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General Discussions / Re: The Health Of This Board
« Last post by Dinusaur on June 26, 2022, 07:49:37 pm »
And now Shortsighted has gone AWOL - he is not sighted for a while. What gives?

I knew one old member who went by his handle Bobobird was active in the forum for a long time. I met him for the first time while photographing Ospreys in Oakbank Pond, most likely in 2013 or 2014. Unfortunately he passed away in July of 2020, he was last active in the forum sometime in 2019.

Southern Ontario Wildlife / Re: Foxes and Rabbits
« Last post by Ally on June 26, 2022, 07:38:19 pm »
Good for her!! I have a Graham Thomas now, obsessed with the blooms.
General Discussions / Re: The Health Of This Board
« Last post by Axeman on June 26, 2022, 03:40:09 pm »
 To Ally -- Good luck in Point Pelee! I went there once and I didn't see much at all but had the misfortune of running into one of those clowns who feels the need to one up you....I saw 15 prothonotary warblers....blah blah blah....

To TransATlanticGoose.....THANK YOU for taking over from Andy -- I feel a little guilty though not noticing the change....and wherever he / she is, I hope they are doing better....I do now remember seeing "Andy" all over the board for admin.....a jhoog jhoog gio to both of you!

Maybe we can recruit some people to help you -- the work to check the new users sounds DRAINING.....

I truly do appreciate the board -- I've learned a lot and as long as this board exists, that trend will continue....I love being able to read out to help ID....I love being able to share birding and nature stories....and read...and comment.
Toronto Wildlife / Re: Minnows trying to jump up Don dam north of Pottery Road
« Last post by Axeman on June 26, 2022, 03:32:21 pm »
lol I wonder how many people actually know what they're called....they're rather unmarketable to most's just they were a big part of my childhood and that's why I figured it out....when I was a kid I knew they had to have a name so I searched (long before the internet lol) if you really wanna be impressed, test my knowledge of a past life I was a myrmecologist lol....
Southern Ontario Wildlife / Re: Foxes and Rabbits
« Last post by Axeman on June 26, 2022, 03:29:28 pm »
earlier this afternoon I saw a wee wee little bunny skip past was so cute.....but they're eating the rose garden I put in for my wife a few weeks ago after 18 years of nagging......UGGGGGHHHHH
Southern Ontario Wildlife / Re: Foxes and Rabbits
« Last post by Ally on June 25, 2022, 09:46:15 pm »
This morning, at 6:15ish,  a fox ran by my door, so it's not that I don't have foxes here,  they are just early risers
General Discussions / Re: The Health Of This Board
« Last post by Ally on June 25, 2022, 09:43:52 pm »
I have not had a lot of time to birding, those times I do, it was super windy. I am making a trip to Windsor and hopefully to Pelee next week, so hopefully I will have something to post.
General Discussions / Re: The Health Of This Board
« Last post by TransAtlanticGoose on June 25, 2022, 02:57:10 pm »
That is a wonderful phrase. I think English would do well to adopt a sentiment like that.

I can only imagine what this site was like in it’s heyday (I’ve only been here for a couple of years now), but looking at historical posts I can certainly imagine the rich contributions that the regular members made. While I imagine that a few members have moved on to Facebook-groups or other social-media platforms, I suspect that most of those original posters have dropped off the posting radar due to a lack of time to post (or worse still, time to photograph!). 

The big shame is that their illustrious mantle isn’t being taken up by a new generation, and that is probably due to the simple fact that searching the web for sites like this one are not as easy as it used to be. (And that’s assuming that a new generation even knows to search for such a forum. … and I suppose knows what a forum is for that matter…)  This forum certainly doesn’t employ the fancy search-engine optimization techniques used by the big players.

Oh, and thanks for the thumbs up on the revamping of the site. I know it was a bit of a change out of the blue, but I suspected that the old look would probably seem dated, and would be a potential turn-off for newcomers. Moreover, since the site needed to be migrated to a new server anyway, changing the look was really not much extra work.

To hopefully answer some of the other queries:

‘it is weird that the moderators are the same’
- Well their accounts still exist, and I tried not to change the moderating assignments (except for those who asked to be removed), but really, none of the mods have been active in over a year, some longer. So there hasn’t been much moderation, except when I happen to notice a spam post coming in. And really, you guys don’t really need much moderation, you generally all get along pretty well. ;-P

‘I notice that the administrators have changed’
- Yup. I took over from Andy when he posted that he was planning on shutting down the server because his health was preventing him from keeping it running.

‘Most online ever was only yesterday’
- Sadly I suspect that a lot of those daily visits are bots crawling the site, rather than real users, because the number is roughly the same from day to day, which would be unusual for real people. - In fact, in the last year the number of fake-user signups have increased really dramatically (187 pending ‘new users’ today alone as of writing this!). I have actually had to disable automatic acceptance of new users because The Bots are becoming too smart, and can bypass the CAPTCHA and bird-related questions with ease these days. Now I have to manually review each ‘new user’ to see if their email is already in a database of spam emails, and if their IP makes sense. 
Toronto Wildlife / Re: Minnows trying to jump up Don dam north of Pottery Road
« Last post by dodo on June 24, 2022, 04:03:02 pm »
I went by the dam today and the Creek Chub were still jumping in the same spot but not as many as yesterday. I counted at least 15 large Carp below the dam but they weren't doing any jumping. I grew up in Orillia and would ocassionally catch yellow perch in the spring at the narrows between Simcoe and Couchiching.I don't have any familiarity with Creek Chub like you do Axeman.
Southern Ontario Wildlife / Re: Foxes and Rabbits
« Last post by Dr. John on June 24, 2022, 12:38:39 pm »
Well it's great that you got to see both.  Hope that the foxes come back again to save your plants.