that face to face?" So it's really (at least in my experience, I can't speak on yours) not the admins who have people passing on the Yard, it's the posters.

I made my attempts (2) at getting the Yard back to being someplace that could attract new blood. For a while (and I contributed to this too) you had whole posts which were personal attacks, or silly back and forths. People with the mindset of children were posting pictures of what was nearly gay porn in a few instances, and don't get me started on the fake user epidemic. I lay down my sword to try to be an example, and because -to get the trust going- someone has to go first. But the nonsense continues and now this forum has fewer than 15 regulars on it, despite a presence of at least 4 years (I've been here that long, beyond that I can't say how old this is); and access to one of the most rabid fan-bases of any sport, anywhere on this entire planet. Yet the number of regulars dwindles.

True, the admins have a lot to do with the failing of their NFL platform (if you want to call continuous ad revenue, failing). True, they probably could stand to hire a consultant who gets the "What and the Why" of marketing to Philly fans (I did it for 4 years, and there is DEFINITELY a learning curve even if you're from here). But they'll only move if they think it's worth it to them. So far to them, all things are super.

However, dissatisfied posters HERE need to do a better job of representing themselves as something other than loudmouth, chest beating, a**holes. If that statement offends you, GOOD. It was meant to. Greentildeath made mention that apparently Philly fans could live with the national perception of us, and that we didn't care what that perception was. Apparently GangGreen90 didn't get that memo. The perception of us, or the misperception of us bothered him enough to put up a post about it. (Just so you know, it bothers me too.) That means those of us it who it bothers, have to DO something about it. For those of us who care, we can't just punk out and turn our back on the issue. 

You want to improve Yardbarker? Then attract and KEEP new blood here. Build up the numbers and therefor more leverage with the admins.

Do what you can on your end.  

 

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