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Icelander53
06-06-2015, 09:05 AM
Just curious. I have noticed that posting is slowed considerably on the weekends. I would think the opposite. What's going on here?

Captain Simian
06-06-2015, 09:36 AM
Most weekends I'm busy with family stuff so getting online takes a backseat. I have more free time to get online during the week oddly enough. I imagine it's the same for a lot of other folks.

However, I'm all alone this weekend since the wife and kid are off bonding so I'm left to my own devices, which is mainly moving as little as possible.

Down Up Dick
06-06-2015, 10:06 AM
Yeah, Icelander53, I noticed that too, and I thought the same thing. I figgered they were too busy, buying new Ukes or trying out new and different strings.

I suppose there's also a chance that they are playing at jam sessions, etc . . . :old:

mailman
06-06-2015, 10:20 AM
I think it has a lot to do with the return of nicer weather. Folks have all sorts of other stuff that they have to, or want to, do when the weather is nice.

And, this particular weekend, many UUer's are at Ukulele World Congress, and out of touch, temporarily....

Icelander53
06-06-2015, 11:10 AM
I think it has a lot to do with the return of nicer weather. Folks have all sorts of other stuff that they have to, or want to, do when the weather is nice.

And, this particular weekend, many UUer's are at Ukulele World Congress, and out of touch, temporarily....

I noticed it all year but I don't have a life so I get to post everyday.

mailman
06-06-2015, 11:24 AM
I noticed it all year but I don't have a life so I get to post everyday.

I may have posted once or twice, myself.... :D

Rllink
06-06-2015, 11:49 AM
Quit tip toeing around, working people post more on week days during working hours, when they are stuck on their work computer.

itsme
06-06-2015, 11:50 AM
I suppose there's also a chance that they are playing at jam sessions, etc . . . :old:
All of the uke meetups I go to are on the weekends. Just got back from one, in fact. :p

Bob-in-Alberta
06-06-2015, 12:23 PM
Quit tip toeing around, working people post more on week days during working hours, when they are stuck on their work computer.

Even though we've never met you know me oh so well.

Pippin
06-06-2015, 01:04 PM
Things pick up a lot in the winter. This time of year in the USA, people are out playing. :)

coolkayaker1
06-06-2015, 01:31 PM
Things pick up a lot in the winter. This time of year in the USA, people are out playing. :)

Despite frigid cold, this past winter did not pick up as it has in the past; there were threads this winter about how slow it was here, Pip.

river_driver
06-06-2015, 02:16 PM
Quit tip toeing around, working people post more on week days during working hours, when they are stuck on their work computer.
Nailed it! Wasting company time explains it all.

Rllink
06-06-2015, 02:50 PM
Even though we've never met you know me oh so well.I'm just speaking from personal experience.

janeray1940
06-06-2015, 03:07 PM
Quit tip toeing around, working people post more on week days during working hours, when they are stuck on their work computer.

Yep. This exactly.

As a computer serf, I try to spend my weekends living more... analog than digital. Most of my posting is done during work downtime... which sometimes happens on the weekend as well, but rarely.

Icelander53
06-06-2015, 03:27 PM
OK I think we have a valid reason with the computer at work stuff. I myself am retired so the days are all the same to me.

Mivo
06-07-2015, 12:23 AM
Despite frigid cold, this past winter did not pick up as it has in the past; there were threads this winter about how slow it was here, Pip.

What are ukulele sales like? Is there a noticeable drop, too?

Ukulele has been trendy for a while. It's still more of a "novelty" (for a lack of better word) instrument than, say, guitar, so slowdowns in popularity are probably normal.

When I played Go (Asian board game) a lot, there was a massive spike when the Japanese manga and anime "Hikaru no Go" was really popular worldwide (it featured the game) and activity on the online servers and forums surged. The popularity waned again after a few years and Go became once more somewhat of a niche game in the west with a much smaller community and fewer newbies.

Hippie Dribble
06-07-2015, 01:21 AM
For those of working age the weekends are family time, getting outside time, actually engaging with life. Weekdays folks are looking for a 10 minute sabbatical from their office work on the computer and it's nice to unwind at night at catch up on the day's forum gabble that you've missed.

Add to that a lot of our membership are older people and semi retired. Through the week is downtime for them but on weekends the opportunities for socialising, going to the theatre, a park, a movie, a picnic etc are more opportune perhaps.

