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Old 06-15-2017, 07:24 PM
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I agree, it's pretty slow. I posted a blog, and don't think I've even had any views.
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Old 06-15-2017, 10:22 PM
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This thread prodded me to unlurk (new word?) myself. I haven't been active on the forums for a few years but there was a time I would read every thread and post multiple times a day. I remember asking this very question, "where do all the HT vets go?"

It's true, some provocative posters get banned and others just end up hanging out at a different forum, reddit, etc. But I remember exactly when and how it happened for me. It was the summer of 2012 and I just packed my bags to wander around China for two weeks (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing). It was a life changing trip - experiencing an entirely different culture, food, sites, etc. When I came back home it just seemed like the forums weren't as interesting to me anymore. I just moved on.

It's not that I didn't care for my hair anymore or that I wouldn't consider getting more work done in the future. But in the summer of 2012 I was reaping the fruits of my second procedure with Dr. Paul Shapiro which was done the preceding year, and my China excursion shifted my priorities with how I spent my free time.

I still lurk to check out the incredible work being done. These forums are very informative and I got to meet a lot of great people too. From what I can tell a lot of these guys still post, so the forum is far from dead.
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Old 06-15-2017, 10:51 PM
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This thread prodded me to unlurk (new word?)
I think this thread prodded you to re-lurk, and your china trip prodded you to un-lurk.
Regardless, your insight is appreciated, and more details about your china trip too. Were you very bald before you began your HT journey? Did having the HT inspire you to take steps you wouldn't have before, like the China trip? I'm curious how having hair again affects people, and is it as profound has you'd hoped?
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:47 AM
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There are still some great people here.
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Old 06-16-2017, 05:15 PM
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I agree, it's pretty slow. I posted a blog, and don't think I've even had any views.
Lots of patient blogs seem pretty slow, maybe they will pick up when the colder temps come and people spend less time outdoors...hard to say.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:40 AM
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Older guys get their hair transplants, successful or not, and move on. Younger guys favor reddit b/c voting on comments is the new trendy thing, the web development is a solid MEAN stack so it is very fast, and its easier for them to branch into a new subreddit than join a new forum.

For better or worse, subspecialty forums across the board taken 2nd fiddle to the megaforum mosh pits.

That being said, this is still the best resource on the net for patient submitted cases and surgeon reviews. BT is a joke and the other forums focus more on medical tx. Spend any time on Reddit and you quickly realize that, while amusing, its little more than a bunch of 20 year old kids barely scratching the surface of hair restoration. No depth.
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:10 PM
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Older guys get their hair transplants, successful or not, and move on. Younger guys favor reddit b/c voting on comments is the new trendy thing, the web development is a solid MEAN stack so it is very fast, and its easier for them to branch into a new subreddit than join a new forum.

For better or worse, subspecialty forums across the board taken 2nd fiddle to the megaforum mosh pits.

That being said, this is still the best resource on the net for patient submitted cases and surgeon reviews. BT is a joke and the other forums focus more on medical tx. Spend any time on Reddit and you quickly realize that, while amusing, its little more than a bunch of 20 year old kids barely scratching the surface of hair restoration. No depth.
Tressless is the only subreddit I've seen that has much activity. They are younger on average. The best thing about there is that a LOT of them post finasteride gains on there, so its pretty cool. They aren't super transplant informed. Dr. Rassaman is a regular contributor there.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:30 PM
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Interesting discussion and frankly, I'm glad someone started it. Gillenator made an excellent post on this topic on the first page which in my opinion, summed it up pretty well. That said, as the managing publisher of this community who can see all the back end traffic and participation, I can tell you that traffic has been pretty steady as has participation. Some topics clearly seem to garner more interest which is why a topic like this is already 3 pages long while a simple question about "which doctor" that's been answered hundreds of times before may not have as many replies.

To piggy back of Gillenator's comments, there will always be a need for the free exchange and flow of information. Social media has taken some of that over but discussion forums are still very popular and necessary. I was actually reading an article the other day about the pros and cons of starting a discussion forum on your website vs a Facebook "group" which enables members of Facebook to discuss a topic in a closed, private section of Facebook, and despite the popularity of Facebook, discussion forums won hands down for a number of reasons. For starters, Facebook groups aren't indexed and somebody using Google to search for a particular topic won't find a Facebook group let alone the actual post. Discussion forums are indexed, each topic has their own URL, topics are categorized and it's easier to find information.

Blogs too are becoming increasingly popular. Frankly just about anyone starting a website is advised to have an active blog to help get the word out about them on the web an Social Media.

Social media is interesting though because while it seems great for some topics and businesses, it seems to flounder for others. For instance, to date, most people don't want others to know about their hair transplant and wouldn't want their "friends" on Facebook seeing that they "like" hair transplant or hair loss related pages and/or are members of these types of groups. Facebook also eliminates anonymity unless you create a fake Facebook account, which of course, is highly frowned upon.

To go back to the point though, discussion forums may have lost a little bit of traffic simply because of the dilution on the web. There are so many new websites containing information about hair transplant surgery that people aren't finding the forums as easier as they used to. Google continues to change their search algorythms too which is both good and bad. The problem is, nobody knows exactly how to keep their website on the front, cutting edge of the web and so we often have to guess, and then work to make changes that take many months and sometimes over a year to accomplish.

The one thing we've been working on is making all of our websites mobile friendly. This is taking some time, but to date, the Hair Transplant Network and our primary blog, the Hair Loss Q&A Blog are mobile friendly. We are currently working on the Hair Loss Learning Center and will be working on the hair loss forum next.

To sum up, the forums are far from dead and there's still a plethora of discussion happening here every day. We also have a large number of people online viewing the forum even if not as many people are posting on a particular day.

I would however, like to see more participation on the forum in general because the more everyone participates, the more others will benefit from the information presented.

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Old 06-19-2017, 04:49 PM
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baldfornow,

Where is your blog? Did you create a patient website on our community at www.hairlossweblogs.com?

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Old 06-19-2017, 04:52 PM
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Sean,

We have a blog, don't you know? It's at www.regrowhair.com? You can even find a link to it on the right hand sidebar :-).

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