I have a bad attitude

James MontalbanoJames Montalbano Posts: 926
edited March 2013 in Miscellaneous News
I've come to the conclusion that all of this on-line type stuff is just a boring pile of crap to me. I try to get involved, but I just don't seem to care. This is better than Hrant-o-phile, but it still feels like nothing.


  • Mark SimonsonMark Simonson Posts: 1,174
    edited March 2012
    What were you hoping for?

    I think it's quite possible that Typophile isn't what it used to be, not because certain people drive others away, but simply because people get over the novelty, get bored, and move on.

    I don't participate as much as I used to because a) I realize what a procrastination enabler it is, and b) joining in on a discussion usually implies a commitment to pay attention at least for a while. I only have so much time and attention.
  • I wasn't hoping for anything. This is all fine, I just realize that on most days, I just don't care.

    I looked at how long I've been a member of Typophile, 8+ years, before that there was Typo-L and the Type Design list. That has got to go back 12 or 13 years. An endless perambulation.
  • James PuckettJames Puckett Posts: 1,669
    Honestly, since starting Typeboard I am starting to realize that I feel the same way. I thought Typophile just had a lot of problems with bad code and Hrant and spam but maybe the era of web forums is over.
  • Mark SimonsonMark Simonson Posts: 1,174
    edited March 2012
    Honestly, between checking my favorite type people on Twitter occasionally and getting together in person (locally and at conferences) I don't know that it's really necessary. I find Typophile most useful for technical questions. Those are the discussions I pay most attention to. Everything else is noise and potential time sucks.
  • @ James

    The fact that you have a forum... you can use a word like perambulation... AND be understood sounds to me like an effective sort of group therapy. 

    Shall we say Thursday at 11:00.  You can Hrant undisturbed in the office :-)
  • Russell McGormanRussell McGorman Posts: 198
    edited March 2012

  • Russell McGormanRussell McGorman Posts: 198
    edited March 2012
    I can not, it seems, not, not communicate. A blank post just might say it all.

    On the other hand, the critical mass it takes to sustain an on-line forum don't happen over night, my friends.
  • It appears I can't leave it alone either!
  • James MontalbanoJames Montalbano Posts: 926
    edited June 2012
    I have to say, I've really come to appreciate this forum.
  • Are you softening in your old age James?
  • I learned a lot from the Typophile forum and still go back to look up things. I have found it not drawing my attention for a while though. Some of that is just that there aren't as many interesting discussions going, but the main reason is that type ID has completely over taken it. Granted I can just click down to a non-type ID section, but I think the Type ID thing should just be another forum altogether. Maybe it and the MyFonts version should hook up and elope.
  • I perceive a lot of the non-ID Typophile discussions as posturing, plain and simple. Posturing by inexperienced young, nicely complemented by older people who should know better. If they were actually designing anything, they would not have the time …
  • The Terminal Design website used to get hundreds of referrals from Typophile. I noticed that it dropped off substantially about three or four months ago. It went from number 2 or 3 to number 12 or 14. Either people have lost interest in my work (I can understand that) or less and less people are visiting the site. (I can understand that even more).
  • I think a lot of would-be newcomers are turned off of Typophile before ever signing up — it has a very pretentious atmosphere at times. Then again, I'm new to the game and still signed up there.
  • James PuckettJames Puckett Posts: 1,669
    I noticed that it dropped off substantially about three or four months ago.

    I noticed the same thing. That timing roughly corresponds with the last big Typophile update, which broke Google search again.
  • The broken search is just too bad. There is a lot of wisdom buried there and I, for one, will not wade through the pap to get to it again.
  • RalfRalf Posts: 170
    A more strict Google search which excludes the new silly subdomain results would be:
    opentype +[inurl:http://typophile.com]
    I still wonder how they even managed to get those subdomains in the index ...
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