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Phil Green11/08/2015 17:40:52
1682 forum posts
349 photos

The "How many of your club members turn up at the field" thread made me think - out of a membership of 180 ish I'm not aware of any other PANDAS members who contribute here. I do know one or two very occasionally comment on RCG, but not regularly. Other than Shaun I dont think anyone from our club uses the RCMF forum.

It just seems strange to have such a wealth of information, guidance, inspiration, the banter, the photo albums... and to ignore it all!

So theres the question - why dont the vast majority of modellers take advantage of the many forums?

I set up a Youtube channel and a Facebook page for the club - but no-one uses either of them!
Maybe its an 'age thing'....




Edited By Phil Green on 11/08/2015 17:42:22

Stevo11/08/2015 17:45:31
2699 forum posts
419 photos

Yep similar with mine. 100 members and none of them on here!

John Privett11/08/2015 18:06:09
6130 forum posts
243 photos

Interesting question, Phil!

Our club has 230+ members and only four of those that I'm aware of (myself included) post on here. There might of course be others whose forum-name I don't recognise, or others registered here who never post. But it's only about 2% of the club membership!

Dave Hopkin11/08/2015 19:12:30
3672 forum posts
294 photos

From the 2 clubs I am a member of..... Me and 1 other that I am aware of, course they could just be avoiding me......


But one club does have an active facebook page with about 20 members

Edited By Dave Hopkin on 11/08/2015 19:15:04

cymaz11/08/2015 19:58:55
9592 forum posts
1267 photos

Just myself and Flight1 here...........that's two out of 35. 5.7%

Edited By cymaz on 11/08/2015 20:00:51

TigerOC11/08/2015 20:30:03
314 forum posts
13 photos

Phil you are not alone. I am a bit techy despite the fact that I am also getting on in years. I run my own private servers and offered to host our club website. For the first 5 months few members read it, let alone contributed.

Things are changing as nearly all our communications are electronic now and members are actually participating and sharing for the first time in 3 years. Some members didn't have access or wanted access to the 'net. Once they realise how much they are missing out their interest seems to perk up and they do start to realise how many resources there are out there. Don't be too despondent most people fear the Internet and really believe that their lack of knowledge could break it.


Shaunie11/08/2015 20:44:08
958 forum posts
78 photos

Just myself and Simon Burch from the Caterham club on here as far as I know.


Tim Hooper11/08/2015 21:15:00
2926 forum posts
2424 photos

Just me out of 80 members.......


Former Member11/08/2015 21:22:43
3573 forum posts

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Paul Marsh11/08/2015 21:46:28
4132 forum posts
1247 photos

I our club, there is only 2 here, me and Chris. Others are not that computer savvy or not interested.

Martin Harris - Moderator11/08/2015 22:00:37
9770 forum posts
264 photos

One other regular poster and a recent thread originator although some others mention the forum posts on occasions out of 70 odd.

Edited By Martin Harris on 11/08/2015 22:19:45

Bob Cotsford11/08/2015 22:11:47
8943 forum posts
498 photos

Club #1 I know of two or three others out of 60odd who have visited this site or are regular lurkers, Club #2, probably a similar proportion, club #3, probably most but they are a more tech savvy crew with large petrols and jets.

john stones 1 Moderator11/08/2015 22:45:40
11914 forum posts
1531 photos

7 out of 58 members Only me and Iqon post mostly though.


IanN11/08/2015 23:15:41
1675 forum posts
119 photos
Posted by Phil Green on 11/08/2015 17:40:52:

The "How many of your club members turn up at the field" thread made me think - out of a membership of 180 ish I'm not aware of any other PANDAS members who contribute here.

Sounds like a good question for a poll

Edited By IanN on 11/08/2015 23:15:56

kc12/08/2015 16:31:22
6918 forum posts
175 photos

Well perhaps my club is better than average at about 10 percent Modelflying members!

Out of about 35 to 40 members the forum members are 4.......myself and 3 others. 2 of them are newcomers to aeromodelling so they probably view a quite a lot and just post the odd question. The reason why we have a higher percentage is possibly the fact that I encouraged the newer members to view Modelflying. In each case I told them about Modelflying and to ask any questions on the forum. Also that if they see kc then they know it's me. So new members for the forum and better informed club members. Benefits all round.

Perhaps it's up to forum members to encourage forum membership just as they encourage club membership.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator12/08/2015 21:09:09
15748 forum posts
1460 photos

Interesting question. In my club, about 55 members, I know of 5; myself and 4 others. So that's 10% similar to KC. Of those 4 others one is a fairly regular poster (Lyndsay Todd) and the others post very occassionally, although I suspect they and others "lurk" a good deal as people often mention stuff from here to me.


Tomtom3912/08/2015 22:06:58
708 forum posts
1 photos

Last count four out of fifty odd. Mind you club website seems to be visited by only eight to date (12 months) despite several reminders in various format. (Horses and water come to mind!)

Engine Doctor13/08/2015 11:14:22
2712 forum posts
44 photos

120 members and no other users that I am aware of surprise . Although they may just be using an alias that I don't know of wink.

John Privett13/08/2015 11:23:09
6130 forum posts
243 photos
Posted by Tomtom39 on 12/08/2015 22:06:58:

Mind you club website seems to be visited by only eight to date (12 months) despite several reminders in various format. (Horses and water come to mind!)

Is that for the website as a whole? Or a specific forum section or something on it? Our club website stats show around 40 unique visitors a day... Have you given yours an obscure URL and taken steps to hide it from the search engines?

Brian Cooper14/08/2015 08:32:16
674 forum posts
29 photos

I have visited many clubs over the last 50 years and can confirm that there is a certain type of modeller (and there are plenty of them) who have absolutely no interest in what is happening in the wider world of aeromodelling. . They are perfectly content to fly exclusively at their club field and have no desire to go further afield to take part in Fly-ins or attend any shows, with the possible exception of the Nats -- and even then they are basically looking for a few bargains... watching any flying is secondary.

It might be interesting to explore if the percentage of those who frequent the Internet modelling forums are the ones who are somewhat more active in the hobby and have horizons and aspirations which extend beyond the boundaries of their own club sites.


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