I confess to some confusion as to the format over at Slashdot
and what exactly that which is titled "Spam Causes Microsoft ..." is (a thread of a forum of some kind?) and whoever started that thread or topic or whatever seems to have given his/her own spin to the Microsoft article.
From what Microsoft actually wrote it doesn't appear that spam is number one on the lists.
In section one under "Microsoft Responds to the Evolution of Communities"
it isn't until the third paragraph that spam is noted.
http://www.microsoft.com/communities/ne ... fault.mspx
Beginning in June 2010, Microsoft will begin closing newsgroups and migrating users to Microsoft forums that include Microsoft Answers, TechNet and MSDN. This move will centralize content, make it easier for contributors to retain their influence, reduce redundancies and make content easier to find. Overall, forums offer a better spam management platform that will improve customer satisfaction by encouraging a healthy discussion space.
In section three under "Why Forums?"
there are eight reasons listed and spam doesn't come up until reason number 7.
I think section two hits the nail on the head when "cost efficiencies" is noted.
So I am very glad, DavidIQ
, that you titled this topic/thread differently than did the Slashdot somebody.
And I'm particularly glad to see this question:
And will forum software end up having the same fate, doomed to be replaced by the likes of social networking-style postings or something else like Google Wave?
From personal experience I think that has already been happening.
About 6 years ago I was a User Admin on a forum that presently has over 100,000 members. Back then we were hopping with half that number. About three years or four years ago that forum steadily saw a decrease in activity and even though the members were looking for individuals to blame I can't help but feel that some of the steam was taken out of the forum because of the likes of Facebook, and that other large one that came before it, which I can't seem to remember the name of right now.
I wonder if anyone has done some research on the subject of whether forums in general have lost their pop because of those other Facebook-type sites.
I remember an oft-repeated maxim that one shouldn't start a general-discussion forum because a forum should be a part of a larger site to be successful.
Now I am thinking of a general-discussion forum as a forum that is not connected with a larger site. A forum that is literally just for discussing all manner of things. For example, I would not classify this forum a general-discussion forum. phpBB is for phpBB. Sure we have a General Discussion
"sub-forum" but that is not the prime reason for the forum itself.
So, can a general-discussion forum survive all by its lonesome?
What are some examples of large general-discussion forums? I am not even sure the forum I referred to above where I was a User Admin could be classified as a true general-discussion forum because it was initially supposed to be about a particular region of the world and it was a part of a news site.
So are there really any "large" general-discussion forums on the Net? There must be, no? Have they lost their pop since Facebook and the like showed up? I'd be very interested to see some research on that.
Personally, I think forums were the social networking of their day. Well, until the likes of Facebook came along and the term was used for them.
For that matter, when did the vocabulary "social networking" as it is applied to the Net come into common use?
The evolution of "social networking" on the Net. Interesting subject.