So, overall - I'm really stoked about what I have achieved with Citadel - not just as a Facebook alternative - but the engineering that I put into it to get it running on a real Intel architecture Linux box, running under VM, with automated backups and a hosted static domain and DNS address. For a little bullshit home server - it is *very* over-engineered and super solid and reliable.
I wish I had done it when there was a lot more traffic and a lot more excitement and people were logging in - because it is kind of getting it right after it doesn't really matter anymore.
It doesn't really diminish the accomplishment of getting this thing up and running - and I could actively promote it and let it become a destination for people - and I think it could be successful in that sense - I think I could make it become a home-base for an active user base if I really put the time into it.
But honestly - I don't - Every social media interaction is kind of a hassle - Reddit, Discord - everything I try - I just don't really want to have conversations with the majority of the people I encounter online - and that tends to cross partisan lines. I'm even sick of the people in the Retro Gaming communities - hell, even the BMW community is pissing me off - more on that later...
It isn't just that I'm a grumpy old anti-social man - it is that the values of the mean demographic that is online right now - they suck. The people suck, their values suck, their interests suck, their attitudes suck.
They're *mostly* Millennials. They're the group entering into their prime right now (and their PRIME sucks, too... BTW... Gen X got their shit figured out way earlier and way better than the Millennials...)
They just ruin shit. And without a doubt - any drive to create traffic here would result in an surge of *them* visiting - and that is the LAST thing I want.
This is too complex of a destination for anyone OLDER than the Millennials - and the Millennials are just too much of an ass-hat generation to want them to show up.
So... as far as traffic is concerned - this is what it is.
But... I'm still totally pumped about WHAT it is, even if it is a ghost-town.
TheDave is great for jump starting conversation - but he is drawn like a moth to the mainstream social media sites where there is a lot more activity - and then he forgets to check back in.
I hit your BBS a couple times, and tried to create some content - but I've been very short on time. Can't even make it through my site most times, despite how sparse the traffic is here.
Sat Jul 03 2021 00:41:45 MST from ASCII ExpressYeah I feel the same way about my BBS. It took some work, and I like my text CAPTCHa, but I haven't had activity in a while. I agree about Gen X. They called us a bunch of losers and slackers. I guess every previous generation does. But that said I still agree.