Last of all there are the folks like me who have no life at all, and are incapacitated, anti-social hermits who are endlessly frustrated by that block of three of five hours that occur daily (in my time in Oz between 4pm and 9pm) when the UU is a ghost town and the tumbleweeds blow. Yup, here comes another sorry lookin one now...

80360

BillM
06-07-2015, 02:51 AM
Last of all there are the folks like me who have no life at all, and are incapacitated, anti-social hermits who are endlessly frustrated by that block of three of five hours that occur daily (in my time in Oz between 4pm and 9pm) when the UU is a ghost town and the tumbleweeds blow. Yup, here comes another sorry lookin one now...

80360

But that "tumbleweed" time of yours gives the rest of us something to read in the morning. Or, while at work. On the weekends. :)

Bill

k0k0peli
06-07-2015, 04:25 AM
Ukulele has been trendy for a while. It's still more of a "novelty" (for a lack of better word) instrument than, say, guitar... One of the Disney princesses, the Littlest Mermaid, plays uke, right? That influences at least one demographic. Yeah, novelty trends are quirky. Some last, some don't; c.f. skateboards vs hula hoops. In photography, really horrible film cameras like the Holga and Diana (plastic lenses, light leaks, double exposures) are 'hip' enough to drive film sales and keep some firms producing raw films. Is Disney [shudder] saving the uke?

[I shudder because Disney has destroyed the public domain in intellectual property. But that's another subject. Don't get me started on Nestle's either.]


Last of all there are the folks like me who have no life at all, and are incapacitated, anti-social hermits... I'm only slightly incapacitated. Otherwise, I've been close enough to that model... and yeah, we grumpy old phartz are the mainstay of many online forums. Free time + obsessions + attitudes = lively discussions.

Booli
06-07-2015, 04:45 AM
First off, to Ice53 - great topic for a thread, I've been thinking about this to for a while, on and off, and was curious as to the cause...Kudos to you!


For those of working age the weekends are family time, getting outside time, actually engaging with life. Weekdays folks are looking for a 10 minute sabbatical from their office work on the computer and it's nice to unwind at night at catch up on the day's forum gabble that you've missed.

Add to that a lot of our membership are older people and semi retired. Through the week is downtime for them but on weekends the opportunities for socialising, going to the theatre, a park, a movie, a picnic etc are more opportune perhaps.

In the 2 yrs since I joined I've noticed that about a dozen folks who were on the forum every day, creating interesting new threads and/or contributing significantly with great info to other threads, who are simply absent now for over a year. Tudorp, OldePhart and Uke Munga come to mind, there are others as well...

Luckily, some folks that joined around the time that I did, as well as some 'old-timers' here have stepped up to fill the void. I wont name names and call out anyone, but we, and they know who they are, and I thank and appreciate them too.

Also I remember that from Oct 2013 thru about Jan 2014, this forum was a hotbed of activity (maybe an surge/influx of new members? who rec'd ukes for Xmas?) and after about April of that year, MANY of those folks are not visible in threads for a LONG time now as well. Maybe they gave up the uke since their so-called friends told them it was uncool, but I'd like to think that life got busy and then will return some day.

This past (2014/2015) winter's activity on the forum was pretty low compared to the time referenced above in the previous year. It seems to me that activity is down here on average. When I hit the 'What's New' button, whether logged in or not, there seem to be fewer NEW threads, and lower activity on threads that are only a few days old.

I think also that many new members do not know how to SUBSCRIBE to threads via email notification, and as such, after a day or two of a new member creating a thread, they forget to manually go back and check it. A result of this, to me it seems, that many threads created by new folks with a low post count seem to fizzle out quickly, since the OP is no longer part of the conversation. I dunno...it saddens me that folks dont put up the effort to utilize or learn about all the tools available to them on this (and other forums) and maximize their use to ENGAGE with others, but I am not an expert either. To each his own I guess.

Yes, I have been told TOO MANY TIMES before, that I have too much time on my hands, and I sincerely detest that phrase, but these are my perceptions of almost daily use of this forum for 2 yrs.


Last of all there are the folks like me who have no life at all, and are incapacitated, anti-social hermits who are endlessly frustrated by that block of three of five hours that occur daily (in my time in Oz between 4pm and 9pm) when the UU is a ghost town and the tumbleweeds blow. Yup, here comes another sorry lookin one now...

