As the Honda305 forum seems to be floundering, I wonder if any of its regular posters are also members here. Please check in.
I was wondering what happened to you.......Very few forums, this one excluded, have significant activity anymore. As I predicted a couple of years ago when photobucket and other picture hosting sites banned hot-linking (unless you paid a ransom), many forums would die off. That along with the percentage of lurkers being well over 90%. Most forums are now accessed through a search engine while looking for a way to fix a problem, with some forums that have been around for a decade or more, there's a good chance their searches will be successful (thus no need to join or contribute.) I used to be very active on about a dozen forums including honda305, but with a few rare exceptions have left the scene, although not my passion for vintage bikes. I no longer had the desire to post solutions or other informative input (rarely would I ever ask a question as I'm capable in most cases to figure it out on my own) just to have it end the thread with no feedback as to whether it helped the OP or not. I know there will be a lot of scoffing, but I've moved all my activity to closed groups, specific to models on facebook. Yes there's even a Honda 250 - 305 group as well as 450's. It does have some formatting drawbacks for certain types of posts, such as build threads and ongoing problems, but the backfeed is almost instant. As with any forum you still have to separate the BS from fact. Now when posting on facebook you can get a hundred responses in a day and need to stay on top of it, while on a forum you can put up a post and check back in a week to see if anyone even saw it.
Perhaps you should start your own thread so others will be more likely to see what you need and offer help, since this thread is about a different forum and not a repairI got a 67 CL77, from Weymouth MA. Mine needs what I believe to be a new valve guide on one cylinder.
...the Facebook groups are much like the forums in that they have many lurkers and only the occasional post of substance. People react quicker with "likes" and small comments. Many times the comments are snarky or are just of the "me too, look at my bike, it's just like yours" variety.
Seadog, I would agree with all you said, it's a real shame to lose all the useful information that has been posted. I lost a couple thousand posts on the now gone VJMOG forum that I wish I could recover. You're absolutely right about face book being more of a "show and tell" format. I'm not saying it is superior to forums either, but just that it does have new activity everyday, although some of it is not informative or just flat out wrong or sarcastic. That's a real bummer for people who have legitimate questions that they need answers for. I guess overall it's just the degradation of social media at this time. I've found that the smaller "closed groups" have the most in common with forums though, and still provide some good info. By the way, I've also seen some outright rude commenting on forums as well, although I agree that they are better screened.Thanks to all that have replied since my last post.
Rizingson, I agree that forums, in general, are losing their luster and that many members only lurk. Still, I have a great deal of time invested in the Honda305 forum and I hate seeing all of my posts disappear, as they surely will. Most importantly, however, there's a wealth of knowledge stored on that site that I would like to see preserved, not only for me, but for those coming up. I do follow groups on Facebook that focus on Honda 305s and other classics - 8 of them - and have seen and "liked" your posts on some. You do great work and have an impressive collection. Still, the Facebook groups are much like the forums in that they have many lurkers and only the occasional post of substance. People react quicker with "likes" and small comments. Many times the comments are snarky or are just of the "me too, look at my bike, it's just like yours" variety.