Anyone been coming to this site for 5 years or longer?
Replies: 92 - Last Post: Dec 7, 2012 12:09 AM Last Post By: westwood
Nov 27, 2012 2:49 PM
Nov 27, 2012 2:59 PM
1Less questions on what to pack and visas required. More questions on safety and transportation.
Same number of people asking if anyone else will be there the same time without giving details on what part of Thailand they will be visiting. Utterly pointless.
Nov 27, 2012 3:18 PM
2Been on here since the late 90's. The big difference is that, although though there used to be far less information online about Thailand, people were far less insecure about going there. They didn't seem to need reassurances about whether or not they'd be safe, or if they'd meet other travellers. They didn't map out their itinerary in minute detail and then ask for people's thoughts on whether or not it's "right". They used to ask very specific questions about certain aspects of their trip, as opposed to general ones like "where should I go".
I think as the world has opened up, and so much information is available online, the demographic of your average traveller has changed. And so have the things they ask about.
Nov 27, 2012 3:42 PM
Nov 27, 2012 4:09 PM
Nov 27, 2012 5:24 PM
5@1 - Member since 31/10/2012. How can you say what changes in 5 years - unless of course you had another handle then??????
The biggest change is the sheer volume these days, born of utter laziness, of threads with the multi-variable misspellings of "itinerary" and very vague "where to go / what to do?" questions. It was never like that before, and it's very bloody boring expecting regulars to act like travel agents and comment on trip timetables that are put up ad nauseam. If many newbies weren't so egocentric and believing they're asking original questions they could "copy" many itins just for a click of the SEARCH button. Yawn! People came here LONG before you "discovered it" - it's nearly ALL been done before!
It would be great to get back to specific real queries from well-researched punters! Pink Pigs time, I think.
Nov 27, 2012 5:55 PM
6#6 Well done, you answered your own question.
This begs another question, what about the difference in the types of answers being offered?
As #3 pointed out there is far less humour these days and replies seem to be either very detailed, good natured but relatively useless or complete drivel from broke ex-pat retirees with absolutely nothing to do with their days except post drivel on Thai related websites.
Anything remotely humorous seems to upset at least one person who reports it and the poster ends up getting banned. This in turn means that people are less likely to use the site which devalues its purpose.
Nov 27, 2012 6:39 PM
Nov 27, 2012 7:14 PM
Nov 27, 2012 9:52 PM
9I was under oysters for years then I had a break for around 8 months and couldn't sign back in and all posts had gone anyway back as oysters 53.
My 2 cents worth is that I think in some aspects the art of travel has been lost due to mainly the tech age.
Some you older guys who travelled per mobile phones Internet etc would just have word of mouth a map maybe studied some travel brochures or a guide book.We made mistakes but that only adds to adventure.
These days it's the FMP weather or a question of how to get from a to b etc without bothering to do their own research which I find is half the fun of planning a trip.
Just off topic and by no means to hijack your thread jack but do you remember some of the older posters from years ago like fergs66 and a few others as I was trying to remember a poster I think called Steve who had a some really good advice and a great website.
Nov 27, 2012 10:22 PM
Nov 27, 2012 10:22 PM
11Quote - These days it's the FMP weather or a question of how to get from a to b etc without bothering to do their own research
I hate to play devils advocate but they are kind of still doing research, they're just doing it here.
Quote - do you remember some of the older posters from years ago like fergs66
fergs is alive and well and living in the UK
Quote - poster I think called Steve
Steve252 sadly lost his life in a motorbike accident in Pai some years back. At least, thats the version of events doing the rounds here.
Nov 27, 2012 10:25 PM
12Quote - One thing that does stick is the guy who spammed every friday night, stuffing up TT for the weekend.
Quack, aka Kwak aka Nicholas Greenwood. Never got over the fact he believed that the author of the LP Myanmar guide Joe C ummings plagiarised some of his research and info in the Brandt guide to Burma he wrote several years before. (C ummings is still a blocked word, hence the gap required between the first two letters)
Nov 27, 2012 10:37 PM
Nov 27, 2012 10:43 PM
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