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Old 06-25-2019, 12:35 PM   #1
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Fifteen years of cigars

So I have come out from under my rock for a while and as the PSD4 smoke clears I have begun to muddle over all the connections I have to this mystical world of cigars.

I joined CW a little over 15 years ago. At that time I smoked the occasional backwoods/swisher sweet with no firm appreciation for the leaf. Since then through the interactions, tutelage and mentorship of numerous members of this board I have grown to have a very firm appreciation for that leaf.
I have seen member come and go and come back again, myself included. I have seen booms and bust, vendors get consolidated or disappear and brands change hands. The later often ruining what was a favorite for someone.

I have seen heated discussions over some of the silliest of things and generosity that would and should make grown men weep. Almost fanatical passion over a brand, style or region of cigar/bourbon/coffee/single malt/rye/IPA/Ale/on and on and on. Each owing to their own personal taste and styles all the while respecting their other brothers personal taste and styles.

These are just a few of the experiences I have gained from CW, what about you?
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:12 PM   #2
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Fun post. 👍🏼
I have learned so much here over the years, I have been entertained. I have had knock down drag out fights over things that were really not all that important. I have made friends with people from all over the country, some of which like Jason and Tommy who I have never met.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:32 PM   #3
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Seeing 162 active users on the forum with only 5 being members got me to thinking why so many are guest and not members.

Participation is a key ingredient in the making of this community.

Not knocking the lurkers but a tremendous amount knowledge and brotherhood is being missed.
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Old 06-26-2019, 04:38 AM   #4
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Seeing 162 active users on the forum with only 5 being members got me to thinking why so many are guest and not members.

Participation is a key ingredient in the making of this community.

Not knocking the lurkers but a tremendous amount knowledge and brotherhood is being missed.
Not sure if they are lurkers or whether there are other computer search methods in play. In other words, I don't know if there are really that many people looking at the pages. But, regardless, do to Facebook and other social media, the numbers here have been down. With that said, you won't find a better place to discuss cigars than CW, and you won't find a better group of people to share in those discussions.

BTW, nice to see you again. I've always liked your avatar and forum name.
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Old 06-26-2019, 05:06 AM   #5
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Not sure if they are lurkers or whether there are other computer search methods in play. In other words, I don't know if there are really that many people looking at the pages. But, regardless, do to Facebook and other social media, the numbers here have been down. With that said, you won't find a better place to discuss cigars than CW, and you won't find a better group of people to share in those discussions.

BTW, nice to see you again. I've always liked your avatar and forum name.
We don't use google analytics to determine real from bots? I would suspect that even the hosting company for the site should be able to give some insight, may not be totally accurate but something is better than nothing.

Thank you for the welcome back. Dead to this world and alive in Christ, it is a struggle some days but His grace prevails.

Blogs and forums have taken a huge declining hit as other social media platforms have evolved. But I think we are starting to see some of the drawbacks from these platforms also.
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Most all of the "guests" are bots. BigJohn runs our servers and could shed more light on the breakdown. Member participation is way down, but those who stick around participate a bunch.

Thanks for the props.
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We don't use google analytics to determine real from bots? I would suspect that even the hosting company for the site should be able to give some insight, may not be totally accurate but something is better than nothing.

Thank you for the welcome back. Dead to this world and alive in Christ, it is a struggle some days but His grace prevails.

Blogs and forums have taken a huge declining hit as other social media platforms have evolved. But I think we are starting to see some of the drawbacks from these platforms also.
That's all Greek to me. I'm not sure how the bots work and all that. Others can probably provide a better response than I ever could.

I think Social Media in general is evolving. But I've seen a big decline in bulletin board style forums as people use FB and alike as their one-stop contact point.

Speaking of His grace, I've always found peace in knowing that, no matter how bad things seem, His grace is sufficient for me.
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