Originally Posted by who dat is
Icmag always has been and always will be my homebase. I have learned so much from this site and have tried to contribute as much good content and advice that I can. That being said I too have noticed the decline in activity, content, and dedicated users that goes beyond just seasonal speculation like Gypsy mentioned. To be brutally honest I feel like the writing has been on the wall here for awhile now. The decline has been slow but steady. With the social media explosion going on I would say that that has been the biggest culprit for stealing people away and I'm every bit as guilty. I've all but stopped posting updates and pictures on here as it is tedious and takes too much time. I wouldn't blame Trump or Sessions either as this site was booming back during the Bush era.
This site is funded by extremely outdated seed vendor sister sites that are all but irrelevant these days with all the domestic seed vendor options that are based in the US that also ship internationally. This is another facet of legalization that has eroded the base away from icmag. I can't imagine vendors here are contributing any money to advertise here anymore either. One last thing is the deletion of old content and threads like people have mentioned as well as the behind the scenes drama and underhanded ban hammer action.
Nobody take this as a slight against Gypsy, Pink, and any of the other mods or the site itself. My gripe lies with the times itself and the shift of things. I feel like icmag has run its course and only has a finite amount of time left and this saddens me. I'll continue to drive as much traffic to this site as I can in the mean time though.
I think if they banned a few less people (showed more discretion) ran their funding sites better and looked for ways to bring people in they would increase membership.
My first forum exp was with trollitup in 2013. At the time they were paying Google so any weed question automatically brought them up first. So I joined them. It was a terrible site but smart way to lure people in.
The biggest thing is seedbay though. People been complaining about cash and beans getting ripped off for ages. Fix that shit, get some new good stock and people would be buying like crazy.
Also... this is not meant as a insult but the seedbay website is fucked in the head. That needs to be updated so it's easy to understand and use. Seed boutique is formatted so nicely and is simply but the bay, I can't figure that shit out if I could I would order there.
I don't blame it on the mods but people leaving over issues (personal shit) with mods is a ongoing thing forever. It's anywhere people are in positions of authority but every person you ban is 1 less customer. Bad for business
There's lots of ways to improve, just a few little things would go a long way.
These are not my complaints. This is what I here and see. Well the complaint about seedbay is mine but that is just because I don't get it