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Poll: Merger (29 member(s) have cast votes)

Should We Merge With Center Stage Sports?

  1. Yes (12 votes [41.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.38%

  2. No. (17 votes [58.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.62%

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#141 OFFLINE   Fuji Gold

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

yeah its just onna those things. it didnt replenish itself this time i suppose.
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#142 OFFLINE   MikeVickPwns

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

Hello, SI -- long time, no speak.

Here comes the typical slow momentum/traffic of the new year - happens every year. Actually, Sal (Rip) and I talked on FB yesterday about this. Though some might not know me well, I was onboard here for the first 6 years all the time. Life and my 8-yr old daughter have made my priorities change a bit. However, I do re-up the domain name and pay for it annually.
Here's my thoughts for whatever decision is made (I support whichever)

SI TRUE PROBLEM - As the site starts its 9th year - yes, 9 years, everyone has to remember age of the members. Most members that frequent the site typically run from ages 13-17. As the site gets older, so do its members. That's why you saw us in previous years try to find new members -- you have to. As the members get older, priorities change as education, relationships, and employment become a larger part of life.

MERGER - Godfather's Say - The leaders of SI have the final say - they're the ones who frequent the site the most and have duties to keep it active. We do have loyal members - that's why SI is still around.

Here's some things that would be needed for SI to stick around:

  • New, younger board leaders - there has to be a good mix, so that the younger guys have a say and can bring on new members to the board
  • New members, period - need to have new blood, new opinions to help stir the pot
  • Re-emergence of leagues -- find the members and good leaders to get it started
Here are pro/cons of merger:
  • Unless the other site has a paid server, the site will not handle the merger as VPB
  • There are way too many posts, with large graphics for a small server -- that's why bronco has SI on his soccer site server, with advertisements on SI that help pay for it
  • The other site expresses gratitude for gfx and cuts, yet has no image uploader or space on its site to house them
  • The site does have fresh members and activity, no matter the age - we've all dealt with younger members at one time or another
  • the site is willing to take on part of staff and all members, regardless of previous confrontations
  • IPB knowledge of our staff would help with transformation at CSS
Now, going down with the ship is a nice sentiment, but I honestly would rather hear more about how to make SI active again. What are other sports forums, message boards, and facebook accounts doing to entice activity?
That should be the ultimate goal -- keeping the active members of SI happy, while encouraging new blood.
This means wherever SI decides to place its name at.

I wish everyone good luck with a tough decision. I would say I promise to be active like I once was, but my daughter and her select soccer and volleyball career, along with my tournament softball team have more precedent at age 40.

I have talked to a few on FB or via email recently. Please, do not hesitate to contact me.


Hey man, im Dave over at CenterStageSports. I wanted to say that I will do whatever I would have to do to support the large influx of data the server would have to handle. Like ive said before, we will add a image uploader and a space to house them. We would also carry over the cut gallery.

Please send me your facebook or email for we can talk more. Thanks for considering.
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#143 OFFLINE   jarrod2323

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

RipCity is in the process of contacting the co-owner on server and advertisement concerns.

If you keep in contact with Rip, he'll keep you updated. The last server change SI incorporated took 12 hours due to memory constraints. Unfortunately, I believe that would entail your server to be on the high-end, or one that has to be paid for space. Just keep up with Rip, if that's the direction staff and members here decide on.

I've also contact the other admins in the admin lounge on other partnership ideas with CSS that could be mutually beneficial, and alleviate any stress.
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#144 OFFLINE   Fuji Gold

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

if theres problems moving SI elsewhere, why not have them move here?
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#145 OFFLINE   buzzy

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

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#146 OFFLINE   jarrod2323

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

the owner wants to keep his name rights -- and, well understood. The traffic is currently going to CSS, not SI. Hence, a move to here would diminish what the owner is trying to accomplish.

Love to hear more feedback from the members and such -- someone out there has to have an idea not discussed yet!!
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#147 OFFLINE   Rios

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

I think the forum needs to revamp. A whole new process of running, fresh slate, something exciting to get people going again and to bring in some more members. I don't think SI is even close to being done.
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#148 OFFLINE   Mr.Baller

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

I think the forum needs to revamp. A whole new process of running, fresh slate, something exciting to get people going again and to bring in some more members. I don't think SI is even close to being done.


Same opinion !
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#149 ONLINE   bosoxlover12

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

Adam has zero intentions of moving them here, I've already talked to them about it.


Which is a shame, because aside for having more activity, SI is superior in every other category. IPB>vB, we have more space on the site, etc
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#150 OFFLINE   BlkFalc.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:16 PM

so then forget about moving over there
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#151 OFFLINE   Yankees2772

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

Why the fuck would they want to move here? They lose their name and have to convince a ton of active members to join a site where only 25 will even vote on the future fate of the forum.
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#152 OFFLINE   Fuji Gold

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

I meant for the fact that it would be more difficult with the boards (or whatever the problem was), to have si move there, than to have them come here.
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#153 OFFLINE   WHO-DEY-BENGALS_14_18

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Yeah, one of my main complaints is nothing ever changes, aside from the board upgrading. Seems like it's always the same thing, we need to think of ideas to get things going. I don't know how to put it, but we haven't done much to get the attention of people. The activity has went down, the sim leagues don't work, not much discussion going on. I know for me, I like different things. Seems like we've went away from a lot of the things we used to do. Maybe someone new to be in charge? Someone who has the time and commitment. Not that any of the Admins are bad, just seems like the commitment hasn't been there compared to years past. People getting jobs, going to college, having a girlfriend - All makes a difference. I've noticed a noticeable difference in that aspect. I'm gonna have to think of good ideas.
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#154 OFFLINE   nolafan33

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:06 PM

Yeah, one of my main complaints is nothing ever changes, aside from the board upgrading. Seems like it's always the same thing, we need to think of ideas to get things going. I don't know how to put it, but we haven't done much to get the attention of people. The activity has went down, the sim leagues don't work, not much discussion going on. I know for me, I like different things. Seems like we've went away from a lot of the things we used to do. Maybe someone new to be in charge? Someone who has the time and commitment. Not that any of the Admins are bad, just seems like the commitment hasn't been there compared to years past. People getting jobs, going to college, having a girlfriend - All makes a difference. I've noticed a noticeable difference in that aspect. I'm gonna have to think of good ideas.


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#155 OFFLINE   GMF1991

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:17 PM

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#156 OFFLINE   Fuji Gold

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

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#157 OFFLINE   RipCity32

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:51 AM

I will continue to run the site to the best of my abilities.
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#158 OFFLINE   RipCity32

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:59 AM

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And with that said, I have informed CSS that we will not be merging with them at this time.
Instead, SI is going to do what we can to retool and become a stronger forum. So be on the lookout for further news fellas.
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