what's with this newsgroup?

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Diogenes, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guest

    Traffic seems to have dwindled to a trickle.

    Many old names seem to have disappeared.

    Have they gone to another newsgroup?

    Are newsgroups dead?

    Is it all IRC chat now?

    Onya bike...

    Diogenes, Jul 12, 2008
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    bikerbetty Guest

    <betty peers around> Hmmm, yeah..... tis a bit quiet...

    I think this topic was discussed a couple of months ago, Gerry - and it was
    thought that perhaps ppl had dispersed to various other forums. I had a wee
    stickybeak at the TwoWheels forum, and found the "boards" concept massively
    unwieldy - I prefer Usenet, with all its quirks.

    bikerbetty, Jul 12, 2008
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  3. Yeah - I raised the same quetion a little while back s I've noticed
    quite a drop-off in here. Especially considering the uptake of the
    internets from a decade ago. We had more posts here 10 years ago than
    we do now, so I guess it is web forums taking the place of the usenet.
    Kevin Gleeson, Jul 12, 2008
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    MJ Guest

    bikerbetty wrote...
    Me too. Easier to read for starters, no slow pages full of banner ads to load
    things down, easier to keep track of read or unread threads, etc.

    But it seems that web based forums are slowly taking over. Still, there's a lot
    of useful newsgroups out there that are very much alive, particularly on the
    tech side of things, starting with the microsoft.public.* newsgroups.
    MJ, Jul 12, 2008
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    will_s Guest

    I love those forums with pimply face nappy challenge kids running them

    moderators are just terms for hitler wantabees
    will_s, Jul 12, 2008
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    It seems people like all those animated smilies, full-colour icons, variable
    fonts and other decoration.
    Personally they make me feel like I'm in a video-game arcade so I'm more
    than happy to just stay in boring ol' usnet.....
    Knobdoodle, Jul 12, 2008
  7. In aus.motorcycles on Sat, 12 Jul 2008 17:52:03 +1000
    It's also quite possible that most people find newsgroups via google
    groups, and decide that the forum interface is better.

    Never having used a real newsreader they don't know what they are

    Zebee Johnstone, Jul 12, 2008
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    Bry Guest

    Or it's brimming with lurkers.....

    Bry, Jul 12, 2008
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    [everyone looks up and around; trying to figure out where that voice came
    Knobdoodle, Jul 12, 2008
  10. OK you caught me out but I really don't have anything to contribute.

    Every time I tried to ride a motor cycle I fell off.
    I do pedal a trike successfully without falling off so far.

    I don't have a licence to ride a motor bike, but I absolutely love
    watching bike racing and read this group I suppose to listen to feed
    back about MOTOGP and Superbikes.

    As a kid the first bike races I watched were about 60 years ago at the
    airstrip at Fisherman's Bend, Victoria. The North/South and East/West
    runways were like an inverted "T". They put hay bales down the centre of
    each runway to separate the bikes.

    It was quite an adventure for me. My Dad and I would ride our bikes down
    to the Yarra River and using the Williamstown ferry we landed on the
    Port Melbourne side of the Yarra. Then we would ride our bikes across
    the paddocks and sneak in without paying.
    Erik Vastmasd, Jul 12, 2008
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Hiya Erik and thanks for introducing yourself.
    I'm a Brisneylander myself so I have only a vague idea of the areas of which
    you speak.
    Do you go to any race meetings these day? I doubt you could pedal your
    trike there (and get in free) but the Phillip Island bike races are always
    Knobdoodle, Jul 12, 2008
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    bikerbetty Guest

    Yep, hi Erik. I love the mental pic of the bikes races you snuck into.
    Especially the hay bales... Bit different from Phillip Island!
    Last year was my first time at PI, Erik - and it was more exciting than I
    ever could have imagined. Clem and his mates tactfully looked the other way
    when I got a bit teary - I was so overwhelmed! (also relieved that I'd
    managed to ride there without falling off, ha ha!)

    Hey Clem, only about 80 sleeps till the next one! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee !

    bikerbetty, Jul 12, 2008
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    Diogenes Guest

    This is ***SO** heading towards a book by Biker Betty entitled My Time
    With The Savages Of Phillip Island...

    I bags a signed first edition.... And a paragraph in the book...

    Onya bike...

    Diogenes, Jul 13, 2008
  14. I haven't been to the bike races for years, but watch all the bike
    racing on the box whenever it is televised.
    I never watch any of the car races now.
    Erik Vastmasd, Jul 13, 2008
  15. G'day betty, there is no way today's riders would entertain the idea of
    riding flat out down an aircraft runway and passing others going in the
    opposite direction only separated by hay bales.

    As I said to Clem, I watch all the bike racing that is televised but I
    used to love going to Phillip Island to watch the racing. With the
    quality of today's TV cameras the viewing is good but nowhere near the
    atmosphere of actually being there and watching it live.

    We never get to see the side car racing on TV either.
    Erik Vastmasd, Jul 13, 2008
  16. had my first ride as a passenger with sidecar racing at Fishermans Bend
    George W Frost, Jul 13, 2008
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    bill_h Guest

    You've only got to look at the Isle of Man, or Irish road racing, the
    riders have bigger balls than I have (and that goes for the women as

    bill_h, Jul 13, 2008
  18. That would have been a tremendous experience and you'd know a lot more
    about the Fisherman's Bend "circuit?" than I would.
    Erik Vastmasd, Jul 13, 2008
  19. Yes you're certainly not kidding Bill, after I posted the above I
    recorded the channel 10 replay of the Isle Of Man TT 2008 and which I
    just finished watching.

    Gawd, flashing past telegraph poles, brick buildings and brick fences
    built right next to the road and trees etc. etc. etc.

    I've read of the Isle Of Man TT many times before but I think today was
    the first time I've actually viewed any television coverage.
    Erik Vastmasd, Jul 13, 2008

  20. Only remember the first time I parted company with the outfit
    the bloody concrete was harder than the hay bales
    George W Frost, Jul 13, 2008
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