Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jul 24, 2013 10:18 PM Last Post By: veronica_inheels
Apr 20, 2013 3:22 AM
Ghost townIt's almost 4 months since the TT was shut down.
It's hard to believe that what was once a thriving community is little more than a ghost town.
Few questions, questions unanswered, disillusioned regulars gone, most unlikely to return.
No ability to PM people to check if they are OK, to offer assistance or advice that's not in the public domain.
In the past I have hosted a volunteer worker for the tsunami, bought his bus ticket two weeks before he arrived which enabled him to get to the disaster area as soon as he landed in Japan.
I've been to the lost and found of Tokyo and collected an expensive library book and posted it back to Australia to the people who had left it on a train.
A China TT member helped me facilitate a funds transfer to a former student in to pay his cousin's high school fees.
And this is a small sprinkling of many kindnesses that have been given and received.
None of it would have been possible without PMs.
This is a a textbook case of PR disaster.
I am sure the mods have been working their best in parameters that they haven't set.
But the community is slowly dying.... and it's entirely self inflicted.
Very very sad.
Apr 25, 2013 9:33 PM
May 28, 2013 2:23 AM
2TT is dead - I don't believe the current owners understand what and how we use it and what is needed for us to continue using it.
Information is only as good as it's age.
Poster X has been helpful in the past and travel plans put you in the right place at the right time to
ask ' where are you?. I'm in-transit but can buy you a beer in the next 36 hrs, - there is no way to contact the person and say thanks, so you go the other way and somehow manage to find a thread he/she is currently active on and post a " Let meet up request ", "IF" _ the mod allows it to be posted, you then have the problem of other posters on the thread being pissed off because you are using it for social contact.
So can LP owners please tell me how I can contact a poster if I have info relevant info to their current accommodation / sight seeing but don't want to clutter a thread up with something they may not revisit until after returning from their trip.
A while back a well respected long term poster on TT passed away, he had assisted thousands of TT posters but PM's had been shut down and there was no way to communicated with those wanting to drop by and say thanks and good bye, this is just an example of those that love to travel and make use of other peoples information not being able to do so.
Sort out the PM issue and give us back that functionality, for without it - this site is dead.
Jun 8, 2013 3:44 PM
Jun 20, 2013 6:19 PM
Jun 22, 2013 3:19 PM
5It's tragic. I popped back in the last couple of days, and the place is less than a shadow of itself. I clicked on a country branch, and there'd been no new posts for two days.
The loss of PMs and chat branches seemed to be a bid to keep the forum focused on travel. But it's killed the travel branches too.
The place has lost its heart. And its heart was what made it special.
Jun 24, 2013 3:13 AM
Jun 25, 2013 3:19 PM
7Once upon a time (on one of the chat branches, of course, so it's lost), a thread was started about what acts of kindess we'd received from members of the Thorn tree. And I didn't know where to start.. There were so many.
Even my daughter benefited when she was travelling through Serbia, and an ATM swallowed her card, with her having no way of getting it back. I mentioned it on WT, and within half an hour, various people had offered to help. A poster in a neighbouring country offered to drive to where she was to take her some cash. I was astonished. I'd only been a member of the tree for a few months, and barely knew this person. Yet, because of what this community was, she was prepared to do that for a stranger's daughter. With no certainty that she'd get the money back, even.
And over the years I've been here, I discovered that sort of gesture to be the norm,
But now it won't happen. Partly because the heart of this place has gone, and partly because PMs are gone. It's so sad.
Jun 26, 2013 2:43 PM
8Scoffer I've lost a lot of my post count too and it is damn annoying. What is more disheartening is the seeming lack of respect for long term posters and the community we were a part of.
Fear Rua, I don't think there IS a travel forum as good as this one USED to be. I am on the rough guides one a lot at the moment but it is new and needs a LOT of new members and posters to build it up. Try there?
Leela I could not agree more with everything you said. It was that community which made it special, that community - that heart - which has now gone. I loved that story about your daughter, and there are thousands more just like it. A community of travellers all willing to help each other out because of how powerful the TT was. That is gone now, and I'm not sure it can ever return. Too many of us have dispersed.
Jun 28, 2013 2:32 AM
9Leela / Mike,
I hope the new owners read posts like ours and take them into consideration when /if they decide to rebuild TT.
People travel - some do it once in a while, others are lucky to do it more often.
What TT used to offer was information from seasoned travelers and those currently in country or close by, therefore you could plan a trip based on info from experienced posters and get updates from like minded people currently on ground at the time of your post.
Why do I feel that there are only 3 people involved in this conversation and that TT is not listening.
Jul 21, 2013 3:27 PM
Jul 24, 2013 10:18 PM
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