I'm at a Loss for Words on Coasterbuzz

Sunday, October 14, 2001 5:53 PM
I'm been coming to these forums for a long time and have made several threads and posts, but I've recently noticed that, well, there hasn't been a whole lot I feel the need to respond to anymore. None of the threads gotten me excited about posting or given me the little push to make a nice post. Now, the reason I'm writing this is to try and figure out what went wrong and where it went? Is it the conversation? Is it the other mainly new Buzzers? Or do you think...it's just me?

Please give me some feedback of if and how the forums have changed over the last couple months or even if it has at all. There just seems to be a lot of threads that are going around in circles with past subjects and things just being completely off somewhere else. I keep an almost blank stare at some of the "dry" threads I'm looking at which mean absolutely nothing. Maybe we've just has a little too much "Deja Vu" for my taste?

Tell me what you think. Thanks.
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Danny, who also{drenched with sarcasm} can't wait to hear about the record-breaking oompa loompa CP has up its Peninsula.{end sarcasm} ;)

*** This post was edited by Koaster King on 10/14/2001. ***

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Sunday, October 14, 2001 5:58 PM
I see you joined in February. Maybe the reason is because before everything was new to you, because you were new to the Buzz. Now that you have been here a while, you keep seeing the same topics you used to think were exciting, but now you have seen them repeated alot and they are no good anymore. It could also be that it is still theme park season and more people post in winter. That is not a fact, it just seems like it, so don't hold me to it.
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 6:01 PM
I understand what you mean. I was like this a little while ago, but I just kept reading, and eventually, some of the threads I would have considered boring a while back seemed appealing to me.

It felt like a total change from July of 2000, when I joined (Prior to my name getting accidentally deleted), so I didn't visit for a while, and I realized something. Even though most of the threads I read were of very little interest to me, I missed them.

I still read through them every day, but not like I used to. I used to read every single thread, and respond to a lot of them. Now, I can go days without saying a word. I know there are a few people who would say that it's a good thing for me.

It's not just you, the forums have changed a lot, and there are a lot more "dry" threads than there used to be, but that's the way things are. No one's focing you to visit.

Make the best of things, and if you can't, don't complain about them.

Now on to Jeff.... ("I'm tired of people complaining about things they don't have to pay a damn thing for...")

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"Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music." Kristian Wilson, Nintendo, Inc, 1989.

*** This post was edited by Intamin2k on 10/14/2001. ***

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Sunday, October 14, 2001 6:03 PM
Nah, I joined back last August after I had been reading since May or so. I changed my screen name from Beast212 in February which tah-dah, looks like I joined then. 
But very true about the rest. Very good possibility. Thanks for your input SFGA.


Intamin2k said:


"I still read through them every day, but not like I used to. I used to read every single thread, and respond to a lot of them. Now, I can go days without saying a word. I know there are a few people who would say that it's a good thing for me."


I know exactly what you're saying here. The feeling is pretty much the same and I used to always look and try to respond to everything. The encouragement to keep looking for good threads is also much apreciated as well Intamin2k. 
Intamin2k said:


Now on to Jeff.... ("I'm tired of people complaining about things they don't have to pay a damn thing for...")


I'm really not complainingat all. Just scavenging for some answers with my curiousity on the subject. It's more than just what's on the surface if you know what I mean. Maybe not though. I'm not even sure I know what I'm looking for. I'll just have to wait and find out.

*** This post was edited by Koaster King on 10/14/2001. ***

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Sunday, October 14, 2001 6:08 PM
There really hasn't been that much awe-inspiring stuff to talk about...except for the Cedar Point ride thread, and Holiday World news...

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Sunday, October 14, 2001 6:30 PM
I think alot of the Buzzers are out doing there thing for the season and last min trips and so on.Preety soon when more information on parks is released and there is more to talk about the post will get more intresting rather then repatative in difrent words.But i noticed the same things.
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 6:34 PM
I wasn't sure if I personally gradually lost interest, if it's something a lot of buzzers have went through, or if there's just been some dull, uneventful talk lately.

*** This post was edited by Koaster King on 10/14/2001. ***

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Sunday, October 14, 2001 6:40 PM
It's cyclical, and this is the bottom of the cycle around this time of year. Generally speaking, we don't allow the same topics to crop up over and over, but eventually you'll have repeats, and that's OK. The last month and the next month are always pretty dry, as only the really hardcore are visiting parks this time of year (or those bastards in SoCal ;)).

When IAAPA comes, we'll get a glimpse of new things (I hope), and that'll give us something new to talk about. Then we'll hit the holidays, where we'll have a lot of other things to deal with. Heck, I can tell you right now that starting in January, coaching volleyball will be a lot more important to me than coasting, at least for a few months.