Brother Tumbleweed :), I too have been accused of being a contented hermit (by friends and family). I 'work' from home, at the computer all day (writing software now), and have to discipline myself to stay off this forum (and reddit, slashdot, hacker news, techmeme, etc) and actually try to get some work done. (But I ALWAYS have a uke by my side at my desk :music:)

Also when gas prices were over $3/gallon, I had to really justify leaving the house, and got used to having things delivered 'free' in 2 days via Amazon Prime.

For a while it was like, 'outside, WHAT is THAT all about?' but now gas prices are lower, weather is better, and lots of live music to get out and see, so maybe I am just a selective hermit. I see nothing wrong with being a hermit, but YMMV. :shaka:

CeeJay
06-07-2015, 05:34 AM
I do not consider yardwork play.


Nor I , LOL.. !!!

CeeJay
06-07-2015, 05:42 AM
Also when gas prices were over $3/gallon, I had to really justify leaving the house, and got used to having things delivered 'free' in 2 days via Amazon Prime.





$3 per GALLON !!?? I'd bathe in it at $3 per Gallon .....well okay maybe not actually Bathe.....we pay about $2 a LITRE !!..roughly 5 of those continental monstrosities to a Gallon (1 litre being about 1 and 3/4 pints).....anyway ...that's around $10:00 a gallon .....

My heart bleeds for you...not . :stop::biglaugh:

Rllink
06-07-2015, 07:23 AM
First off, to Ice53 - great topic for a thread, I've been thinking about this to for a while, on and off, and was curious as to the cause...Kudos to you!



In the 2 yrs since I joined I've noticed that about a dozen folks who were on the forum every day, creating interesting new threads and/or contributing significantly with great info to other threads, who are simply absent now for over a year. Tudorp, OldePhart and Uke Munga come to mind, there are others as well...

Luckily, some folks that joined around the time that I did, as well as some 'old-timers' here have stepped up to fill the void. I wont name names and call out anyone, but we, and they know who they are, and I thank and appreciate them too.

Also I remember that from Oct 2013 thru about Jan 2014, this forum was a hotbed of activity (maybe an surge/influx of new members? who rec'd ukes for Xmas?) and after about April of that year, MANY of those folks are not visible in threads for a LONG time now as well. Maybe they gave up the uke since their so-called friends told them it was uncool, but I'd like to think that life got busy and then will return some day.

This past (2014/2015) winter's activity on the forum was pretty low compared to the time referenced above in the previous year. It seems to me that activity is down here on average. When I hit the 'What's New' button, whether logged in or not, there seem to be fewer NEW threads, and lower activity on threads that are only a few days old.

I think also that many new members do not know how to SUBSCRIBE to threads via email notification, and as such, after a day or two of a new member creating a thread, they forget to manually go back and check it. A result of this, to me it seems, that many threads created by new folks with a low post count seem to fizzle out quickly, since the OP is no longer part of the conversation. I dunno...it saddens me that folks dont put up the effort to utilize or learn about all the tools available to them on this (and other forums) and maximize their use to ENGAGE with others, but I am not an expert either. To each his own I guess.

:I am one who is retired, and I come to UU several times a day. During the day, to see what is going on with my working brethren, but at other times in the hopes that I will catch something new from those around the world, who are posting during their daily routines. I personally do not like notifications. My life does not revolve around the ukulele, and while some might argue that point, considering how much time I spend at it, I do not like to have my other escapades interrupted by beeps alerting me that someone just posted something on UU, or any of the half dozen other forums that I visit that represent the many interests that fill my life.

kohanmike
06-07-2015, 08:29 AM
Luckily, some folks that joined around the time that I did, as well as some 'old-timers' here have stepped up to fill the void... I thank and appreciate them too.

I think also that many new members do not know how to SUBSCRIBE to threads via email notification, and as such, after a day or two of a new member creating a thread, they forget to manually go back and check it.

I started playing the ukulele about 2 years ago when I officially "semi" retired, and very soon after joined UU. I used to subscribe to many threads, but in the last couple of months I've become more discriminating to threads for which I have a specific interest, like the u-bass that you and I have conversed about (thank you back), so that I too don't have so many emails coming in (but I much prefer emails from members than Private Messages, which is too cumbersome).

I'm 65, single, never been married and no kids, but between managing my parent's apartment buildings (18 units), part time pro photography and graphic design and uke group meetings twice a week, I still have time to visit UU a few times a day, which I enjoy immensely.

I hate to think that the ukulele craze is starting to wane, statistics don't seem to be accurate either way, but I know that my senior ukulele group keeps getting new members, we're up to 109 signed up and about 65 who regularly attend one or the other of the sessions in the week.

