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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman April 15, 2019 - 5:39pm

If this community moved to reddit, would you follow?

Where could this community move that you would follow?

General thoughts on the topic?

The reason I ask, many of you have certainly noticed the spam issues we have in the community. To throw back the curtain a bit, there may not be a technological solution to the problem outside of blocking a significant portion of the population from using the site at all. The community use has also decreased quite significantly over the last several years, before the spam problems started. 

So, where are your conversations online happening now, and how do you feel about the LitReactor community staking a claim in that space?

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Ira Levin April 17, 2019 - 8:36am

Not being in the social media bubble I have no idea where the community has gone :( 

Regarding moving the community, honestly I like it connected to the litreactor site, how it all links and flows (community posts regarding classes or the workshop, or even magazine columns) but it is rather sad and desolate now (and has been for a while). I don't know how to solve that. Community events used to be a great way to keep the community alive, but that was when there already was a tight community, and I know the official LR competitions drew a whole load of new writers in (the scare me one did, at least), but I also know these competitions are very hard to organise for the folks at LR. So...?

I am interested to hear what everyone else thinks.

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Max from Texas is reading goosebumps April 24, 2019 - 3:59pm

Reddit seems like the logical transition. That's what Cracked did after their long-standing PWoT forum went extinct late last year. 

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Library Books April 25, 2019 - 6:37am

That's interesting about Cracked. I'll have to check it out, see how it's fared. 

Though the lack of responses here leads me to believe the forums won't really be missed. 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like April 25, 2019 - 9:39am

As a guy who doesn't subscribe but did use the forum quite a bit, I guess I'd just hope you not pull a MySpace and delete everything without notice. I never used Reddit much, but, if this forum relocated there or elsewhere, I might check to see how it was going. I still check in here, probably more often than the current activity level warrants.

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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day April 26, 2019 - 8:57am

No way to get rid of these spam posts from cropping up every, other day?

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman May 3, 2019 - 3:05pm

The challenge is that the spammers are probably human. Most anti-spam measures target bots, but humans have a pretty easy time bypassing. So for now, no great solution. 

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Kedzie from Northern California is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien May 10, 2019 - 9:08pm

Why is litreactor such a magnet for spammers?

I can't imagine them getting anything back from the site.

The Workshop has certainly degraded. People don't even do LBLs anymore.