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View Poll Results: What is your #1 draw to this site?

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  • Just being socially connected to others to avoid a boring day alone + it is a subject you like

    8 25.81%
  • Transactions. Here to deal in cards and the rest is static in the background.

    0 0%
  • I like to hear myself talk/see myself write.

    1 3.23%
  • I want to learn more about the subject of trading cards and this site feeds my mind.

    3 9.68%
  • Discussions about collectibles and sharing knowledge.

    16 51.61%
  • OTHER - Please explain further your reason.

    3 9.68%
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Thread: What brings you here day after day?

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    Member mrmopar's Avatar
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    Again, small sample size, but I find it interesting on a trading card site that nobody so far is here for the trading/transactions. I have never used these sites as a primary means of advancing my collection, but trades and deals just seemed to happen along the way. Previously to calling this site my home base, I was pretty active on Topps and The Bench, both of which lead to many deals. What lead to my losing interest and eventually retracting from those sites were the lack of interesting topics and discussions. I pop into some other sites periodically and even comment here and there if good reason pops up to do so, but nothing like it used to be.

    I do a majority of my buying on ebay and a sliver through COMC these days, but primarily want to see and be involved in discussions about collectibles on the card message boards. It is not that I would not be willing to wheel and deal if something appeared that was in my collecting interest. I enjoy the show off and player/auto specialty threads but I want to know more about the items sometimes and why they are important to the owner. If I can be exposed to a set or card I have never heard of or seen before, that is why I come to these sites. Yes, if you collect Terry Pendleton it is going to be obvious that you are excited to pick up a new relatively common card you needed, but what about those oddball pick-ups that don't fit your collection or maybe it's a Pendleton card that was so hard to find you have never seen one in 33 years of searching. Help us understand your passion and joy in finding this gem.

    I guess my point for this poll was to satisfy my curiosity partially, but also hoping to prompt more relevant conversations and participation. A "good" thread might get a few pages of responses and maybe the same 15-20 people commenting and then it dies. I want to know what will capture and keep more people engaged for longer times.

    My hope is that a wider variety of people will share and comment more, with some thought and effort into the replies (not everything needs to be a Tanner event, but something more than a 1 word or sentence answer is appreciated too). I think one of the biggest problems with these sites is recruiting new people willing to share and contribute and to keep existing members engaged and interersted, especially when similar subjects pop back up that have been discussed before. I know a lot of sites have staggering membership numbers, but how many of these were one time posters or lurkers and you find that the same 1% contribute most of the content. Keep that in mind the next time a new subject is posted. Maybe instead of reading it and moving on silently, toss out a comment, share a similar experience or post something to keep the conversation going.

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    Senior Member Austin's Avatar
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    It's too bad that most people just lurk on this site.
    Not just with discussions, but polls too.

    After four full days and about 350 views, only 28 people have voted in the poll, and even fewer have written a response.
    I understand some people can't see polls on their phone for some reason, but they can still see the thread and comment.

    Despite the low participation compared to other boards, I prefer the familiarity of the members here. I come here to discuss the hobby and baseball in general. It's a small group, but there are so many different specialties on this board and it's fun to learn new things and even more fun to have feelings of nostalgia.
    Set builder, autograph hunter and fan of the Texas Rangers & '50s-'60s Yankees

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    I check in on the Baseball Transactions and Baseball Hobby Talk multiple times a day. I'll look at the box break section every now and again to see what people are pulling. It seems like the transaction thread (at least baseball, since that's what I look at) has grown and has more posts in the last year or so. I don't know if there's any data on that, but it seems like the slowness of that particular side of the site gets brought up often, so if it indeed is growing, that is great.

    I continue to come here for multiple reasons. One and most importantly, I can check-in multiple times a day and there's usually new posts to read and check in on. Another reason is that people are actually mature here and there is no drama! Sure we like to give each other a hard time, but rarely do you find threads getting closed because the same people are taking it too far time and time again. I joined BO a few years back because all I heard about was how good their transaction section was and I thought it would be a nice way to buy/trade for cool stuff. After a number (not 1 or 2, but multiple times) of feeling like I was the chum thrown into circling sharks and people continually attempting to completely rip me off on trades, I left and haven't been back since. That doesn't happen here.

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    I just want to meet other collectors and see their stuff. I like the lack of smart ass and snark and one upsmanship here just nice people. Blowout forums full of evil people and ruin

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    I usually check in a few times a day during the week. I mainly look at the Baseball, Box & Case Breaks & the Baseball Buy/Sell/Trade forums.

    The things I like best are the people, knowledge and lack of drama. As far as threads, the Team & Player Collector, General Show-off, Jaypers daily update & draft threads, The Morning & Night Crew Threads & the mouschi/Tanner threads. Most of the time that I have a question someone either knows the answer or sends me in the right direction to get an answer.

    Another thing is getting the occasional message wanting my address & a few days later getting something in the mail from a board member just because it fits my collection. I have tried to help others but am always way behind in paying it forward.
    Dave

    Collecting: Amos Otis & Topps Kansas City Royals
    Amos Otis Collection (164/188) 87.2%

    Thanks for helping with my player/set collections: magicpapa, Jose Reyes Collector, bouwob, klute14, tpeichel, gt2590 & Show-Me Sports Cards (LCS)

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