Sadly, the era of Internet bowling forums may be ending

AlwaysWrite

Well-Known Member
#1
Unfortunately, Internet bowling forums seem to be headed toward extinction, so it really should come as no surprise that this forum is drawling less attention as time goes by.

I just took a look at two other forums that I (and most of you) took part in -- Bowling Ball Exchange (BBE) and ballreviews.com (BR) -- and both of them were virtually dead.


BBE is so bad that THERE HASN'T BEEN A SINGLE POST since Jan. 10, and only four threads have been utilized since New Year's Day.

As for BR, there were only 9 members on line, and I didn't recognize any of them. The only action at all was in the Miscellaneous forum (bowling-related only), and there were only three threads with any posts today. And none of the many other non-miscellaneous categories had any posts today. [By the way, one of the three active threads was started by former AB member MI2AZ.]

The once-thriving bowl.com and pba.com forums were dissolved several years ago, and the way things are going, all of the bowling forums will likely go by the wayside.
 

9andaWiggle

Addicted Member
#2
I pop into br once in a great while. There are a few names active there I recognize; MI2AZ, milo, pinbuster, are a few I recall seeing. And GTGT.

I visit bbe occasionally too. I think Revzilla used to be on br back in the day. There are a couple others I recognize, but not many.

The only thing I saw on br that was of interest is that I guess the USBC has decided to no longer allow balance holes after the 2019 season?
 

AlwaysWrite

Well-Known Member
#3
I posted a few things on BBE in the last half of 2018, but the conversations died off enough so that until a few hours ago, I hadn't even looked at BBE in January.

As for BR, since I was banned two or three years ago, tonight was only the second or third time I've even looked at BR since then. And frankly, I've never missed it since I was banned, because that Miscellaneous forum (that they were forced to eliminate) had become a total joke, consisting of personal attacks, insults and trash-talking.
 

WAMO

Addicted Member
#4
WISH THEY WOULD FIND THEIR WAY OVER HERE. I KNOW SOME DID, BUT DIDNT STAY. I DONT DO FACEBOOK, AND THIS IS THE ONLY FORUM I GO TO. I POSTED STUFF IN HERE BEFORE YOU GUYS CAME OVER, BUT NONE OF THE OLD GANG REPLIED. IT STARTED SLOWLY DROPPING OFF. I THINK I WAS THE ONLY ONE ON HERE FOR A YEAR OR 2 UNTIL YOU GUYS CAME ALONG. BUY ALAS, I GUESS ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END. BUT, MAYBE IT WONT.
 

9andaWiggle

Addicted Member
#5
WAMO, Were you here back when Hose was talking about his dinky link and banging midgets? And everyone was giving Butch Cooper shit about his pink truck? There were a couple ladies (I forget their screen names) too. And a bunch of ornery fuckers keeping things stirred up.

I wasn't on here a lot then, but it was lively. But then, I think most of 'em personally knew each other too (or a lot of them did).
 

AlwaysWrite

Well-Known Member
#6
WISH THEY WOULD FIND THEIR WAY OVER HERE. I KNOW SOME DID, BUT DIDNT STAY. I DONT DO FACEBOOK, AND THIS IS THE ONLY FORUM I GO TO. I POSTED STUFF IN HERE BEFORE YOU GUYS CAME OVER, BUT NONE OF THE OLD GANG REPLIED. IT STARTED SLOWLY DROPPING OFF. I THINK I WAS THE ONLY ONE ON HERE FOR A YEAR OR 2 UNTIL YOU GUYS CAME ALONG. BUY ALAS, I GUESS ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END. BUT, MAYBE IT WONT.
Dear WAMO:

You weren't the only one. I was here as a regular participant for several years before the rest came along, as you say. And of course, I interacted a lot with you and the "old gang."
 

Greg T.

The Jazz Singer
#7
I tried repeatedly to bring people over from BR. A few came and stayed, some came and left, most would not even try. I can understand some of them being skeptical because of the way the BR forum went down, but I can't understand holding a grudge for that long. Some of the people I tried to contact over there still have me blocked. Others just didn't believe me when I told them we're starting fresh and the only real rule is no personal attacks. They just refuse to stop by. I have no idea why some came and left. Could it be they liked the chaos and were disappointed in here? I don't know. Spider Man was always a good guy. Disappeared about a year ago on both AB and BR. MI2AZ went off the deep end one day and started deleting all of his threads. When I stopped him he disappeared as well. JLS just left. I've asked him to stop in now and then and he always says he will. Still, no JLS. I don't understand. If you guys can reach out to a few on BR it would be great.
 

WAMO

Addicted Member
#8
YES I WAS 9. I GOT TO MEET ALOT OF THEM AT TOURNAMENTS. AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, DINKY LINKS ARE A REAL PRODUCT! I EVEN MET BOSS MAN TONY AT A BALLARD VS THE BIG C TOURNY. WHEN HE STILL LIVED IN HOUSTON.
 

AlwaysWrite

Well-Known Member
#9
It's not a good indicator when MI2AZ is solidly No. 5 in all-time number of forum posts. After all, he's been gone for more than a year.
 

AlwaysWrite

Well-Known Member
#15
Dear Djarum300 (and others):

That Reddit site -- as pertaining to bowling, at least -- doesn't appear to be the type of bowling discussion I'd be interested in. Many of the posts and topics are similar to this ...


* Anyone else battle sweaty hands?
* I scored exactly 100 at both bowling and golf
* How many balls do you carry?
* Bowling birthday parties
* My games tonight
* Posting my tournament scores
* Switched to 2-handed after taking bowling seriously
* Interested in what you think of my bowling form

* Great interaction with cheap bowling balls
 

Greg T.

The Jazz Singer
#16
Dear Djarum300 (and others):

That Reddit site -- as pertaining to bowling, at least -- doesn't appear to be the type of bowling discussion I'd be interested in. Many of the posts and topics are similar to this ...

* Anyone else battle sweaty hands?
* I scored exactly 100 at both bowling and golf
* How many balls do you carry?
* Bowling birthday parties
* My games tonight
* Posting my tournament scores
* Switched to 2-handed after taking bowling seriously
* Interested in what you think of my bowling form

* Great interaction with cheap bowling balls

I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that Reddit was an adolescent social media forum. Never really looked at it.
 

AlwaysWrite

Well-Known Member
#18
I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that Reddit was an adolescent social media forum. Never really looked at it.
Dear Greg T:

I'd never heard of Reddit before, but on first glance, it didn't look as if it would be something that would interest me greatly.
 
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