Other Racing Message Boards?

middleground
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:11 pm

The Reddit board has some interesting threads but very few posters. Would it be so wrong to import some of their discussion topics? :twisted:
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Ballerina
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:33 pm

A lot of people leave or cut back because of vitriol. There's a lot of it here. Unfortunately, it's contagious. Very few topics go without winding up being a donnybrook. FB is kinder and gentler probably because people aren't anonymous. You just have to stay away from the public forum - some of those people are crazier than a rat in a tin out house. I like TBC in spite of the caustic remarks. I can give as good as I get.
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Life At Zen
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:14 pm

Izvestia wrote:This is a quieter time of year typically.

My first thought too. Not really a whole lot to chat about in December. I find there's always a lull after the Breeders Cup until about late January.
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:25 pm

Pace Advantage is probably the only other really active one, but that's largely handicapping. As others have said, it's a slow time of year and many people have moved towards Facebook and website comment sections instead of forums. This place isn't as active as it used to be, but at least social media platforms have siphoned many of the craziest and least-pleasant people away from it. And given how many people have already responded to this thread, I hardly think it's fair to classify this forum as "dead."
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:37 pm

Ballerina wrote:A lot of people leave or cut back because of vitriol. There's a lot of it here. Unfortunately, it's contagious. Very few topics go without winding up being a donnybrook. FB is kinder and gentler probably because people aren't anonymous. You just have to stay away from the public forum - some of those people are crazier than a rat in a tin out house. I like TBC in spite of the caustic remarks. I can give as good as I get.
Oh God! Facebook cannot possibly be kinder, can it? I feel like people are so rotten on Facebook but I don't really check it very often.
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Ballerina
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:17 pm

Somnambulist wrote:
Ballerina wrote:A lot of people leave or cut back because of vitriol. There's a lot of it here. Unfortunately, it's contagious. Very few topics go without winding up being a donnybrook. FB is kinder and gentler probably because people aren't anonymous. You just have to stay away from the public forum - some of those people are crazier than a rat in a tin out house. I like TBC in spite of the caustic remarks. I can give as good as I get.
Oh God! Facebook cannot possibly be kinder, can it? I feel like people are so rotten on Facebook but I don't really check it very often.
Not if you just keep it to Friends whom you select. The public FB, however, is dreadful. Lots of loonys out there.
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:22 pm

Horse racing on Facebook is a horrible nightmare in my experience, but I suppose there could be pockets of sanity. Problem is it's inherently insular, so you'll have a fan page that is all-in on a certain horse but has no interest in actual discussion. Twitter is an excellent source for rumors and behind-the-scenes information, but again discussion is pretty limited. Personally I don't see the appeal in decentralized discussion but it is certainly a lot more popular than it used to be, especially among the younger crowds. I've actually found some of our previous members on Twitter and Tumblr, and I'd guess that most active posters on here have been around for a long while.
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Ballerina
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:26 pm

I have introduced TB horse racing to a lot of people on FB - many of whom are now fans and follow it regularly. I've hooked up with people I haven't seen or heard from in years.
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honneerider
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:31 pm

I follow this forum, only occasionally commenting. My first thought with the topic was "not much going on after the Breeder's Cup". I check 2 other forums, and both also traditionally slow this time of year.
Eclipse Awards, Pegasus will invite more responses.
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Miss Woodford
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:46 am

Well, there is one extremely active harness racing board frequented by a lot of trainers and owners, the unfortunately named Horseplop.com, but there are waaaay too many crazy political arguments and weirdly casual racism there. Like it's half racing forum and half angry old people off-topic ranting about illegals and welfare queens. Pace Advantage is like that too but at least they keep it confined to their political forum.
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:46 am

Indiano wrote:I've been on this board since it started and we all migrated over from the AOL message boards. There just doesn't seem to be much activity, and its' really dead compared to how it used to be. I was wondering if people had moved elsewhere. Seems all the racing boards are gone -- Del Mar's, TVG's, etc. When I log in there are only a couple other non-bot people on.
What are some of the other names you've used in the past just to refresh our memories? Were you Lester on the Del Mar forum?
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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starrydreamer
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:56 pm

Many of the old regulars here got into arguments and left. Or life got in the way, like Som said. I mean - when I started posting here, I was in college and had all sorts of time to follow horse racing intensely. Now, I'm married with a career and a little kid. I post when I have a spare minute.

I don't recognize your user name, Indiano. Did you use any others in the past?
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:14 pm

Miss Woodford wrote:Well, there is one extremely active harness racing board frequented by a lot of trainers and owners, the unfortunately named Horseplop.com, but there are waaaay too many crazy political arguments and weirdly casual racism there. Like it's half racing forum and half angry old people off-topic ranting about illegals and welfare queens. Pace Advantage is like that too but at least they keep it confined to their political forum.
Lol you go to horseplop as well? All that you mentioned about it is true unfortunately. I only follow it to see what they say about the horses raised by my college once I go through useless posts about hating the Jewish.
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:07 pm

...posts about hating the Jewish.

Uhh...that doesn't sound like "casual" racism. :shock: Seems like plain old racist racism.
Guess I won't be checking out Horseplop.
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:06 pm

stark wrote:

What are some of the other names you've used in the past just to refresh our memories? Were you Lester on the Del Mar forum?
That, sir, is classic. You win the internet.
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:57 pm

Although Ballerina and I have often butted heads, I agree she has a point about the OP. If you're disappointed that this forum isn't more active, and you yourself have contributed some 64 posts in the past three years... well, you certainly aren't helping. Instead of looking elsewhere, why not help stir up conversation here?

Yes, it's post-Breeders' Cup and pre-Triple Crown trail, but there is still a lot to talk about. The upcoming Pegasus Cup (which looks like a fantastic and competitive edition, by the way, the Arima Kinen in Japan, exciting two-year-olds debuting at Gulfstream...
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:19 pm

Bookman wrote:
stark wrote:

What are some of the other names you've used in the past just to refresh our memories? Were you Lester on the Del Mar forum?
That, sir, is classic. You win the internet.
Thanks, glad to see that some still have their sense of humor here!
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
Indiano
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:47 pm

For all those harping on my 63 posts: You'll notice that prior to my activity this week, my last post other than a few on the 'waiting for news' thread was in August of 2016. I haven't been here.

Those few posts I made at that time didn't get a lot of response.

I though that I asked a fairly innocuous question. It wouldn't have been the first time that a online community picked up and moved to greener pastures. That's how this board got started in the first place. I didn't expect to get mocked and piled on. Good luck to you all. I won't be back.
BaroqueAgain1
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:58 pm

That's too bad.
I have found that when it comes to a racing forum, more members is good. Fewer members is bad.
And that when some members' first instinct is to snipe at some others, membership tends become fewer. Because racing forms are supposed to be fun, and snipers aren't much fun. :(
Tessablue
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:30 am

I mean, the tone of the first post wasn't exactly friendly and you were literally asking for people to send you elsewhere. It's always a shame when people leave and good discussion is welcomed from anyone, but wasn't this the intended result anyways?
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