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#1 Offline ToaOfAwesome

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Posted Jul 07 2014 - 05:36 PM

So here I am. I haven't posted in years and I feel HORRIBLE. I made so many promises and I haven't fulfilled any. I don't want to depress anybody, but I've started to realize that if BZPower goes, so does Bionicle. I don't want that to happen, and I'm starting something to stop that, but as said earlier, I've broken too many promises like the Defenders, the Dead World, and the Mackron comics for my word to mean much. What do you think will happen to BZPower? Will it become a general Lego forum and experience a possibly annoying boost in activity? Or will you get on one day to see a blank page saying "404 Page not Found." Quite frankly I'd prefer the first one, because as long as BZPower is standing it'll be impossible to forget Bionicle in it's entirety. I personally think Bionicle needs to stay. It's a memory of some of the best years of Lego, and is yet to be fully explored. What do you think will happen? What do you want to happen? And what will you do to ensure that it happens? Just a thought I had. Thanks for your input.


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Posted Jul 07 2014 - 07:46 PM

:shrugs: It's four years since Bionicle ended and this place still hasn't died. It's an undead zombie. 

 

I'm not big on predicting the future, but unless I get word that this place is closing down, I'm going with the idea that it will continue. :shrugs:


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Posted Jul 07 2014 - 08:16 PM

1. I think that as long as there is a good amount of active members, BZP will continue to live on. 

 

2. I can see BZP becoming more of general Lego discussion site as time goes on. 3

 

3. I only thing I can do right now, no matter what happens to BZP in the future, is stay an active member of the site. I don't really have the free time to do anything else.


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Posted Jul 07 2014 - 08:58 PM

I think that BIONICLE has left strong enough an impact on enough people that there will always be ardent BIONICLE fans for at least the rest of our generation. After, I'm not sure. I hope BIONICLE's memory will endure through force of its awesomeness. I am sure that LEGO will thrive long after we're all dead, and BIONICLE may gain new cult following at some point after that. But it's really impossible to say.


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Posted Jul 07 2014 - 09:19 PM

Im pretty sure as long as people make an effort to go on at least once a week and post a few things BZPower will live for a very long time.

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Posted Jul 07 2014 - 09:43 PM

Wow. You guys' answers so far have been awesome, I'm glad that most still have faith in Bionicle, because that's exactly what'll give it the second wind it so greatly deserves.


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Posted Jul 09 2014 - 07:15 AM

Seeing this place die would be a really painful thing to watch. :/

 

But yeah, I too think that at some point it might shift towards a more general Lego discussion forum.


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Posted Jul 09 2014 - 12:59 PM

Seeing this place die would be a really painful thing to watch. :/
 
But yeah, I too think that at some point it might shift towards a more general Lego discussion forum.


I'm actually slightly worried that the rumored Bionicle return could decrease the amount of general Lego discussion. With Hero Factory only being popular amongst a portion of BZPower's membership, it doesn't drown out discussion of other general Lego themes the way Bionicle used to. But once the prodigal theme has returned, will people care as much about non-Bionicle themes?

I suppose, though, that since such a return would likely lead to a BZPower membership surge, enough of those new members will want to discuss other themes as well to keep those discussions going.

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Posted Jul 09 2014 - 01:14 PM

Seeing this place die would be a really painful thing to watch. :/
 
But yeah, I too think that at some point it might shift towards a more general Lego discussion forum.


I'm actually slightly worried that the rumored Bionicle return could decrease the amount of general Lego discussion. With Hero Factory only being popular amongst a portion of BZPower's membership, it doesn't drown out discussion of other general Lego themes the way Bionicle used to. But once the prodigal theme has returned, will people care as much about non-Bionicle themes?

I suppose, though, that since such a return would likely lead to a BZPower membership surge, enough of those new members will want to discuss other themes as well to keep those discussions going.

Yeah, especially if a BIONICLE revival can attract a lot of younger fans who don't feel like they're "too grown-up" for other LEGO themes. That might reduce the maturity of the site's active members a bit but it could be worth it if it provides some perspective for the older fans.

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Posted Jul 10 2014 - 01:17 AM

I'm sure that BZP has had such a big impact on folks that if activity went down enough for it to be abandoned or lose a lot of activity, someone would be willing to take it and keep it alive one way or another.


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Posted Jul 10 2014 - 10:12 PM

After an initial post-Great Downtime loss of activity, there's been a slow, almost imperceptible decline. Still, BZP is more active than many forums, but we're likely not returning to the so-called "golden age" of big-city style activity here. For one thing, I think the Internet as a whole has moved to microblogging platforms like Twitter and Tumblr in the same way that everyone was joining forums a decade ago.

 

I have no fear in the death of the BIONICLE fandom as a whole, so I have no reason to concern myself with the death of BZP, unless there's another months-long downtime.


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Posted Jul 11 2014 - 07:42 AM

BZP doesn't look to be dying any time soon, but if it does start dying ...

 

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Posted Jul 16 2014 - 03:35 PM

Well, either of those two things will happen eventually. BZP has already shifted towards becoming more of a general Lego forum. Unless Bionicle is miraculously revived (kinda like Jaller in MoL), the site will either change completely or slowly die down. 