Icelander53
06-07-2015, 09:07 AM
One of the Disney princesses, the Littlest Mermaid, plays uke, right? That influences at least one demographic. Yeah, novelty trends are quirky. Some last, some don't; c.f. skateboards vs hula hoops. In photography, really horrible film cameras like the Holga and Diana (plastic lenses, light leaks, double exposures) are 'hip' enough to drive film sales and keep some firms producing raw films. Is Disney [shudder] saving the uke?

[I shudder because Disney has destroyed the public domain in intellectual property. But that's another subject. Don't get me started on Nestle's either.]

I'm only slightly incapacitated. Otherwise, I've been close enough to that model... and yeah, we grumpy old phartz are the mainstay of many online forums. Free time + obsessions + attitudes = lively discussions.



I concur. I am a full on misanthrope who can only really love humanity at a distance if at all. So I hide out with my ukuleles, dogs, and books and music and a few movies and avoid the outside world. Even my hours of awake to sleep reflect this. I usually go to bed at about 7 pm and am up at 3am or so. Then I hit the outdoors at about 5am and often never see a person. On line I can deal with people a lot easier and be a pretty decent guy which isn't really true in person. Unless I really admire you that is. Fat chance.

Ukejenny
06-07-2015, 09:11 AM
Weekends are a flurry of activity for our family. My husband works long hours during the week and, sometimes, we only see him on weekends. I have a lot less time to get online, but I always try to come on here and check in.

Booli
06-07-2015, 09:15 AM
I I personally do not like notifications. My life does not revolve around the ukulele, and while some might argue that point, considering how much time I spend at it, I do not like to have my other escapades interrupted by beeps alerting me that someone just posted something on UU, or any of the half dozen other forums that I visit that represent the many interests that fill my life.

The ONLY notifications (on my phone, tablet, etc) that I have turned on are for severe weather reports, aside from that, for any notifications from 'apps', all of them are permanently off.

Unless you have your email on your phone, and your phone set to beep on ALL incoming messages (you can turn notifications (all or just certain ones) on your phone OFF), and you've got your phone strapped to your belt all day long, this should not be a problem for most other folks.

To clarify my earlier comments, I am talking about simply having the subscribed threads either show you that there is an update to that thread, either to your EMAIL (which you dont have to be staring at, waiting :(, but it's there for when you check your email eventually), or if not wanting to see the notice via email, you can check for updates MANUALLY, your account profile's control panel.

You can still subscribe there, and NOT get beeped anywhere, and if you remember to go into your profile settings [click the link in the top right corner of every single page on the UU forums], and on the left column of the resulting page, click on SUBSCRIPTIONS, and any threads that have new posts will be highlighted with BOLD RED TEXT. No beeps will invade other parts of your life.

Otherwise if it's a thread you care about, you have to be mindful enough to bookmark it in your browser, or some other way to remember it, or later then search for it and pray it's not buried 10 pages deep with newer threads.

BTW, I too like to see what folks in other timezones/countries around the world have to say, about pretty much anything at all. I helps me to appreciate the global community we have here on UU. :)

It's all good to me.

Icelander53
06-07-2015, 09:15 AM
Well initially I was expecting all the uke folk to gather here on the weekends but I see now that was not well thought out. As usual there is more going on then I'm aware of and I come to incorrect conclusions. (all the time)

Booli
06-07-2015, 09:20 AM
$3 per GALLON !!?? I'd bathe in it at $3 per Gallon .....well okay maybe not actually Bathe.....we pay about $2 a LITRE !!..roughly 5 of those continental monstrosities to a Gallon (1 litre being about 1 and 3/4 pints).....anyway ...that's around $10:00 a gallon .....

My heart bleeds for you...not . :stop::biglaugh:

Sorry CeeJay. OY! I wish it were a better situation for all of us.

Booli
06-07-2015, 09:27 AM
Well initially I was expecting all the uke folk to gather here on the weekends but I see now that was not well thought out. As usual there is more going on then I'm aware of and I come to incorrect conclusions. (all the time)

Hey there Ice, don't be hard on yourself - you started an interesting conversation here, and asked a question that's got quite a few replies. YES, EVEN on a SUNDAY where folks have said that their UU time is in short supply, so I'd take that as a win. :)

Remember, the only 'dumb' question is the one you neglected to ask...

