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Has the social aspect of CR died out?
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Posted 9/16/14
okay before you can fully understand what the question is i think its best to explain to you my story.

Warning its going to be a long read if you don't really have the patience to read just skip to the first and last spoiler


Although i would greatly appreciate if you took a couple minutes out of your day to read the entire thing as it adds more depth to the question







Well that's it i would greatly appreciate you replies and thank you if you actually read the whole thing.

P.s. Sorry if there are some grammar/spelling mistakes tried to correct as many as I could find.
Posted 9/16/14
You and I wouldn't be here right this instant if it did.
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Posted 9/16/14 , edited 9/16/14
I read the whole thing, I must say you've been through a lot.

I myself don't really have any idea on what Crunchyroll was liike in the past, since I've only been here since March, but for me CR is a nice place to start or have a little conversation whether on forums, pm's, or guestbook. I still feel like there are many communications on this site.

It's all a matter of finding the right people, even if some don't go on anymore there will always be more people coming and joining in the future.
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Posted 9/16/14
I'm sorry I didn't read any of the spoiler text walls, I found it too intimidating, but as for myself i've never really been super into most of the social aspects of the site per se. I mean I make tons of comments and sometimes I post threads and occasionally reply to posts like these, but i'm basically a neet and tend to be anti-social.

So in short, to me everything seems as good as its ever been but I think compared to others I may have a low bar

(Note: the other day, like maybe two weeks ago I glanced through a post about crunchy dating and flirting threads, so I think everything's more than fine )
Posted 9/16/14 , edited 9/16/14
Crunchyroll's user age demographic has shifted upwards since 2008, so it's only natural that users are busier than they used to be. Furthermore, the number of users would probably have been roughly 5-6 times the numbers we have now, so forums are inevitably going to be less active as well. You should try to befriend some active users with similar interests.
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I read it all and Wow dude I had a very similar story but a lot of the pain I felt actually came from my "friends". Looking back I don't know how the younger me managed to keep going and I feel quite proud of that little guy even though I still carry some of those scars today (not literally). But I understand what you were saying about escaping on here even though I haven't been a member for that long as I would do that with video games/ anime. It was not till last year when I moved back to my Dads that I have got my confidence back and feel amazing after joining a football team again, playing volleyball, basketball and getting good A-Level grades this year. I have never shared any of it with anybody but it's amazing what you do on the internet. I must have been extremely optimistic to got through that and now i pride myself on my optimism. I realize that you just have to keep your chin up and keep going because it does get better.
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*Inhales - Exhales*. I understand your feelings towards a ' lost' community. However, I don't think it's dead. Perhaps (I don't know since I am relatively new) you just need to find a new group of people to interact with. However, I never see a topic just flyby without a reply. Not to mention multiple topics are created and replied to multiple times an hour. This forum isn't dead. It's just gotten more quiet.
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Posted 9/16/14

applestash wrote:

Crunchyroll's user age demographic has shifted upwards since 2008, so it's only natural that users are busier than they used to be. Furthermore, the number of users would probably have been roughly 5-6 times the numbers we have now, so forums are inevitably going to be less active as well. You should try to befriend some active users with similar interests.


now that you mention it it does seem like there were way more people back around 2008 or so i think this was mainly due to the large number of unlicensed anime on CR which just created a frenzy of people making account to take advantage of this, and when all the anime started getting taken down most of those people left. and never really bothered to return (but this is just my opinion)


mathizel wrote:

*Inhales - Exhales*. I understand your feelings towards a ' lost' community. However, I don't think it's dead. Perhaps (I don't know since I am relatively new) you just need to find a new group of people to interact with. However, I never see a topic just flyby without a reply. Not to mention multiple topics are created and replied to multiple times an hour. This forum isn't dead. It's just gotten more quiet.


yes i agree with u about finding new people to interact with and joining groups to be kept socially active (which i have tried before) but even then most groups i tend to join dont really have much longevity after about a couple months or so if the group is not managed properly it will eventually die out and become inactive (i have seen this many times over the years)
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Posted 9/16/14
I've been a member since 2007, and to be honest, I never started actively posting on the forums til this year. I just used it for watching anime. So to me, I've never known the social aspect of Crunchyroll until this year(I only started being active on the forums because of SailorBee).

In any case, I know what you mean in regards to online communities in general. Years ago, I was part of a clan for a specific browser game called Kings of Chaos. We were called the Descendants of Shadow. It's still active to this day, but under a different name for a different game. When members moved on(as inevitable as that is, with life), the ones who really came through and showed loyalty are memorialized in the forum with a special poster status. And every few months or so, we all come back just to see how everyone's doing. So if you miss your friends and still want to keep up, just try to find an email or something. If you haven't forgotten them, I'm sure they haven't forgotten you .

I don't know you, Bleach7777777, but I'm glad your story had a positive ending. Hitting the iron in the gym is the best therapy for depression I know. I'm in the Marines, and half of the guys who start working out to get more muscular do so because of a break-up with a girl. It always works to get them back on their feet.


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Posted 9/16/14
Did crunchyroll change, or did you? Keep up the good work.
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I don't understand why people make this thread every other month. (And i'm not aiming that at OP or anyone in particular, so don't take it personally).

But people left this site for 2-3 years, come back... none of their friends are here anymore, then proceed to make a thread talking about how CR has changed and how it isn't socially active anymore.

I mean, it's not rocket science. If you're gone for 2-3 years... do you expect others to be here all the time or the site to remain the same?... of course they'd need to leave at some point, they've found lives, jobs, families etc.

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I know I sound like a jerk, but really this is just my honest opinion.

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Everyone has their time in a site where they had a group of friends. It just happens when people grow out of it or, as you said in your story, leave for a while. Naturally people will move on.

You'll find another group again. Just gotta make it happen and keep looking for the right friends.
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Posted 9/16/14
Having only been here a bit over a year I have to wonder, has anything actually changed about the social aspects of the site?
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People's tastes change and they drift in out of activities. It makes it challenging to hold onto old friends you've known, but everyone has those problems. Most of my mom's friends are work related and she is looking at retirement this year. Each stage of life you are going to be challenged by some people leaving your life and some people coming in that could be friends. A lot has to do with how you embrace change, because you really can't stop it.


Sucks about your ex-gf. A lot of times in abusive relationships the victim is practically addicted to the abuser. I have a case in point in my own life where a friend used my significant other and I as a shoulder to cry on whenever things went wrong, but ultimately she went back to him twice and ignored everything, cutting us out of her life. She's still doing her old thing even now. She called me to see if I could act as a daycare for her son, and when I said she couldn't, she checked with her ex, who is unemployed right now, to see if he could do it. Some people never learn.
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Posted 9/16/14
People go away and they come back.... people do change too. I used to lurk and post and made some friends back when Anime International (AIC) had a BBS.... That ended and some people started their own place/BBS.... Seidou and I don't remember some other places but I remember the characters that hung out there.... Does the handle "Tenkoy" set off any buzzers? There was some fun and friendships and fake drama... AND those people drifted their own ways and I remember some of them. It'd be nice to post with them, chat with them, PM with them and etc. BUT they do other things now...

I am reminded of the youth group I used to hang out with, the same thing happened to them/us we grew up and out and differently. Back in 2012 one of the old friends decided to get together with some other old friends and BAM! there was a reunion. Nearly thirty years had passed but so many people reconnected and became friends again..... For some, in person, for others on Facebook....

So, you never know just what might bring you together again.
And if not there are always other people to be friends with.

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