So, summer break. THe stuff I had planned for today fell apart (which I should have expected knowing who was involved, but didn't as I just didn't care enough to think ahead). So, decided to catch up on forum spam that I only hit or miss for the 10 months of the year I am busy teaching.
BU - you make it sound like you're techno illiterate, but you and I both know that is far from true. Might take a bit of effort, but please my man, we all know that to be a cop out and that you could easily get into it. Just say that it isn't your thing and move on. Peeps have said that they thought it might be good for the community, to have another way of bringing folks into the community and engaging them. But, lets be honest - forums are a good way of communicating between folks, but are a dying breed as typing paragraphs went out when Twitter came in. How many people under 25 have you seen posting on ANY forum anywhere? I know of only 2, and they only posted on forums because the forums were guild specific for an online MMORPG and the other, older members, basically made them do so. Forums seem to live and die on their content, which by the medium needs to be specific. I don't see or know of any 4x general forums, as it would need to have a separate page for each game, and then sub pages for all the other things going on... and it would be too messy. A forum for one guild, or one game, works because it is specific; but that leads to the aging problem. When the game ages out, when the people age out (wife, kids, job, etc) than the forum is left behind with little purpose except to allow the peeps to keep in touch with each other. Lets face it, Facebook, instagram, etc. are all better at letting folks keep in touch, as that is what they are made for. Combining different methods and keeping it as a community is rough work.
The one thing specifically about podcasts like that are they are WAY TO LONG! Seriously, I have far less important things to do, like listen to NPR, than waste an hour or two listening to people that are self aggrandizing themselves. And that is what almost all of those podcasts are. I was on one once - felt like I was on a stinkin radio show where if you didn't kiss butty, you got left behind... and low and behold I didn't and was cut out in the edits. If you cannot say it in 5 minutes, than a podcast isn't the right medium.
I do applaud the efforts of folks like BU however. Running an online community really is a full time job. And, as a person who DOESN'T really get paid for it, you do it for one reason and one reason only - you love it. You have to put your heart and soul into this, else it wouldn't happen. But, that also means that every little slight, every little burp, every little pin prick; is in truth a pin prick into your love and soul - and that hurts and sucks. I know this first hand myself, as I have done it many times and I expect I will again soon (Fallout 76 = MMORPG).
So, my purpose of rambling on is a) saying hi, b) trying to give the kudo's to BU for the work he does, c) trying to remind him that the burps and pin pricks are not intended as anything other than burps, and to try to remind himself of that and d) remind folks like BU that if your goal is to get more peeps involved in the community, than to keep that goal in mind and work and plan for making that happen. Don't count on me much, though. I am a flaky guy with a wife, kid and a job that for 10 months of the year sucks up about 60 hours per week, which doesn't leave me time for reading, let alone gaming.