How wonderful it would be to have lived a life with no regrets!

SteveZ
06-07-2015, 09:38 AM
As part of the "intentionally unemployed" (e.g., retired) population, finding opportunities to visit here, a Facebook group I admin, and two other music-centric forums (mandolin and banjo) are fairly frequent.

Notifications are not popular with me. Haven't had an "emergency" forum message yet, so can't see the need for instant action.

Icelander53
06-07-2015, 10:24 AM
Hey there Ice, don't be hard on yourself - you started an interesting conversation here, and asked a question that's got quite a few replies. YES, EVEN on a SUNDAY where folks have said that their UU time is in short supply, so I'd take that as a win. :)

Remember, the only 'dumb' question is the one you neglected to ask...

How wonderful it would be to have lived a life with no regrets!

I wasn't being hard on myself. That's counterproductive. I was just admitting to some facts that are acceptable to me however undesirable. Making judgment errors is part of the learning process. I no longer consider being wrong a negative unless it gets you killed. And even then.. ;)

DownUpDave
06-07-2015, 10:48 AM
I wasn't being hard on myself. That's counterproductive. I was just admitting to some facts that are acceptable to me however undesirable. Making judgment errors is part of the learning process. I no longer consider being wrong a negative unless it gets you killed. And even then.. ;)


I like that sentiment.........being wrong has always been part of the learning process. Some people just have egos too big to admit they are wrong about anything. If your mistakes get you killed then it doesn't really matter cause you are dead.........no consequences for dead guys.

I come here whenever I can, weekend, weekdays, evenings. But yea with the snow finally gone I try to spend more time outdoors and away from electronic gagets.

Booli
06-07-2015, 11:11 AM
I wasn't being hard on myself. That's counterproductive. I was just admitting to some facts that are acceptable to me however undesirable. Making judgment errors is part of the learning process. I no longer consider being wrong a negative unless it gets you killed. And even then.. ;)

No worries. That's actually a great way to look at / think of things. :)

[Edited to say:] I have no judgment here, I just like what you said and think it's quite eloquent.

sam13
06-07-2015, 02:10 PM
I like that sentiment.........being wrong has always been part of the learning process. Some people just have egos too big to admit they are wrong about anything. If your mistakes get you killed then it doesn't really matter cause you are dead.........no consequences for dead guys.

I come here whenever I can, weekend, weekdays, evenings. But yea with the snow finally gone I try to spend more time outdoors and away from electronic gagets.

Or to stay in the basement hook up to some power and Rock it out!

I have no friends. You are my friends. I come here morning, noon and night.

Mivo
06-07-2015, 02:48 PM
I work from home (or rather, I live in the office, or so it feels!), so my posting times tend to be all over the place. Days off are often in the middle of the week rather than on weekends, as that is when I frequently meet with work-related volunteers and customers, or have virtual events to attend. All pretty unpredictable.

I'm also not as advanced and experienced a player as many here, so I don't always have something worthwhile to contribute.

igorthebarbarian
06-07-2015, 07:52 PM
I'm also not as advanced and experienced a player as many here, so I don't always have something worthwhile to contribute.
I can relate to this post! I'm not the best. I just mainly play chords and use the ukulele to try to de-stress from working too much. I probably come here mostly during the week. I try to use the ukulele, and this UU forum too, as a work-distraction. So I'll check the posts during my lunch break, or at work sometimes too (don't tell my boss - he expects you to work incessantly non-stop). I actually think this is a fairly active forum in general.

Icelander53
06-08-2015, 03:26 AM
I'm really impressed at how active this community is. I was expecting the thing where you start a thread and then if you are lucky 5 days later you get a single reply from some other newbie who is on his way somewhere else.

coolkayaker1
06-08-2015, 03:44 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik1uaCmBXrU

Hippie Dribble
06-08-2015, 01:19 PM
I'm really impressed at how active this community is. I was expecting the thing where you start a thread and then if you are lucky 5 days later you get a single reply from some other newbie who is on his way somewhere else.
That sounds more like the Ukulele Cosmos forum. Much slower moving with what seems to be a much smaller active membership. We are blessed here that there's pretty much always something happening and interesting discussions taking place.

Nickie
06-08-2015, 01:44 PM
Yard work, house work, jam sessions, workshops....but Sunday night "m back at work and back here!

Booli
06-08-2015, 02:08 PM
I have no friends. You are my friends.

Truer words were never spoken. Aye brother! :shaka: