To be fair, I think that if BZP is going down (and I reserve judgement on that fact), then it's got less to do with the absence of Bionicle than it has the simple fact that forum sites themselves are massively out of fashion these days. There's just not that appeal anymore - and I think that even if Bionicle were to regain its former level of popularity, any forum site would have trouble attaining a higher level of activity now. People looking to talk about any subject no longer gravitate towards forums, generally.
...in fact, BZP is quite literally the only forum site I've been on in recent years that's still doing even this well anymore xD
forums were pretty much a 2000s thing; the trend on the internet today is towards consolidation. i mean, just look at the massive increase in centralization between 2007 and 2009, and then again between 2009 and 2014, and it's only gotten worse since.
and i mean i'm guilty of this too; this has been my first time on bzp in literal years (if nothing else it's been an interesting exercise in remembering how to communicate without profanity); i've mostly been using reddit and twitter, which are respectively the 6th and 12th most-browsed websites worldwide per alexa. it's so much easier than a forum, and the content is neverending. and since we're all addicted to content it's only natural that we'd gravitate towards the places where we can get our fill of it.
the tradeoff, especially on twitter, is that it's curated by impenetrable algorithms rather than people and forming any sense of community is very difficult. you can't talk to an algorithm. you can't tell it what you don't like about it, and if you could it wouldn't care.
i miss forums, but i don't see them coming back. which is a massive shame.
i could also get really political with this but i think that's still against site rules so i won't
Edited by Canama, Feb 07 2018 - 03:04 AM.