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    Forum Membership Not Logging On To Site? A Poll

    Hey there Hawkers -
    I know this topic has popped-up in various ways and may be indicative of membership fragility or something else presenting a “ ghost issue.”
    I regularly login-on to the Forum to check for new stuff or someone who may need assistance/encouragement of a “Hawk GT” nature. What I routinely see is maybe a dozen or so logged-on members and like three times as many others who are on the site but not logged-on.

    I know that 6 and 69falcon have been concerned about these numbers which have been showing a continuing decline/skewing toward fewer log-ins and/or participation in HOTM voting, bike submissions, etc.

    I have to confess that I am guilty of occasionally looking for a response or update on something without going through the log-on process. ... which leads me to wonder if the trend is a result of folks maintaining their online anonymity, the log-in process too slow/cumbersome or some other reason.

    To help identify or isolate the reason behind this situation, please take a moment to cast, Ahem!, yet another poll:

    1
    Logging onto Forum is a Hassle or Technically Problematic
    0%
    0
    I don’t have the time and I only want to check on something
    100.00%
    1
    Joining the Forum is the Issue - I have nothing to contribute
    0%
    0
    Joining the Forum is the Issue - I feel intimidated by Regular Members
    0%
    0
    Joining the Forum is too much of a Commitment
    0%
    0
    Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

    #2
    If there are other reasons ... my company IT Department monitors my web useage .... my PC or online provider has a security system (ie. pop-up/SPAM blocker, etc.) that interferes ... whatever the reason, please add a post to this thread.
    Thanks!


    Hmmm, I may have inadvertently biased this poll ... lurkers or others not logged-on can’t participate in polls!
    Oh well ... let it fly and lets see what happens.
    Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

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      #3
      I stay logged in on my phone and PC browsers for the most part.
      I have no idea if that counts as 'logged in' since I rarely need to log in again.

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        #4
        I log in daily, because I like the forum members and want to see what is going on. I can't imagine selling my Hawk GT. But it is in a "stable state" right now, running fine, with many years of life left. Maybe for the rest of my life. Perhaps we are just aging out, both bikes and riders.

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          #5
          I’m not sure that I’ve understood the issue here - is it just that there is believed to be a decline in activity on the forum?

          My devices stay logged in - I probably check for interesting new posts at least once a day, generally more so.

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            #6
            i seem to be permanently logged in/on.
            "It's only getting worse."


            MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

            Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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              #7
              Originally Posted by DrPMC View Post
              I’m not sure that I’ve understood the issue here - is it just that there is believed to be a decline in activity on the forum?
              Yes.

              We have ups and downs, and have had a few big dips due to issues. Those where understandable, and we are active and stable. But we can not afford another big loss event and ideally we would just get a little more activity out of our current users base (logged in user non logged in viewing numbers are up and healthy compared to our actual daily posting activity).

              We are in no risk of going anywhere. But the more posts we have the more there is to read, the more we have to read the more we have to respond to, and on and on.

              We are always, especially with the current of forums (besides redit) in the time of Facebook, looking for ways to keep the site interesting and full of good and active community members.
              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                #8
                Originally Posted by 6 View Post
                We are always, especially with the current of forums (besides redit) in the time of Facebook, looking for ways to keep the site interesting and full of good and active community members.
                What I find encouraging are the number of times people on FB are encouraged to come over and find their answer or more info on the forum. FB, like so many social media platforms, has it's share of fuckwits and misinformation. I mean, if you want to be disparaged and stalked by so-called grown ups, FB is your game. The level of experience, knowledge, talent, and maturity of the members is one of the big draws of this site. It has inspired me and bailed me out time without number. For that, I am grateful.

                ASMA #139

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by 6 View Post

                  Yes.

                  We have ups and downs, and have had a few big dips due to issues. Those where understandable, and we are active and stable. But we can not afford another big loss event and ideally we would just get a little more activity out of our current users base (logged in user non logged in viewing numbers are up and healthy compared to our actual daily posting activity).

                  We are in no risk of going anywhere. But the more posts we have the more there is to read, the more we have to read the more we have to respond to, and on and on.

                  We are always, especially with the current of forums (besides redit) in the time of Facebook, looking for ways to keep the site interesting and full of good and active community members.
                  It seems to me that the quality of activity on the forum is generally very good - there’s very little of the bad behaviour that’s seen elsewhere and members are usually courteous and helpful.

                  I suppose that the lower intensity of activity on the forum may reflect the situation with Honda Hawk/Bros itself - it had a brief product life and as time goes on the pool of machines gets ever smaller. The demographics of motorcycling may also involved too - certainly in the UK, it seems the numbers of young people coming in is relatively few.

                  That said, it seems to me that there is still sufficient interest to keep things going. Its encouraging to look at the communities of enthusiasts that survive and prosper among the owners of much older machines. I expect that the challenge of keeping the Hawk on the road as spares become increasingly difficult to get and other problems arise will also help to keep people coming back.

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                    #10
                    I think it is OK that the forum slows down a little and concentrates on the Hawk, all other things should go in "Off Topic". I check the forum quite often, but not always by logging in.

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                      #11
                      Originally Posted by jspeed53 View Post
                      If there are other reasons ... my company IT Department monitors my web useage .... my PC or online provider has a security system (ie. pop-up/SPAM blocker, etc.) that interferes ... whatever the reason, please add a post to this thread.
                      Thanks!


                      Hmmm, I may have inadvertently biased this poll ... lurkers or others not logged-on can’t participate in polls!
                      Oh well ... let it fly and lets see what happens.

                      Maybe add one more thing to vote on.
                      [ ] I always log in first and then look around.

                      If I didn't log in I could not see pictures or as you said Vote or press the LIKE button when I like some comment or picture. I always notice that Hawk of the month usually gets few members voting. I have always voted in a pole if I see something on the ballot I can agree with, as a member I should participate. I'm doing that now.
                      Bill,
                      88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, 2021 Rebel 1100 (bike 41) Some Past/sold in reverse order:,FZ09,97 Magna #1&2 , 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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                        #12
                        I think this forum is amazingly active considering the bikes are over 30 years old now and we're sold in very small numbers. I am on some others that are less active with potentially 100x the vehicles on the road (car forums).
                        Brian - Richland, WA
                        1991 Hawk GT
                        1997 VFR

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                          #13
                          I'm on auto sign on so always signed in on the phone, work PC and Home PC. I do the same on a dozen other forums. I hate FB but do use it because it's the only place some folks are to talk to, I much prefer the forum format and really like this place and the folks here.

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                            #14
                            Originally Posted by BillnOroville View Post


                            Maybe add one more thing to vote on.
                            [ ] I always log in first and then look around.

                            If I didn't log in I could not see pictures or as you said Vote or press the LIKE button when I like some comment or picture. I always notice that Hawk of the month usually gets few members voting. I have always voted in a pole if I see something on the ballot I can agree with, as a member I should participate. I'm doing that now.
                            Exactly log in every time.I’m on a Laverda forum,it suffers at times from none participating (summer). Problem is recruiting new members,and age of the membership. This is a good active forum.
                            Last edited by Tripleman; 04-18-2022, 12:39 PM.

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by bk94si View Post
                              I think this forum is amazingly active considering the bikes are over 30 years old now and we're sold in very small numbers. I am on some others that are less active with potentially 100x the vehicles on the road (car forums).
                              We are active for a small motorcycle forum dedicated to a weird old low production bike.

                              We are not very active compared to 5 or even 2-3 years ago.

                              We are fine where we are at. But we don't want to be trending down.
                              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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