Roller coasters aren't rocket science, and for most of us anyway, they're not the central point of focus in our lives. You can bet as winter rolls through, we'll be more and more ready to get back to the parks and start riding.

Bottom line, things will pick up. They always do.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Sunday, October 14, 2001 6:55 PM
I figured that the cycle was on it's final turn into the station of "Coaster Winter Wonderland" as I like to call it. We get so many threads that it's hard to even keep track of because we're all couped up at home and all that's left to do is make up something insanely wild and interesting to get the party going again. I definitely remember last year. We all knew it was that time of year.

I did figure IAAPA would get some good stuff added into the mix and we'd start rolling into that happy season. All of the end of the year coaster awards I really look forward to and seriously, what's better than to get closer and more excited about next season? Have fun finishing up the year, but 'going out for some ice cream' won't be an option anymore. Lower your lap bars cause this Winter's gonna be a bumpy ride!!! Enjoy!
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Danny
PKI 2002- "The Rollercoast is Toast!"

*** This post was edited by Koaster King on 10/14/2001. ***

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Monday, October 15, 2001 11:30 AM
KK, wow your the first person to put into words what has been in the back of my mind for a while.  One reason I suppose would be that there are A LOT of new people here it seems.  Jeff, do you/can you show how many people have joined in the past months?
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Monday, October 15, 2001 11:40 AM
I chalk it up to a few things...

1) Sort of between things... late in the season and any thing new for next year is just speculation.

2) Someone mentioned above that "There really hasn't been that much awe-inspiring stuff to talk about...except for the Cedar Point ride thread, and Holiday World news..." Hate to break the news, but not everyone is interested in always talking about CP etc.

3) The events of Sept 11 and following have put a different perspective on a lot of things. Perhaps I am the odd one, but somehow I don't think coasters are #1 priority in many people's minds anymore. (They never were #1 in mine, and since Sept 11, they sure dropped alot lower on the list.)

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Monday, October 15, 2001 11:58 AM
Your third point weighs in heavily for me. I can tell you that there is a very distinct drop in traffic right after the attacks, and it has been somewhat slow to recover.

As I said, this is normal for this time of year anyway. The same thing happened last year around this time. I wouldn't say I'm burned out on the topic, but other interests creep in to create balance in my life. I'm sure the same is true for others as well.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Monday, October 15, 2001 12:33 PM
Two words for me: FOOTBALL SEASON!
If I'm going to spend time conversing about a hobby, I'm going to go with my number one hobby and that is football...not rollercoasters.
lata,
jeremy

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Hey Chitown, please close this topic and kick both of them off the furoms (sic). 2Hostyl and Jack Daniels No 7 do not belong in these forums at all. Plus 2Hostyl seems to have a problem to complaine (sic) alot and get into it with others. - IL_MForce_Junkie

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Monday, October 15, 2001 12:42 PM
Knowing this, there is not really anything new to talk about, like coasters, etc.  But i say during Mid Nov when parks start to annouce new exititing coasters, or when X opens you'll see more topics that are new.  And since the attacks in New York ans D.C parks are not worried about getting a new coaster, but security.  Give it a month or two when new games or coasters are announced.
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Monday, October 15, 2001 1:01 PM
I have this feeling like it is going to be a slow winter.  Six Flags announced that they were reducing capital expenditures, and I believe that Busch Entertainment did the same.  So most of the talk this winter will be about CP, VF, KBF, and PKI.  It'll be especially slow for me here in good old Missouri, because I highly doubt that any of our three parks will receive a new coaster this year (I'm almost dead sure that WOF's Thunder Hawk will be a top spin).  There will be less construction that in the past three years, and conversation will likely be repetitive.

I feel, though, that the major reason everything is dead right now is because of the Sept. 11 attacks and our retaliation.  With Anthrax popping up all over everywhere, our military engaged in airstrikes overseas, and the pending threat of another attack looming, coasters have been pushed to the back of my mind.  Add to this that for those of us in college, this time of year is ridiculously busy with midterms, and I think you get the picture.

There's still going to be plenty to talk about, though.  And since some of the parks are reducing capital expenditures this year, maybe they will work on guest satisfaction and relations.  2002 could be a great year, and perhaps we'll see a surprise here and there with some new rides.

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Monday, October 15, 2001 4:28 PM
I just joined a couple of weeks ago, and honestly I am suprised, all my friends from work all say how good this forum is..but I have seen alot of fighting lately, and I am just amazed about how many jerks there are that call themselves coaster enthusiasts.  In my opinion, we should all be able to get along. 
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