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Posted Jul 19 2014 - 10:51 PM

Although I would love a Bionicle revival, we have to face the facts and assume that it's just not going to happen, at least not nearly in the scale of what it used to be.

 

But I do agree, Bionicle is not truly dead, not as long as Bzpower lives. If BZP were to finally shut down, that is the day Bionicle will finally have died. 

 

I've broken some promises of my own. At least, promises I made to myself. A promise to relaunch my comic series. A promise to continue my comedy series. A promise to be more active on the site. 

 

Promises that will have to remain unfulfilled. But I will continue coming back to BZP. 

 

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Posted Jul 24 2014 - 04:00 AM

There's enough original content being produced here alone to fuel the community for quite a few years to come at least and that's ignoring external factors such as newer members and the discussion of other Lego lines and the what not. The site is doing amazingly well I'd say. :)

 

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Posted Jul 27 2014 - 12:09 AM

I think at this point the people left here aren't going to be leaving any time soon.

Also, this reminds me of a video I saw recently that talked about how BZP's string of downtimes just before Bionicle's end might have played a part in Lego's decision to cancel, since BZP had an almost complete monopoly on the Bionicle fanbase.

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Posted Jul 27 2014 - 04:51 PM

I think at this point the people left here aren't going to be leaving any time soon.

Also, this reminds me of a video I saw recently that talked about how BZP's string of downtimes just before Bionicle's end might have played a part in Lego's decision to cancel, since BZP had an almost complete monopoly on the Bionicle fanbase.

No, no, no. That's bogus. BZP was only ever a tiny fraction of the Bionicle fanbase, as Greg Farshtey constantly reminded fans. They were only the biggest organized portion of it, but there were thousands of fans who never joined a Bionicle fansite. And the downtime occurred in 2011, long after the decision to end the theme was made. This is why you shouldn't rely on YouTube for Bionicle info—there are too many people there who have zero idea what they're talking about.


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Posted Jul 27 2014 - 05:08 PM

Also, this reminds me of a video I saw recently that talked about how BZP's string of downtimes just before Bionicle's end might have played a part in Lego's decision to cancel, since BZP had an almost complete monopoly on the Bionicle fanbase.

 

I have a sneaking suspicion this is talking about TTV's bizarre theories about how BZPower killed Bionicle


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Posted Jul 27 2014 - 05:30 PM

 

Also, this reminds me of a video I saw recently that talked about how BZP's string of downtimes just before Bionicle's end might have played a part in Lego's decision to cancel, since BZP had an almost complete monopoly on the Bionicle fanbase.

 

I have a sneaking suspicion this is talking about TTV's bizarre theories about how BZPower killed Bionicle

 

And that video refers to the 2008 Dataclysm, not the 2011 Great Downtime of Doom.


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Posted Jul 27 2014 - 08:14 PM

 

 

Also, this reminds me of a video I saw recently that talked about how BZP's string of downtimes just before Bionicle's end might have played a part in Lego's decision to cancel, since BZP had an almost complete monopoly on the Bionicle fanbase.

 

I have a sneaking suspicion this is talking about TTV's bizarre theories about how BZPower killed Bionicle

 

And that video refers to the 2008 Dataclysm, not the 2011 Great Downtime of Doom.

 

Oh, right. That would have even LESS impact on Bionicle's success, since it hardly affected BZP's membership in the long run. Which again, is itself irrelevant, since BZPower never represented more than a fraction of a percentage of Bionicle's audience.

Again, one more reason not to trust sources like TTV for your Bionicle news. In those instances when they do have valid information to discuss, chances are you can find that information elsewhere without all the fluff and speculation.


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Posted Jul 28 2014 - 01:19 PM

Oh, right. That would have even LESS impact on Bionicle's success, since it hardly affected BZP's membership in the long run. Which again, is itself irrelevant, since BZPower never represented more than a fraction of a percentage of Bionicle's audience.

Again, one more reason not to trust sources like TTV for your Bionicle news. In those instances when they do have valid information to discuss, chances are you can find that information elsewhere without all the fluff and speculation.

Right; TTV is entertaining and at times outright hilarious, but it's not a news outlet. :P

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Posted Jul 28 2014 - 01:51 PM

 

Oh, right. That would have even LESS impact on Bionicle's success, since it hardly affected BZP's membership in the long run. Which again, is itself irrelevant, since BZPower never represented more than a fraction of a percentage of Bionicle's audience.

Again, one more reason not to trust sources like TTV for your Bionicle news. In those instances when they do have valid information to discuss, chances are you can find that information elsewhere without all the fluff and speculation.

Right; TTV is entertaining and at times outright hilarious, but it's not a news outlet. :P

 

Exactly. As entertainment, it's perfectly valid. Heck, even when they broadcast opinions those opinions are usually no less valid than those of commenters on other sites. The problem is that a lot of people seem to see them as an authoritative source for factual information when the majority of their content is editorial in nature.


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Posted Aug 08 2014 - 02:46 PM

It's been here for the years I haven't, I doubt it's going anywhere.


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Posted Aug 12 2014 - 10:29 PM

We survived the end of Bionicle, and we're still here. If we can get through that, we can get through anything. And if Bionicle is indeed coming back, then we're only going to grow. As long as people still visit this site, it isn't going anywhere. We shall survive!!!


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